50M . 50K . 30K Trail Races2017 Results
Photo: Howie Stern
Date: October 13, 2018
Time: 500AM (early start), 600AM (50M), 700AM (50K), 800AM (30K)
Elevation Gain: 50M - 15,000' / 50K - 9,000' / 30K - 5,000'
Cutoff times: Must finish by 9:45PM (see course info for more details)
(Early Start for 50M (slow) runners only!)
Race Check-in & Bib Pickup (2 options!)
Friday, October 12th, 2018 @ 630PM-8PM
RACE DAY Saturday, October 13th, 2018 @ 4:30AM-7:45AM
Location: Indian Truck Trail (race start)
You may pick up your bib & shirt on Friday, OR on race morning. Race day check-in begins at 4:30AM on Saturday, October 14th. If you are in the early start wave – please try to check in early if at all possible.
2018 Rates are as follows (50M/50K/30K):
Jan 1 - Feb 15 - $95/$85/$60 (early bird)
Feb 15 - Sep 14: $105/$95/$70
Sept 15 - Oct 11: $120/$110/$80 Late Reg
(no Registration after October 11th, 2018)
*You MUST have completed a trail ultra with 5000'+ Gain to enter the 50 Mile race.
Contact the RD for possible exceptions. This is one tough course!
Refunds: Refunds for personal reasons must be requested AT LEAST by SEPTEMBER 1st. Refunds for personal reasons are ONLY made via PayPal minus a 10% processing fee. In the event the race is cancelled by an act of God/Nature or per the race directors discretion, the following guidelines apply depending on the date of cancellation:
Oct 2nd - Race Day = 25% refund
Aug 15th - Oct 1st = 50% refund
Jan 1st - Aug 14th = 100% refund
Twin Peaks covers very rough terrain in remote locations that are not easily accessible and can have extreme weather conditions from time to time. We will provide essentials such as water, electrolytes, soda, salty and sugary snacks and at least one hot food aid station (and hot food at the finish line). Twin Peaks is still one of the lowest cost ultras in SoCal. We provide safety, fun, and a beautiful and challenging course you are sure to not forget. No frills but ALL the fun!
All entrants will receive a long sleeve tech shirt. Finishers will receive a finishers award. Cash prizes are available!
50M 1st Male & Female overall: $250 cash + Bistro Coffee Mug + Free Race in 2016!
50M 2nd Male & Female overall: $100 cash!
50M 3rd Male & Female overall: $50 cash!
50M Course Record Bonus (Male & Female): $100 cash!
(Early starters are not eligible for the cash awards but can win age group awards)
50M Bistro Mug Awards for 1st Male & Female each age group (20s and under, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70+)
50K 1st Male & Female overall: Bistro Coffee Mug (must be registered for the 50K, no 50M drop downs)
30K 1st Male & Female overall: Bistro Coffee Mug
Drop bags will be located at Santiago Peak (miles 22 & 42). Please have your drop bags to the start on time and label them with your name, bib#, & race distance.
1. Have fun!
2. Be Safe. There are many hazards along the course including (but not limited to), mountain lions, rough terrain, rattle snakes, sharp cliffs and drop offs, etc. It is your responsibility to run safe and stay alert.
3. Except in case of medical emergency, runners may accept no aid nor assistance in any form from anyone, including pacers and crews, between aid stations.
4. Each runner must carry all of his own food, fluids, clothing, and other supplies needed for use between aid stations and must carry a minimum of 40oz of water.
5. Littering of any kind is strictly prohibited. Littering will result in the immediate disqualification of the runner in this year's race, and for all future races.
6. Runners are responsible for the actions of their crews and pacers.
7. Participants must follow the marked trail at all times. Any runner departing from the official trail must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing.
8. Each runner must be checked IN at EVERY aid station. Runners not checked at each aid station may not be credited with officially finishing the Run.
9. Lights are REQUIRED for running after dark. For safety reason, you may not be allowed to finish without a light after 5:00PM.
10. Any entrant who is unable to finish the Race must inform personnel at the nearest aid station of his or her decision to withdraw. You MUST turn in your race bib at this time. Runners who leave the course without turning in their bibs will be classified as "lost," and may be billed for charges incurred in any serach and rescue operation.
11. Pacers are allowed in the 50 mile Race. Pacers should be experienced trail runners in excellent physical shape and conditioned adequately to run approximately 20+ miles over rough terrain. Pacers will pick up runners at mile 34 (or mile 30 if they provide their own transportation). Transportation will be provided to pacers from the starting line if it is needed and reserved in advance.
12. Headphones are not recommended or encouraged. Use at your own risk.
Host Hotel: Springhill Suites, Corona CA
2025 Compton Ave, Corona, CA
Start Location: Indian Truck Trail, Corona CA
Directions: Highway 15 South (from Corona) or North (from Lake Elsinore). West on Indian Truck Trail Road. Take Left at T in road then take your first right at the stoplight (Santiago Canyon Road). Race start is .5 miles down on the left side of the road.
Please park on Santiago Canyon Road and walk a few blocks down the road to the race start. (avoid parking directly in front of people's homes)
NOTE: People live near the race start so please be respectful of their peace and quiet (especially early in the morning) and their property as you walk by their homes.
Weather in the Santa Ana Mountains most often produces very pleasant running weather in October. Averages and records for the middle of October range from a 95 degree record high to a 50 degree record low. Average temps for mid October are high around 81 and low around 56. Those temps change about 10-15 degrees depending on where you are on the course. It rarely rains or snows this time of year but it can happen.
You can see the variety of temperatures along the course via the two weather stations below.
Horsethief Canyon (Close to Race Start @ 1400')
Santiago Peak Weather Station @ 5634'
Note: There is a 50K option (either via registration or dropping down during the race). If you drop to the 50K during the race or choose to run the 50K in general, you still still get credited with a 50K finish and will receive a medal and place - but no other awards. You may NOT drop down to the 30K during the race.
The 50K course follows the 50M course until mile 25 then turns left to head back to the start/finish.
50 mile / 50 Km Description:
Miles 0-9 (You call this a hill?)
The race starts at an elevation of 1,200' (race low point & runner high point!) with about a 6.5 mile climb up Indian Truck Trail. A full aid station awaits at the top (3,800' Mile 6.5). After a VERY short "flat-like" section, runners climb up Main Divide and pass by Trabuco Peak (4,613').
Miles 9-15 (Feeling Groovy)
Runners continue on Main Divide and go downhill for a "few" miles. At mile 10.5 you will pass the West Horsethief Aid Station (4,100') and turn right going down the steep but runable trail. After 1 mile you will stay right to get on Trabuco Trail which will eventually lead you past some cabins and into the Holy Jim (1,700' Mile 14.5) Aid Station. Fill up at the full aid station and head up Holy Jim Trail past some more cabins. In about 1 mile you will see a signpost that says "Main Divide Road". Follow this sign and turn left (unless you want a detour to the falls).
Miles 15-22 (Thought Shall Probably Take the RD's Name in Vain)
The climb up Holy Jim Trail will present you with beautiful views of the surrounding canyons and peaks. This may or may not take your mind off the relentless but runable (for some) climb filled with numerous switchbacks. You will eventually come out on Main Divide Trail and the Water-Only (and unstaffed) Bear Springs Aid Station (4,000' Mile 19.0). You will turn left on Main Divide Road and make your way up to the Santiago Peak full Aid Station (5,687') which is the high point of the race. Turn around here and run back down.
Miles 22-30 (What goes up, must come down)
About 1.5 miles down from the summit, you need to turn left down the Upper Holy Jim singletrack (don't miss it!). This scenic 1.5 mile section will drop you out onto Main Divide Road at the radio-only Upper Holy Jim Aid Station (4,000' Mile 25.0). From here you will turn right onto Main Divide Road (or turn left if you are dropping to the 50K). Continuing to the right assures that you will either finish the 50 Mile distance or get a DNF. In just a half mile you will take a left turn at the Bear Springs Water Aid Station and go back down the Holy Jim Singletrack. At mile 29 you will stay right and NOT go to the Falls. Mile 30 will find you back at the full Holy Jim Aid Station (1,700').
Miles 30-42 (The True Test)
The substantial Twin Peaks elevation gain takes place almost entirely in the first 42 miles. If you haven't yet taken the RD's name in vain - you probably will sometime in this section. Miles 30-33 are very runnable. At mile 33 you will need to turn left and go up the West Horsethief Trail. You will climb up to the West Horsethief Aid Station (4,100' Mile 34). From here you will turn left on Main Divide Road, go UP and past Trabuco Peak again (enjoy the descent on the other side!) and reach the Indian Truck Trail (3,800') Full Aid Station at mile 38. You will continue on Main Divide Road, past the Radio-Only aid station at the bottom of Upper Holy Jim and past the water-only aid station of Bear Springs (4,000) at mile 39.5. Continuing on Main Divide Road, you will reach the summit of Santiago Peak (5,687' Mile 42) for a second time. You will turn around here and run back down.
Miles 42-52.5 (You've Made it this Far)
If you have made it this far, the race is in the bag. Many of you will be desending into the darkness and if you are lucky will see a gorgeous sunset from the summit. About 1.5 miles down from the summit, you need to turn left down the Upper Holy Jim singletrack. This (might be less fun & less scenic in the dark!) 1.5 mile section will drop you out onto Main Divide Road at the radio-only Upper Holy Jim Aid Station (4,000' Mile 45.0). This time you wil turn left at Main Divide Road and make your way back to the Indian Truck Trail (3,800') Full Aid Station at mile 46. You will turn left down Indian Truck Trail and 6.5 miles of desecnt later - you will have compelted Twin Peaks!
30 Km Description:
Miles 0-8.5 (You call this a hill?)
The race starts at an elevation of 1,200' (race low point & runner high point!) with about a 6.5 mile climb up Indian Truck Trail. A full aid station awaits at the top (3,800' Mile 6.5). The course stays "relatively" flat for the next two miles until you reach Bear Springs.
Miles 8.5-10 (Going Up!)
Runners continue on Main Divide and climb up until you reach the Upper Holy Jim turn off. You will turn right here and go down the single track.
Miles 10-18.6 (Downhill from here)
After running down the gnarly (but fun and scenic) Upper Holy Jim Trail, you will turn left at the bottom. This section is relatively flat for about a mile until you reach the Indian Truck Trail aid station. You turn left left here and "sail" down the remaining 6.5 miles to the finish!
Course Maps & Profiles
50Mile (52.5 miles & 15,000'-17,000' Estimated Gain)