COVID-19 Related Race Update
This year's Fort Ord Trail Run will be a slightly new twist on our classic event, typically taking place in February. The changes we've implemented will help us abide by all state and local COVID-19 regulations, while still providing a fun, heart-pounding race out on the beautiful trails around Fort Ord.
Our summer-time Fort Ord Trail Run will be a new twist on the original winter-time event, with necessary modification to help reduce traffic in congested areas. We will have a new start/finish area, and a modified course, but we’ll still traverse most of the same magnificent trails within Fort Ord National Monument. Please make sure to review all the below race and course information to ensure you’re up to date on what is coming up on July 24!
Fort Ord was a U.S. Army post on Monterey Bay in California. It was established in 1917 as a maneuver area and field artillery target range and was closed in September 1994. Fort Ord was one of the most attractive locations of any U.S. Army post, because of its proximity to the beach and California weather. The 7th Infantry Division (Light) was its main resident for many years. When Fort Ord was converted to civilian use, space was set aside for the first nature reserve in the United States created for conservation of an insect, the endangered species Smith’s blue butterfly.
While much of the old military buildings and infrastructure remain abandoned, many structures have been torn down for anticipated development. California State University Monterey Bay and Fort Ord Dunes State Park, along with some subdivisions, the Veterans Transition Center, a strip mall, military facilities and a nature preserve occupy the area today.
On April 20, 2012, President Obama signed a proclamation designating a 14,651-acre portion of the former post as the Fort Ord National Monument.
Inside Trail Racing is authorized to use the trails on Fort Ord National Monument under a Special Recreation Permit issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Location: Ford Ord National Monument
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Events: 10K, 25K, 50K
10K – 8:30 AM
25K – 8:00 AM
50K – 7:30 AM
Check-In & Bib Pickup:
Sat., July 24th
6:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Fort Ord Travel Camp
East Garrison, CA
Time Limit: There is a 9 hour time limit for the 50K race.
Parking: Parking is free within the Fort Ord Travel Camp, adjacent to the Start/Finish area. Carpooling is always strongly encouraged.
Detailed Course Map | Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs | Elevation Profiles
Aid Station Supplies
Inside Trail Racing aid stations are replete with an optimal variety of glycogen-replenishing, electrolyte-replacing products. The following is a list of some of the foods and beverages each aid station may provide: Gu Energy gels, chews, and Stroopwafels, trail mix, pretzels, potato chips, Oreo cookies, Pop Tarts, boiled potatoes with salt, Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, PB&J sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, salt tablets, bananas, watermelon, and tangerines. Aid stations are also equipped with general first aid items, including Salt-Stick tablets, but no anti-inflammatory medicine.
Tailwind is mixed so that it contains 180 – 200 calories per 20 fluid ounces.
As distances between aid station vary, we strongly encourage all runners to carry at least one 20oz bottle during their run.
Without the support of enthusiastic and caring volunteers producing our races would not be possible. Volunteers of all ages and abilities help with setup, check-in, aid stations, course marshaling, timing, and post-race food.
Volunteering is a fun, novel way to experience races, play in the outdoors, and spend time with friendly people. All volunteers receive a free race T-shirt, free food, and the ability to earn credit toward a future Inside Trail Racing event, commensurate to the amount of time worked.
To volunteer for this year’s event, please submit our online volunteer form.
This a cupless event, meaning aid stations will not have paper cups available for runner use. Each runner will be responsible for carrying their own water bottle or reusable cup. Reusable cups are made of silicone, are collapsible, and easy to carry with you while you run. Going cupless will keep hundreds, or thousands, of paper cups from being thrown away or left littering the trails. Read more about our cupless events here. Reusable cups by HydraPak will be available for purchase at each event for $5.
All registered runners will receive a District Perfect-Tri tri-blend fabric shirt. This tee is made with top-of-the-line sportswear technology to heighten performance during your toughest workouts. With sun defense, moisture-wicking technology, quick stain release, and comfortable fit, this tri-blend performance crew serves the needs of every athlete. It’s the perfect year-round choice for outdoor sports and exercise. Get the most out of your workout with this tough, hardworking tee.
● 4.5-ounce, 50/25/25 poly/combed ring spun cotton/rayon, 32 singles
● 1X1 rib knit neck
● Shoulder to shoulder taping
● UPF 30
To be guaranteed your shirt size, you must register by July 10, 2021.
The top three overall winners (male and female) of each race distance will receive a custom trophy with the race logo. In addition, the top finisher for each distance (male and female) will receive a special item from one of Inside Trail’s sponsors.
All finishers will receive a custom medal with the race logo.
All 50K finishers will receive a pint glass with the race logo.
The Dead Last Finisher (DLF) in each even will receive a custom award.Age-group medals (3 deep) will be awarded in the following categories, for both males and females:
● 13 and under
● 14 – 19
● 20 – 29
● 30 – 39
● 40 – 49
● 50 – 59
● 60 – 69
● 70 and over
The Fine Print
Entry fees to our trail runs are non-refundable, and we do not offer transfers or deferrals to future races. However, with advanced notice, we are happy to credit part of your entry fee to a future Inside Trail Racing event. A credit worth 50% of your original race fee will be issued if the cancellation is received at least 3 weeks prior to the race. There will be no credits or refunds provided if a cancellation is made within 3 weeks of the race. Only registered runners can participate, and you cannot exchange your entry with another runner. Credits will be available for 1 full year from its issue date.
Local time: 9:16 PM
Only registered runners can participate, and you may not exchange your entry with another individual.
We do not cancel races due to rain or heat. Due to trail work, closures, "Acts of God", or for myriad other reasons, permitting agencies may require changes to the publicized courses at any time prior to an event. This is out of our control, and we therefore will not offer refunds or credits in such a situation. If a race location is changed due to park closures, we will automatically transfer the registration over to the new venue, or entrants may choose to cancel their entry (non-refundable and non-transferable) and we will mail awards.
Hosting a trail running event is an expensive and risky endeavor. All race costs are paid for well in advance of race day, so there is no financial gain to be made if a person does not show up on race day. We want all of our registered runners to show up, run, and have fun. While we understand that injuries, conflicts, emergencies, deaths, and other unfortunate events happen and may impact your plans for participation, we must adhere to our cancellation policies.