Trail Run at Sly Park (11/16)

Runners, thank you for a great day in Pollock Pines on May 11! Race results are up. See some pictures from the race on Instragram. We hope to see you at Sly Park again in August!

Dates:November 16, 2019
Location:Sly Park Recreation Area
4771 Sly Park Rd.
Pollock Pines, CA
(Click here for Google Maps to the Event Center)
Race Distances:50K, Marathon, 18M, Half Marathon, 8.5M, 10K, 5K
Start Time:8:00 AM

About the Race

This event is held at the Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, and it’s held under special use permit with the El Dorado National Forest. The course follows the trails surrounding Jenkinson Lake through endless pine trees.

VOLUNTEER
NOW
Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!

Registration

  • 5K – $40.00
  • 10K – $45.00
  • 15K – $50.00
  • Half Marathon – $55.00
  • 18 Mile – $65.00
  • Marathon – $85.00
  • 50K – $95.00

Active military receive a 15% discount. Entry fees are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Pre-registered runners may purchase a T-shirt for an additional $20.00 two weeks before the event.

REGISTER
ONLINE
Online registration is available for each of the Sly Park events through the morning of the race.

Schedule

  • 6:45 AM — Event center opens
  • 7:00 AM — Registration opens
  • 7:45 AM — Trail briefing
  • 8:00 AM — Start of all races

Course Information

Most of the trails are single track with gently rolling hills, and other parts are flat and wide. Small portions of the course are on pavement. All of the races start with an easy quarter mile downhill on a gravel road followed by a very steep quarter mile climb on a single track trail. After the first half mile, the trails are relatively flat as they follow near the shore of Jenkinson Lake in a counterclockwise direction. There are some technical sections with plenty of rocks and roots.

5K
The 5K course follows the same hiking trail as all other races for the first half of the distance and then makes a sharp right turn onto the horse trail for the return trip, which finishes by running the first half mile of the course backward. The 5K course is marked with yellow ribbons.

10K
The 10K is an out-and-back course that follows the same hiking trail as every longer race and turns around right before the Park Creek bridge at the northeast edge of the lake. The 10K course is marked with pink ribbons.

8.5M (15k)
The 8.5 mile course makes one complete loop around the lake on the hiking trail. The 8.5 mile course is also marked with pinkribbons.

13M (Half Marathon)
The half marathon follows the same course as the 8.5 mile race and then runs an additional 4.6 mile loop.

18M
The 18 mile course makes two complete counterclockwise loops around the lake. The first loop follows the 8.5 mile course on the hiking trail, and the second loop follows the 9.5 mile horse trail, which sometimes joins the hiking trail for short distances. The second loop is marked with orange ribbons.

26M (Marathon)
The marathon course makes two complete counterclockwise loops around the lake, followed by one clockwise loop. The first loop follows the 8.5 mile course on the hiking trail, and the second loop follows the 9.5 mile horse trail. The last loop follows the horse trail backward.

50K
The 50K race first follows the same course as the 18 mile race, which has a cutoff time of 12:45 PM. After 18 miles, runners turn around and follow the 9.5 loop clockwise around the lake, marked with orange ribbons. The cutoff time for 27.5 miles is 3:30 PM. A final 3.5 mile loop completes the full distance.

18M, 26M and 50K runners

The upper horse trails on both sides of the lake are marked by EID Park Staff with a blue plastic diamonds on trees. This pertains to the second loop run counterclockwise following orange ribbons, and to the 50K runners on the third loop around the lake running a clockwise loop following orange ribbons.

Maps

5K

10k

Half Marathon


Area map showing hiking trails (ran by all runs) plus horse trails (ran by 26M/50K only)
Click image for larger version.
Click for larger image.

Aid Stations

There are two aid stations located on opposite ends of the lake. One is at the start/finish area, and the other is at the Hazel Creek area. The 5K and 10K races do not reach the Hazel Creek area, so there is no aid station on the course for those distances.

Plenty of refreshments are available at the event center for all runners.

Directions and Parking

From Highway 50, take the Sly Park Rd exit (Exit 60). Go south on Sly Park Rd for about five miles, and turn left on Mormon Emigrant Trail. After passing over a small dam and spillway, there will be two driveways on the left side of the road. Turn into the second driveway leading to the event center and park in the gravel lot. A sign will be posted. Parking is free at the Event Center.

Race registration and check-in is located inside the event center. The start/finish area is located across Mormon Emigrant Trail from the event center and down a gravel road a little bit. Bathrooms are available at the event center and along the course in the campground areas.

(Click here for Google Maps to the Event Center)

Awards

All runners receive a medal for finishing the race.

Lodging

Westhaven Inn
5658 Pony Express Trail
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
(530) 644-7800
www.westhaveninn.com

Results

Results are posted here after the race.

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