Trinidad Head Marathon

2018 Trinidad Head Marathon or Other Distances.
Saturday, December 15th, 2018. {Free for all} Come join Mike Wood at Trinidad Head for this unofficial event. Most of us will be starting at 8AM, however, starting time and direction of course is your choice. You also have the option to do as few or as many loops as you like. New course w/ each loop being 1 mile long. 250′ of elevation gain per loop. To do a full marathon, you need 26 loops (plus a small section). No aid and no awards. In case of heavy rain, rain date will be the very next day, Sunday, December 16th.

The new course is a loop that begins at the bench where the dirt trail and the asphalt road splits. So you don’t have to do the out and back at the bottom of the asphalt road. One other course change is in the area near the memorial cross. There is a small shortcut in this area that cuts off about 35 yards of the course. Take the shortcut.

Trinidad Head Inaugural Marathon. Nov 5, 2017
It was still raining at 7:30 AM with a forecast of a 90% chance of rain until 1 PM. So I wondered if anyone would show up (including myself)! Surprisingly ten of us showed up. Conditions ended up being much better than predicted and we only had a light rain for about an hour out of the 5+ hours I was there. There was heavy cloud cover or rain so there were a lot of GPS dropouts and mileage may appear shorter than actual. I remeasured the elevation gain with an altimeter watch and came up with 270′ per loop or 5,670′ for the full marathon.
Yoland St. John: 2 laps for 2.5 miles in ?
Dawn Durbin and Kit Meyer: 4 laps for 5 miles in 1:14:00
Tahinia Campbell: 5.5 laps for 6.88 miles in ?
Shawn Magnuson: 7 laps for 8.75 miles.
Steve Walston and Matt Hodgson: 8 laps for 10 miles in 2:07:00
Tom Davies and Mike Wood (tied for first place and course record holders): 21 laps for 26.2 miles in 5 hours, 11 minutes and 33 seconds. I think Tom could have easily surged ahead but he held back to stay with me.

Notes for next year:
I would leave a poster board and a Sharpee at the bottom for people to keep track of their number of laps with.