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Back-Up South Hills Single Track Trail Run (Spring)

BACK UP COURSE

Date:Saturday, March 23, 2024
Location:Calero County Park
23205 McKean Rd
San Jose, CA 95120


Click above for directions to the Start/Finish.

DO NOT GO to the Calero Park Reservoir Entrance
Race Distances:Kids Run, 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 9 Mile, Half Marathon, 16 Mile, Trail Marathon, 50K
Start Time:7:30 AM Kids Run
8:00 AM All Other Distances. 9.5 Hour time limit.

Message from Troy Limb (Race Director):
50k 26Mi 16Mi – Due to rain in the forecast & already current muddy trails both agencies will not allow me vehicle access to properly & safely manage the intended courses.
Runners my apologies for not being able to provide you all with my intended incredible courses that everyone was looking forward to.
These trails are where I played for years in preparations for my ultra running races & I truly love this area.
I completely understand these intended courses are very intriguing widespread non repetitive that’s why I came up with these courses but unfortunately on 3/23/24 I have my hands tied with rain in the forecast & muddy trails will not allow me vehicle access to manage this event as needed. 
FYI 3/23/24 Both Agencies Will Not Allow Vehicle Access To Mark the Course provide a necessary required Race Day Aid Station out on the course & course clean up.
Because of this, I’m incapable of putting on the intended courses because both agencies would not allow me vehicle access to provide the Aid Station at Mile 13 the Cottle & Lisa Killough Trail intersection. 

  • Runners Options:
    • Come run this extremely challenging backup course
    • Roll over registration over to another event
    • Roll over registration to this event on the original courses that is scheduled in September

If interested in rolling over your registration, please email us at team@tctruns.com.

About the Race

Beginning at Calero County Park, this trail run has everything! Experience awesome single track, great hills, and dirt paths. The 50K is a challenging, fantastic trainer for Western States that includes oak trees, exposure, good heat training, and panoramic vistas.

8:00AM – 5:30PM: 9.5 Hour time limit.

50k 9.5 Hours
26Mi 9.5 Hours
16Mi 6 Hours
13Mi 4.5 Hours
9Mi 3 Hours
10k 2 Hours
5k 1 Hour

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

If interested, please email volunteer@tctruns.com.

REGISTRATION

DISTANCE BY 07/31/23BY 11/30/23BY 3/22/243/23/24
DAY-OF REGISTRATION
Kids Run$20$20$20$25
1 Mile$25$25$25$30
5K$50$55$60$65
10K$55$60$65$70
9 Mile$60$65$70$75
Half Marathon$70$75$80$85
16 Mile$80$85$90$95
Trail Marathon$90$95$100$105
50K$100$105$110$115
Prices do not include UltraSignup processing fees
  • Active military & first responders receive a 15% discount. Please email team@tctruns.com to process your registration discount.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable, but the full registration amount (minus processing fees) may be transferred to another future TCTRuns 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 and youth S to XL.
REGISTER
ONLINE
Online registration is available through the morning of the race.
REGISTER
BY MAIL
Please print the form, fill it out, and mail it to us with the enclosed registration fee.
REGISTER
AT RACE
Race day registration is available beginning at 6:30 AM.

Schedule

  • 6:30 AM — Registration opens/Bib Pick-Up
  • 7:30 AM — Start of Kids Run
  • 7:45 AM — Trail briefing
  • 8:00 AM — Start of all other Distances

Course Information & Maps

2 Aid Stations for Event:
1. Calero Park
2. Rancho Canada del Oro

No water stops inside parks / no vehicle access

  • Start/Finish:
    • Calero County Park, Main Entrance
  • Terrain:
    • All courses are a mix of single track trails and dirt roads
  • Cutoff Times:
    • 12:30 pm Mile 13 Out of Calero Park Aid Station Distances 16Mi 26Mi 50k
    • 2:30 pm Mile 21 Out of Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station Distances 26Mi 50k Runners
    • 4:00 pm Mile 26 Out of Calero Park Aid Station 50k Runners – STRICTLY ENFORCED CUTOFF TIME
    • 5:30 pm Finish Line CUTOFF TIME Distances 26Mi 50k Runners

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

  • Course Ascent: 249 ft.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Pink ribbons out to Figueroa Trail at Vallecito Trail Junction. Turn around at 5K turnaround signs accompanied by a swath of green ribbons. Run same route back to Finish 5K.
    • 5k Follow Pink Ribbons Out & Back
    • Turn Around at Green Ribbons
    • Return to Finish Done
    • No Aid

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

  • Course Ascent: 1,194 ft.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Pink ribbons out 3.1 Miles. Turn around at 10K turnaround signs accompanied by a swath of blue ribbons. Run same route back to Finish 10K.
    • 10k Follow Pink Ribbons Out & Back
    • Turn Around at Red Ribbons
    • Return to Finish Done
    • No aid

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

  • Course Ascent: 1,751 ft.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Pink ribbons for 3.8 miles to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then orange ribbons for 4.9 miles back to Finish 9 Mile.
    • 9 Mile Follow Pink Ribbons for 4 Miles to Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station Turn Around at Aid Station Now follow Orange Ribbons for 5 Miles back to Calero Park Finish Line Done
  • Aid & Water Available:
  • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 3.8)

Half Marathon (12:30pm overall cutoff, 4.5 Hour Time Limit)

  • Course Ascent: 2,477 ft.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have red-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Pink ribbons for 3.8 miles to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then follow blue ribbons for a 4.2 mile clockwise loop returning to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then orange ribbons for 4.9 miles back to Finish 13 Mile.
  • Aid & Water Available:
    • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 3.8)
    • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 8.0)
    • Water: Canada del Oro Cut-Off Trail at Bald Peaks Trail Junction (Mile 10.8)
    • Water: Figueroa Trail at Canada del Oro Trail Junction (Mile 11.8)

16 Mile (2:00pm overall cutoff, 6 Hour Time Limit)

BACK UP COURSE – Complete 13 Mile Course and then complete the 5K Course.

  • Course Ascent: 2,726 ft.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Pink ribbons for 3.8 miles to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then follow blue ribbons for a 4.2 mile clockwise loop returning to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then orange ribbons for 4.9 miles back to Finish 13 Mile.
    • Pink ribbons out to Figueroa Trail at Vallecito Trail Junction. Turn around at 5K turnaround signs accompanied by a swath of green ribbons. Run same route back to Finish 5K.
  • Aid & Water Available:
    • Water: Figueroa Trail at Canada del Oro Trail Junction (Mile 1.4)
    • Water: Canada del Oro Cut-Off Trail at Bald Peaks Trail Junction (Mile 2.4)
    • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 3.8)
    • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 8.0)
    • Water: Canada del Oro Cut-Off Trail at Bald Peaks Trail Junction (Mile 10.8)
    • Water: Figueroa Trail at Canada del Oro Trail Junction (Mile 11.8)
    • Figueroa Trail at Canada del Oro Trail Junction

Trail Marathon (5:30pm overall cutoff, 9.5 Hour Time Limit)

BACK UP COURSE – Complete 13 Mile Course Twice.

  • Course Ascent: 4,954 ft.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a yellow background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Pink ribbons for 3.8 miles to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then follow blue ribbons for a 4.2 mile clockwise loop returning to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then orange ribbons for 4.9 miles back to Finish 9 Mile.
  • Aid & Water Available:
    • Water: Figueroa Trail at Canada del Oro Trail Junction (Mile 1.4)
    • Water: Canada del Oro Cut-Off Trail at Bald Peaks Trail Junction (Mile 2.4)
    • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 3.8)
    • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 8.0)
    • Water: Canada del Oro Cut-Off Trail at Bald Peaks Trail Junction (Mile 10.8)
    • Water: Figueroa Trail at Canada del Oro Trail Junction (Mile 11.8)
  • REPEAT 13 Mile Course / Same directions and aid stations at different mileage points.

50K (5:30pm overall cutoff, 9.5 Hour Time Limit)

BACK UP COURSE – Complete 13 Mile Course Twice. Then Run out 2.5 Miles and turn around at yellow ribbons

  • Course Ascent: Approx. 6,000 ft.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a yellow background.
  • Course Ribbons:
    • Pink ribbons for 3.8 miles to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then follow blue ribbons for a 4.2 mile clockwise loop returning to the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
    • Then orange ribbons for 4.9 miles back to Finish 9 Mile.
  • Aid & Water Available:
    • Water: Figueroa Trail at Canada del Oro Trail Junction (Mile 1.4)
    • Water: Canada del Oro Cut-Off Trail at Bald Peaks Trail Junction (Mile 2.4)
    • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 3.8)
    • Aid & Water: Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station (Mile 8.0)
    • Water: Canada del Oro Cut-Off Trail at Bald Peaks Trail Junction (Mile 10.8)
    • Water: Figueroa Trail at Canada del Oro Trail Junction (Mile 11.8)
  • REPEAT 13 Mile Course / Same directions and aid stations at different mileage points.
  • Upon completion of second 13 mile course, run out and back 2.5 miles to yellow ribbons.

Directions and Parking

The park is located off McKean Road. Traveling to the park, from central San Jose, take Almaden Expressway south. Turn right onto Harry Road, then left onto McKean Road. From 101, exit on Bailey Avenue and head west until you reach McKean Road. Turn left onto McKean Road. Calero Park entrance and parking lot are on the right side 0.5 mile. (Click here for a local map.)

Parking: Carpooling is encouraged. Park at Calero Parking Lot on McKean Road.

Drop Bags

Drop Bags may be prepared by runners in advance and checked in with staff at bib pick-up. Drop bags should be clearly labeled with the runner’s name and intended aid station. They may be accessed at:

  • Calero Aid Start/Finish Line

Support Crews & Access Directions

1. Start Finish Calero Park Leaving Calero to see your runner at the Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station Mile 4. 50k, 26Mi, 16Mi, 13Mi, 9Mi
Leaving Calero Park entrance.Turn Right onto McKean Road.Drive approximately 5 minutes turning Right onto Casa Loma Road.Drive on Casa Loma Road for approximately 5 minutes until reaching dirt road.Crews please continue driving onto dirt road for a minute until reaching the back overflow dirt parking lot on your left.Please park in the dirt parking lot.Crews please walk back to the main parking lot entrance where the Aid Station is located.

2. Crews 2nd place to see your runner.Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station.
50k, 26Mi, 16Mi, 9Mi in Rancho Canada del Oro Aid Station ONCE.
13 Milers in Rancho Canada del Aid Station Twice. 

3. Crews 16Mi,13Mi & 9 Milers next place to see your runner is at the Finish Calero Park.

4. Crews 50k, 26 Mi Next place to see your runner is Calero Park at the Rancho San Vicente parking lot entrance Aid Station.Driving Directions leaving Rancho Canada del Oro. Drive back to McKean Road.Turn Left onto McKean Road.Drive for approximately 10 minutes on McKean Road passing the Start Finish the Calero Park main entrance also passing Calero reservoir on your left.Turn Left into Calero Park the Rancho San Vicente parking lot entrance.The Aid Station will be locked next to the bathrooms.

5. Crews 50k, 26 Mi Next place to see your runner is at the Start Finish Calero Park the main entrance.
Directions leaving the Rancho San Vicente parking lot Aid Station.Turn Right onto McKean Road.Drive approximately for 5 minutes passed Calero Park reservoir then turning Right back into Calero Park the main parking lot entrance the Start Finish for the race.

Travel and Accommodations

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