Events

SUGARHOOD

The one 50k and Half Marathon to cross Sugarloaf Ridge State Park over into Hood Mountain. Just a tough race. No sugar coating it.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

October 27, 2018

Overview

We were shut out by fire and now we’re BACK IN ACTION!

 

With 9,000 ft of elevation gain, SUGARHOOD arguably stands as one of the toughest 50K’s in California. The half-marathon, not to be outdone, also holds its own boasting nearly 4,000 ft of gain and tough, grinding climbs.

Nestled in the hills above Kenwood, Hood Mountain Regional Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park feature amazing scenery and an extensive network of trails to explore. These courses are not made for achieving personal best times and will prove to be a challenge for even the most accomplished runners, but what they lack in speed they more than make up for in stunning vistas, rugged ground, and elevation gains to assure participants the satisfaction that comes from completing a strenuous day on the trails.

Sugarhood is a great challenge at the end of your ultra season, or a great key training race for winter racing. Come meet the warm local community that has embraced this race, with great runners like Hoka ONE runner Bob Shebest and all of the runners from ReddAntler Running!

Camping is available for both Friday and Saturday nights. See our add-on options for more information.

Sugarloaf Ridge 50k – 1/2 Marathon

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  • Half Marathon

    The Half Marathon will be staged out of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Runners will leave the start, which is near the camp area in the heart of Sugarloaf and head out past the Observatory our Meadow Trail and up Gray Pine. At the top of Bald Mountain, the course has an out-and-back to Old Red Barn Campground, where you'll find aid. On the return, runners head down Bald Mountain Trail, down by the start/finish and out to Goodspeed. A quick return to Sugarloaf and you're done!
  • 50K

    The 50k will be staged out of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Runners will leave the start, which is near the camp area in the heart of Sugarloaf and head out past the Observatory our Meadow Trail and up Gray Pine. At the top of Bald Mountain, the course has an out-and-back to Old Red Barn Campground, where you'll find aid. On the return, runners head down Bald Mountain Trail, down by the start/finish and out to Goodspeed. From there, you're in for a real treat as you'll climb Hood Mountain, the other great summit in these parks. After cresting the hill, you'll drop to aid at Hood Mountain mid-mountain, then down to another aid station at Los Alamos Trailhead. You'll return up the Lava Chute on Summit Trail (a Scena fave) back to Hood Mountain. Fuel up because it's 6 miles looping through beautiful trails to back up to the Summit and down to Goodspeed. Then, soon enough, you're home!

Times, Getting here, Where to stay

START TIMES

50K: 7:30am Start

Half Marathon: 8am Start

GETTING HERE

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is located a little over an hour north of San Francisco off of Hwy 12 in Santa Rosa. Take Adobe Canyon Road off Hwy 12 for a little over 3 miles and enter the park. Once you enter, continue up the road to the parking lot and you'll see signs for the event.

PLACES TO STAY

We will have a limited number of campsites available for Friday and Saturday. See our add-on options for specific details about camping packages.

For complete area information and additional lodging options, please visit the Sonoma Valley visitors guide. For runners that are interested in renting a home near the park for the weekend, many choices can be found on VRBO.

Awards, Drop bags, Time limit

AWARDS

We will have awards for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers.

DROP BAGS

Drop bags will be available at Goodspeed Aid Station (mile 11.5 and 28.3) and will be transported back to the finish once the aid station closes. Please clearly label all drop bags with name and number.

TIME LIMIT

There is soft cutoff at Hood Mountain Aid at 12:30. Runners reaching that aid station after 12:30 will be redirected back to the finish. Runners reaching Hood Mountain Aid after 2:45 will be removed from the course and driven to the finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a pre-race packet pickup?

No

I am new to trail running, will I get lost?

We welcome rookie trail runners and make every effort to ensure a great experience. The courses will be thoroughly marked, and each turn will have multiple ribbons along with a sign pointing you in the right direction. There will be no areas where you'll need to guess.

Are there finisher awards?

While we do offer a hearty congratulations, along with various race swag, we strive to emphasize the experience over the medals, and thus devote more energy toward the things that will make the race one to remember, including an elaborate post-run bbq and beer extravaganza where you can connect with your fellow finishers.

Are there things for my family to do at this location?

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a wonderful place to bring the family! The campground loop has long flat roads for kids to bike and play, as well as a solar system walk and many fun nature hikes. The Robert Ferguson Observatory is a wonderful place for stargazing at night. Additionally, the intersection of Hwy 12 and Adobe Canyon Rd (the entrance to the park) is home to an abundance of wineries to sample local vintages.

Can I hike the event?

Yes, we believe everyone should get a chance to experience these beautiful trails, regardless of pace. Due to the highly challenging terrain and elevation profile, the 50K will require an approximate pace of 20 minute miles to complete under the time limit.

Do you need volunteers?

Our races depend on the generous spirit of the running community to ensure every participant is well supported. Volunteers will receive a free entry to a future Scena Performance event. Please fill out the volunteer form for more information.

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