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Course Maps
Elevation Profile
Past Years’ Results

The Course Basics

tulipsWhen: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Marathon: 6:30 a.m, Half Marathon: 7:15 a.m, 10K: 8:00 a.m *Walkers: Please talk to us about starting early! We will offer ONE early start at 5:30 a.m., please email Alex in advance if you would like this option ([email protected])

Where: All races begin and end at the Goss Ranch: 4864 North Arm Road, Greenville, CA 95947.

Parking: *NEW!! Parking is in a new location, at the corner of Nelson St. and North Valley Road. There is NO parking at the start line. Free buses will run every 15 minutes, beginning at 5 a.m. and will return you after your race!


Average Temperatures: At 6:00 a.m, the average temp is 46 degrees. By 2:00 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 of the course just for being determined! HOWEVER, we are unable to provide course support after 1:30 p.m. If you are a walker, or if you expect a 7-hour plus marathon, please note that you will be responsible for your own food, drink, and medical support once you reach the finish line, and along the course after 1:30 p.m. For your safety, we encourage slow runners and walkers to start the race EARLY! Please contact us in advance to arrange an early start. Determined runners/walkers will also miss the awards ceremony, and any of the bells and whistles that are provided during this time frame, which occurs when most runners have returned, usually between 10 a.m and 11:30 a.m.

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 pavement course through the gorgeous Indian Valley with views of Mt. Jura. 7:15 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.

Marathon Course Record: Overall: Chuck Engle, in 2013: 2 hours, 46 minutes, eight seconds.

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Aid Stations

dog-runnersAid Stations are located approximately every 2-4 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 $3,000 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

awardsEntry fee includes a participation gift (a tech t-shirt), a goody bag filled with gift cards and locally-made products, a finisher medal for ALL runners, 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, and of course, you can bring them! Just please, have the dogs leashed (with non-retractable leashes), the kids supervised, and one eye open for rogue tractors. ALL dogs must wear a soft muzzle at the start/finish line.  Do you need childcare? We offer it! Simply contact Alex to sign up: [email protected]

The Post-Race Party

We hope you will join us at the 70’s themed Post-Race Party at the Mountain Circle office in Greenville (96 S. Main Street, Greenville) at 5:00 p.m. Join the locals for a full catered dinner (BBQ and vegetarian), bar (sponsored by The Brewing Lair) and more. Not to miss! The cost for the evening is $20 per ticket, $15 teens 12-18, free to kids under 11. Note: The Party is complimentary for runners who have raised $500 as Charity Runners. *DUE TO INSURANCE REASONS, all dogs must wear a soft muzzle at the start line, and on Mountain Circle property (packet pick up and the after party).

A Little More Info

runnerThis 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 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) with 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). Best of all? 100% of funds raised go to Mountain Circle Family Services’ Powder Quest Program – an outdoor adventure for youth in foster care.

Elevation Profile

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Half/10K Course Map

Marathon Course Map