This years Nisene Marks races include a 5k and trail half marathon. Due to storm damage to some trails, the full marathon will not take place this year but will return in 2018. The setting for the two races is the beatiful Nisene Marks State Park, host to acres of redwood trees, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains near the small beachtown of Aptos, CA. The event beneifts the Lions Club of Santa Cruz, a nonprofit organization that works to help the seeing-impaired community.
All race finishers are awarded a finisher's medal, and a technical t-shirt is included in your race entry fee. Overall winners of the half marathon receive the coveted winner's jacket. Great prizes will be raffled off during the afternoon- stay for the post-race party!. There is 10-year age group awards for this event.
The 5K is an out and back on mostly paved road, and includes 2 small hills. (Net elevation gain ~150ft). Walkers, hikers, strollers are welcome. Sorry, no dogs.
The half marathon is a lollipop course on ~7miles of paved road and dirt fireroad and 6 miles of single track trail. Elevation gain is around ~2400ft. The cut-off is 6.5 hours, and hikers are welcome. No dogs or strollers.
CANCELLED-The marathon is the same course as the half marathon on a lollipop course. you will run the half marathon course two times. ~14 miles total of paved road and dirt fire road, and 12 miles total of single track trail. Elevation gain is around ~2,400ft. per loop (2 loops). The cut-off is 7 hours. No dogs or strollers.
Event details and schedule
All races begin in the Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd, Aptos, CA 95003.
Packet pick-up will occur at Fleet Feet Aptos on Friday, June 2nd between 2:00PM and 6:00PM, and again on race day morning starting at 6:30AM. If you register before April 1, you are guaranteed to get the size shirt you ordered.
The Start Times are as follows:
Half marathon: 8:30AM
If you have any questions please email the race director at: Luv2fly55w@comcast.net
Nisene Marks Races