Updated: Jan 22
About the Race.
Distance & Vertical: 5K / 3.1 miles and 360 feet of vertical climbing.
Registration: $10 on UltraSignup ($12.50 after Feb. 28, $15 after Mar. 14).
Dates: Race anytime between March 1 - March 31, 2021.
Timing: Race times are based on Strava posts.
Strava Segment: The Four Roads 5K - Race the Commons
Start Location: The gate at Barloy Canyon Road & Watkins Gate Rd, California (Map)
GPX File: Here is the course GPX file.
Other Details: This one page PDF has all you need.
Everything you need to know to race today.
Register on UltraSignup and race the course anytime between March 1 - March 31, 2021. Post your time on Strava and Race the Commons will find your result. If you don't use Strava, send an email to Race Director and you will be added to the finisher list. Only Strava verified times can take top 3. The video gives a beautiful tour of the course and shows how racing works.
Can I expect help if I get lost or have problems on the course?
No, you are running solo or with whoever you feel safe running with. Be careful, make sure you know how to navigate, bring water and food, and prepare for extreme changes in coastal weather. You must be 100% self-reliant to run a Race the Commons race.
Directions to the start.
For directions to the start line, click this link and it will launch Google Maps. Search “Barloy Canyon Road & Watkins Gate Rd, California” on Google Maps for directions. Parking is free. After you park, walk 50 feet up Barloy Canyon Rd and the start line is an obvious gate that blocks car entrance into Fort Ord National Monument.
Why this Course?
This is a race for 5K runners, but it may also become your new favorite walk. Run it as fast as you can but you’ll want to return to walk and take in the mosaic of flowers, oaks, and grasses. You may start alone but you’re likely to make brief friends with a turkey, deer, coyote, or the occasional bobcat. Bring a camera!
About Race the Commons.
Race the Commons designs courses for competitive running on public land. All racing is self-supported. Top 3s get awards. Race hard. Race often. Give everything. Register on UltraSignup and post your time on Strava. Respect Covid-19 and love the public land.