Santa Cruz Trail Run

Posted by relhats in on Jan 31, 2012
WHEN: Sunday – August 2, 2015
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WHERE: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA 95018
COST: 10K: $40 / Half: $50 / 30K: $60
CONTACT: Inside Trail Racing
Online registration will be available shortly.

Race Info

Giant redwoods dominate the landscape in our Santa Cruz trail run.  Aside from twisting single track that opens up to expansive roads and paths, you’ll enjoy the ocean breezes pouring in from the Santa Cruz coast. The race will offer everything from river crossings to high ridges with aid stations every 5-6 miles for refueling before tackling the next beautiful, albeit strenuous, section.  Bring your families and stay after the race to enjoy Henry Cowell park where we’ll have post race food fit for a trail running king or queen!

Parking at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is $10.00. There is limited parking along Highway 9 outside of the park. To save some money, we recommend you carpool from Felton (minutes away from the park) or Santa Cruz.

Information on Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is available here.

Location: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Date: Sunday, August 2, 2015

Events: 10K, Half Marathon & 30K

Bib & Shirt Pickup: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Start Times:
     ● 30K – 8:30 AM
     ● Half – 8:30 AM
     ● 10K – 9:00 AM

Time Limit: There is a 6 hour time limit for the 30K race.

Parking: Parking is available at the Start/Finish area at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The park charges $10 for each vehicle. Carpooling is always strongly encouraged.

Race Capacity: The Santa Cruz Trail Run event will have a capacity of 300 runners, across all distances.

Weather Forecast for Felton, CA:

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ITR Refund Policy:
Entry fees to our trail runs are non-refundable. With advanced notice, we are happy to transfer part of your entry fee (75% up to two weeks of the event, 50% from 2 weeks up to 48 hours of the event) to a future ITR event. Only registered runners can participate, and you cannot exchange your entry with another runner.

Awards & Shirts


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 other finishers will receive a custom medal 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 – 69
     ● 70 and over



All 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

To be guaranteed your shirt size, you must register by July 19, 2015.

Course Info

Course Maps

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

Elevation Charts

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Turn by Turn Directions

Aid Station Distances and Timing

Aid Station Driving Directions

Aid Stations

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 all of our aid stations, including a plethora of Clif Bar Products (Clif Shot Gels, Clif Bloks, Clif Bars), as well as sweet and salty offerings like trail mix, pretzels, potato chips, Oreo cookies, Pop Tarts, boiled potatoes with salt, PB&J finger sandwiches, regular soda (Coke or Pepsi), Mountain Dew, water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, PB&J finger sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, salt tablets… you get the idea. There will also be general first aid items but no anti-inflammatory medicine. We strongly encourage all runners to carry at least one 20oz bottle during their run.



Distance Name Age Year Time
10K – Male Ryan Hoffman 35 2014 41:28
10K – Female Allison McLaughlin 20 2014 50:23
Half Marathon – Male Craig Schmidt 31 2014 1:35:11
Half Marathon – Female Robin Young 24 2014 1:53:02
30K – Male Rickey Russell 29 2014 2:17:18
30K – Female Tori Tyler 27 2014 2:18:19
50K – Male Jacob Singleton 24 2013 4:12:26
50K – Female Holly Miller 39 2013 6:03:41

  • Colbybeach

    i want a map plz

  • Tim Stahler

    Maps will be available tomorrow (April 10).

  • Aud

    where is the river crossing?

  • Jelatter2

    does anyone know what the closest hotel is? thank you!

    • Stella

      Try the Fern River Resort in Felton, you can walk to the race from there and its much nicer than any of the tourist motels in Santa Cruz.

  • TotalP

    Jelatter2, I recommend you do *not* book Motel Santa Cruz at 370 Ocean St. You may want to look at The Hampton Inn at 1505 Ocean St; it’s a little more expensive, but you’ll get what you pay for. There are a lot of other smaller/cheaper motels in Santa Cruz on Riverside Ave and in the beach area, but the are can be a little sketchy. If you’re looking to splurge, check out the Dream Inn. Santa Cruz is a little over 6 miles from the race start.

  • Tablesawtim2001

    So does the race actually take you through the water on river crossings?

    • Tim Stahler

      Absolutely. Expect river crossings that vary in depth from ankle to knee high… The crossings on the 10K loop are the lowest… The longer distances contain a crossing that will be a little deeper, but still plenty walkable for the shortest of runners.

      • Stellabcarey

        On Wednesday I ran the 10k course to Buckeye Trail and then down to the river. I crossed there and the water was about three feet deep with minimal current. But then I couldn’t find the trail on the other side and ended up having to backtrack. I’ll reverse the course and try to find it from the other direction this weekend.

  • Flyway

    How many river crossing are on the 10k course and how soon into the course are the crossings

  • Tim Stahler

    We changed the course slightly due to a few trails being quite over grown and infested with poison oak. Please take a look at the new course map which is now available. The 10K runner will remain dry, while the other runners will all cross the San Lorenzo at least twice.

    • Mark Tanaka

      Thanks, Tim! Hate poison oak.

  • Jessicatdillon

    my sister is running the 50K, and I’d like to meet her at about mile 20 and run her in. i’m having a heck of a time figuring out where mile 20 is from the map. can you please help?

    • Tim Stahler

      Runners will be close to mile 20 at the Highway 9 crossing, heading from Henry Cowell in to Pogonip, on the second lap. Right at the aid station symbol in the middle of the map.

  • Mineldiaz

    I registered for the 50k! I have been training but did not really follow a formal schedule, so we’ll see how this goes! This will technically be my first ultra, if I finish!

    • Dan Reisner

      Mineldiaz, I also signed up for the 50K. This is also my first Ultra so I am with ya!

  • Adam Blum

    Big bummer to miss the Buckeye. Its really not that overgrown (run it almost every day)

    • Tim Stahler

      I’ll be out there tomorrow, Adam. If it looks good to go then I can feasibly work it back in over Pipeline.

      • Adam Blum

        dude, I will cut the poison oak myself to get Buckeye back in

  • Joanne McCluhan

    I know the course limit is 8 & 1/2 for the 50k, but are there earlier cut offs at the aid stations? thanks : )

    • Tim Stahler

      There will be cut offs at the pass through and highway 9 aid stations. I should have them available tomorrow.

    • Dan Reisner

      Joanne! You and I will finish this in 7! LOL! We got this!

  • Dave

    Is the run parking and start @ the State Park (main entrance off hwy 9) or at the Campground (off of Graham Hill Rd)? Thx.

    • Tim Stahler

      Main entrance of the park… Picnic area #1

  • Jim Spear

    Nice elevation charts! Great to see the grade rating for each segment. The new course has ~1200″ more ascent on the 30K. A nice challenge.

  • Mark Tanaka

    Want to figure out which La Sportiva shoes to run this in. On a 1-10 scale, how technical would you say the (50k) course is?

    • Tim Stahler

      Mark – Not very technical at all. Considering just the trails, I’d say a 2 or 3. There are some sandy stretches and the 50K will cross the river 4 times. I’d go with something that drains well over worrying about tread… Skylite? Vertical K?

      • Mark Tanaka

        Thanks, Tim. I have been demoing 2013 Ultra Raptors for La Sportiva the last few races, but I think I’ll go with something with less tread. Looking forward to running down at Henry Cowell– never been there.

  • Flandria

    checked out the river crossing…knee deep

    • Jenny

      How wide is it?

      • Adam Blum

        If Tim puts the Buckeye back in the crossing will be very shallow but much longer than the Rincon Road crossing

  • Adam Blum

    Tim, can you move me to the 30K? And would you like some pics of Buckeye tomorrow to gauge its acceptability?

  • Steve McCluhan

    I am looking at your map for the 50k and it’s somewhat confusing, my wife is running Saturday. Will there be actual signage on the course to distinguish the 50k and arrows for the correct direction on the loops? Also, is it two big pink loops (back to the starting line) plus one out and back on the orange? And if so, is the orange out and back on the first or second loop? might make a difference for cut off times. Thanks

    • Tim Stahler

      Steve – 50K runners will run pink “out” to the orange loop, run the orange loop then follow pink back to the start/finish. After passing through the start/finish they head back out and run just the pink loop. There will be signs and flour arrows in addition to the ribbons marking the course.

  • TotalP

    As far as the river crossing is concerned, “ankle deep” and “knee deep” are relative terms. I don’t mind 2- or 3-ft deep water, and I’m pretty sure any crossing won’t be longer than 40-ft across, but I would definitely like to avoid any trails that have poison oak growing into the trail and brushing against my arms and legs for 3 miles, or even half a mile for that matter.

    • Tim Stahler

      I’d say 30ish feet across. 2 – 2.5 feet at its deepest point.

  • Adam Blum

    Great race today Tim(s). Really good course marking and organization. Maybe a crossing guard for Route 9 is in order? And can’t wait to do this with the Buckeye back in.

    • Tim Stahler

      Agreed, Adam. Apparently our “Runners on the road signs” were stolen… and our crossing guard was no show. I get the feeling you want Buckeye back in? ;)

    • Melanie Michalak

      Buckeye is beautiful from Pipeline down to river, however, I find Buckeye is really overgrown after its first river crossing. 2-4 river crossings are great, but 6+ in multiple locations for only a 50k, with a limited number of volunteers as it is? Seems a little excessive just add in one short trail- that’s no more special than any of the other trails.

  • Hubbardr08

    Hi, I ran the 10K today. It was a beautiful course, very challenging with the sand, hills, and hills with sand. I was wondering, is the elevation shown on the course information webpage correct for today’s 10K run, or is that the course before the change due to poison oak? I’m curious what today’s 10K elevation climb was. Nice job organizing and putting the race together, very well done. Looking forward to more trail runs.

  • Erika

    Loved the race today! It was perfect weather, a great course and a lot of fun! I actually really enjoyed the river crossings. It was a nice way to cool down my legs and feel refreshed on the route. I saw some people taking photos. Are they going to be posted somewhere after the race? Thanks again! Looking forward to Skirt and Dirt.

  • Phil Wimer

    Thanks for the great event!

  • Mark Tanaka

    Another great time, perfectly marked, and lots of fun. Thanks again, ITR!

  • Jim Spear

    Thanks for a great time. The course change for the 30k/50K turned out great. Especially like the added elev change!

  • dennarr

    I’m looking for a good “first” 50K…is this a good possibility? This one falls at a good spot in my schedule. I’ve been running about 1.5 years and, by race time, will have 2 fulls and 16 half marathons under my belt (~5 of the halfs were trail ones.) Thanks for any feedback.

  • Jake

    How much of the Half is rocky/gravelly? I’m trying to decide whether or not to wear my minimal shoes. Normal rocks on a trail are no big deal, but fire roads (like the Ft. Ord run) hurt. Thanks.

    • Tim Stahler

      There are some rocky sections on the course, mostly technical terrain as opposed to being “gravelly”. There is a little bit of everything along this route, including deep sand, grassy trails, soft pine covered trails, hardpacked dirt and about 1/2 mile of downhill asphalt. The latter may be the roughest on truly minimal shoes. There are also a couple river crossings… so you’ll want shoes that drain well.

  • Linda S

    Are there any river crossings for the 10K? Thanks.

    • Tim Stahler

      Linda – No river crossings for the 10K. Half has 2. 30K has 2. 50K has 4.

  • Tim Renggli

    All age group medals will be mailed out now that results are in correct? Or do we pick them up at a future race? I came in second 40-49 yr old guys.

    • Tim Stahler

      Tim – All medals will be mailed out this week. We will be sending out a post-race email with all the details tonight. Thanks for racing with us, and congrats on placing in your age group! Hope to see you again sometime soon :)

      • Tim Renggli

        Thanks for the info Tim. I will be seeing you guys in Salinas and in Sunol. Im really excited about the Sunol run. I live in Fremont and I have always thought Sunol deserved it’s own trail run. The Ohlone 50k just passes through.