The 50-mile course follows the American River using the Pioneer Express Trail through both the Auburn and Folsom State Recreation Areas. Starting at the American River Canyon Overlook Park, the first 23 miles are all trail, followed by 8 miles of a mix of dirt and bike trail. The last 19 miles are along the American River Parkway and the Jedediah Smith Recreational Trail. The trail is paved but the shoulder of the bike trail is run-able decomposed granite.
50M course has a total descent of approximately 3,474′ and ascent of 2,139′.
The course has been changed to eliminate the confusion of the initial loop around Auburn in the 50M. Updated course map will be posted shortly.
Both courses end prior to crossing Guy West Bridge, as they follow the American River Bike Trail on the north side of the river, to the golf course and turning onto Cadillac Drive to finish at the host hotel, the Larkspur Landing Hotel. The Half Marathon starts at Upper Sunrise Recreation Area and ends at the same location as the 50M. Both courses are exact distances and will be USATF-certified.
Event schedule and times
Half Marathon will start promptly at 8:00am at Upper Sunrise Recreation Area (Sunday, November 24th)
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