Rancho Hills Trail Run

Date:Saturday, October 5, 2024
Location:Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Race Distances:5K, 10K, 8 Mile, 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
8 Mile – 2.5 Hours
10 Mile – 3 Hours
Half Marathon – 4 Hours
30K – 5 Hours
Trail Marathon – 8 Hours
50K – 9 Hours

About the Race

  • Very Hilly
  • High Heat Depending on Season – Camelback / Water on Runner Recommended
  • Ultra Distances Recommended for experienced runners
  • Single Track / Dirt Roads
  • Spectacular Views

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

REGISTER
ONLINE
Online registration is available through the evening prior to 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 7:00 AM.
VOLUNTEER
NOW
Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!


DISTANCE BY 2/29/24BY 6/30/24BY 10/4/24 ON 10/5/24
RACE DAY REGISTRATION
5K$55$60$65$70
10K$60$65$70$75
8 Mile$65$70$75$80
10 Mile$70$75$80$85
Half-Marathon$85$90$95$100
30K$95$100$105$110
Trail Marathon$105$110$115$120
50K$115$120$125$130
*Prices do not include UltraSignup processing fees

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

Primary Cutoff Times

1 PM, 30K Finish / Start / Finish Area

2:30 PM, Mile 23 Leaving Start / Finish Area

3:30 PM, Must clear second aid station / aid station closes

5 PM, Race Over

Course Maps

5K

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2293274

  • Course Ascent: 464 Feet
  • Race Bibs: Black
  • Course Description
    • OUT + BACK
    • Red Ribbons
  • 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)
  • 9:00AM Cutoff, 1 Hour Time Limit

10K

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2293275

  • Course Ascent: 1,217 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Black
  • Course Description
    • 4.2M Counter-Clockwise Loop + Out to first water stop and back to finish.
    • Red Ribbons
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out
    • Rancho Canada del Oro (Mile 4.2)
    • Water Stop approximately at 5.4 Miles Heading Out
    • Rancho Canada del Oro, FINISH (Mile 6.6)
  • 10:00AM Cutoff, 1 Hour Time Limit

8 Mile

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2293276

  • Course Ascent: 1,751 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Runners will have black-numbered bibs on a white background.
  • Course Description:
    • 8M Counter Clockwise Loop / Orange Ribbons
  • 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 / Catamount Trail (Mile 2.4)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 8, 10:30am cutoff, Toilet Available)
  • 10:30AM Cutoff, 2.5 Hour Time Limit

10 Mile

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2303800

  • Course Ascent: 1,988 feet.
  • Race Bibs: Red
  • Course Description:
    • Complete 8M Counter Clockwise Loop / Orange Ribbons + Out to first water stop and back to finish.
  • 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 / Catamount Trail (Mile 2.4)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro (Mile 8, 10:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Mile 2.4)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles Heading Out
    • Rancho Canada del Oro, FINISH (Mile 10)
  • 11AM Cutoff, 3 Hour Time Limit

Half Marathon

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2293292

  • Course Ascent: 2,772 feet.
  • Race Bibs: RED
  • Course Description:
    • Stage 1 Complete 8M Counter Clockwise Orange Ribbon Section
    • Stage 2 From Start / Finish Complete second loop by following blue ribbons to the aid station of Catamount / Bald Peaks and follow blue ribbons back to the finish.
  • 12PM Cutoff, 4 Hour Time Limit

30K

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2293282

  • Course Ascent: 3,786 feet.
  • Race Bibs: YELLOW
  • Course Description:
    • Stage 1 Complete 8M Counter Clockwise Orange Ribbon Section
    • Stage 2 From Start / Finish Complete second loop by following blue ribbons to the aid station of Catamount / Bald Peaks and follow blue ribbons back to the finish.
    • Run the 10K loop, but clockwise.
  • Aid/Water Available:
    • Rancho Canada del Oro START (Mile 0.0, 8:00am, Toilet Available)
    • Water Stop approximately at 1.2 Miles
    • Heading OutBald Peaks/Needlegrass
    • Water Stop (Mile 2.4)Rancho Canada del Oro Aid (Mile 8, 10:00am cutoff, Toilet Available)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Water Stop (Mile 10)
    • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass Aid Station Mile 13
    • 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)
  • 1PM Cutoff, 5 Hour Time Limit

Trail Marathon

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2293280

  • Course Ascent: 5,741 feet.
  • Race Bibs: YELLOW
  • Course Description:
  • 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 (330 CUTOFF + CLOSE)
    • Rancho Canada del Oro FINISH (Mile 26.7, 4:00pm cutoff, Toilet Available)
  • 4PM Cutoff, 8 Hour Time Limit

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

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2293285

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

  • Course Ascent: 6,059 feet.
  • Race Bibs: YELLOW
  • 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 counter 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 3:30 CLOSE)
    • 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 2 fully stocked aid stations for this race:

  • Rancho Canada del Oro Start/Finish/Aid Station
  • Bald Peaks/Needlegrass

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 + Other Information

  • All runners receive a medal for finishing the race.
  • 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.

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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