This event is run entirely inside the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, set in the beautiful foothills of Coloma along the south fork of the American River. This is the site at which gold was discovered in 1848, igniting the gold rush and leading to California’s quick rise to statehood.
All of the courses are a mix of very appealing single track dirt trails and a few paved areas. The are some moderately technical ascents and descents with a lot of switchbacks. There are also some sections of rolling hills and other places where the course is completely flat. With the addition of scenic views and a variety of wildlife, there is plenty to make this run very enjoyable and interesting.
Event details and schedule
Start time: 8:30 am
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is located on Highway 49 in Coloma, between Auburn and Placerville. It’s in a rather remote area, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to drive out on the morning of the race.
Please park in the North Beach parking lot located at the north end of the park. Note there is an $8.00 parking fee per vehicle. Golden Poppy passes are accepted.
Race registration and check-in is located next to the start and finish lines in the Monroe Orchard, right across Highway 49 from the North Beach parking lot. Packet pick-up begins at 7:00 am.
Refreshments will be served at the finish line. All runners/families are encouraged to explore the historic park after the event.