Whistle Punk Course Directions
The race starts high up along Skyline Boulevard in San Mateo, CA in the Purisima Creek North Ridge parking lot. Runners begin with a sharp downhill before entering Harkins Ridge Trail. This single track trail offers some pretty amazing views of the coast and the wooded valley within the preserve. At the next intersection, runners take a hard left on to the Craig Britton trail and plunge freely into the depths of the redwoods. A cool and lofty canopy keeps it nice and shady as the racers traverse the hillside that soon joins with the Purisima Creek fire road. Still movong deeper into the forest, the sights and sounds of the forest can be enjoyed along Purisima as runners near thier first uphill challenge. With climbing legs ready, the runners will take a left up Grabtown Gulch trail and follow it upwards to the first aid stop. Drink up and shake out the climb, then begin a long decent down the Borden Hatch Mill Trail which will usher you back out to Purisima Creek. Runners go left as they depart Borden Hatch and move to the second aid stop at the Purisima Higgins Road parking area. Moving forward, runners will be directed to cross a bridge, head left and pick up Whittemore Gulch. This numbing uphill with thick redwood groves, and immaculate single track takes runners to a stunning view of the coast. The uphill journey continues along Whittemore and soon syncs up with the North Ridge trail. Runners will bear right on a flat section of North Ridge for a much deserved breather, but for a very short time. Not far ahead racers will be greeted with a lung busting uphill that leads them straight to the finish!