XTERRA Gunstock Ranch Trail Run
October 19, 2019
WHAT: XTERRA Gunstock Ranch Trail Run
WHEN: October 19, 2019
WHERE: Gunstock Ranch (map it)
You'll love this challenging and scenic run on the trails of a real working ranch. Enjoy spectacular views of Oahu including the Windward & North shores as you navigate rolling hills and forest trails. The half marathon is timed perfectly as a great training run for the Honolulu Marathon in December, or there is also a fun 5k option if you're a sprinter, a beginner, or even someone who wants to just get some exercise in the fresh air and see some beautiful views of Hawaii that most don't get to see.
A little bit of everything on this course--gravel, single track, dirt roads, and about 2/3 of a mile of asphalt. Three big hills, and lots of smaller ones.
Mostly dirt trails and gravel, this 5k is 2 miles of up, and then 1.1 mile screaming downhill to the finish.
Both races wend their way through a working ranch, so runners will want to watch out for the biodegradable land mines the horses and cattle leave around.
Contact Name: Kevin Schlag
Contact Email: itcouldbekevin [at] gmail.com
Contact Phone: 808-372-2689
Note: Please do not contact xterraplanet.com for questions about this specific race. Use the email and/or number provided here.
Volunteers are what make this race so awesome. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact the race directors, Kevin or Nan Schlag: itcouldbekevin [at] gmail.com.
Q: How hard is the race?
A: It's definitely not a road race. There is a lot of elevation change, and the terrain varies widely. Sometimes it's really muddy, and sometimes it's really dusty. If you're looking to break your PR, this probably isn't the race to do it. BUT, it's a great way to see a part of Hawaii most people don't get to see. And it's good to do hard things.
Q: Can I pick up a packet for a friend?
A: Yes. Just let the course directors know beforehand, or show an email/text/note from your friend saying it's OK.
Q: Is there race-day packet pickup?
A: We'll have limited race-day packet pickup from 5-6 am on Race Day.
Q: Is the course stroller friendly?
Q: Is there a time limit?
A: At 4 hours, we will sweep the course for timing chips. You can still head to the finish line, but your time isn't guaranteed to be included in the results.
Q: Can I preview the course?
A: Because most of the course is on a working ranch, you will not be able to run it prior to the race.
Schedule of Events
North Shore Packet Pick up
Thursday October 17
Hukilau Marketplace at Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, Hawaii
Honolulu Packet Pick Up
Friday October 18
The Running Room
819 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Race Morning Schedule
All Runners will pick up their timing chip on race morning, even if you have previously picked up your packet with your number. Chips must be picked up by 6:30 a.m.
6:45 a.m. Announcements and our traditional Star Spangled Banner begin
7:00 a.m. 5k Gun Start
7:10 a.m. Half Marathon Gun Start
8:00 a.m. 5k awards
9:15 a.m. Half marathon awards
*This schedule and times are still subject to change, please check our website and your emails for updates and finalized times.
Course Info - XTERRA Trail Run
This course follows the 5k for the first 2.5 miles, then loops around again before heading to an out-and-back, and finishing the last 1.1 miles of the 5k course.
The terrain goes from grassy pasture to dirt road, gravel road, single track, and 2/3 mile of asphalt. It can be very dusty or very muddy, depending on the year. The course elevation gain is 1,210 feet, with a low of 13 feet above sea level and a high of 325 feet. Most of the course is rolling hills, with a few flat areas where you can pick up the pace. You basically have 3 big hills to tackle, with the high points at Mile 2, Mile 7, and Mile 12.
There are 5 aid stations on the course, with water and gatorade available: 1.5 miles, 4 miles, 5.5 miles, 8 miles, and the last one at 10 miles. Plan accordingly for those last 3 miles, where it can get hot.
At about Mile 4.5, you head out of the Ranch along the old Cane Haul road behind Laie, past farmland and a sewer treatment plant, and then up the hill past the Water Tower. You turn around and head back to the Ranch at about Mile 8.
You'll see horses and cows, and an occasional pig if you're lucky. The views are spectacular, especially at the top of Hinckley Hill at Mile 2 and 12. You'll see pasture, farms of herbs and papaya, pine trees, rainforest, and usually lots of mud. Don't plan on keeping your shoes sparkling clean.
This course is one big loop. The terrain varies from grassy pasture to dirt road, gravel road, and single track. It can be very dusty or very muddy, depending on the year. The course elevation gain is 329 feet, with a low of 13 feet above sea level and a high of 325 feet. The first two miles trend uphill, and the last mile drops fast. There is 1 aid station on the course, with water and gatorade available at 1.5 miles.
You'll see horses and cows, and an occasional pig if you're lucky. The views are spectacular, especially at the top of Hinckley Hill at Mile 2. You'll see pasture, pine trees, rainforest, and usually lots of mud. Don't plan on keeping your shoes sparkling clean.
Event details and schedule
Early Registration ($35 half/$20 5k) closes April 6
Regular Registration ($45 half/$30 5k) is April 7-Oct 6.
Late Registration ($10 fee) begins October 7
Online Registration closes October 13 at 11:59 pm.
If capacity is not met, registration will still be available for an additional $5 fee at packet pick up locations or race morning. T-Shirts are not guaranteed for those registering at packet pickup or on race morning.
And, as always, we are happy to offer a Military discount to those who so loyally serve our country. For those with a current Military ID, please enter discount code MILITARYHALF10 for the half marathon and MILITARY5K5 for the 5k for $10 off and $5 off respectively. You will be required to show your military ID at packet pick up if you use this code.