The Saddleback Marathon

Blue Jay Campground
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Running > Marathon, Trail

Event Description

California's premiere trail marathon was first run in the Saddleback Mountains of the Cleveland National Forest in 1988. An annual event for nearly three decades, it was cancelled in 2018 (#HolyFire)on its 30th anniversary. We were back in 2019, re-routed, and then cancelled by the pandemic in 2020 and back again in 2023, again re-routed. This year, 2024, we're planning on returning to the original course where so many of us in Southern California fell in love with trail running.  

The 2024 route includes some paved road (very little), truck trail and single track trail.

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