This August 4th, run your first ultra – or your fastest – with us in the beautiful Oakland hills!
Part of the USATF Grand Prix, Skyline 50k is one of the oldest continuously running trail 50k races in the United States, if not the oldest. The course offers a scenic and moderately hilly figure 8 course on dirt trails through East Bay Regional Parks, from Lake Chabot Marina to Skyline Gate and returning along much of the Skyline National Recreation Trail.
Now in our 37th year, the community that supports Skyline 50k invites your friends and family to join you and celebrate at the now famous post-race BBQ on the expansive lawn at Chabot.
Did You Say BBQ?
Yes, Skyline is known as a race where people sit back and enjoy a great spread of food that meets every dietary restriction. This is a race that people don’t leave and folks hang around all afternoon to watch the runners come in. Everyone eats at Skyline too. Your whole family. Oh yeah, and there’s beer.
Help Us Give to Running for a Better Oakland
This year we’re giving to RBO, our favorite local youth running program. Scena Performance will match the first $500 in giving from Skyline 50k runners. Give now! Your gift helps young people in Oakland get on their feet and on their way to an active healthy life with no borders. Learn more about RBO and give!
The Skyline course is an in-depth journey through the southern half of the East Bay hills and travels on much of the famous Bay Area Ridge Trail before it meanders back to Lake Chabot. Runners will be treated to an early morning navigation around the east side of the lake, witnessing the day coming to life on the water, and ultimately return via the west side of the lake to complete the circle. In the interim, runners will travel through grasslands, bay and oak forests, ridgeline fire roads, windy single track trails, towering Redwood forests, and more while taking in all that the diverse Bay Area ecosystems have to offer.
Great for Rookies
Many a great ultrarunning career has begun at Skyline 50k. The rolling course, great support, and cool August mornings make for a perfect first 50k.
In 2018, we are again offering Run Your First Ultra, a 16-week training program just for first-timers that includes a training plan and online support in a special Facebook Group. You don’t have to be a rookie to join in. The training group is open to everyone. Rookies get a few special offers, though. Learn more!
Your Trail Angel Awaits
Starting in 2017, The Dusty Bottoms one of our favorite running groups, created a new program to aid tired runners to the finish. If you need a little extra encouragement, grab a Dusty Bottom Trail Angel from Big Bear on your return. They will run with you as far as you need, including all the way to the finish. Now you have a Bottom of your own.
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