Course Info

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When: Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Full Marathon: 6:30 a.m, Half Marathon: 7:00 a.m, 10K: 8:00 a.m
Where: All races begin and end at the Goss Ranch: 4864 North Arm Road, Greenville, CA 95947.
Parking: A large cow field adjacent to the Goss Ranch. Free. Watch for cow pies.
Average Temperatures: At 6 a.m, the average temp is 46 degrees. By 2 p.m the temp will average 80 - 85 degrees, however the last 15 miles of the course is shaded by pine trees. We offer a free sweat check at the start line.
Race-day check-in: Begins at the start line at 5:30 a.m. The finish line is the same as the start line. For all races, please arrive early.
Time Limits: We operate on 'Plumas County time,' so we would never kick you off the course for being slow. All participants will have support until they cross the finish line. Therefore, walkers are welcome.
Marathon: Mostly flat course on pavement. Pass by meandering rivers and creeks. Views of the Indian and Genesee Valleys. 6:30 a.m
Half Marathon: Mostly flat, single loop course through the gorgeous Indian Valley with views of Mt. Jura. 7:00 a.m.
10K: Flat course on pavement. Pass Lights Creek and enjoy views of classic valley ranches, including the Diamond Buffalo Ranch. 8:00 a.m. Please arrive by 7:30 a.m.

Aid Stations:


Stations are located approximately every 2.5 miles throughout all courses and are stocked with water, specialty hydration drinks, snacks, dog treats, and first-aid kits.

These aren't your everyday Aid Stations! Each one is managed by a different community group, all competing in the Aid Station Challenge in order to win $900 in cash prizes. Awards will be given in the areas of 1.) Best Theme 2.) Best Food 3.) Best Spirit. Runners will be the judges and the awards will be announced at the after-party (5 p.m.)

T-Shirts/Awards



Entry fee includes a participation gift (a tech t-shirt), a goody bag filled with gift cards and locally-made products, a finisher medal for marathon and half-marathon finishers, age division (10 yrs deep) and overall division awards. Although we will do our very best to provide your t-shirt in your size, this cannot be guaranteed.

Strollers/Dogs/Children/Earphones:

This is Plumas County, of course you can bring them! Just please, have the dogs leashed, the kids supervised, and one eye open for rogue tractors. In addition, we have built a hay-bale maze set at the start line that children are welcome to play on!

The Post-Race Hoedown Party

We hope you will join us for an evening Hoedown Pig Roast at the Goss Ranch Finish Line (5 p.m). Join the locals for a full catered dinner (BBQ and vegetarian), live music, a hay bale maze, petting zoo, cow pie bingo, full bar (sponsored by The Brewing Lair) and more. Not to miss! The cost for the evening is $30 per ticket, $10 teens 13-18, free to kids under 12. Note: The afterparty is complimentary for runners who have raised $400 as Charity Runners. 

A little more info....

This is a uniquely rural experience; don't expect any bathrooms lines or traffic- the only distractions might be the pair of mating hawks at Mile 7 (and more at miles 10 and 12...) What you get are good ol' fashioned goody bags (filled with locally made products and, of course, bear bells!) and a home-grown run managed by the very charity it benefits. As you cross the finish line, you'll be greeted with an ice cold beer from a local brewery (The Brewing Lair), and a massage with a view of the whole valley* (*juice, coffee, water, and hydration drinks also available, of course.) In 2012, this race became a qualifier for the Boston Marathon! (Half Marathon Cert# CA12017RS, Full Marathon Cert# CA12016RS) We know that you're happy when your kids are happy- that's why we build a hay bale maze at the start line to keep them busy. Best of all? 100% of funds raised go to Mountain Circle Family Services' Powder Quest Program- an outdoor adventure for youth in foster care.

Half And 10K Course Map

2013 Results by Under the Sun Events HERE (Look for August 17th 2013)