|Dates:||Click for August 21, 2021 Race|
(See May 2019 results)
|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 and buttery horse trails. This race is held three times a year to offer runners the experience of running in this beautiful park through different seasons.
|Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.|
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!
- 5K – $45.00
- 10K – $50.00
- 15K – $55.00
- Half Marathon – $65.00
- 18 Mile – $75.00
- Marathon – $90.00
- 50K – $100.00
Active military receives a 15% discount. Entry fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Pre-registered runners may purchase a T-shirt for an additional $20.00 two weeks before the event.
|Online registration is available for each of the Sly Park events through the morning of the race. Click on your chosen date to register:|
- Register by Mail: August 21, November 20
Print a PDF form and mail it to us.
- Register at Race
Race day registration is available beginning at 7:00 AM. Please add $10.00 to the above fees.
- 6:45 AM — Event center opens
- 7:00 AM — Registration opens
- 7:45 AM — Trail briefing
- 8:00 AM — Start of all races (STAGGERED START)
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.
Additional Course Map detail and information is available via the Distance Link.
A simple out and back course that runs alongside all of the other distances for the first 2.5 kilometers (marked with yellow ribbons).
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 (marked with pink ribbons).
The 8.5 miler course makes one complete loop around the lake on the hiking trail (marked with pink ribbons).
The Half Marathon follows the same course as the 8.5 milers and runs an additional 4.6-mile out and back path.
The 18 miler 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 first loop marked with pink ribbons, second loop marked with orange ribbons, additionally the second loop is marked by EID Park Staff blue plastic diamonds on trees).
The Trail Marathon 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 (the first loop marked with pink ribbons, second and third loops marked with orange ribbons, additionally the second and third loop is marked by EID Park Staff blue plastic diamonds on trees).
The 50K Ultra 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 horse trail loop clockwise around the lake. The cutoff time for 27.5 miles is 3:30 PM. A final 3.5-mile loop completes the full distance (the first loop marked with pink ribbons, second and third loops marked with orange ribbons, additionally the second and third loop is marked by EID Park Staff blue plastic diamonds on trees).
There are two aid stations located on opposite ends of the lake, which all distances over the 10K will hit at least once, if not several times. 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.
Drop bag pick-up at the Start and drop-off to the aid stations is available. We highly reccomend all long distance runners prepare a drop bag as aid station offerrings will be limited in order to mitigate COVID-19 issues.
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)
All runners receive a medal for finishing the race.
Travel and Accommodations
5658 Pony Express Trail
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
Results are posted here after the race.