This event is run on the El Dorado Trail in beautiful historic Placerville, which will be decorated with annual Christmas displays. The path is surrounded with beautiful oak trees, rolling hills, and incredible views.
All races follow out-and-back courses heading eastward from the starting line at Mosquito Road. For each distance, the path goes up a steady 3% grade to the turnaround point, and the second half of the race is downhill all the way to the finish. The 5K, 10K, and 15K courses are run entirely on a paved bike path. The pavement ends at about 5.6 miles into the half marathon course, and the remainder of the distance to the turnaround point is run on a dirt and gravel path. The total gain in elevation for the half marathon is 1043 feet.
Event details and schedule
Start time: 9:00 am
From Highway 50 eastbound, coming from the Sacramento direction, take the Broadway exit (Exit 47). Turn right on Broadway, and then turn right again on Mosquito road, passing underneath the highway. The gravel lot on the left side of the road is where you should park.
From Highway 50 westbound, coming from the Lake Tahoe direction, take the Mosquito Rd / Main St exit (Exit 47). Turn right on Mosquito Rd. The gravel lot on the left side of the road is where you should park.
Race registration and check-in is located on the north side of the Placerville Station on the corner of Mosquito Rd and Clay St. Check-in opens at 7:30 am.