Troy’s Summer in the Sierras

June 20, 2020 – The Sierra Azul Ultras;
100K, 50M, 50K

August 8, 2020 – Kirkwood Mountain Ultra Challenge; 100M, 100K, 50M, 50K

September 5, 2020 – The High Sierra 50K

From the Sierra to the Bay, Troy’s California Trail Runs is inviting you to an Ultra Trail Running experience that will take you from the highest peaks of Northern California to the farthest reaches of the California coast.
These races are a dream come true for us, and we look forward to seeing you out on the trails, making them a reality.
– Troy

Be careful what you wish for, these Ultra Races are not for the faint of heart. These races are recommended for Advanced/Expert Trail Runners.


June 20, 2020 – The Sierra Azul Ultras; 100K, 50M, 50K

Join us for over 12,000 feet of elevation gain on a 100K, 50 mile, or 50K adventure that will take you through mystical oak forests, endless meadows, and steep climbs in the Santa Clara Valley, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

August 8, 2020 – Kirkwood Mountain Ultra Challenge; 100M, 100K, 50M, 50K

Distances: 50K, 50M, 100K, 100M
A premiere Ultra Running event in one of the most spectacular locations on the planet. With views descending across Desolation Wilderness and down onto Lake Tahoe. This race is a growing event that is sure to become one of the Ultra Running community’s favorites.

September 5, 2020 – The High Sierra 50K

Distances: 50K
This event is an alpine masterpiece of a trail race that will take you on a one-way adventure through the forests of the High Sierra that surround Lake Tahoe and finishing at the jaw-dropping Kirkwood Resort.
This is a one distance extravaganza for Ultrarunners looking for a 50K milestone in the wilderness of Northern California.


Troy and the team are looking for dedicated trail running volunteers to join us on an adventure for the Summer of Ultra.
All volunteers will receive a free race credit for a future race.

Summer in the Sierras

We’re incredibly excited to be hosting our 2020 “Summer in the Sierras” series in partnership with so many wonderful organizations, and both state and federal forest services. Join us for a unique trail running experience in the heart of the California Sierra.

June 13, 2020:
Cody Lake Sierra Trail Challenge
Kyburz, CA

Distances: 5K, 10K, 9M, Half Marathon
The first of our “2020 Summer in the Sierras” series. Situated in High Sierra country, a very challenging course with breathtaking views wraps around Cody Lake and over several creek crossings.
Registration coming soon.

July 4, 2020:
Lover’s Leap of Faith
Kyburz, CA

Distances: 2M, 5K, 10K, 9M, Half Marathon, 18M, 50K
A great course for a challenging and gorgeous introduction to Ultra Racing. Start and finish at the wonderful Strawberry Lodge where we’ll be managing a fully-stocked aid station and all kinds of 4th of July surprises. Come celebrate American Independence with great country, views, lakes, creeks, rivers, amazing air quality, high elevation and very challenging, breathtaking courses.
Registration coming soon.

July 25, 2020:
Kirkwood Thunder Mountain
Kirkwood, CA

Distances: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 18.8M, Marathon, 50K
Another Ultra Race Prepper over ten years in the making! Come get a taste of our magnificent Kirkwood Thunder Mountain Trails where we’ll be hosting our Kirkwood Ultra races in early August. This is not an easy course offering but the views of the High Sierra make it worth every drop of sweat.
Registration coming soon.

August 22, 2020:
Trail Run at Sly Park
Pollock Pines, CA

Distances: 50K, Marathon, 18M, Half Marathon, 8.5M, 10K, 5K
This event is held three times a year for a good reason. One of our most picturesque races, it’s held at the Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines. The course follows the trails surrounding Jenkinson Lake through endless pine trees in the heart of the California Sierra.
Registration now open.

October 3, 2020:
Echo Summit Trail Run Challenge
Twin Bridges, CA

Distances: 5K, 10K, 10M, Half Marathon, 20M, Marathon, 50K
More information and registration coming soon.

Troy’s California Trail Runs’ mission is to provide the most scenic, challenging, and fun runs in California. We host trail races, coastal trail runs, ultra marathons, and mountain bike races. Most are in the San Jose area and the Sierras. We promise that our trail races will be the most beautiful and enjoyable races you’ve been a part of.
See you on the trail!
– Troy

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