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The Half Marathon is an advanced course and provides the most challenge for runners, the purple loop features several challenging elevation climbs and descents. Runners should prepare in weeks leading up to the race with elevation training to ensure they are ready for a spectacular race.
The Half Marathon trail course consists of two separate loops, the orange loop, and the purple loop, these two combined create a slightly longer Half Marathon course at approximately 13.7 miles (22K) distance.
Going from the start half marathon runners will follow the orange course to the first aid station. From this point, half runners will take the LEFT fork to begin the purple course into the canyon section, then into the "black hole" tunnel. After coming out the tunnel half runners go RIGHT at the fork and follow the course trail markings guiding runners onto the challenging mountain section climbing three large peaks, passing two additional aid stations before returning to the PCT trail that heads back to the tunnel and returning to the first aid station to complete the purple course.
Note: At the third station, Half Marathon participants are required to pick up a special race item and bring it back to the finish line as proof of completing the course.
After completing the purple loop and returning to the first aid station, half marathon runners now go LEFT to continue to orange course going around Vasquez Rocks park to the next aid station and into the finish line to complete the orange loop.
The course will be marked with flagging tape throughout and signs at key locations, the flagging tape color will match the course colors from the map. Half marathon runners need to follow orange and purple flagging tape.
Half Marathon runners will visit a total of 5 aid stations through the course. Below shows the sequence and approximate mile mark for each station for the Half Marathon course.
IMPORTANT: The back half of the purple loop from Station #3 to #1 is the longest distance between stations, approximately 5.5 miles on the PCT trails with a large climb. Please make sure you stop and properly fuel up at Station #3 before proceeding. Half Marathon runners are required to carry at least one runner's water bottle or hydration pack, preferably two bottles or a hydration pack and bottle.
|1.||Start||0||Start orange course|
|2.||Station #1||1||Fork: go left to start purple course|
|3.||Station #2||3.5||Purple course, start dirt road section|
|4.||Station #3||5.5||Purple course, end dirt road section, long distance to #1|
|5.||Station #1||11||Second time at station. Fork: go left to finish orange course|
|6.||Station #4||12.5||Final station|
*Approximate mile mark distances.
Stations will contain water, electrolytes, GU gels and chomps, salt capsules and other essential items such as first aid kit, ice packs, and toilet paper. We highly recommend that you plan to run with a runners bottle or hydration pack, you can refill them at each station with water and electrolytes.
IMPORTANT: The Half Marathon course is very challenging, it is more like ultra trail conditions, with over 3,200 feet of elevation climbing and descent over three large peaks. It is recommended that runners are conditioned and trained for the elevation gains and similar distances on trails to ensure for a great trail race experience.
A copy of the Half Marathon course map is available for viewing on Google Maps and also for download as GPS track in the standard GPX or KML formats below.
Disclaimer: Please note that race information here represents what is planned for the SPACEROCK Trail Race. Locations, course variations, and changes may apply depending on conditions, availability, and improvements. We strive to make the best experience for the runners. Thank you for understanding.
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