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DIFFICULTY
4
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PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
5
The Mokelumne River Trail 50 Miler and 50K on Saturday start from the Gold Run campsite area. The course is an out and back course on the Coast to Crest Trail. Our 50 mile race is a UTMB qualifier race (4 Points). The Half Marathon on Sunday is a point … MORE
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    andreak FIRST-TIMER '18

    Camping and running with friends, what more could you want? This is definitely one of the best races I’ve ever done! A few months ago, some of my friends and … MORE

    Camping and running with friends, what more could you want? This is definitely one of the best races I’ve ever done!

    A few months ago, some of my friends and I decided to register for this race and make a weekend of it with camping out at the start. I highly recommend camping because the race starts at 6am due to the trails having restricted hours. Being with friends all weekend just made it much more fun though. I did the 50 miler, but there was also the option of the 50k, which was also an out and back. The 50 miler had the best sights though!

    This is definitely not the easiest race with over 10k feet of elevation gain in a little over 51 miles, but the scenery in the middle 20 miles of the course made it so worth it. We ran high above the water and saw so many wildflowers and beautiful sights. It is an out and back course so you can’t appreciate the long downhills too much on the way to the turn around! There are also very steep stairs on the course that put the Dipsea stairs to shame!

    The early start was also needed because it ended up being a hot day. My friend’s garmin recorded a high of 93 degrees and there were some long stretches between aid stations. It was nice and cool in the morning when we started and thankfully we ran through a few creeks and could cool off our feet later.

    It’s also a very small race with less than 100 registered runners for both distances. It was fun to see the other runners on the course as you passed them and though.

    The RD also had post race activities for the runners. They roasted a pig for a potluck post race and then showed a movie in the amphitheater at the campground. It was so great to hang out after and talk about the race.

    The race swag was also awesome. We got a headlamp, a race shirt, a little duffle bag and a bottle opener with the logo on it as a finisher’s medal.

    This is definitely a race I would do again. There was a course marking issue where a lot of runners missed a turn (I did almost an extra mile out and realized my mistake), but thankfully the RD extended the cutoffs. No other issues besides that though. And the camping was so fun! There was also the option of a doing a half the next day, which I also did (to be found in a different review).

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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