7/2: Course update! For the last 3 years, the race has gone out to Marciel Gate via Red Tail Trail. We are no longer allowed on Red Tail so the course will proceed out Brandon Trail. Click here to go directly the the course maps and overview.
6/24 Training Camp is almost full! If you’re hoping to join in, sign up now. We really are limited to 30 runners in the camp. You can sign up here.
6/1 Start time is 7:00 AM. Gates to Lake Chabot open at 5 AM. Race day runner check in starts at 5:30 AM.
This August 4th, run your first ultra – or your fastest – with us in the beautiful Oakland hills!
Part of the USATF Grand Prix, Skyline 50k is one of the oldest continuously running trail 50k races in the United States, if not the oldest. The course offers a scenic and moderately hilly figure 8 course on dirt trails through East Bay Regional Parks, from Lake Chabot Marina to Skyline Gate and returning along much of the Skyline National Recreation Trail.
Now in our 37th year, the community that supports Skyline 50k invites your friends and family to join you and celebrate at the now famous post-race BBQ on the expansive lawn at Chabot.
Did You Say BBQ?
Yes, Skyline is known as a race where people sit back and enjoy a great spread of food that meets every dietary restriction. This is a race that people don’t leave and folks hang around all afternoon to watch the runners come in. Everyone eats at Skyline too. Your whole family. Oh yeah, and there’s beer.
USATF Grand Prix and UTMB
Again this year, Skyline 50k is part of the P-USATF Grand Prix. This makes our race a favorite among teams from the region, ensuring a competitive and fun race. Starting in 2018, Skyline 50k became a qualifying race for UTMB as well, offering 3 points for all finishers.
Training Camp and Run Your First Ultra
Once again, Scena Performance will offer both a training camp weekend (July 6). This is a two day camp that covers the entire course. There is a 16-21 mile option Saturday that covers the Lake Chabot/ Anthony Chabot portion of the course, starting at the Start/Finish area in Lake Chabot, and a 9 – 11 mile run Sunday that covers the Redwood Regional Park version of the course. The training camp is open to up to 30 runners only. To sign up for camp click here.
Also, again this year, we are offering Run Your First Ultra, a free 16-week online training program that is supported by a Facebook group. Run Your First is tailored for rookies but available for everyone. We provide you a training plan, created by our coach in residence Jenn Stringham, and send you weekly reminders of what’s ahead. In 2019, Run Your First also offers programs for Dick Collins Firetrails (both 50 mile and 100k) as well as the North Face Endurance Challenge. Learn more about Run Your First here.
Both Training Camp and Run Your First are f these are available as options at check out if you register, as well.
The Skyline course is an in-depth journey through the southern half of the East Bay hills and travels on much of the famous Bay Area Ridge Trail before it meanders back to Lake Chabot. Runners will be treated to an early morning navigation around the east side of the lake, witnessing the day coming to life on the water, and ultimately return via the west side of the lake to complete the circle. In the interim, runners will travel through grasslands, bay and oak forests, ridgeline fire roads, windy single track trails, towering Redwood forests, and more while taking in all that the diverse Bay Area ecosystems have to offer.
Your Trail Angel Awaits
Starting in 2017, The Dusty Bottoms one of our favorite running groups, created a new program to aid tired runners to the finish. If you need a little extra encouragement, grab a Dusty Bottom Trail Angel from Big Bear on your return. They will run with you as far as you need, including all the way to the finish. Now you have a Bottom of your own.
Skyline Finish Selects