Rancho Hills Trail Run

Date:Saturday, July 8, 2023
Location:Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Race Distances:5K, 10K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon, 30K, Trail Marathon, 50K
Start Time:8:00 AM All Distances.
Overall Cut-Off Times:5K – 1 Hour
10K – 2 Hours
10 Mile – 3 Hours
Half Marathon – 4 Hours
30K – 5 Hours
Trail Marathon – 8 Hours
50K – 9 Hours

About the Race

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

If you’re looking for easy and flat then move on. One of our hilliest races provides you with spectacular Bay Area panoramas along the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Preserve is loaded with single track trails, some very enjoyable fire roads, incredible views, lots of beautiful foothills, and creeks beside beautiful old oak trees that provide you with well-deserved shade on a mostly exposed course. Come prepared!

— Troy

REGISTRATION

DISTANCE BY 4/8/23BY 6/16/23ONLINE 6/17/23
THROUGH 7/7/23
IN PERSON 7/8/23
RACE DAY REGISTRATION
5K$50$55$60$65
10K$60$65$70$75
10 Mile$65$70$75$80
Half-Marathon$80$85$90$95
30K$85$90$95$100
Trail Marathon$105$110$115$120
50K$110$115$120$125
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 evening prior to the race.
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
  • 7:00 AM — Bib pickup, race day registration opens (Located at Race Start)
  • 7:45 AM — Trail briefing
  • 8:00 AM — Start of all races

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.

5K (9:00am overall cutoff, 1 Hour Time Limit)

  • Course Ascent: 574 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Follow blue ribbons out Longwall Canyon Trail to 5K turnaround signs & green ribbons (about 0.25mi after passing the Mayfair Ranch Trail Jct.), then retrace the same path returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out (will hit this twice on the course)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 3.1, 9:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)

10K (10:00am overall cutoff, 2 Hour Time Limit)

  • Course Ascent: 1,358 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Follow blue ribbons for a 6.6 mile clockwise loop out Longwall Canyon Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 4.7)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 6.6, 10:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)

10 Mile (11:00am overall cutoff, 3 Hour Time Limit)

  • Course Ascent: 2,303 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have red-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Stage 1 (Mile 0.0-Mile 6.6): Follow blue ribbons for a 6.6 mile clockwise loop out Longwall Canyon Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • (Mile 6.6-10.8): Follow yellow ribbons for a 4.2 mile counterclockwise loop out Little Llagas Creek Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 4.7)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid (Mile 6.6, 10:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 9.0)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 10.8, 11:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)

Half Marathon (12:00pm overall cutoff, 4 Hour Time Limit)

  • Course Ascent: 2,772 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have red-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Stage 1 (Mile 0.0-Mile 6.6): Follow blue ribbons for a 6.6 mile clockwise loop out Longwall Canyon Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • Stage 2 (Mile 6.6-13.7): Follow orange ribbons for a 7.1 mile counterclockwise loop out Little Llagas Creek Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 4.7)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid (Mile 6.6, 10:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 9.0)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 13.7, 12:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)

30K (1:00pm overall cutoff, 5 Hour Time Limit)

  • Course Ascent: 3,540 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a yellow background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Stage 1 (Mile 0.0-Mile 6.6): Follow blue ribbons for a 6.6 mile clockwise loop out Longwall Canyon Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • Stage 2 (Mile 6.6-13.7): Follow orange ribbons for a 7.1 mile counterclockwise loop out Little Llagas Creek Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • (Mile 13.7-18.0): Follow red ribbons for a 4.3 mile clockwise loop out Mayfair Ranch Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 4.7)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid (Mile 6.6, 10:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 9.0)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid (Mile 13.7, 12:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 18.0, 1:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)

Trail Marathon (4:00pm overall cutoff, 8 Hour Time Limit)

  • Course Ascent: 5,440 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a yellow background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Stage 1 (Mile 0.0-Mile 6.6): Follow blue ribbons for a 6.6 mile clockwise loop out Longwall Canyon Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • Stage 2 (Mile 6.6-13.7): Follow orange ribbons for a 7.1 mile counterclockwise loop out Little Llagas Creek Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • Stage 3 (Mile 13.7-Mile 22.4): Follow pink ribbons for an 8.7 mile mile clockwise loop out Mayfair Ranch Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • (Mile 22.4-26.7): Follow red ribbons for a 4.3 mile clockwise loop out Mayfair Ranch Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 4.7)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 6.6, 10:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 9.0)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 13.7, 12:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 20.1)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 22.4, 2:30pm cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 26.7, 4:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)

50K (5:00pm overall cutoff, 9 Hour Time Limit)

Please note cutoffs will be strictly enforced for the 50K.

  • Course Ascent: 6,059 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a yellow background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Stage 1 (Mile 0.0-Mile 6.6): Follow orange ribbons for a 6.6 mile clockwise loop out Longwall Canyon Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • Stage 2 (Mile 6.6-13.7): Follow blue ribbons for a 7.1 mile counterclockwise loop out Little Llagas Creek Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • Stage 3 (Mile 13.7-Mile 22.4): First loop – Follow pink ribbons for an 8.7 mile mile clockwise loop out Mayfair Ranch Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
    • Stage 4 (Mile 22.4-Mile 31.1): Last loop – Follow pink ribbons for an 8.7 mile mile clockwise loop out Mayfair Ranch Trail returning to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 4.7)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 6.6, 10:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 9.0)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 13.7, 12:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 20.1)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 22.4, 2:30pm cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 28.8)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 31.1, 5:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)

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

Aid Station

There will be 1 fully stocked aid stations for this race:

  • Rancho Canada del Oro Start/Finish/Aid Station

All Distances are Strongly Encouraged to carry at least 1 preferably 2 water bottles or a camelback.

Water Stops

  1. Water Stop at Trail intersection of Mayfair Ranch & Longwall Trails
  2. Water Stop Bald Peaks & Longwall Trails intersection on the Picnic Table.
  3. Water Stop Bald Peaks & Needlegrass Trails intersection.

Course Cutoff Times

  • 9:00am. Mile 3.1. Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station
  • 10:00am. Mile 6.6. Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station
  • 12:00pm. Mile 13.7. Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station
  • 1:00pm (30K Only). Mile 18.0. Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station
  • 2:30pm. Mile 22.4. Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station
  • 4:00pm. Mile 26.7. Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station
  • 5:00pm. Mile 31.1. Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH

Three No Ribbon Sections

  1. No Ribbons for 3 Miles on the Mayfair Ranch Trail until the Trail intersection of the Longwall & Mayfair Ranch Trails. No Ribbons Affects 30k, Trail Marathon, 50k Runners Pink Ribbons & Red Ribbons for the first 3 miles of that section. SIGNS WILL BE POSTED AT Trail Head (NO RIBBONS for 3 MILES)
  2. No Ribbons Section 1 Mile on the Little Llagas Trail. No Ribbons Affects YELLOW ORANGE & PINK Sections for 1 MILE.
  3. No Ribbons Section 1.2 Miles on the upper Longwall Trail. Longwall Trail No Ribbons from the Mayfair Ranch Trail up to the Bald Peaks Trail. Affects 10k BLUE RIBBONS. Affects Half Marathon ORANGE RIBBONS. Affects Trail Marathon & 50k Runners PINK RIBBONS 

Drop bags

Drop bags located at the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (also start/finish line).

NO drop bags at Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Aid.

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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