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Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon

Saturday, June 7, 2014

SCHEDULE: Race shirt and race number pick up is Friday, June 6th at Fleet Feet Sports (26 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos, CA) from 2-7pm. Race morning pick up at the start/finish is available, but we highly recommend you pick up on Friday! The Marathon starts at 8:00am, the Half Marathon at 8:30am; the 5K at 9:00am. Raffle prizes will be given out at approximately 10:00AM (5K), 11:30AM (Half marathon) and 1PM (Marathon).

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

COURSE/CUTOFFS: 5K: is an out-and-back on fire road and paved road with minimal elevation gain and shaded. Half-marathon is a lollipop course with out-and-back on fire road and a loop that is entirely on single track trail, mostly shaded, with ~2000ft of elevation gain/loss. Marathon is ~10 mi out on fire road including ~1600ft of elevation gain, and ~16.2 mi back on a mix of fireroad and single track trail. The upper portions of the course are more exposed to sun. Cutoff time for the marathon is 7 hours and half marathon is 6.5 hours. Aid stations are every 3-6 miles, however it is recommended runners doing the marathon and half marathon carry 20 oz. of water. All courses are absolutely beautiful, traversing by redwood trees, babbling creeks and manzanita and oak groves at higher elevations. 

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. 

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Half Marathon is 3 miles on fire road then 8 miles on single track trail returning to fire road with right turn and 2 miles to finish.  There is an elevation gain of 1000 feet in the first 7 miles.  There are 3 aid stations on the course.    

5K Run is out and back with the start on the Aptos Creek Road above the finish line.  There is a short dip in the first mile and again on the return.  Finish is the same as the marathon and marathon

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