Race Information

The Basics

Saturday, August 25, 2018

7:30 AM Start (Cutoffs)

Rodeo Beach
Sausalito, CA

Maximum number of runners: 200

Presented by the Tamalpa Runners

Race Director
Willem Van Dam
Email: rd@headlands50k.com

Race Morning Information

All runners must check-in between 6:30 AM and 7:15 AM race morning at the Rodeo Beach start area. Bib numbers will be available at check-in.

There will be parking at the start/finish area; carpooling is strongly recommended. The parking lot closest to the Start/Finish will not be open to race participants. Volunteers will be at the start to assist with parking.

Directions to Start and Finish Location

Directions to the Rodeo Beach Start and Finish

From San Francisco: Take Golden Gate Bridge going North on Highway 101. Take the first exit across the bridge toward Sausalito.
From East Bay: Take Richmond Bridge and Highway 101 South. Take the last exit before the Golden Gate Bridge.
From North: Take Highway 101 South. Take the last exit before the Golden Gate Bridge.

Once you exit the freeway, have a choice from two routes to the start/finish area:

To Rodeo Beach via the Tunnel
After coming off Highway 101 and following the signs going down the hill toward Sausalito on the East side of the freeway, take a left turn toward Rodeo Beach on Bunker Road. This left turn is only a quarter mile from where you got off the freeway. You will see a tunnel with traffic lights. Go through the one lane tunnel. Keep following the road down the hill toward the Rodeo Beach Lagoon. Follow the road around the lagoon. There will be Parking Attendants at the fork in the road on the North side of the Lagoon to direct you to the closest parking lot.

To Rodeo Beach over the hill
After coming off Highway 101 take the road going up to the vista points on the West side of the freeway. Follow the road further uphill past the vista points. At the roundabout take the first exit which leads you down the hill to a T-intersection with Bunker Road. Turn left on Bunker Road toward the Rodeo Beach Lagoon. Follow the road around the lagoon. There will be Parking Attendants at the fork in the road on the North side of the Lagoon to direct you to the closest parking lot.

Running the Race

Numbers must be worn on the front and be visible and they cannot be folded. Age group bibs must be worn on the back.

If you drop out of the race, let a race official or aid station captain know or we will be looking for you at the end of the day.

Aid stations will have water, soda, Clif bar drinks and products, and other food items such as bananas, cantaloupe, PB&J, pretzels, and M&M's. Clif gels will be available at Cardiac and Stinson (no gels at other aid stations due to permit restrictions).

Cup-free. This year's race will be cup-free. Runners will need to use their water bottles or hydration packs to drink from at aid stations or they can carry their own collapsible cup or other drinking device.

Runners do NOT have the right of way at road crossings or on the trail. Be careful at road crossings; pay attention to course monitors and park officials. Be courteous and respectful of hikers, bikers, and horses on the trail. Be quiet and cautious going past horse stable area in Tennessee Valley; we have strict permit use restrictions for that area.

The official course is on the trails and runners will be disqualified for cutting switchbacks.

The finishing time cutoff is 10 hours (5:30 PM). See the Course information for aid station cutoff times.

Crewing

Crew is welcome at the following spots:

  • Rodeo Aid Station (parking available)
  • Tennessee Valley Aid Station (parking available)
  • Stinson Aid Station (parking available)

No crew is allowed at Highway One Crossing or Pantoll Parking Lot Area due to permit restrictions.

Course Record Incentive Prize Money

$500 for a new Woman's Course Record

$500 for a new Men's Course Record

All runners are eligible for course record prize money; USATF membership not required.

Finisher and Age Group Awards

All registered runners will receive our specially designed Headlands 50K T-shirt and a goody bag. Our T-shirts are created by renowned artist and friend Nick Wilton.

Age group awards (not money) will be given to the top men and women finishers in the following divisions:

19 years old and under
20 to 29 years old
30 to 39 years old
40 to 49 years old
50 to 59 years old
60 to 69 years old
70 to 79 years old
80 to 89 years old

Post Race Party

There will be Firetrail pizza at the finish for race participants and volunteers. Come enjoy this fresh handmade pizza baked on-site in a custom wood-fired oven.

Volunteer Information

If you wish to volunteer, please email the race director at rd@headlands50k.com