Saturday, Sep 26, 2020

Headwaters Trail Runs

Mount Shasta, CA 50K, 30K, 10K

Registration closes: Thu, Sep 24 @ 11:59PM

COVID-19 Statement

Registration is open, however, given the current events and uncertainty brought upon the global community by the current COVID-19 pandemic, Headwarers Trail Runs has decided to postpone all payment processing through Ultrasignup. You may register for Headwaters Trail Runs, but your credit card will not be charged until a later date when we are certain that the 2020 event will take place as scheduled.

These are unprecedented and unpredictable times. Although I would like to think we will be clear to host Headwaters Trail Runs on September 26 as planned, no one knows how events will unfold. To allow registration to open, but hold payment processing seems like a prudent step at this time.

Please be diligent in keeping yourself, your family, and your community safe during this outbreak. Please consider the people and families that have already been tragically affected by this disease. And, please reach out to your community’s healthcare workers and essential employees and thank them for their care and service. This is a serious event, but together with kindness, compassion, and cooperation I hope we will reach the other side.


Headwaters offers three race distance: 50k, 30k, and 10k. These races are held in the Klamath Mountains west of Mount Shasta, CA. These scenic trail runs are named after the headwaters of the Sacramento River.

The 50k and 30k races are scenic, mountainous loop courses with approximately 5600' and 3000' of gain, respectively. They are run entirely on single-track trails and dirt forest roads that traverse through the rugged mountains that claim host to the crystal-clear headwaters of California's longest river. The 10k race is a flat, fast loop on the lake trail that circles the forested shores of picturesque Lake Siskiyou.

The magnificent backdrop for both runs is the majestic Mt. Shasta (14,179' elev.), the most massive of all the Cascade volcanoes. Runners are rewarded with clean mountain air, challenging terrain, welcoming aid stations, and an enthusiastic volunteer staff.

The Headwaters Trail Runs 50k, 30k, and 10k races meet or exceed the event criteria set forth by the American Trail Running Association's (ATRA) Events Standards Program.

Headwaters Trail Runs is a cupless event. The decision to be a cupless event is an effort to reduce the paper and plastic waste generated by the event. Runners will need to carry with them a water bottle, collapsible cup, or other means to receive drink aid at the aid stations.

Registration Fees

Registration fees include race entry, event shirt, post-race food and beverage, and finisher's gift.

Awards & Prizes

Top 3 overall female and male receive awards from our sponsors. Top 3 female and male in each 10-year age group receive age group awards.

Additional Information

For additional race information, including course maps and elevation profiles, please visit our website:

Local time: 5:28 AM


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