Knickerbocker Canyon Trail Run

Posted by relhats in on Feb 14, 2012
Auburn S.R.A.
9200 Saint Florian Court
Cool, CA 95614
5K: $30 / 10K: $35 / Half: $45 / 30K: $55
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Congratulations runners! Results are now available on the Results tab.

Race Information

Runners will run on the historic Western States trail, out to No Hands Bridge then tackle one of the toughest climbs in the area, and training grounds for top runners, the dreaded K2 training hill. The 10K will head back to the Finish area along the Olmstead Loop Trail, while the Half and 30K tackle another tough, but fun, section… heading back down to the American River and back up the Auburn-Cool Trail (also known as the “Dam Hill”). The long series of switchbacks will bring you back to the Olmstead Loop, where Half runners will trudge to the finish. The 30K runners will do a bonus loop, traversing meadows, single track, and farmland rolling hills until you reach the finish at the Cool Firehouse.

Carpooling is highly encouraged. Bring some collapsable chairs for yourselves and hang out for a bit post-race.

Park information: Auburn SRA

Location: Cool & Auburn, CA

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Events: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 30K

Bib & Shirt Pickup: 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Start Times: 5K 9:00 AM
10K 9:00 AM
Half Marathon 8:30 AM
30K 8:30 AM


Parking: Parking is $10 per vehicle (Auburn S.R.A. fee/CA Poppy Pass Accepted) and is available at the Start/Finish area. All vehicles must be parked behind the Knickerbocker Gate and facing outbound, with wheels inside the white lines. Parking monitors will be available to help you find your way.

Time Limit: There is an 6 HOUR limit for the 30K.

TrailRunner Trophy Series 2014

Shirts & Awards


Greenlayer SportsAll registered runners will receive a Greenlayer Sports Evolution technical fabric shirt. Your favorite training tee has been updated for the new season. Made from super soft moisture-wicking fabric, the Evolution Short Sleeve Tee offers the perfect blend of performance, fit and design at an exceptional price point. The Greenlayer logo is featured in a color popping contrast color on the left sleeve.

Fabric: 150g 50% recycled polyester 50% polyester

Greenlayer Helium - Female

Helium – Female

Greenlayer Helium - Male

Helium Shirt – Male

To be guaranteed your shirt size, you must register by March 9, 2013.


Overall winners of each race distance will receive a medal, a custom glass Stein and an item from the Inside Trail Racing schwag bag.

All ultra-marathon distance finishers will receive a custom printed Pint Glass with the race logo.

All other finishers will receive a custom print Coffee Mug 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:
     ● 19 and under
     ● 20 – 29
     ● 30 – 39
     ● 40 – 49
     ● 50 – 59
     ● 60 and over

Course Information

Course Map

Click image for larger map.

A courses are subject to change if the weather or park service demands it.

Turn by Turn Directions

Aid Station Distances

Elevation Charts

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At Inside Trail Racing aid stations it’s like an all you can eat buffet, but this is a race, so don’t linger too long! Expect to find variety at our aid stations, including sweet and salty offerings like trail mix, pretzels, cookies, boiled potatoes with salt for dipping, regular soda, water (of course!), electrolyte drink, PB&J finger sandwiches, gummy bears, salt tablets, you get the idea. There will also be general first aid items but no anti-inflamatory medicine. We strongly encourage you to carry at least one 20oz bottle from which to sip while you enjoy your run.



Distance Name Age Year Time
5K – Male Michael Pendleton 42 2012 21:17
5K – Female Susan Scobie 46 2012 33:31
10K – Male Sam McManis 53 2013 54:24
10K – Female Donene Vukovich 34 2013 1:01:57
Half Marathon – Male Paulo Medina 29 2014 1:39:06
Half Marathon – Female Emilie Johnson 24 2014 1:55:37
30K – Male Peter Fain 42 2014 2:17:49
30K – Female Jennifer Pfeifer 42 2014 2:4542

Knickerbocker Canyon Trail Run


  • KeenanB

    does anyone know the elevation gain in the half?

  • Tim Stahler

    The half will have approximately 1,450′ of climb. Elevation profiles are being posted now!

  • Slowdancers

    Do you have finisher medals or only medals for top 3 age group winners?

  • Peter Fain

    Had a good time in the race. Wasnt really ideal for a first race back from an injury but it was fun none the less. The descent to no hands bridge was practically like running in a stream bed, as was many other portions of the course. The climb was fantastic. Enjoyed some turkey specatating near the top, and the home stretch on the olmstead loop was a muddy jaunt. Again, a good time.

  • Celia Dean

    Just coming off foot surgery looking at the 5k does it go up K2

    • Tim Stahler

      Hi, Celia. We updated all the maps and elevation charts with the 5K course. It does not go up K2… Compared to the other events at Knickerbocker Canyon, it is relatively flat. It will be a little longer than 5K… right around 3.3 miles.

  • Cheryl Kurowski

    looking forward to this run! I’m interested in the 1/2 marathon distance. Wondering if it’s the same route as the Fourmidable 1/2 that was just yesterday?

    • Tim Stahler

      I’m not familiar with the Fourmidable route, but the half is the same course as we used last year. Heading out from Cool Firehouse to No Hands, up Training Hill to a portion of Olmstead Loop. From there you’ll go down Coffer Dam Trail to the river and back up the Auburn-Cool Trail (Dam Hill) then on to the Firehouse. A fun, challenging route! -Tim

  • Celia Dean

    I can’t believe I talked my husband into doing the 5k… He has never done a race before…so now instead of running this I will be run/walking with him….