Rancho Canada del Oro Trail Challenge

Date:Saturday, October 8, 2022
Location:Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Race Distances:5K, 10K, 8 Mile, Half Marathon, 30K
Start Time:8:00 AM

About the Race

This event is tucked away in the incredibly beautiful foothills of the South Bay Area, taking place fully in the Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve.

If you’re looking for easy and flat then move on. But the climbs here are well worth it: At the top is a panoramic view of the entire Bay Area southward, plus the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Open Space Preserve will give you a mix of singletrack (40%) and some very enjoyable fire roads (60%) to play on. There are lots of beautiful old oak trees to enjoy but lots of exposure, so come prepared.

REGISTRATION

DISTANCE BY 7/8/22BY 9/16/22ONLINE 9/17/22
THROUGH 10/8/22 RACE DAY
IN PERSON 10/8/22
DAY-OF REGISTRATION
5K$45$50$55$60
10K$55$60$65$70
8 Mile$60$65$70$75
Half-Marathon$70$75$80$85
30K$80$85$90$95
Prices do not UltraSignup processing fees
  • Active military receive a 15% discount. Please e-mail team@tctruns.com to process your military registration discount.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable, but the full registration amount (minus processing fees) may be transferred to another future TCT Run by contacting team@tctruns.com at least 24 hours before the scheduled event.
  • Runners may purchase a Troy’s California Trail Runs sport-tek technical fabric shirt during the registration process, or at the event supply permitting.  All shirts are gender-specific and come in sizes ranging from ladies XS all the way to mens XXL.
REGISTER
ONLINE
Online registration is available through the morning of the race.
REGISTER
BY MAIL
Print out a form, fill it out, and mail it to us at the enclosed address with your registration fee.
VOLUNTEER
NOW
Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!

Schedule

  • 6:30 AM — Back Overflow Parking Opens
  • 6:45 AM — Bib pickup, race day registration opens (Located at Race Start)
  • 7:45 AM — Trail briefing
  • 8:00 AM — Start of all races

Time Limits

8:00 am Start All Distances.

Half Marathon 4.5 Hour Time Limit
30K 6 Hour Time Limit

Course Information & Maps

This course is very hilly and challenging. We encourage all runners to have a minimum of one water bottle or camelback. Longer distance runners should carry two water bottles, a camelback, or both. We recommend sunscreen for your protection on exposed trails. There is some shade, but lots of sun exposure. Rancho Canada del Oro has a good mix of single track and dirt roads.

RACE START LINE: All Runners please park in the back overflow parking lot 500 yards past runner check in, on the left, on Casa Loma Road. Runners please walk up dirt road to main front parking lot for runner check in adjacent to the start line.

RACE FINISH LINE: This race will finish for all distances at the Longwall Trail and Catamount Trail intersection within the Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space preserve. Full aid will be available at this location. Runners then must exit the race to return back to the overflow parking lot by walking 0.7 miles along the Longwall Canyon Trail through Calero County Park. Race staff at finish line will direct.

5K

  • Course Ascent: 699 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Ribbons/Aid Stations:
    • Follow pink ribbons on course for a one-way trek out the Mayfair Ranch Trail, then turn right on the Longwall Canyon Trail to reach the 5K FINISH at the Longwall Trail/Catamount Trail intersection. Aid/Water at finish (mile 3.3).

10K

  • Course Ascent: 1,529 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Ribbons/Aid Stations:
    • Follow pink ribbons on course for a one-way trek out the Mayfair Ranch Trail, then turn right on the Longwall Canyon Trail to reach the Longwall Trail/Catamount Trail intersection Aid Station.
    • Then follow orange ribbons past the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station, continuing up the Catamount Trail until the Catamount/Bald Peaks Trail junction aid station.
    • Turn around at the Catamount/Bald Peaks Trail junction aid station and follow the same orange ribbons back to finish at the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station.
  • Aid/Water Available at Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station (mile 3.3), 10K turnaround at Catamount/Bald Peaks trail junction aid station (mile 4.9), and again at 10K FINISH at the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station (mile 6.6).

8 Mile

  • Course Ascent: 1,824 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Ribbons/Aid Stations:
    • Follow pink ribbons on course for a one-way trek out the Mayfair Ranch Trail, then turn right on the Longwall Canyon Trail to reach the Longwall Trail/Catamount Trail intersection Aid Station.
    • Then follow orange ribbons past the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station for a full counter-clockwise loop around over Bald Peak and back to the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station and 8 MILE FINISH.
  • Aid/Water Available at Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station (mile 3.3), Catamount/Bald Peaks trail junction aid station (mile 4.9), and again at 8 MILE FINISH at the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station.

Half Marathon (12:30pm cutoff)

  • Course Ascent: 3,018 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have red-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Ribbons/Aid Stations:
    • Follow pink ribbons on course for a one-way trek out the Mayfair Ranch Trail, then turn right on the Longwall Canyon Trail to reach the Longwall Trail/Catamount Trail intersection Aid Station.
    • Then follow orange ribbons past the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station for a full counter-clockwise loop around over Bald Peak and back to the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station.
    • (MUST begin this last loop section by 11:00am) Then turn around at the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station and follow orange ribbons for a full clockwise loop around over Bald Peak and back to the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station and HALF MARATHON FINISH.
  • Aid/Water Available at Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station (mile 3.3), Catamount/Bald Peaks trail junction aid station (mile 4.9), Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station (mile 8.0, cutoff 11:00am), Catamount/Bald Peaks trail junction (mile 11.1), Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station (mile 12.8) and HALF MARATHON FINISH.

30K (2:00pm cutoff)

  • Course Ascent: 4,009 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a yellow background.
  • Ribbons/Aid Stations:
    • Follow pink ribbons on course for a one-way trek out the Mayfair Ranch Trail, then turn right on the Longwall Canyon Trail to reach the Longwall Trail/Catamount Trail intersection Aid Station.
    • Then follow orange ribbons past the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station for a full counter-clockwise loop around over Bald Peak and back to the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station.
    • Then turn around at the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station and follow orange ribbons for a full clockwise loop around over Bald Peak and back to the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station.
    • (MUST begin this last loop section by 12:30pm) Then turn around at the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station and follow orange ribbons for a full counter-clockwise loop around over Bald Peak and back to the Longwall/Catamount Trail junction aid station and 30K FINISH.
  • Aid/Water Available at Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station (mile 3.3), Catamount/Bald Peaks trail junction aid station (mile 4.9), Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station (mile 8.0), Catamount/Bald Peaks trail junction (mile 11.1), Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station (mile 12.8, cutoff 12:30pm), Catamount/Bald Peaks trail junction aid station (mile 14.4), Longwall/Catamount Trail junction Aid Station and 30K FINISH (mile 17.5).

Wildlife Caution 
Watch out for rattlesnakes, especially later on in the day.

Aid Stations

There will be 2 fully stocked aid stations for this race
– Bald Peaks Trail at Catamount Trail intersection Aid Station
– Longwall Trail at Catamount Trail intersection Aid Station (also race finish for all distances)

Drop bags

Drop bags located at Longwall / Catamount intersection (also finish line).

Toilet

We only have one commode for this event located in the front main parking lot, near the check in, registration desk and start line. This toilet is first-come first-served, so please be respectful of other runners waiting for and needing to use the toilet. This is the only toilet, so please arrive early.

Additional toilets are located at:
Calero Park 10 minutes away.
Cinnabar Hills Golf Course 10 minutes away.
Safeway in Almaden located on Almaden Expressway and Camden Avenue.

Directions and Parking

South of San Jose, Take exit 373 from US-101 S. Continue on Bailey Ave. Take McKean Rd to Casa Loma Rd.

Start line is at the Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve parking lot.

All Runners please park in the back overflow parking lot 500 yards past runner check in, on the left, on Casa Loma Road.
Runners please walk up dirt road to main front parking lot for runner check in.

Please CARPOOL. Parking is extremely restricted.

Awards

All runners receive a medal for finishing the race.

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