The race will begin and end under the red arch in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. The Finish Line Festival features music, refreshments and food. A true family event, the Finish Line Festival will also offer free samples, product trials, demonstrations and raffle prizes from The North Face, GORE-TEX®, SmartWool, Clif Bar and more.
All participants have the option to leave personal belongings and extra gear at the Finish Area while running. A perforated bag tag is provided at the bottom of your race bib. Please bring bags labeled with the provided tag to the Gear Check booth before the start of the race and our event staff place it in a secure location for pickup post race. Drop bags on-course are only allowed for GORE-TEX® 50 Mile participants at locations specified in the course guides. Please see the course guide for additional gear bag check information.
• The North Face • GORE-TEX® • SmartWool • Clif Bar • Sports Basement • Leave No Trace • Karno Kids • Challenged Athletes Foundation
The North Face Global Athlete Team Member, Dean Karnazes, will be answering questions, taking photos and signing autographs at The North Face Retail booth at the Finish Line Festival. Stop by to meet the Ultramarathon Man himself.
For those too young to enter the Endurance Challenge, the Karno Kids’ Race provides a fun, supervised way for kids to join in the action on race day. Dean Karnazes will lead the way on a 1K course alongside some notable characters, including Cinderella, SpongeBob SquarePants, Buzz Lightyear and Elmo, to name a few. Registration is free, and parents can sign up race day at the Karno Kids’ booth. All kids’ race participants receive a medal and free finisher photo from Ultra Race Photos, the Official Race Photographer for the series. Parents must include a legible email address to receive the free photo code.
On-site screen-printing will be available at no additional charge for participants to customize race shirts with their distance.
Skip the line on Race Day and have your shirt Pre-Screen Printed and ready for pick up after your race. If you pick up your shirt at Packet Pickup and would like your shirt pre-printed, please leave your shirt with a staff member. You can pick you shirt up after your race at the Packet Pickup Booth.
If you are undecided, bring your shirt on race day to be printed on-site.
Unclaimed shirts will NOT be mailed.
All GORE-TEX® 50 Mile, 50K and Marathon participants will receive a free meal ticket on their race bib, redeemable at the Catering booth. Food for spectators, other participants and Sunday participants can be purchased at the Concessions booth.
A Beer Garden will be provided for spectators and participants to enjoy an adult beverage after the race. The first beer is free for all race participants. It is important to note that at certain Endurance Challenge events, beer service and sales may not be permitted or may have certain restrictions due to state laws.
Please bring cash if you plan to purchase additional beer or food.
Post-race recovery massage service and ice baths will be available for athletes at the GORE-TEX® Runner Recovery Area.
We ask all spectators to stay out of the immediate finishing area to allow the runners ample space to slow down and recover. Family and friends may greet their runner after he or she has exited the finish chute.
Weather in Marin County this time of year is generally cold, with an average high of 57 degrees and an average low of 47 degrees and an increased chance of rain. Please be prepared and bring the appropriate clothing and accessories.
The North Face prizes and medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each of the six solo race distances. Overall awards and medals will also be given to the top three finishing Marathon Relay teams. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female participants in the GORE-TEX® 50 Mile race in the following amounts:
First Place – $10,000 Second Place – $4,000 Third Place – $1,000
The overall awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 PM on Saturday and 12:00 PM on Sunday. We encourage other runners and spectators to stay for the awards ceremonies and support the finishing athletes. If you are unable to attend the awards ceremony, you may pickup your award early at the Awards booth. Unclaimed awards will NOT be mailed.
The top three male and females in each age division will receive prizes from The North Face. If you place in the top three overall for your race distance, you do not qualify for an age group award. The age divisions are as follows:
19 and under
65 and over
Age Group awards will not be presented in a formal awards ceremony; however, you may pick up your award at the Awards booth. Unclaimed awards will NOT be mailed.