WHAT: XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run - El Moro
WHEN: October 27, 2019
WHERE: Crystal Cove State Park (map it)
The 2019-2020 Season opens with the epic XTERRA Crystal Cove 15k and 6k Trail Runs!!
No more reschedules due to rain!! Hang out at the beach after!!
You can hear the waves crash as you toe the start line and with full views of the Pacific Ocean descending to the finish line. Come have fun and race the best trails in Laguna Beach, California!!
The 15K long course leads runners up fire roads to find your trail flow on the coastal, mountain top, single tracks. Drop down the Elevator and take on the Wall with some serious quad burning. The final, four-mile, gradual descent towards the Pacific Ocean gives plenty of room to charge and make up time or to just cruise and enjoy the view.
The 6K course is a textbook breakdown of running, climbing, and crushing the downhills. Perfect for beginners looking for a challenge, this course stays on fire roads and shares the final two miles with the long course runners.
Both courses are professionally marked, staffed with excellent happy volunteers and medics, and supplied with aid stations serving Gatorade, water, and energy gels and bars.
Cheer on your friends as they finish, climb the podium in 5-year age group categories, eat all the Baja Fresh burritos you like, grab a beer in the Heretic Brewing Beer Garden (21+ only), enjoy some Campfire Adventure Coffee, get a sports massage from Vision for Enrichment, and enjoy the XTERRA racing scene.
Don't forget to put your toes in the sand, cool them legs off, or take a couple waves only a short walk from the finish line!! All participants get super-soft race shirts, with an option for a woman's tank top, sweet finisher medals, a hot breakfast, and a chance for massage. Those 21 and older get two free beers.
Everyone gets to have an AWESOME TIME ON THE TRAILS!!
XTERRA TRAIL RUN
Distances: Trail Run – 6K and 15K
XTERRA Crystal Cove 15K Long Course Trail Run - an epic trail run on Laguna Beach's best racing trails. Climb your way onto coastal mountain top singletracks. Battle the brutally steep Elevator descent and the climb up the Wall. Charge or cruise the scenic downhill finish with full ocean views of the Pacific.
XTERRA Crystal Cove 6K Short Course Trail Run - a challenging course with a fire road climb and long descent to the finish that's complete with epic ocean views.
Stuff You Get
- Professionally Marked Course
- On-Point Aid Stations
- Sweet Finisher Medals
- Super Soft Cotton Men's T-Shirts
- Awesome Women's Tanks
- New 5-year Age Group Awards
- Yummy Meal by Baja Fresh
- Campfire Adventure Coffee
- Beer Garden (21+)
- Amazing Sports Massage
- Earn Points and Win the title of XTERRA SoCal Series Champion
Contact Name: Daniel Weissauer
Contact Email: info [at] trailrace.com
Note: Please do not contact xterraplanet.com for questions about this specific race. Use the email and/or number provided here.
The XTERRA SoCal Trail Runs are a fun way to give back. You don't have to be a runner to help. With short shifts and plenty of smiles and thank you's, volunteers can enjoy their Sunday mornings in the mountains. Assist with parking, runner registration, on-course aid stations, finish line medals, or pre-running and sweeping the course.
Whatever you choose, you'll be surrounded by fun, friendly faces making a difference. Volunteers are treated well at the XTERRA SoCal Trail Runs, and they get shirts, breakfast, coffee, discounted entries to upcoming races, and are made to feel like part of the team. We are happy to sign off for community service hours and will gladly find assignments for volunteer groups.
Click HERE to Volunteer.
Schedule of Events
Sunday, October 27
*Schedule subject to change
|6:00am||Parking Lot Opens|
Course Info - XTERRA Trail Run
XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run
The 15K long course is front-loaded, but worth the extra work at the start to truly crush the run to the finish! The first mile is a smooth fire road leading slightly up into beautiful El Moro Canyon. After this fast warm-up, runners are greeted with the first, fire road climb leading to the Rattlesnake Rock Garden. With plenty of technical steps, this steep section ends soon enough, and runners find their flow on sandy, mountain top single tracks with 360-degree, Mediterranean climate views. Refuel at the mile-four Aid Station before dropping into the Elevator, a steep downhill covered in sheer sandstone that tests the brakes. It's ok to use your hands up the next 400 meters on the Wall, which tests the will of even the strongest trail runner. Rewarded with more coastal single track cruising, and a mile-six Aid Station, the final miles are scenic, offering a gradual, fire road downhill to make up for all the time spent climbing. The mile-8 Aid Station converges with runners from the 6k short course, where everyone takes in the full, sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. With less than a mile to go, runners get an extra rush as they see the finish line below and hear the music coming up from the festival. With tired and thankful legs, the last technical, singletrack descent does require focus with the finish line right around the corner!
The 6K short course delivers the perfect proportions for a trail race. The first mile leads into beautiful El Moro Canyon on a slighly uphlll, smooth, fire road. The climbing begins in earnest as runners push the next, 1-mile to the course's only Aid Station. Fuel up and take in the epic views of the Pacific Ocean on the gentle, downhill fire road. Open your stride alongside the 15k runners, and scope out the finish line festival below. Push through the last steep drop of the course and turn onto the technical single track to the finish. It's short, sweet, and worth taking each section hard. The views won't disappoint first-time trail runners nor seasoned competitors!!
Travel and Parking
XTERRA Crystal Cove is held at Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro at 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, off the Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, California.
From the 405 South...take the 73 South to MacArthur Blvd. Take this to PCH and go south to Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro.
From South Orange County...take PCH to Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro. You can also take the 73 Toll Road and exit at El Toro. Take this to Laguna Beach and turn north on PCH to Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro.
The event is at Crystal Cove State Park and the main parking lots are at El Moro. Parking is $15.00 at the State Parks. Please bring exact change for the lower lot and only park in designated spots. It is a short, 5-minute trail walk from the upper lot to the race start/finish.
Overflow parking is located at the Reef lot, about 1 mile north of the race start off the Pacific Coast Highway. Parking is $15.00 and correct change is appreciated. Please allow yourselves 15 minutes to walk/jog carefully to and from the start/finish.
Please make sure your car doors are locked while racing to deter theft.
Results and Photos
When is the XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run?
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Is XTERRA Crystal Cove part of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series?
Yes. Long Course finishers earn points to determine the series champion at the end of the season.
Are strollers allowed on the course?
No. Only runners and their packs are allowed on the course.
Are dogs allowed on the course?
No. We love all animals, but CA State Parks do not allow dogs on trails.
Are there restrooms at the event?
Yes. There are plenty of restrooms at the start/finish area.
Is there a Bag Check?
Yes. There will be an official, sectioned-off, Bag Drop Area at the race start/finish. Leave belongings at your own risk and respect other's belongings. It will not be staffed.
Where do I park?
The event is at Crystal Cove State Park and the main parking is in the El Moro lot. Parking is $15.00 at the State Parks. Please bring exact change and only park in designated spots.
Overflow parking is located at the Reef lot, 1 mile north of the race start off the Pacific Coast Highway. Parking is $15.00 and correct change is appreciated. Please allow yourselves 15 minutes to walk/jog carefully to and from the start/finish.
Please make sure your car doors are locked while racing to deter theft.
Are there age group awards?
Yes. Awards will be presented to top three finishers in 5-year age divisions for both the 15k and the 6k trail runs.
There will also be Overall Awards for the top 3 male and female finishers of the 15k and the 6k trail runs.
Can I volunteer?
Yes. We love help setting up and on race day! Click HERE to Volunteer.
Are there course preview runs?
Yes. We love our fun, group runs!! Learn the course. Make runner friends. Get some good miles in. More details coming soon...