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Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Fort Barry

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2014 Results

December 5 - 6, 2015

days until race day

Fees & Capacity Jan 28-Feb 28 Mar 1-Aug 5 Aug 6-Dec 3 Race Week (if available) Capacity status
5K $30 $35 $40 $50 250 Open
10K $40 $45 $55 $65 500 Open
Half Marathon $65 $75 $85 $100 750 Open
Marathon Relay $150 $170 $190 $210 100 Open
Marathon $75 $80 $95 $110 300 Open
50K $80 $85 $100 $115 600 Open
GORE-TEX® 50 Mile $90 $95 $110 $125 550 Open


Elite registration for the GORE-TEX 50® Mile Championship at The North Face Endurance Challenge - California is now available. There will be no formal Elite Field for any other distance. If you are interested in applying to be in our Elite Wave (Wave 1), please read through the information below. You will be able to click the Elite Registration button above after the designated elite acceptance periods to see the current elite field.

  • The Elite field (Wave 1) will ultimately be comprised of the top 100 accepted male and female registrants. 
  • If you are interested in applying to be a part of the Elite Field, you will simply choose this option during the normal registration process by clicking Register Now above.
  • Individuals who choose to apply for the Elite Field will ONLY be considered if they have achieved one of the Elite Standards outlined below in a trail race. All qualifying marks must have been achieved between December 1, 2012 and December 1, 2014.

 Standards (hours) Gender 50k 50 mile 100K 100 mile 
 Elite A MALE 4:00 7:15 9:00 18:00
  FEMALE 4:30 8:00 10:30 19:00
 Elite B MALE 4:30 7:45 10:00 19:00 
  FEMALE 4:45 9:30 11:30 21:00 
Elite C  MALE 4:45 9:15 11:00  20:00
  FEMALE 5:00 10:00 12:30 23:00 
  • July 1: Registrants who have achieved the ELITE A standard will be accepted and posted.
  • September 1: If the field has not been filled, additional registrants who have achieved the ELITE A standard along with ELITE B standard registrants will be accepted and posted.
  • November 1: If the field has still not been filled, additional registrants who have achieved the ELITE A and ELITE B standard along with ELITE C standard registrants will be accepted.
  • If any accepted Elite Field participants drops out prior to the event, we will notify the individual with the fastest qualifying time, not currently in the field, to take their spot. If any athletes who have met the ELITE A standard have missed registration and the event is now full or if you are an elite marathon runner, please e-mail us at to be considered for late entry.

  • The Elite Field will start at 5:00 AM. Each subsequent wave will go off one minute apart, following the elite wave.
  • The total prize purse for the event is $30,000 and is awarded as follows:
    • $10,000 each for 1st place Male & Female
    • $4,000 each for 2nd place Male & Female
    • $1,000 each for 3rd place Male & Female
  • The prize purse will be given away based on gun time. All age group awards will be given out based on chip time.
  • Athletes accepted into the Elite Field will NOT be permitted to use a pacer.
  • Elites failing to follow this rule will be subject to disqualification and excluded from prize money winnings.

    If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to reach us at

      GENERAL registration

      All registration fee increases are effective at 12:00 AM Mountain Standard Time.

      As each Endurance Challenge race reaches maximum capacity, runners will have the option to sign up for the event wait list. If a registered participant cancels, race entry will be granted to wait-listed runners in the order their registration was received. The wait-listed runner will be contacted when race entry is granted. Upon acceptance into the event, entrants must confirm their intent to participate and submit their registration payment within 24 hours to secure their spot.

      * The Marathon Relay registration fee is PER TEAM. The Team Captain must pay the fee in full. Although we recommend four participants per team, you may register two or three participants per team if you so choose.


      All registered participants receive nutrition and hydration support at the Start/Finish Area. In addition, each distance receives the following:
      TNF Technical Shirt Finisher Medal Hot Meal Bib & Timing Tag
      5K x x x
      10K x x x
      Half Marathon x x x
      Marathon Relay x x x
      Marathon x x x x
      50K x x x x
      GORE-TEX® 50 Mile x x x x


      All race participant purchases are final. If, for any reason, you cannot participate, the entry fee will not be refunded; however, race gear will be available for pickup at anytime during regularly scheduled Packet Pickup hours and location(s) and on race day.

      The North Face Endurance Challenge will take place rain or shine. Only a "force majeure" will be cause for cancellation. In the event of a cancellation, no refunds or credits will be applied to future events. Cancellation race gear will NOT be mailed.


      If you wish to transfer your entry to another race distance or location, click the link on the registration page to change your distance or event. Have your confirmation or account number ready and follow the instructions. All transfers will incur a $10 Transfer Fee along with any incremental registration fees. Participants may not defer their registration to the following year.

      All transfer requests must be received no later than the day of the race for which you are registered. No transfers will be accepted post race.