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Everything right about trail running is found here: a celebration of community, the strength of the human spirit, the environment, and a very challenging event. This trail race takes us back to the beginning of ultra-running: a purposely small and intimate event, capped at 200 runners. We have changed the … MORE
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    andreak FIRST-TIMER '18

    Any race that offers breakfast food as the post run meal, definitely gets my money! Pacific Coast Trail Runs (PCTR) has had a busy year revamping their image and are … MORE

    Any race that offers breakfast food as the post run meal, definitely gets my money!

    Pacific Coast Trail Runs (PCTR) has had a busy year revamping their image and are doing an awesome job with their races. This was only my second race by them, but it won’t be my last.

    They offer awesome woodallions in the place of medals and we got a really nice tech shirt as well. They also hand the runners a bag of samples and their bumper sticker which says “Go Run a Trail.”

    This race is named after Eldrith Gosney, a 75 year old Bay Area legend in the ultra running community. It’s her training run for the Quad Dipsea and the two races have a very similar amount of elevation gain, over 9,300 ft.

    This race was originally supposed to be in October and due to the fires in Northern California, it was postponed. I registered for the race after the date was changed and I was so happy I was able to do it! I also looked at the elevation gain for the 34k when registering for the then 47k and was very surprised when I discovered my mistake!

    The race starts and finishes at Old Mill Park in Mill Valley. Due to a broken bridge, the race had a modification and the runners had a stretch of road to run on. This lead to the 47k being over 32 miles instead of over 29 and becoming a 50k! Thankfully the elevation didn’t change and stayed over 9,300 ft of gain which was more than plenty.

    The 50k runners did the same route as the 36k, but we had an extra out and back to Cardiac Hill from the finish area. The 36k course had 3 sections and stopped at Cardiac Hill aid station three times: We went from Old Mill up the Dipsea stairs to Cardiac Hill, down the Dipsea trail and almost to Stinson Beach, back up the Dipsea to Steep Ravine Trail and then to Cardiac again, then down Coastal Trail to Heather Cutoff where we ran through Santos Meadows, turned and ran back up the same way to Cardiac, then headed back to Old Mill the same way we left. The 36k runners got to stay and eat, while the 50k runners headed back up the stairs and went to Cardiac one last time.

    The Cardiac aid was fully stocked with awesome snacks and there was an aid for the 50k runners at the finish to eat from before heading back out. Everything was so great and the volunteers were so helpful like always! The scenes on these trails are incredible, but nothing beat running down those stairs and across the bridge into the finish chute one last time and getting to eat a recovery plate of pancakes and bacon! Also, there was beer and wine for finishers!

    It was a really great day and although it was a very challenging race, it was more than worth it!

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 16, 2018 at 3:37pm

    YAY, awesome work Andrea!! Love the fact that Eldrith has her own race and that you can actually run with her. And props to PCTR for taking a step back… MORE

    YAY, awesome work Andrea!! Love the fact that Eldrith has her own race and that you can actually run with her. And props to PCTR for taking a step back and taking the time to revamp their image, like you said, since this sounds like a race worth preserving (and woodallions, so unique!). Funny coincidence you start with the part about breakfast, you may have been writing that at the same time I was collapsing in a chair at the Houston Marathon's own post-race spread – isn't it amazing to finish a race and have real food waiting for you? And especially when you've been out on hilly trails for hours. You're becoming an ultra machine, and I can't wait to see what else you have in store for 2018. Congrats on another impressive effort, and thanks for another great review! LESS

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    mikebeckwith Jan 14, 2018 at 10:33pm

    Wow! Great job AK!! You are amazing!!!!!

    Wow! Great job AK!! You are amazing!!!!!

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