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36th Annual
Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon

Saturday, June 3, 2017

SCHEDULE: Race shirt and race number pick up is Friday, June 2nd at Fleet Feet Sports (26 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos, CA) 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.  The full Marathon has been cancelled due to trail damage.

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.

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. No dogs or strollers. 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. 

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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

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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.  831-251-8411.




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