The Gold Rush 50k offers veteran ultrarunners a great opportunity to train for a summer 100-miler and newcomers a chance to check out the trails in a scenic setting for the first time.

The third annual race, set for May 9, begins at Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park in Pilot Hill and ends in historic Folsom. The course, which follows gold-mining routes on mostly single-track trails through the Sierra foothills, features 2,383 feet of elevation gain and 3,101 feet of descent.

The race, put on by the Sacramento Running Association, begins at 6:30 a.m. The event features an eight-hour cutoff and nine well-stocked aid stations no more than 4.5 miles apart.

“Now in its third year, the Gold Rush 50k is beginning to establish itself as a ‘must-do’ event for California trail runners,” race director Eli Asch said. “Whether they’re using Gold Rush as a training run for a summer 100-miler or just dipping their toe into the ultra world for the first time, runners will be wowed by the pristine single-track and ridgetop vistas.

“With nine well-stocked aid stations and an eight-hour cutoff time, runners of any experience level will be well-supported all the way to the finish line.”
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An ultra party is scheduled for after the race, which finishes at 200 Wool Street near the amphitheater in historic Folsom.

“The Gold Rush 50k is happy to be partnering with the Fat Rabbit Public House for the post-race party,” Asch said. “This stalwart historic Folsom institution promises to host a celebration befitting Gold Rush finishers’ ultra-sized accomplishment.”