RODEO VALLEY TRAIL RUN

8K, Half, 30K, 50K

August 3, 2024
Marin Headlands
Sausalito, CA

RACE INFO

Starting just steps away from historic Fort Cronkhite, a preserved WWII mobilization post, and the dark sands of Rodeo Beach, this trail race is comprised of steep pitches and lofty downhill sections as it undulates the beautiful Marin Headlands hills and coastline. Coastal trail and Pirates cove provide astonishing views of the Pacific ocean, while glimpses of San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge appear as you traverse the SCA Trail single-track. As part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Marin Headlands is rich with wildlife, including foxes, coyotes, and bobcats, along with the more rare mountain lion sighting. With distances of 8K, Half Marathon, 30K, and 50K there is a race to challenge and appreciate all running abilities and a scenery that will make even the most curse-worthy climb more benign.

Park Information: Marin Headlands

Start Times:
50K & 30K – 7:00 AM
Half – 7:15 AM
8K – 7:45 AM

Check-In & Bib Pickup:

Early Check-In
Friday, August 2
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

San Francisco Running Company
247 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Race Morning

Saturday, August 3

6:15 AM – 7:45 AM

Capacity: The Rodeo Valley Trail Run has a capacity of 400 runners, across all distances.

Time Limit: There is an 8.5 hour time limit for the 50K & 30K race. All runners must be off the course by 3:30 PM.

Parking:  Free parking is available in the surrounding areas to the Start/Finish at Rodeo Beach. Runners may utilize the pullouts along Mitchell Road, along the beach, the annex lot below the Marine Mammal Center, and the Smith Road Parking Lot (Gerbode Valley Trailhead) along Bunker Road. The walk from the Marine Mammal Center lot to the Start/Finish is about 1/3 mile.

Directions:
Rodeo Beach
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
11050 Mitchell Road, Sausalito, CA 94941
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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:  We will offer beverages after you finish (water, Skratch Labs Hydration Mixes, and other beverage options) 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 Rodeo Beach, and on specific trails within the Headlands. Pups must be on leash at all times. You may run the 8K with your dog, but must start at the back of the pack and allow all other runners to proceed before starting. Dogs are not permitted to run any other distance.

COURSE MAPS

50K (30.8 Miles with 5,750′ Elevation Gain)

Download file: Rodeo-Valley-50K.gpx

30K (18.8 Miles with 3,500′ Elevation Gain)

Download file: Rodeo-Valley-30K.gpx

Half Marathon (13.4 Miles with 2,450′ Elevation Gain)

Download file: Rodeo-Valley-Half.gpx

8K (4.8 Miles with 925′ Elevation Gain)

Download file: Rodeo-Valley-8K.gpx

DETAILED COURSE INFO

Printable Course Information

Course Composition
The vast majority of the course will be run on non-technical dirt trails and fire roads. Hiking/trekking poles are permitted at this venue.

Course Markings
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!

Aid Stations
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, Skratch Labs Hydration mix, 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.

Skratch Labs is 80 calories per serving with minimal sugar (4g per 100 ml) and a ratio of sugar (glucose + fructose) that is optimized for faster absorption, an electrolyte profile that actually matches what is lost in sweat (800 mg sodium, 80 mg potassium, 100 mg calcium, and 80 mg of magnesium per liter).

Drop bag services are not available.

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. Reusable cups by HydraPak will be available for purchase at each event for $5.

Run with us in the Headlands!

VOLUNTEER

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.

AWARDS

★ 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

SHIRTS

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.

Features:
     ● 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 20, 2024.

COURSE RECORDS

Distance Name Age Year Time
8K – Male Anthony Cortes 23 2017 31:45
8K – Female Hayley Siltanen 30 2018 38:24
Half Marathon – Male Tommy Vargas 33 2017 1:25:10
Half Marathon – Female Asher Henry 31 2017 1:42:29
30K – Male Chris Mocko 30 2013 2:04:39
30K – Female Sylvie Abel 32 2023 2:32:12
50K – Male Dave Mackey 43 2013 3:40:54
50K – Female Kimberley O’Donnell 23 2013 4:22:58

PAST RESULTS

Rodeo Valley 23
RODEO VALLEY TRAIL RUN
August 5, 2023

 


RODEO VALLEY TRAIL RUN
August 6, 2022

 
 

 


RODEO VALLEY TRAIL RUN
August 7, 2021

 
 

 


RODEO VALLEY TRAIL RUN
June 22, 2019

 
8K Overall
Half Overall
30K Overall
50K Overall
 

 

Results for previous years can be viewed on Ultrasignup.

THE FINE PRINT

ITR Refund Policy:

Entry fees to our trail runs are non-refundable in all cases, and we do not offer credits, transfers, or deferrals to future races except as described below. Only registered runners can participate in our races, and you cannot exchange your entry with anyone else in any case.

We are happy to issue a credit worth 50% of your original race fee toward a future Inside Trail Racing event if we receive your cancellation at least 3 weeks prior to the race. Credits will expire 1 year after the date issued. There will be no credit provided if a cancellation is made within 3 weeks of the race.

While we understand that last-minute injuries, conflicts, emergencies, deaths, and other unfortunate events affecting registered runners can happen and may impact your plans for participation, we must adhere to our cancellation policy stated above and cannot offer any credits, refunds, transfers, or deferrals in any of these cases.

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”. ITR at its sole discretion may choose to offer future race credit or deferrals in these force majeure situations, depending 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. 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, credits, deferrals, or transfers (except as described below) 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. 


Please refer to our online FAQ page for answers to other commonly asked questions.

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