About Us

Who Are We?

Our main goal is to invite all runners to spectacular venues along Coastal California and give them quality trail running events.

We are known for our well-marked courses, accurately measured distances, immediate race results, quality shirt designs, and friendly atmosphere. About 25% of the participants are running their very first trail run. Many are progressing to the marathon or ultramarathon distances. Almost all bring friends and family.

For courses that are designed to be easier, flatter, and faster, check out one of our Zoom or ZombieRunner events.

We love trail running and we promise you a rewarding experience.


Wendell (Founder) started running trail ultramarathons in the early 90s. Since then, he’s completed over 100 ultras, including Western States, Hardrock, HURT, Plain 100, and Badwater.

In addition, he enjoys other adventures, like the Winter Western States, Barkley, John Muir Trail, and traversing the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail.

As the original founder of PCTR, he has organized over 400 trail running and ultramarathon events during the past 16 years.

Leng completed her first ultramathon in 2008 at the Knee Knacker 50K in Vancouver, BC. Since then, she’s completed the 250 kilometer Gobi March in China and other ultras, including the Miwok 100 Km and Headlands Hundred Endurance Run.

After several seasons as a high school sprinter, Kim started long(er) distance running with a half marathon in 2005, literally because she had just moved to the Bay Area and didn't have anything else to do. From there, it became an addiction - if she could run a half, why not a marathon? Why not a triathlon? And eventually, why not a trail race? After countless halves and marathons, she made the transition to ultra distances in 2014. Since that time, she has completed multiple ultras, including Lake Sonoma 50, Way Too Cool, Tamalpa Headlands 50k, and our own Coyote Ridge 50k and New Year's One Day events. You can find her helping out either at an aid station or at the finish line of Coastal's events.

Brian began running with high school track and cross country, and began his long distance career in 2009 with the Lake Tahoe half. Since then, he has completed multiple ultra marathons and Ironman triathlons, including the North Face 50 Mile (twice!), Ironman Lake Placid (3 times!) and Ironman Vineman, along with pacing the Hardrock 100. He has also completed our own Bizz Johnson (with age group awards!) and Diablo 50k's on multiple occasions.

Together, he and Kim are always looking for their next adventure - whether it's another hike to the Mt. Everest Base Camp or sweeping a course for a Coastal Trail Runs event.

Liz and Van have been life long athletes, from soccer to swimming to hiking and running. They ran their first marathon together at Big Sur, dabbled in triathlons including Wildflower, then found ultras and did the Northface 50k together in 2015. When they aren't at aid stations pouring your water and making PB&J, you'll likely find Liz out on the trails or Van swimming in the Bay, both training for their next ultra run or endurance swim. Van's daughter Jasmine frequently joins them too with her big smile and superb orange cutting skills.

Kathy moved to the Bay Area from England with her family in early 2014. She started taking part in Coastal Trail Runs later that year and, after running mainly road half and full marathons, she discovered her passion for trail running. Kathy is a wife, mum of 3 elementary school kids and works a part time job. She loves the beauty, peace and thrill of trail running, which gives her busy life balance. In 2016 she won the overall Blazer Award for long distance, has run a couple of 50k events and just completed her first 50 miler. You will often see her volunteering at runner check-in!

Marissa has been running for over 30 years, entering her first 10 Km race at age 8. She began competing in road marathons 10 years ago, and her endurance running endeavors include 15 marathons – qualifying for and running in the Boston marathon twice – and 5 200-mile relays.

She made the transition to ultra distances in 2006, and in the short time since has completed over 20 ultras, including the Javelina Jundred and Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.

Norbert is an Austrian national who moved to California in 2006. His first trail run was the Diablo 25k (on June 10, with back-then PCTR, now Coastal Trail Runs). His first ultra was the Redwood Park 50k in August the same year. 150 ultras later he still enjoys getting up early just to run in the Headlands when the thick fog is hugging the trails in the morning. Norbert loves to run with Coastal Trail Runs because they organize challenging, yet fun-filled and safe running events (Wendell and Leng understand how to motivate runners of all levels, ages, and social backgrounds). Norbert's next big challenge will be another hundred miler somewhere, and he prepares for it with Coastal Trail Run races!

Bob is 75 years of age and have been running for 62 years. In 2006, he discovered trail runs and it has been a great boost to his fun and excitement for running. He races every weekend so he has signed up for races/runs with quite a few organizations. He thinks that Coastal Train Runs is by far the most organized and the most fun. One of his most memorable runs is his first twelve hour event. He has met many new friends and always enjoy seeing them at the races. He is retired now after forty plus years in the Public Health field.

Eya lives in Santa Cruz, CA and works as an Analyst. She started running races since 2005 and hasn’t stopped since; She has done hundreds of road and trail races. Anywhere is her favorite place to run, but she enjoys the trails a lot. Her favorite running quote is “Mind over miles”. She fell in love with Coastal Trail Runs since her very first CTR race in 2013; not only because of beautiful and very well-marked course but most because of the awesome people in it.

Scott has been running races with Coastal Trail Runs for many years now. He started running again to get in shape for climbing and soon found that the challenge of trail running was just plain fun. Scott has completed dozens of 50Ks and marathons mostly on the trails. His biggest endurance “event” was completing a though-hike of the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia and finishing in Maine. Think day after day of rain, mud and bugs! Scott says, "I keep coming back to Coastal because of the friendly, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful courses and good company. My goal this year is to try to earn one of those cool 100K buckles at the New Year’s One Day event."

Kimmy is a 25 year old Filipino runner in Bay Area. She is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate in the Philippines and currently working on pursuing her career to be as a registered nurse in California. She is working as a Direct Support Professional providing special care services to the elderly developmentally disabled people. In addition, she is also a Mills-Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary. Kimmy has so much interest in running which makes herself involved or participates in different racing events and trainings. One of which is the RUN365 Training Program Run Club as a Pacer. Her goal is to qualify in Boston Marathon and to become an Ultra Runner. She loves the Coastal Trail Runs because of more fun on the trails, where she can meet awesome runners in a friendly competition, seeing herself in the beautiful sceneries of Bay Area. Furthermore, it would be a rewarding and unforgettable experiences of her life.

Carmen was born and raised in Rome, Italy by her Peruvian Mami with an active lifestyle. She recalls going for her 1st 5K run at the age of 18 and felt terrible after. She liked it so much she has not stopped running since. She moved to California in 1996 and now lives with her two sons, Omega 21 and Nikolas 15, her two most precious possessions. Her first marathon was the Nike Women's Marathon 2009 in San Francisco. Since then She has completed numerous 5k, 15k, half and full marathons, 50K and about 47 Spartan Races. Obstacle Course Racing began in 2014, when her girl cousin was "cancer free". Unfortunately her cancer returned aggressively and passed away two years later. Carmen become a Spartan in her honor. She has raced 47 Spartan races placing top 50 as a Master Elite (over 40s) won a 3rd place in Chicago, a 1st place at the Ultra Beast (34K) 2017 World Championship in Tahoe, and numerous top 3 in her age category in all lengths marathon races. Being a single mom, working full time, squeezing training whenever possible including weekends, she loves it all so much. Running is life for Carmen! She is turning 48 years old this years and doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.

Aksiniya was originally from Bulgaria and came to the Bay Area in 2004. She went to school at UC Davis and currently work as a molecular biologist. She is married and had her first child in 2017. She has been running with Coastal Trail Runs since 2014 – her first race was at Mount Diablo where she fell in love with running uphill. She enjoys running with Coastal because of their great race courses that always keep her challenged. It is always a very friendly environment and she really looks forward to each event. It is great sharing the excitement of running with people who love it as much as she does.