Placerville Path Memorial Day Run

Date:Saturday, May 25, 2024
Location:Placerville Station
2984 Mosquito Road
Placerville, CA 95667
Race Distances:Kids Run, 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon
Start Time:7:30 AM Kids Run
8:00 AM All Other Distances in Waves

About the Race

This event is run on the El Dorado Trail in beautiful historic Placerville. The path is surrounded with beautiful oak trees, rolling hills, and incredible views.

The race is held rain or shine. Strollers are allowed in the 5K, 10K, and 15K distances.

Volunteers are needed to help with race day registrations, runner
check-in, start/finish line, aid stations, course marshals, and safety/sweep.

Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!


DISTANCE BY 10/31/23BY 1/31/24BY 5/24/24IN PERSON 5/25/24
Kids Run$25$25$25$30
1 Mile$30$30$30$35
Half Marathon$80$85$90$95
Prices do not include UltraSignup 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.
Online registration is available through the evening before the race.
Please print the form, fill it out, and mail it to us with the enclosed registration fee.
Race day registration is available beginning at 6:45 AM.


  • 6:30 AM — Registration/Runner Check-In Starts
  • 7:30 AM — Start, Kids Run
  • 7:45 AM — Trail briefing & Registration/Runner Check-In Ends
  • 8:00 AM — Start, All Other Distances in Waves


All runners will receive a medal for finishing the race.

Course Information

All races follow PINK RIBBONS for an out-and-back course heading eastward from the starting line at Mosquito Road. For each distance, the path goes up a steady 3% grade to the turnaround point, and the second half of the race is downhill all the way to the finish.

The Kids Run, 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, and 15K courses are run entirely on a paved bike path. The pavement ends at about 5.6 miles into the half marathon course, and the remainder of the distance to the turnaround point is run on a dirt and gravel path.

There are several road crossings along the course. Most are private roads or smaller feeder roads with relatively little traffic, but each crossing will be marked with yellow ribbons to alert runners of a crossing with vehicular traffic.

Runners should use extreme caution and follow our volunteers’ instructions when crossing the busier Carson Road (near start/finish) and Jacquier Road (about 2 miles into the race). Volunteers will make every attempt to stop vehicular traffic prior to your arrival, but if they tell you to STOP please do so until they indicate it is safe for you to cross.

5K Course (341ft Ascent)

The 5K course turns around right before Centennial Lane, and will be clearly marked with a sign and grouping of GREEN RIBBONS.

10K Course (651ft Ascent)

The 10K course turns around shortly before Parkway Drive, not long after crossing Highway 50 on the foot bridge, and will be clearly marked with a sign and grouping of BLUE RIBBONS.

15K Course (659ft Ascent)

The 15K course turns around shortly after passing Los Trampas Drive, and will be clearly marked with a sign and grouping of ORANGE RIBBONS.

Half Marathon (1,237ft Ascent, 4 Hr Overall Cutoff)

The pavement ends at Halcon Road, but the half marathon course continues and turns around at the very end of the trail, where a chain-link fence separates you from Highway 50.

IMPORTANT: There will be a grouping of RED RIBBONS on the chain link fence at the end of the trail. COUNT THEM, and provide the number of red ribbons on the fence to finish line personnel to receive a qualifying race time.

Half Marathon Cut Off Times:

Mile 7.1 – 10:00am

Mile 10 – 11:00am

Mile 13.1 FINISH – 12:00noon (4 hour overall cutoff)

The course is well-marked with signs at every intersection and chalk lines on the ground in important locations. Mile marker signs are posted for all distances, and a halfway sign is posted for the half marathon.

Elevation Profile

The combined elevation profile for all four races is shown below. (Click image for larger view.)

Aid Stations

There are three well-stocked aid stations on the course in the following locations. Runners will encounter these same aid stations once they turn around to reverse to follow the same course back to the finish.

  • Mile 1.5 (5K turnaround point)
  • Mile 3.1 (10K turnaround point)
  • Mile 6
  • Mile 7.1
  • Mile 10
  • Mile 11.6
  • Mile 13.1 Finish

Directions and Parking

From Highway 50 eastbound, coming from the Sacramento direction, take the Broadway exit (Exit 47). Turn right on Broadway, and then turn right again on Mosquito road, passing underneath the highway. The gravel lot on the left side of the road is where you should park.

From Highway 50 westbound, coming from the Lake Tahoe direction, take the Mosquito Rd / Main St exit (Exit 47). Turn right on Mosquito Rd. The gravel lot on the left side of the road is where you should park.

Race registration and check-in is located inside the Placerville Station on the corner of Mosquito Rd and Clay St. Toilets are available inside Placerville Station

Parking Locations (Click below for directions):

Travel and Accommodations

Troy’s California Trail Runs is partnered with iWeekender to provide comprehensive travel packages that include accommodations, air travel, and rental cars.

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