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Darrington Head Trail Run

Date:Saturday, November 23, 2024
Pilot Hill, CA 95664
Here is a Google map showing the Start. 
Race Distances:Half Marathon, 25K (16M), 50K
Start Time:8:00 AM All Distances (8.5-hour time limit)

About the Race

Join Troy’s California Trail Runs and hundreds of runners for the November 22 Darrington Head Trail Run. Race along the shores of Sacramento’s favorite recreational area, Folsom Lake, featuring stony dirt paths that wind along relentless hills with stunning vistas of the lake.

The Trail

Surface: Dirt, rocks, single-track trail, as little pavement as possible.
Course: Darrington Head Trail Run
Elevation Profile: Rolling hills, with lots of ups and downs.
Weather: California Fall, Highs – 65 degrees / Lows 40 degrees.
Parking: Plenty of parking is available for this event, however carpooling is encouraged as there is a day-use fee.

  • Two fully loaded aid stations will be open throughout the course.
  • All runners receive a Commemorative Medal.
  • Volunteer photographers to capture pictures of event and runners, posted online for your enjoyment

Directions to the START/FINISH:
Here is a Google map showing the Start. 


Half Marathon$85$95
Prices do not include processing fees

  • Active military & first responders receive a 15% discount. Please email 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 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.


  • 7:00 AM – Registration/Runner Check-In Starts
  • 7:45 AM — Trail briefing & Registration/Runner Check-In Ends
  • 8:00 AM — Start of all other races (8.5-Hour Cutoff)

Course Information

Start/Finish at Darrington Trail Head in Folsom Lake.

The Toilets ARE available, first-come first-served. Please be kind and patient with your fellow runners waiting for and needing to use the toilets.

  • The entrance to the park is marked with Pink Ribbons. Stay to the Right as you drive into the Start/Finish Area.
  • Bibs
    • Yellow   50K
    • Red       25K
    • Black     Half Marathon
  • Start/Finish next to the registration area.
  • Course markings
    Pink – All distances.
  • Signs on 3ft wooden stakes indicating Distance & Direction Arrows. Gypsum (White powder) on the ground indicating Distance and Direction Arrows.

Aid Stations + Cutoffs

All aid stations will remain open until the last runner comes in. If the runner does not meet the cutoff time the runner may be driven back to the start.

  • Primary Aid Station will be located at the Start/Finish Line, Darrington Trail Head, Runners will hit this aid station at Mile 0 (8AM RACE START), Mile 16 (12:15PM CUTOFF), and Mile 32 (4:30PM CUTOFF)
  • Aid Station 1Rattlesnake bar Aid Station at Mile 8 (10AM CUTOFF) and Mile 24 (2:15PM CUTOFF)


HALF MARATHON (1,417 Ft Ascent)

All runners will follow pink ribbons.

25K (1,971 Ft Ascent)

All runners will follow pink ribbons.

50K (13,861 Ft Ascent)

All runners will follow pink ribbons.

Travel and Accommodations

Directions and Parking

Drop Bags

Drop bag service will be available the morning of the race and can be dropped off at the Rattlesnake Bar Aid Station for 25K and 50K runners.

Support Crews

Here is a Google map showing the Start. 

Support crews can support runners at the Darrington Head Trailhead, Start / Finish, or from the Rattlesnake Bar Aid Station. y Rd. If you want to return to Browns Ravine aid station or the finish turn right onto Green Valley Rd.

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