Updated: Mar 19
About the Race.
Distance & Vertical: 13.1 miles and 5,280 feet of vertical climbing.
Registration: $30 on UltraSignup ($40 after Mar. 31, $50 after Apr. 30).
Swag: All finishers get a medallion. Pickup at Quail & Olive (14 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley, CA).
Dates: Race anytime between March 1 - May 31, 2021.
Timing: Race times are based on Strava posts.
Strava Segment: Vertical Mile Half Marathon - Race the Commons
Start Location: Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel Valley, CA (Map)
GPX File: Here is the course GPX file.
Everything you need to know to race today.
Register on UltraSignup and race the course anytime between March 1 - May 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, search Garland Ranch Regional Park on Google Maps. Park in parking lot and walk with the road on your right until you see the bridge. The start line is the Carmel Valley Rd side of the bridge. Watch the race video if you want to see a video of the start line. The video makes it totally clear.
Why this Course?
No half marathon in the world packs in this much pain, wonder, and glory. This is the best time of year to experience these trails. Ghost whispers chase past you and clouds explode in the sky while wildflowers will you higher. Run it once and you’ll dream of it forever.
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.