FORT ORD TRAIL RUN10K, 25K, 50K
July 24, 2021
Fort Ord National Monument
Congratulations Fort Ord runners!
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).
Park Information: Fort Ord National Monument
50K – 7:30 AM
25K – 8:00 AM
10K – 8:30 AM
Check-In & Bib Pickup:
Race Morning: 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Time Limit: There is a 9 hour time limit for the race. All runners must be off the course by 4:30 PM.
Parking: Parking is free within the Fort Ord Travel Camp area, adjacent to the Start/Finish area. Do not park along the street within the East Garrison community! Carpooling is always strongly encouraged.
Fort Ord Travel Camp
Fort Ord National Monument
Watkins Gate Rd. & W. Camp St., East Garrison, CA 93933
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Capacity: The Fort Ord Trail Run has a capacity of 400 runners, across all distances.
Timing: All races are professionally chip timed, utilizing MyLaps and Race Director, ensuring your time is captured as accurately as possible. Disposable chips are attached to back of each bib number.
Post Race: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the finish area will not have the usual smorgasbord you may be accustomed to at an Inside Trail Racing event. We will offer beverages after you finish (water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, and a choice of soda) as well as a prepared burrito option and tortilla chips from Baja Fresh. We will also have various prepackaged snacks and fruit available.
Dog Policy: Dogs are allowed at Fort Ord Travel Camp and Fort Ord National Monument. Pups must be on leash at all times. You may run the any distance with your dog, but must start at the back of the pack and allow all other runners to proceed before starting. Please take the weather into account when deciding to run with your dog. It can get hot out on the trails. Make sure you are putting your dogs health (and paws) first!
DETAILED COURSE INFO
Printable Course Information
- Course Map
- Turn by Turn Directions – Coming Soon
- Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs
- Elevation Profiles
The vast majority of the course will be run on non-technical dirt trails and fire roads. You’ll find some spots on the course that are rutted out due to erosion, and encounter a hill, or two, that closely resembles a sand dune. Most of the climbing for each course occurs towards the end of the race, so save your energy! Hiking/trekking poles are permitted at this venue.
Courses are marked with colored surveyor ribbon, placed approximately every 200 meters along the course. Turns are marked heavily on the inside of the turn, with ~3 ribbons placed just before and just after the intersection. There will also be 8.5″ x 11″ laminated signs and flour arrows on the ground (when allowed) at critical or complicated sections. The detailed course map displays which colored ribbons must be followed for each route. Please keep in mind if you are running a longer distance, you will likely need to follow more than one color while out on the course. The most important course marking is the blue ribbon. Blue ribbons indicate “wrong way” trails. You will see blue ribbons, but do not run past a blue ribbon or you will be heading off course!
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 and chews, Gu Stroop-Waffles, trail mix, pretzels, potato chips, Oreo cookies, Pop Tarts, PB&J sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, boiled potatoes with salt, Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, salt tablets, and seasonal fresh fruit. 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.
Drop bag services are not available.
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.
Run with us in Fort Ord!
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.
★ In an effort to promote healthy competition, overall awards are determined by gun time (the first 3 men and women across the finish line). Age group awards are determined by chip time (the time from crossing the start line to crossing the finish line).
The top three overall winners (male and female) of each race distance will receive a custom trophy with the race logo.
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
● 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.
|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|
|50K – Male||Leor Pantilat||28||2013||3:32:56|
|50K – Female||Kassandra Spitler||27||2018||4:19:58|
THE FINE PRINT
ITR Refund Policy:
Entry fees to our trail runs are non-refundable, and we do not offer transfers or deferrals to future races. Only registered runners can participate, and you may not exchange your entry with another individual. 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. Credits will be available for 1 full year from its issue date. Only registered runners can participate, and you cannot exchange your entry with another runner.
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.
We do not cancel races due to rain or heat. 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. If a race location is changed, but still hosted on the same day, we will automatically transfer the registration over to the new venue, or entrants may choose to run the race remotely and we will mail awards. If a race is postponed all entrants will be transferred to the new date.
If the situation does arise where ITR must outright cancel an event, for any reason, there will be no refunds. This could include earthquakes, floods, extreme weather, unsafe air quality, pandemics, or any other “Act of God”. There will be no refunds, but future race credit or deferrals may be available, dependent on the circumstances and how close to the race date the event was cancelled. We will communicate with all registered runners as soon as possible regarding the cancellation and any pertinent information.
Please refer to our online FAQ page for answers to other commonly asked questions.
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