July 25 - August 16, 2020

Tough Mugu 25k

25K Elite, Virtual 50K 2 Per Team, 25k Solo, 5 Mile - Solo

This Event Took Place Sun. Aug 16, 2020

$10 Discount Code: "VIRTUAL"

A brutal back country trail run with the most epic views…

Back for year two!! Modified format trail racing. Sign up. Run, hike, or race the course AT YOUR CHOOSING from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, August 16th. Submit results by 5pm.

Featuring a modified 25k for solo runners or 2-person teams; and a 5.3-mile solo option.

All runners get hooked-up goodie bags mailed to them.

$2,000 Elite Prize Purse for Top 3 Overall Women & Men. Limited field.

Overall winners for every race receive unique, beautifully hand-crafted Tough Mugu pieces of art and FREE 2021 Tough Mugu entries.

The fastest 25k Solo woman and man also earn invites to the 2021 Elite 25k, and a FREE pair of shoes from Run With Us each.

25k Solo Run Age Group Winners earn gift cards to Run With Us.

This is an unsupported race with minimal course markings and without aid stations.
We highly recommend running early in the morning to beat the heat and avoid the crowds.

25k Solo

The 25k Solo Run has it all from single-track climbing up the famous Ray Miller Trail, to fire roads traversing ridges of the northern-most Santa Monica Mountains, ocean views from mountainside trails, the steep climb up Mugu Peak, and its demanding descent.

This course is for experienced runners comfortable with a 15-mile, backcountry, trail run covering over 2,500 feet in elevation with technical sections in the summer heat.

1st place woman and man receive FREE entries to the 2021 Tough Mugu, and invites to the 2021 Elite 25k.

1st place winners win a beautiful, hand-crafted Tough Mugu piece of art.

1st place also wins FREE shoes from Run With Us.

Age Group Winners get gift cards to Run With Us in Pasadena.

1st Place Age Group Awards (male & female):
- Under 16 year olds
- 16-19 year olds
- 20-29 year olds
- 30-39 year olds
- 40-49 year olds
- 50-59 year olds
- 60-69 year olds
- 70 year olds and Up

50k Team

The 50k Team Run combines the miles of each 2-person team! Turn the 25k course into an adventure run. Bring you’re A-game and be ready to provide more than just moral support. Teams of two runners take on the course and increase safety, help with directions, pacing, fueling, and motivation. Teams must start and finish together.

Suggested for runners that expect to finish after 2-hours 30-minutes.

1st place teams in each category receive FREE entries to the 2021 Tough Mugu.

1st place teams for each category win beautiful, hand-crafted Tough Mugu pieces of art for each team member.

Team categories are: Male, Female, Co-Ed, Generational (Mother/Daughter or Father/Son).

5-Mile Solo

The 5-mile Solo Run is not without its challenges! Experience the beautiful Ray Miller Trail and it’s ocean views leading up to mountain vistas. Runners climb to the highest point above the trail to see Sycamore Canyon lead inland, before dropping back onto the Ray Miller Trail for 2.6 miles of gracious switchbacks. This 5.3-mile course has roughly 1,000’ of vertical gain and loss.

1st place woman and man receive FREE entries to the 2021 Tough Mugu.

1st place woman and man win a beautiful, hand-crafted Tough Mugu piece of art.

Elite 25k

$2,000 Prize Purse

$500 - 1st
$300 - 2nd
$200 - 3rd
1st place woman and man also win a beautiful, hand-crafted Tough Mugu piece of art.

Live Time-Trial format. 20 Runner Max.

If you think you are fast enough to qualify for the elite race, please email Limited spots available.

The Goodie Bag

Hooked-Up Goodie Bags mailed to every Tough Mugu runner!

1. Unique, hand-crafted finisher medal for each race category
2. Soft cotton shirts or loose tank tops for women
3. Washable, cotton-blend face mask
4. Postcard taken from the course
5. Tough Mugu sticker
6. Re-useable canvas bag

The Results

Runs must be completed from Saturday, July 25th to Sunday, August 16th and results submitted before 5pm on August 16th through

After completing your run, click "Record Results" on the Tough Mugu ultra signup page, answer the questions when prompted, enter your total time from start to finish (elapsed NOT moving).

Please include the run data from your run app.

The Trail Challenge

1. Start with the Tough Topanga 10k in June
2. Work your way up to the Tough Mugu 25k
3. Get a finish at the Bulldog Ultra 50k on September 19th.

Earn the limited edition Trail Challenge jacket when you complete all three events in one year!!

** Registration deadline to be eligible for the Bulldog Trail Challenge jacket is August 24th, 2020.


Active fire fighters, race directors, and winners of the 2019 Tough Mugu.

Run club and running group discounts are available on request, too.

Please email


Park visitors must practice social distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Please limit group sizes to 2-3 runners.

Stay Safer at 6 Feet – Maintain physical distance of 6 feet or more. Avoid crowded areas.
Stay Clean – Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out trash. Wash hands thoroughly.
Stay Covered – Please wear face coverings when you cannot maintain a safe 6-foot distance.
Plan Ahead – Run early or run late. If the parking lot is packed, come back another time.
Keep it Moving – Don’t hang around when you’re done. Only active recreation is allowed.

Passing on the Trail – Gain and maintain eye contact. Announce your intention. Keep 6 feet apart, or wear a face covering if not possible. Smile (with your eyes), we’re all out here enjoying nature!

Dogs are NOT allowed on CA State Park trails. Sorry, we love dogs, too.


Thank you Run With Us in Pasadena!!
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1st Place Overall Women and Men win a pair of shoes.

1st Place Age Groupers win Gift Cards to Run With Us.

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