Placerville Path Run Jingle & Mingle (12/24)

Date:Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019
Location:Placerville, CA
Race Distances:5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay
Start Time:9:00 AM + (See below)

About the Race

This event is run on the El Dorado Trail in beautiful historic Placerville. The path is surrounded with beautiful oak trees, rolling hills, and incredible views.

The race is held rain or shine. Strollers are allowed in the 5K, 10K, and 15K.

Volunteers are needed to help with race day registrations, runner
check-in, start/finish line, aid stations, safety/sweep, etc.

Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!

Email to sign-up to volunteer.


Registration fees are as follows:

  • 5K – $40.00
  • 10K – $45.00
  • 15K – $55.00
  • Half Marathon – $60.00
  • Half Marathon Relay – $65.00

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 $25.00 if they register at least two weeks before the event.

*Online registration is available through the morning of the race.


  • 7:30 AM — Registration opens
  • 8:45 AM — Trail briefing
  • 9:00 AM — Start of half marathon and relay
  • 9:05 AM — Start of 10K and 15K
  • 9:10 AM — Start of 5K


All runners will receive a medal for finishing the race.


Results are posted here after the race.

Course Information

Runners participating in all four races first follow the 5K course and return to the start/finish location. The 5K course makes a large clockwise loop around most of the park, climbing to the highest point (about 500 feet above the flat meadows) and following the Monroe Ridge Trail past scenic views before descending to the base of the mountain where runners reach the finish line.

The 10K, 15K, and half marathon courses continue by following a shorter counterclockwise loop that makes a gradual ascent along the Monument Trail and returns to the starting line in the opposite direction. Runners then head straight up the mountain on the steep half-mile fire road before the 10K/15K and half marathon courses split. 10K and 15K runners turn right and follow the Monroe Ridge Trail clockwise back to the finish line at the base of the mountain just as they did for the first loop. 15K runners then follow the 5K loop again.

At the top of the fire road, the half marathon course turns left and follows the Monroe Ridge Trail in the counterclockwise direction. Runners descend along the Monument Trail, where they pass the halfway mark, and return to the start/finish location. The remainder of the half marathon course consists of two counterclockwise loops following the entire Monroe Ridge Trail and descending along the Monument Trail a second and third time before crossing the finish line.

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.

The 5K course turns around right before Centennial Lane.

The 10K course turns around shortly before Parkway Drive, not long after crossing Highway 50 on the foot bridge.

The 15K course turns around shortly after passing Los Trampas Drive.

The half marathon course turns around at the very end of the trail, where a chain link fence separates you from Highway 50. The pavement ends at Halcon Road.


The course is well-marked with signs at every intersection and chalk lines on the ground in important locations. Mile marker signs are posted for all distances, and a halfway sign is posted for the half marathon. (Click image for larger view.)

Elevation Profile

The elevation profiles for the 5K, 10K, and half marathon are shown below. The 15K course follows the 10K course and then repeats the 5K course. (Click for a larger view.)

The course is well-marked with signs at every intersection and turnaround location. Mile marker signs are posted for all distances.

The combined elevation profile for all four races is shown below. (Click image for larger view.)

Aid Stations

There are two well-stocked aid stations on the course, and they are shown on the maps above. One aid station is located at the James Marshall monument, and the other is located where the fire road meets the Monroe Ridge Trail.

For 10K and half marathon runners, aid is also available at the finish line as you pass by to begin a new loop.

Plenty of refreshments are available at the finish line for all runners.

Relay Race

We have added a new two-person relay race to this year’s event. There are separate categories for teams consisting of two women, two men, or mixed. The first person in the relay runs approximately 7.5 miles, which is mostly uphill, until they reach the Halcon Road aid station for the second time after turning around at the end of the trail. The second person in the relay runs the remaining 5.6 miles, which is all downhill. The second person wears the bib number, and the first person has the same number marked on their hand.

Only one person per team needs to register for the relay race. Transportation to and from the hand-off location at the Halcon Road aid station is the responsibility of the runners.

To get to the hand-off location from the starting line on Mosquito Rd., take Broadway east to Schnell School Rd., get on Highway 50 and go east about five miles. Turn right on Camino Heights Dr. Turn left on Vista Tierra Dr, and then turn right on Camino Hills Dr. Finally, turn right on Halcon Rd, and you will see the aid station at the trail crossing.

Directions and Parking

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.

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