Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run
19 May 2019
The Ohlone Wilderness 50K is recognized as one of toughest 50 Kilometer trail races in the United States. This classic and iconic ultramarathon is held along the entirety of the Ohlone Wilderness trail, in the eastern region hills of the San Francisco Bay Area.Traveling across the land once home to indigenous tribes, and now habitat to abundant wildlife, the course traverses four regional parks: Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Sunol Regional Wilderness, Ohlone Regional Wilderness, and Del Valle Regional Park.
Awards for all finishers.Quality technical shirt.Bus transportation to start.Drop bag transportation to finish.Post-race BBQ.Groovy goodie bags.
The distance is 31 miles, with 7,800 feet elevation gain, and 7,440 feet descent. A mix of trail and fire roads, a large section of the terrain is extreme, exposed and rugged. The vast majority of the course follows the Ohlone Wilderness trail. The course deviates from the marked Ohlone trail in several places in order to add distance or to access water. Plan for heat. It’s hard to bet against hot weather. Of course, we’ve had rain, hail, and forty-degree temperatures. In most years, race day has started with fog in the morning that gives way to increasing heat and sun throughout the day Temperatures are usually in the 80’s to mid-90’s but have topped 100 in some years. Be prepared! Best advice is to watch the forecasts and prepare accordingly.
The race will begin at Mission Peak Regional Preserve at 8:00 am.All runners must check in at the start in Fremont between 7:00 and 7:45 am. Runners taking the bus will check in when the bus unloads at the start. Race goody bags with your shirt and other cool stuff will be distributed at the finish after you complete your run.If you do not believe you can finish the course within the cut-off times, we allow provision for a 7:00 early start. Runners planning to start at 7:00am are required to indicate this when registering for the race. Runners taking the early start also do so with the knowledge that the aid station opening times are scheduled according to the timing of the 8:00am start. Bus transportation to the start is not available for early-start runners. Runners taking the early start are not eligible for age group awards unless the award would otherwise go unclaimed due to lack of finishers in the category.
Parking at the start is extremely constrained. Illegally parked cars will be cited and/or towed. The best and smartest way to deal with logistics and parking is to begin your morning by driving to the finish area and taking the bus to the start (or Uber!). Take whatever you need on the bus, we will transport items from the starting area back to the finish.Buses depart at 6:30 am from the Lichen Bark Picnic Area in Del Valle Regional Park, 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore, CA. There is a $6 park entry fee which will be collected at the gate. The race begins at 8:00 am at Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Stanford Ave. and Vinehill Terrace, Fremont, CA.If you feel compelled to drive to the start, please make arrangements with your crew or other runners to get a ride back to Fremont. We’ll try to help you find a ride, but there’s no guarantee that we will be successful.