Saturday, Aug 28, 2021

Mount Madonna Challenge

Sprig Lake Day Use Area

Gilroy, CA 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K

This Event Took Place Sat. Aug 28, 2021

COVID-19 Related Race Update

We're approved! The Mt. Madonna Challenge is on!

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Please note that there is no Race Day Registration.

The 45th Annual Mount Madonna Challenge

The Mt. Madonna Challenge began in 1975 by a hodge podge group of runners led by a gentleman with a passion for running, Bill Flodberg. It was one of the original trail races that began the evolution of trail running. In his 75 years, Bill wore many hats, and he wore them with equal passion. Bill was an avid runner; during college, he ran for UC Berkeley; later, he ran and trained on the roads and trails in San Martin and Gilroy, and he raced competitively well into his 70s. In addition to his personal running accomplishments, Bill encouraged runners and running as a Cross Country Coach at Gavilan College, as one of the founders of the Gavilan Joggers and Striders Running Club, through his “Running Man” running column, and as an organizer and director of several local races, including the Mt. Madonna Challenge. Thanks to Bill, thousands of people were enriched by his efforts to encourage music and the arts. And thanks to Bill, thousands of people in the running community have benefited from his example, encouragement, and advice.


In 2007, the South Valley Running Club took over ownership and management of the Mt. Madonna Challenge as Bill could no longer manage putting on the race. The running club took over the race with the intent of all proceeds being donated in the form of scholarships for college to local high school running athletes. Over the 13 years, the running club put on the Mt. Madonna Challenge, one to five scholarships were given out each year to local high school seniors.

As with many organizations over time, the running club saw a decline in club support and participation with putting on the Mt. Madonna Challenge and decided that it was time to transfer the race to someone that could bring renewed energy and passion to the race. Beginning with the 2020 race, Jose Cruz will be taking over ownership and management of the race. A local amazing running athlete, Jose has big plans for the race and promises to put on a fantastic race for those coming to run it. He will also be continuing the donation of all profits to local youth athletes in need of financial assistance in underrepresented communities. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Madonna Challenge Scholarship, formerly known as the Dave Thoms Memorial Scholarship fund!

Cupless Race

In an effort to meet state and local guidelines regarding Covid-19, the Mt. Madonna Challenge will be going cupless. This means that rather than relying on aid stations to provide prefilled cups of water or electrolytes, runners must bring their own reusable cup or water bottle to the race. Volunteers will gladly fill your cup or bottle with water or electrolytes at the start, finish, and any aid stations in between! If you forget to bring a cup or bottle, don’t worry - Mt. Madonna Challenge reusable 22 oz water bottles will also be available during packet pickup. We apologize for this inconvenience, but this is what we must do for the race to proceed. We know you will still have a great time out there! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Check-In & Packet Pickup

Pre-Race Day Packet Pickup will be hosted the day before the race at Promised Land Brewing Co. on Friday, 8/27 from 4-8PM.
Address: 7419 Monterey St. Gilroy, CA

We encourage you to attend Pre-Race Day Packet Pickup! We'll be including a raffle and merch giveaway. Runners 21+ will also receive $1 off their choice of Beer/Merchandise at Promised Land Brewing Co.

If you do not come to Pre-Race Day Packet Pickup, we'll have Packet Pickup on the day of the race. Race Day Packet Pickup will be hosted at race location.

No Refunds

We understand that things out of our control can happen weeks before the race or even the day of the race. We’ll try our best to accommodate you but there are no refunds. The best we can do is offer you 25% off an entry for the following year. All our proceeds benefit the youth in our community. Think of it as a donation.

Local time: 3:00 PM


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