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Back in the day, a small community of lumbermen, dairy farmers, bootleggers and hermits started to develop in the far reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains above the town of Woodside. King's Mountain, named after the King family that settled in near Tunitas and Summit Springs grew into a township and a stopover for the tired travelers and working men that made the trek from Redwood City to San Gregorio, just south of Half Moon Bay.
The Mountain Brow House run by the King matriarch, Hanora, was a favorite destination for all of them, offering a place for rest, food and drink in a pastoral mountain setting. For a while up there on Kings Mountain the rowdy spirit of the Gold Rush was still at play with bar room brawls, gambling and the occasional shoot out. But as the dawn of a new century approached the days of the Gold Rush gave way to a new era and the Brow House eventually closed its doors. Even so, the legend of the Mountain Brow House lives on and you can still revisit the spot where it all took place,
Where all runners turn around at the top of Purisima Creek Road, and just across Skyline Boulevard is the site where the long forgotten Brow House once stood. Sadly you won't get much rest here on your 50k journey through the Purisima Creek Redwoods but we will offer you some much needed aid and hydration to get you through the next 26 miles of this grueling 50K.
Race Day Information
Sign-In & Bib Pick-Up: 8:00AM - 8:45AM at the starting line.
Briefing: 8:50AM at the starting line
Race Day Registration: Depending on how many runners register online, we may be able to accommodate a limited amount of race day registrants. Stay tuned.
All participants will receive a BayTrailrunners Mountain Brow House T-Shirt.
A Mountain Brow House Woodallion will be awarded to all runners..
Podium finishers will each be awarded gift cards from our race sponsor, A Runners Mind.
Hydration and nutrition will be provided by our sponsor, Skratch.
Our friends from A Runners Mind will be there supporting the race and sharing some of the latest product from the store.
Cut Offs: If you fail to reach the aid station at the start, and the beginning of your second loop by 1:00 PM (4 hours), you will be told to drop. This is a mandatory rule we must respect so we do not go overtime on our permit and use of the park.
Timing: We will be using the timing software that Utrasignup has generously supplied to us.
Marking: The course will be marked with striking yellow ribbon with clear and easy to read signage pointing you in the right direction. Details will be explained at the pre-race briefing.
Course measurements: Our data has been collected using Google Earth and cutting edge GPS devices. The detailed information gathered and displayed is provided by 3rd-parties and BayTrailrunners LLC cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. Provided for reference only.
Rules: No dogs, bikes or strollers. Stay on marked trails. Yield to park personnel and other visitors. Do not litter. Thank the volunteers!
Aid Stations: Aid will be provided throughout the course and at the finish. You can expect the standard aid station fare of fruit, carbs, sweets, salty snacks, water, Skratch hydration and Clif nutrition products. We strongly recommend that all runners carry some form of hydration pack or water bottle throughout the race.
A water and electrolyte stop will be at the turnaround point on Skyline Boulevard. (5.5 miles).
A water and electrolyte stop with fruit and energy gels will be at the Tunitas aid station (10.3 miles).
Full aid with nutrition and hydration at the Purisima Higgins aid station (14.5 miles).
Back at the start and the beginning of the second loop will be another fully stocked aid station (18 miles). Cutoff point here.
Full aid again with nutrition and hydration at the second pass through the Purisima Higgins aid station (21.25 miles).
Water and electrolyte stop with fruit and energy gels again at the Tunitas aid station second pass (24.75 miles).
Third pass through Purisima Higgins aid station with nutrition and hydration before the final climb to the finish (27.4 miles).
Full aid with beer at the finish (31 miles).
Parking: Carpool if you can! Parking is available in the North Ridge main lot, with more spots reserved in front of Fisher Investments next door to the preserve. We will have an informed and upbeat volunteer point you in the right direction when you arrive.
Restrooms: Restrooms are located at the start and at the intersection of Purisima Creek and Whittemore Gulch.
Refunds: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to future BayTrailrunners events. BayTrailrunners however, will be happy to send you a 75% or 50% entry coupon if you let us know at least 2 weeks or 48 hours before the event, respectively. If you fail to show up to the race without prior notice, you forfeit all credits and reimbursements. Please email us so we know in advance what your plans are.
Cancellations: Please read our policy about race cancellations. This applies to all BayTrailrunners events.