SANTA CRUZ TRAIL RUN

10K, Half Marathon, 30K

August 7, 2021
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Felton, CA

Registration will open once we receive confirmation from the park.

RACE INFO

Giant redwoods dominate the landscape in our Santa Cruz Trail Run. Aside from coiling single-track that opens up to expansive roads and paths–and even sand–participants will enjoy the ocean breezes pouring in from the Santa Cruz coast. This race delivers everything from river crossings to high ridges with aid stations every 5-6 miles for refueling before tackling the next beautiful, albeit strenuous, section. This is a perfect race for family and friends to attend. They can cheer, enjoy Henry Cowell park, and consume post-race food fit for a trail running king or queen!

Park Information: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Start Times:
30K – 8:30 AM
Half – 8:45 AM
10K – 9:00 AM

Check-In & Bib Pickup:
Race Morning: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Time Limit: There is a 6 hour time limit for the race. All runners must be off the course by 2:30 PM.

Capacity: The Santa Cruz Trail Run has a capacity of 330 runners, across all distances.

Parking:  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.

Directions:
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018
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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 offer a broad selection of sweet and salty snacks, as well as fresh fruit and a diverse line up of pre-packaged food options (chips, cakes, jerkey, etc.). We also offer items off of the grill, which typically varies throughout the day and can include: quesadillas, chicken-apple turkey sausage, chicken noodle soup, and a vegan soup option.

Dog Policy:  Sorry, no dogs are allowed within Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

COURSE MAPS

30K (18.2 Miles with 3,250′ Elevation Gain)

Download file: SC-30K.gpx

Half Marathon (13.5 Miles with 2,625′ Elevation Gain)

Download file: SC-Half.gpx

10K (6.0 Miles with 980′ Elevation Gain)

Download file: SC-10K.gpx

DETAILED COURSE INFO

Printable Course Information

Course Composition
The vast majority of the course will be run on moderately technical dirt trails. Most trails are twisty single-track, climbing the hills within the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. There are stretch of dirt fire road, and a brief descent on a paved all-access trail. All routes run through the golden half-mile, where you traverse the ridge in loose sand, while the 30K and Half Marathon have the esteemed pleasure of crossing the San Lorenzo River, twice! 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, 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.

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.

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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.

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 24, 2021.

COURSE RECORDS

Distance Name Age Year Time
10K – Male Anthony Cortes 23 2017 40:30
10K – Female Claire Otte 17 2017 49:30
Half Marathon – Male Matt Lenehan 27 2018 1:34:03
Half Marathon – Female Robin Young 24 2014 1:53:02
30K – Male Dylan Peterson 28 2015 2:01:11
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

PAST RESULTS


SANTA CRUZ TRAIL RUN
August 3, 2019

10K Overall
Half Overall
30K 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, 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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