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38th Annual
Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon

Saturday, June 1, 2019

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SCHEDULE: Race shirt and race number pick up is Friday, June 1st at Santa Crtuz Running Company (1664 Spquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065 from 2-6pm. Race morning pick up at the start/finish is available, but we highly recommend you pick up on Friday! The Half Marathon at 8:30am; the 5K at 9:00am. 

START/FINISH: Aptos Village Park at the entrance to Nisene Marks State Park. (Aptos Creek Road and Soquel Drive).

PARKING: Due to construction parking will be at the Rancho Del Mar shopping center near Safeway.  No parking will be available at Nisene Marks.

The setting for the Marathon, half marathon and 5K is the beautiful Forest of Nisene Marks, host to acres of redwood trees nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains near the small beach town of Aptos, CA. The event benefits the Lions Club of Santa Cruz, a non-profit organization that works to help the seeing-impaired community.

All race finishers are awarded a finisher's medal and a technical tee shirt is included in your race entry fee. Overall male and female winners of the Marathon and Half Marathon receive the coveted winners jacket. Top 3 male and female winners of each age group in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K receive winnerís medals. Stay for the post-race barbeque free to all participants.

All races begin and end in the Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos, CA 95003.

Start Times:
Marathon: 8:00am
Half Marathon: 8:30am
5K: 9:00am

NEW THIS YEAR: Packet pick-up will be available at the Santa Cruz Running Company (1664 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065) on Friday, June 1, between 2:00 and 6:00pm, and again on race day morning beginning at 6:30am. If you register by May 1, you are guaranteed to get the shirt size you ordered.

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Marathon is partly an out and back and a looped course. Runners will begin in Aptos park and ascend up to the Sand Point overlook. It includes approximately 3,100 feet of elevation gain. About 18 miles are on dirt fire road and 6 miles are on single track trails. The cut-off for the marathon is 7 hours. Sorry, but dogs and strollers are not permitted.

Half Marathon  is a lollipop course. Runners will begin in Aptos park running/hiking 7-miles of dirt fire road and 6-miles of single track trails. The elevation gain is approximately 2,400 feet. The cut-off time for the half marathon is 6.5 hours. Sorry, but dogs and strollers are not permitted.  

5K Run starts in Aptos park and is an out and back on paved road and dirt fire road. There are two small hills (net elevation gain is about 150 feet). Walkers, hikers and strollers are welcome. Sorry but dogs are not permitted.

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AWARDS/DIVISIONS: All racers who finish will be presented a finisher's award. Overall female and male winners of the marathon and half marathon will earn the coveted winner's jacket. 

ACCESS AND PUBLIC INFORMATION:  This event is accessible. Please call in advance for reasonable accommodation requests.  831-206-7761.




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