The Marathon, Half Marathon,
and 5K races start and finish at Aptos Village
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 (extended cut off time for this year!).
Aid stations are every 3-6 miles, however it is
recommended runners doing the marathon and half
marathon carry 20 oz. of water.
courses are absolutely beautiful, traversing by
redwood trees, babbling creeks and manzanita and
oak groves at higher elevations. (see:
PDF course map)
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.
is out and back with the start on the Aptos
Creek Road above the finish line. There is
a short dip in the first ½ mile and again on the
return. Finish is the same as the marathon
and ½ marathon