Sugarloaf Ridge 50K and Half Marathon
Explore the rugged terrain of Sonoma County you never knew existed. Big climbs, rugged trails, sweeping views! 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. Both the Half Marathon and 50K Ultra are part of the Vertical Challenge Series, giving runners ample opportunity to rack up some serious elevation gain. If you're planning to run the Sonoma leg of the Vertical Challenge Series, you must choose one of these events.
The Half Marathon boasts nearly 4,000 ft of gain and tough, grinding climbs around the flanks and over the summit of Hood Mountain. Not to be outdone, The 'Grandaddy' of the Vertical Challenge series, the Sonoma Ultra 50K boasts nearly 10,000 ft of elevation gain making it one of the toughest 50K's in California.
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 will 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.