Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.4
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.4
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
3.8
Enjoy vistas of the Pacific Coast as you take a scenic tour of the spectacular Marin Headlands with views of San Francisco, Tiburon, the Golden Gate Bridge and California coastline. The course is a 25-mile loop. For the 50, 75 and 100 mile distances, the first loop is clockwise. Then … MORE
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    Lani FIRST-TIMER '16

    The Marin Headlands offers some of the best trails for running, and this race takes advantage of some of the most popular routes. The trails are generally runnable, but be … MORE

    The Marin Headlands offers some of the best trails for running, and this race takes advantage of some of the most popular routes. The trails are generally runnable, but be ready for some big hills and a couple of technical single-tracks where you have two-way foot traffic. The weather along the ridgeline near the switchbacks before Golden Gate Bridge can get pretty nasty.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Fitbrit FIRST-TIMER '18

    I dropped from the 50 miler awhile ago due to lack of training. So I was expecting the marathon to be a grueling challenge. Sometimes those days when you put … MORE

    I dropped from the 50 miler awhile ago due to lack of training. So I was expecting the marathon to be a grueling challenge.
    Sometimes those days when you put no pressure on yourself, you end up having just the best days.
    I ran with friends for the first half which made this very hilly course so much more fun.
    I took bacon and a couple of GU as I end up being super hungry.
    I missed the part in the email that it was a cupless event so getting my electrolytes at the aid stations was a challenge.
    I took a filled camelback and you will need at least a half filled bag.
    Aid stations were about 4.4, 9, 13 then there was 6.8 miles to the next one with a big hill to climb in between.
    That part was also the most technical, single track, rocky in places and nearly all of the race is full exposure to the sun.
    I didn’t wear a hat ( big mistake) I got very burnt in my eyes and overall face.
    As you run loops for the bigger races, I got to see the winners and other racers looping back toward me.
    Everyone was super friendly and supportive.
    One lady I walked up a big hill with, gave me a bag of trail mix as I got hungry.
    I do wish there was more food at the aid stations, I don’t eat PB &J sandwiches. I did share a cup with my friend and we got some Coke.
    There is some road for the first 1.2 miles and the last mile and a straight finish.
    The views of Pirates Cove, Muir beach , Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge were spectacular. We got lucky with a clear day so we could see Mt Tam , Alcatraz and San Francisco.
    I like the Swag I got a black jacket but next time I will order a smaller T. Shirt.
    Tacos , beer and soda at the finish plus massages. The massage was great but it’s not free.
    I’d prefer fruit after a race but that was only for the 100 milers.
    I loved this race . It’s not for beginners as it’s a 5,167 ft of climb unless you are feeling very ambitious.
    How is this race not one of the top 10 must do’s? Too hard maybe.
    Try PCTR races . If you don’t finish your bigger distance,Greg the RD will let you get a finish time for a shorter distance.
    He really wants everyone to succeed and loves to meet and talk to all that come.
    Next year it’s a 50 for me, with such a generous cut off time I’m up for it.
    There are so many races that w/e you can choose 2 or 3 marathons in one w/e.
    Favorite Bay Area race!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
    My Media

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    ravyoly FIRST-TIMER '16

    PCTR hosted this event. I volunteered twice in the past before deciding to run it. The production was well organized. The swag I received were a zipped pull over tech … MORE

    PCTR hosted this event. I volunteered twice in the past before deciding to run it. The production was well organized. The swag I received were a zipped pull over tech shirt, a coaster, and a mug. There was no medal given. The views were amazing and the volunteers were awesome.

    Update: PCTR is under new ownership in 2017. I finished this race in 2016. Review is reflected based on the prior race production.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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    Tessa REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I finished the Headlands 50 mile in 2015, and after careful consideration, I decided on the 75 mile distance this year because I did not think I was physically able … MORE

    I finished the Headlands 50 mile in 2015, and after careful consideration, I decided on the 75 mile distance this year because I did not think I was physically able to do the 100 mile distance. The downside to doing the 75 mile distance over the 100 mile, is that you are not allowed a pacer. However, they do have a night marathon and that allows you to be out on the trails with other runners at night. The course is a 25 mile loop, washing machine style. So, in my race, I did this loop 3 times. There is a lot of elevation, about 5,000 ft, per loop. The views are spectacular though, and when you get to Pirates Cove, the views of the ocean are breathtaking. You also get nice views when there isn’t fog of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Muir Beach. This is one of my favorite races. You actually run under the Golden Gate Bridge.

    This year the weather was overcast, we did not have to worry about the weather being too warm. However, the fog bank that rolled in pretty much stayed all day, and unfortunately for the Night Sweats Marathon folks, into the night. My goal was to get back to the 50 mile mark around the time the marathon started. Well, I had issues with my sciatica (or) hamstring in the first loop, and the fog meant that I used my headlamp a lot earlier than I had expected. This slowed me down, and my pace was slower than I had expected. (I’m really glad I had the foresight to grab at least one headlamp before it even got close to dark because the fog created a situation where I used it a lot earlier than I did last year). By the time I got back to mile 46, I realized that the people I was hoping to run with during the Night Sweats, their marathon was cancelled because of the fog, and hazard conditions. Here is where I really lucked out. They allowed the people I was hoping to meet up with at night, to head out with me on my 3rd loop since there is safety in numbers. I felt really great at night, not issues at all. Other than I was done, really done, with the fog. Running in fog all day is one thing. Running all night in fog is…special. (insert sarcasm here)

    Another really nice thing about this race is the washing machine loops. This creates a situation where you get to see runners over and over out there. You feel such a camaraderie of sorts, seeing the same people out there suffering, I mean enjoying, the trails with you.

    The aid stations are well placed, and I had everything I needed between my drop bags, crew and aid stations. The marking of the course was just as good, if not better, as last year. They really do a great job for marking this course considering the fog was so thick you couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of you.

    I was hoping for a faster time, but I’m happy with my finish. I received a nice coaster – 3rd place female in the 75 mile distance. They have nice options for upgrading shirts and they also gave us a nice beer glass at the finish. I’ll definitely do this race again.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
    My Media

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    M_Sohaskey Oct 11, 2016 at 8:14pm

    Wow, sounds like the perfect race for Fog City! Congrats on toughing out both your sciatica and the weather, Tessa... either one would have been enough to send many runners… MORE

    Wow, sounds like the perfect race for Fog City! Congrats on toughing out both your sciatica and the weather, Tessa... either one would have been enough to send many runners packing (at shorter distances). Bummer that the Night Sweats Marathon was canceled, but glad you were able to run with friends through the night, I can imagine that made all the difference. And let’s be honest—even in perfect conditions, 75 miles is an incredible achievement. Sounds like you’re well on your way to tackling the 100 next year! LESS

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    Tessa FIRST-TIMER '15

    Having been a runner for over 2 decades, this race will always stick out in my mind as one of the best races I've experienced. Maybe it was because I … MORE

    Having been a runner for over 2 decades, this race will always stick out in my mind as one of the best races I’ve experienced. Maybe it was because I had an amazing race (for me), or because I really wanted to prove something, but I loved this race and will do it again, for sure. The views are amazing, simply breathtaking. There is a lot of climbing, and I would say that this is what I would consider a technical race. There can be high winds, and fog as well. However, you get to a point in the race where you come back around the second loop, and the views looking back towards the Golden Gate Bridge, leave you breathless. You see just how far you have run, and it feels like such an accomplishment. There are not a lot of races that you can see from that kind of “vantage” point. The aid stations are perfectly spread out, and they offer everything you need. The volunteers were so kind and gracious. I’m a slow runner, so by the time I got to the last part of my 50 mile finish, the night marathon was starting. It was so much fun seeing all the headlamps coming up the first climb as I was descending to the finish. The trails are well marked. This was my first race in the dark, and there was only one turn that I felt could of, or maybe should of, been marked better. Otherwise, I had no issues navigating in the dark. When I got to the finish, there was plenty of warm soup, volunteers were right there ready to help (as well as my awesome friends and Crew). They gave us really nice swag, and you have options for upgrading your shirt. Very well organized, and again, I cannot say enough about the views. (The photo I attached I took of the viewpoint coming back around the 2nd loop).

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
    My Media

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