Run through serene Tahoe National Forest just north of Truckee as the Donner Party Mountain Runners treat you to a full trail race experience: aid station support, 100% dirt route, full race timing, and finisher medals. This course has been designed to provide a “less scary” trail race experience, perfect for first timers or perhaps some speedsters who are looking for a PR. The 10k (6.2-mile) trail race option is for those who aren’t quite ready for the half marathon (13.1-mile) distance.
Donner Party Mountain Runners is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit running club. We exist to inform, inspire and connect mountain runners in Truckee-Tahoe. Your donation or membership helps our all-volunteer organization fulfill this mission (a support mission-centric events like this!)
Race Day Schedule
6:15am – 7am: Check-in & bib pickup
7am – 7:20am: Required race briefing and walk across street to start/finish
7:30am: Half marathon start
7:45am: 10k start
There is no time cutoff. We will be there until the last finisher crosses the line.
Little Truckee Summit is 14 miles north of Truckee on Hwy 89. Navigate to this address:
89 Jackson Meadows Rd, Sierraville, CA 96126
Please consider that there is only one vault toilet at the parking area and plan accordingly. You may need to utilize a “porta-pine.” Once we start the race briefing and cross the road to the start/finish, no restroom will be available.
THIS IS A CUPLESS EVENT. The aid station (2x for half marathon and 1x for 10k) will feature CLIF SHOT energy gels and CLIF BLOKS energy chews, as well as a few “real food” treats. THIS IS A CUPLESS EVENT: please carry a water bottle, hydration system, and/or a race cup.
Our teen volunteers have planned a “Welcome to Night Vale” theme for the aid station.
The 10k course is a lollipop that overlaps with the beginning and ending of the half marathon course. The aid station is located about half way, and this is where 10k runners will return to the start/finish instead of continuing on the half marathon course.
The half marathon is a “snowman” shape, visiting the same aid station at mile 3.7 and then mile 10.5.
Most of the course is on good dirt roads at a gentle grade. We have thrown in some “cross county” segments that cut through the open forest as well as a couple short climbs and rocky sections to keep it interesting.