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Course and Transportation



Course Description

The American River 50 course is single wave start, which starts at 6:00 A.M. There will be NO early starts.

American River 50 Mile Endurance Run begins at beautiful Brown's Ravine Marina, at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area in the Sierra-Nevada Foothills. With Folsom Lake as the sparkling backdrop you'll traverse through oak woodland and meadows, over bridges and creeks, up and down switchbacks and along the most spectacular trails in the area.

Runners will begin their 50 mile journey on the pavement for .9 miles on the park service road before making a right hand turn on to the single track trail. Runners will remain on single track trails to Folsom Point. At Folsom Point (mile 4.97), runners will make a loop on the service road and proceed past the park kiosk. Runners will turn right on Natoma Street and head west on the Folsom Lake Crossing.

The course then heads South on the American River Parkway to the historic Walker Bridge. The course will wind down under the Powerhouse and behind the Lake Natoma Inn hotel. The course remains on the south side of Lake Natoma on the American River Parkway through Willow Creek (mile 12.77) and then to the Aquatic Center. At the Aquatic Center, the course traverses across the bridge up to the Nimbus Bluffs.

Runners will ascend on a single track trail to the Hazel Bluffs. Upon descending from the Hazel Bluffs, the course will re-connect with the bike trail and intermix with fire roads and single track trails through mile 24, Beal's Point.

After reaching Beal's Point at mile 24, runners will enjoy single track trails and head north on the path worn by gold miners in search of riches: The Pioneer Express Trail, near the entrance of the Granite Bay State Park.  Runners will cross the entrance road to the park and continue on the Pioneer Express Trail towards the Granite Bay Horse Assembly (mile 29.45). The American River 25 event will start at Beal's Point and proceed thru the remainder of the course as AR50. *** NO PACERS ALLOWED FOR AR25 ***

After exiting the horse assembly, the route continues north to Twin Rocks. At Twin Rocks, the route will veer right and ascend on a single track trail loop for 2.22 miles. The course will rejoin the Pioneer Express and continue through Buzzards Cove, Horseshoe Bar and Rattlesnake Bar (no, we aren't talking about stopping at local pubs, but rather passing over the sand bars that miners would pan gold from, but there ARE Aid Stations at each). The route continues to the Power Plant, Avery's Pond and Dowdin's Post.

After leaving Dowdin's Post, the trail will wind you to the infamous "Dam Wall." Runners will take a deep breath and ascend the climb and be greeted at the summit by the "Boys of Last Gasp." With less than 2.5 miles to go, motivational mile mark signs, cow bells and our energetic cheerleaders will boost your spirits as you tackle the last climb. The "Party at Mile 49" with cheering enthusiasts, an inflatable frog and ice cold cokes will send you off on your victory mile to Auburn.

Strava Mapping

  • Strava - Jean P
  • Strava - Chikara Omine
  • Official Course Cut off is 14 hours


    Bus Transportation

    Option 1 - BEST CHOICE, HIGHLY ENCOURAGED BY RACE DIRECTOR/STAFF!

    Drive car to the finish at Overlook Park, Auburn.  Free parking at Overlook, Railhead Park and on local streets.  Buses leave at 4:10 a.m., taking runners to the start at Brown's Ravine in Folsom.

    Morning bus $20, sign up here:  http://ultrasignup.com/shopping.aspx?did=21877

    Option 2

    For runners staying at partner hotels in Folsom, there is a complimentary shuttle to the start at Brown’s Ravine at 4:15 a.m. There is no need to sign up for this service, just be in front of your hotel prior to 4:15 am.  Be sure to check with the hotel for the departure point.

    For the return, those staying at the partner hotels in Folsom, the bus will depart from Overlook Park at 7:00 p.m., returning to same Folsom pick up points.

    If you parked at Brown's Ravine, this separate bus will also be leaving the Overlook Park at 7:00PM and will going directly back to Brown's Ravine. Please use the link below to sign up for this bus.

    Afternoon bus $20, sign up here: http://ultrasignup.com/shopping.aspx?did=21877

    If your expected finish time is later than 7:00 p.m. you must choose a different option.

    Option 3 - LEAST FAVORABLE DUE TO CLOSURE OF PARKING AREA AT 7PM

    Drive car to the start at Brown's Ravine, park for the day, pay parking fee. Early arrival critical, lot will be temporarily closed from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.* The bus will depart Overlook Park at 7:00 p.m., returning runners to Brown's Ravine and the proceed to the hotels. Lot closes at 8:00 p.m., no exceptions.  

    Afternoon bus $20, sign up here: http://ultrasignup.com/shopping.aspx?did=21877

    If your expected finish time is later than 7:00 p.m. you must choose a different option.

    Option 4 – CREW

    Have driver/crew/pacer drop you at the start, entrance to lot closes temporarily from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

     

    *Crew can connect with runners at approved aid stations.

    *Entrance to Brown’s Ravine parking lot will be temporarily closed from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on race morning. ONE MILE RUN IN FROM THE ENTRANCE IF YOU MISS THIS DEADLINE!

    **Buses do not return to aid stations – pacers must make own arrangements to return to their vehicles.

    AR25 Bus Transportion

    Drive car to the finish at Overlook Park, Auburn.  Free parking at Overlook, Railhead Park and on local streets.  Buses leave at 5:30 a.m., taking runners to the start at Beals Point.

    Morning bus $20, sign up here:  http://ultrasignup.com/shopping.aspx?did=21877

    IF YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR BUS TIME FROM AFTERNOON TO MORNING, EMAIL STAFF@NORCALULTRAS.COM.