East Garrison Half Marathon & 8K

WHEN: May 8, 2021
WHERE: Fort Ord Travel Camp
Sherman Blvd. and Inter-Garrison Way
East Garrison, CA 93933
COST: 8K: $55 / Half Marathon: $75
CONTACT: Inside Trail Racing


A new twist on an old favorite! The East Garrison Half Marathon & 8K is a modified version of our popular Fort Ord and Golden State trail runs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this race look a bit different than our other events. We will only be offering two distances (8K and Half Marathon) with wave starts. Keep checking this page for more information as we can make it available.

In the event this race needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19 related lockdowns, there will be no refunds. Instead, we will be offering a credit to any future ITR race. This credit will be good for 2 years after the date of the cancelled event.

Online registration will open once we have confirmation of the event date.

Add $10 if registering on or after April 24 2021. No race day registration will be available.
Pre-registration through 5:00 PM on May 5 2021, or until sold out.


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.

Park information: 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 & Travel Camp

Date: May 8, 2021

Events: 8K (5.0 Miles), Half Marathon (13.0 Miles)

Start Times:
     ● Wave 1 – 8:00 AM
     ● Wave 2 – 8:30 AM
     ● Wave 3 – 9:00 AM
     ● Wave 4 – 9:30 AM

Check-In & Bib Pickup:
     Race Morning Only @ Travel Camp
     ● Wave 1: 7:15 AM – 7:50 AM
     ● Wave 2: 7:45 AM – 8:20 AM
     ● Wave 3: 8:15 AM – 8:50 AM
     ● Wave 4: 8:45 AM – 9:20 AM

Time Limit: There is an 4.5 hour cutoff for each wave of the race.

Parking: Parking is free at the Fort Ord Travel Camp, adjacent to the Start/Finish area.

Race Capacity: The Fort Ord Trail Run will have a capacity of 300 runners, across all distances.

Woof Alert: Dogs are allowed both within the Travel Camp and Fort Ord National Monument. Pups must be on leash at all times in both parks. You may run with your dog, but must start at the back of the pack and allow all other runners to proceed before starting.

ITR Refund Policy:
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 paid entry fee will be awarded up to 3 weeks out from the event time. There will be no credits issued if a cancellation is declared within 3 weeks of the race start. Credits will be available for 1 full year from the date of the race.

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. An act of God, such as earthquake, fire, or other natural disaster, which causes the area of a race to be closed may force cancellation or relocation of the event. If a race location is changed due to park closures, we will automatically transfer the registration over to the new venue, or we will issue credits in accordance with our cancellation policy. In the event a race is completely cancelled, or needs to be rescheduled, we will transfer a portion of your entry fee to another ITR event. Again, credits will be valid for 1 year.

Due to trail work, closures, 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.

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.


Half Marathon(13.0 Miles with 1,250′ Elevation Gain)

8K (5.0 Miles with 350′ Elevation Gain)

Detailed Course Map | Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs | Elevation Profiles

Cupless Event
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.

Aid Stations

COVID NOTE: Runners must wear a face covering when approaching, leaving, and while in the confines of the aid station area. Hand Sanitizer will be available at the aid station.

Inside Trail Racing aid stations are replete with an optimal variety of glycogen-replenishing, electrolyte-replacing products. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Folsom Lake Trail Half will have one aid station which will likely contain the following: Gu Energy gels and chews, Gu Energy Stroop Waffles, Water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, Coke, and Ginger Ale. There will not be any communal food available. All fuel and drink items will be distributed by a trainer staff member or volunteer. We strongly recommend that runners carry their own food and drink out on the course. Aid stations are also equipped with general first aid items but no anti-inflammatory medicine. As distances between aid station vary, we strongly encourage all runners to carry at least one 20oz bottle during their run.

Tailwind is mixed so that it contains 180 – 200 calories per 20 fluid ounces.


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. Five hours of assisting an event results in a free race credit or Inside Trail merchandise.

To volunteer for this year’s event, please submit our online volunteer form.


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

All 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:
     ● 13 and under
     ● 14 – 19
     ● 20 – 29
     ● 30 – 39
     ● 40 – 49
     ● 50 – 59
     ● 60 – 69
     ● 70 and over


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 April 24, 2021.


Distance Name Age Year Time
10K – Male Anthony Cortes 25 2019 37:55
10K – Female Stephanie Thornton 29 2017 46:41
25K- Male David Roche 28 2017 1:31:27
25K- Female Megan Roche 26 2017 1:51:20

* NOTE: Course records displayed are from our Fort Ord Trail Run, which is a different course but run along the same trails. These are only shown to give you an idea of how fast the course is. The male and female winners of this year’s event will be the official course record holders.