Horseshoe Lake

Race Day Information

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Directions

The Horseshoe Lake Trail Run will be held at 8:00 a.m. (5 mi - 8:15 a.m.) on Sunday, May 6th at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. The preserve's entrance is located one mile south of the intersection of Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Page Mill Road. Parking is limited and we encourage you to carpool with other runners.

Click on the blue icon for driving directions:


Google Map (21198 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95033)
iPhone Map (22246 Skyline Blvd., La Honda, 94020 Note: Christmas Tree Farm is just south of park entrance)

Bib Number & Shirt Pick-Up

Saturday, May 5, 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. at ZombieRunner Store in Palo Alto.
Address: ZombieRunner, 429 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832

Sunday, May 6, 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Weather

Palo Alto

Course

The course will be marked with ribbon approximately every 200 yards and color coded as follows:

  • 5 mi – orange
  • Half Marathon – pink
  • 30 Km – Half Marathon + 5 mi
  • MarathonHalf Marathon twice!
  • 50 Km - Marathon + orange loop

The most important course marking is the polka-dot flagging. It indicates a turn at an intersection. There will be at least two polka-dot flagging before a turn in the course. The polka-dot flagging will be placed before and on the same side as the required turn. As you approach an intersection, look for any polka-dot flagging before the turn. Waiting until you're in the intersection to determine the correct direction may be confusing and you may go the wrong way. After you complete the turn, there will be orange and/or pink flagging indicating the correct route. We also hang blue ribbons at critical junctions indicating the wrong way. Blue is bad!

If you don't see your respective flagging for 3-4 minutes, you are off course. If you get off course, you should retrace your path until you find where you left the course and then continue along the marked course.

Please be courteous on the trail. If you're passing another runner or hiker, announce "on your left" as you approach.

Headphones are allowed on dirt road sections only. Please do not wear headphones on single-track trail, while crossing paved roads, when getting aid at aid stations, or while crossing the finish line.

Your bib number indicates the distance that you're running. If you want to change your distance, please send us an e-mail or let us know by check-in, at the latest.

Many of the parks in California have poison oak. We recommend staying on the trail and washing with Tecnu after your trail run. Occasionally, bees or yellow jackets may be active and precautions should be taken if you're allergic.

No dogs allowed on the course. Please don't leave pets in your vehicle.

Aid Stations

Fully-stocked aid stations every 5 - 6.5 miles. You can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, water, and eectrolyte sports drink. If you would like to be sure that you have any other specific item at the event, you should carry it with you. Additionally, it is highly recommended that runners carry at least 20 oz. of water between aid stations.

 
Distance (mile)
Next Aid (mile)
5 mile    
1. Skyline Ridge (Finish)
5.1
 
     
Half Marathon    
1. Ward Road
6.6
6.5
2. Skyline Ridge (Finish)
13.1
 
     
30 Km    
1. Ward Road
6.6
6.5
2. Skyline Ridge (S/F)
13.1
4.7
3. Skyline Ridge (Finish)
17.8
 
     
Marathon    
1. Ward Road
6.6
6.5
2. Skyline Ridge (S/F)
13.1
6.5
3. Ward Road
19.6
6.5
4. Skyline Ridge (Start)
26.2
     
50 Km    
1. Ward Road
6.6
6.5
2. Skyline Ridge (S/F)
13.1
6.5
3. Ward Road
19.7
6.5
4. Skyline Ridge (S/F)
26.2
4.7
5. Skyline Ridge (Finish)
30.9
 

Post-Run Activities

There will be post-run snacks at the finish line.

Award medals are given to the 1st female and male finishers overall and top three finishers in each age group. All finishers will receive a custom medal and 50 Km finishers will also receive a custom coaster.

UltraSignup Forum and Facebook Group

The Horseshoe Lake UltraSignup Forum is for information about this event. Please post messages regarding places to eat or stay, sharing rides with fellow runners, etc. Go to Forum (opens in a new window).

The Friends of Coastal closed group is for information about Coastal events. Please post messages regarding places to eat or stay, sharing rides with fellow runners, etc. Go to our Facebook Page (opens in a new window) to join the group.

Check In

Please arrive 30 min before your event to receive your bib number.