American River 50 Mile Endurance Run
The 38th Annual American River 50 Mile Endurance Run will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 (http://www.ar50mile.com/).
The course will take participants from Brown’s Ravine to Folsom Point, along the Folsom Dam, across the Walker Bridge to the south side of Lake Natoma before rejoining the previous course at Nimbus Bluffs.
The AR50 is the most popular 50-miler in the United States and offers runners a chance to view picturesque scenery as they navigate the challenging American River Bike Trail and the Pioneer Express Trail all the way to Auburn, California.
The race now begins at Brown’s Ravine Marina, located at 661 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills, and finishes at the Auburn Dam Overlook located at 855 Pacific Avenue in Auburn. Spectators are invited to cheer on the runners, who train for an average of six months prior to competing. Many runners use the AR50 as a training run for the popular Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.
This year, the AR50 presented by CLIF® Bar has registered runners traveling from Germany, Spain, and Netherlands in addition to Alberta, Canada and 20 of the states. The race will also feature its oldest registered runner Bill Dodson at 82-years-old.
For the second year in a row we are featuring the AR25 mile! Beginning at 7 A.M. at Beal’s Point, Folsom Lake, runners follow the second half of the AR50 course. Runners in this distance are treated to scenic trails, outstanding aid stations and finish line fanfare! The AR25 is a perfect distance race for someone looking to complete AR50 in the future or another ultra trail marathon!
Runner check-in is at the Fleet Feet Sports store at 6610 Folsom-Auburn Rd, Folsom, CA 95630 on Thursday, March 30th, from 3 P.M. – 8 P.M., and Friday, March 31st, from 10 A.M. – 7 P.M. Six lucky runners that come to the check-in on Thursday will have the chance to win a complimentary entry to the 2018 AR50 Mile Endurance Run and will be eligible to enter in the drawing for a $25 gift card to Fleet Feet Sports.
“Year after year, we see this race as the perfect opportunity for runners who want to begin to get into 50 milers, and for experienced runners looking to challenge themselves and accomplish a personal record,” said Julie Fingar, ultra endurance coach, athlete and race director.
At the finish line runners will be awarded with a one of a kind Patagonia finisher’s jacket and classic AR50 medallion. Runners can also participate in the post-race festivities and barbeque at Joe’s Café.
Established Fleet Feet Founder Sally Edwards and Mo Livermore back in 1979, the American River Ride horse race started in Sacramento and finished in Auburn. When Mo described the trails used by the riders and horses of this event, Sally realized the course could be a challenging and beautiful 50-mile endurance run. And thus, a race was born. In 1980, nearly 200 runners toed the line at the Auburn Fairgrounds for the start of the inaugural AR50. Over the years, more than 12,000 runners have accepted the challenge.