This race is a loop course. 10M, 15M and 20M runners will do the first big loop which is 10 Miles and takes runners on the race's namesake trail ~ the Phantom Trail. 15 and 20 Milers will do a slightly bigger loop, but still on the "namesake" trail. The course consists of trails within Reagan Ranch, Malibu Creek State Park, sections of "the Liberty Canyon Preserve" across Mulholland Highway that had never been raced on before our inaugural race last year. If you're doing the 15 or 20 Miler, you'll be running in Paramount Ranch as well. We are beyond excited to bring this race back to you this year with a ***NEW 5 Mile option as well!
Runners will start and finish their race at the Historic Reagan Ranch located in the Northwest corner of Malibu Creek State Park. Runners will follow the stately row of Eucalyptus trees that once lined the driveway to Ronald and Nancy Reagan's ranch home.
Once past their old barn, you'll pickup the Yearling trail which leads to Deer Leg and Lookout trails. These will take you on a multi mile beautifully covered singletrack trail before descending onto Crag's Road.
From here you will take the High Road to Grasslands and across Mulholland to the Liberty Canyon Preserve. This is where it gets fun!!! Follow Grasslands on a relatively flat, fast section to Liberty Canyon Road where you'll be greeted by our friendly volunteers.
Here you will start your loop back to home base at "the Ranch". Say goodbye to the flat trail and hello to the namesake of this race~the Phantom trail. This is the secret trail. The gem of the preserve. Let your feet lead the way up this climb to reveal views of Malibu Creek State Park you've never seen from within the park.
Once back at Mulholland Highway, you'll cross it again to the cheers of your friends and volunteers. Refuel and rehydrate for your last mile and half of this inaugural race!
Not ready to stop? Stay on course for one more loop for a total of 15 or 20 Miles. 15 and 20 Milers do a different loop inside Paramount Ranch. Congratulations~you've just raced three Parks in one Race!!!
The profile above is for the 10 Mile race course.
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The 5 Mile Race course map will be uploaded soon. The 15 Mile and 20 Miles races are being redesigned, but both will still do the iconic 10 Mile loop course first; which takes runners on the namesake trail ~ Phantom Trail! soon as we are done designing the 15 and 20 Mile races, we'll upload those maps as well. See you Saturday ~ May 5th!!!
Fully supported Aid Stations will be located at Miles 4, 6 and 8.5.