No Hands Heavy Half & 8K

WHEN: Saturday – May 22, 2021
WHERE: American River Canyon Overlook Park
855 Pacific Ave.
Auburn, CA 95603
COST: 8K: $55 / Half: $70
CONTACT: Inside Trail Racing


A new twist on an old favorite! This year we are adding the No Hands Heavy Half and 8K to the lineup, in an effort to get folks out on the same trails as our Knickerbocker Canyon race, but trimmed down to follow the current COVID-19 guidance from the state. We’ll be offering two distances 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.

Register Online

Add $10 if registering on or after May 1, 2021. No race day check-in will be available.
Pre-registration through 5:00 PM on May 19, 2021, or until sold out.


Participants of this race will run along the historic Western States trail, out to “No Hands Bridge”, then tackle one of the toughest climbs in the area: the dreaded K2 training hill. Both the 8k and Heavy Half courses include killer single-track trails along the banks and canyons of the American River; the Half Marathon will cross “No Hands Bridge”, up K2 then towards Cool, CA. Not to be outdone by Training Hill, everyone will climb the punishing Overlook Hill to the finish line, where you’ll revel in the 50 meters of perfectly flat path. The course is varied and far from monotonous, allowing runners to push past discomfort and focus on what’s enjoyable.

Park information: American River Canyon Overlook Park, Auburn SRA

Location: American River Canyon Overlook Park, Auburn, CA

Date: May 22, 2021

Events: 8K & Half Marathon

Start Times:
     ● Half Wave 1 – 8:00 AM
     ● Half Wave 2 – 8:30 AM
     ● Half Wave 3 – 9:00 AM
     ● 8K Wave 4 – 9:30 AM
     ● 8K Wave 5 – 10:00 AM

Check-In & Bib Pickup:
     Race Morning Only @ Overlook Park
     ● 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
     ● Wave 5: 9:15 AM – 9:50 AM

Time Limit: There is a 4.5 hour limit for the Half Marathon.

Parking: Parking is free and available within the American River Overlook park, and adjacent streets. Carpooling is always strongly encouraged.

Race Capacity: The No Hands Heavy Half and 8K will have a capacity of 300 runners, across all distances.

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.


Heavy Half Marathon (13.5 Miles with 2,800′ Elevation Gain)

8K (4.8 Miles with 950′ 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 Knickerbocer Canyon trophy, and an item from an Inside Trail sponsor..

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

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 May 8, 2021.


Distance Name Age Year Time
10K – Male Anthony Cortes 25 2019 39:57
10K – Female Sarah Prince 44 2017 48:57
Half Marathon – Male Cary Dunagan 26 2019 1:31:34
Half Marathon – Female Eileen Morley 32 2018 2:04:40

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