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26.4 mile 42.5 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable


Ascent: 4,954' 1,510 m
Descent: -4,911' -1,497 m
High: 9,067' 2,764 m
Low: 4,767' 1,453 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 35% (20°)


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A race for the ultra and completely mad runner...

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While the Town of Genoa and Genoa Peak create a beautiful setting for this event, the combination of terrain and altitude can make for some challenging trail running. There are several technical segments along the course. Some of these technical elements include rocky, uneven and narrow trail, steep drop offs, several creek and spring crossings, plus a scramble to the top of Genoa Peak. these elements increase the risks for falls and injuries to all runners.

Need to Know

Registration can be done, in advance, online at ultra signup, or at packet pick-up on Friday 8/7.

Runner Check in - This is mandatory for all new runners of this event! For safety purposes all runners must check in race morning and confirm bib# and distance. This allows us to accurately track who is out on the course. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification. Check-in times for the ultra & marathon are from 5:00AM-5:45AM with a 6AM start, and the half marathon from 5:00AM-6:15AM with a 6:30AM start.

Bib Numbers - Numbers must be visible at all times. Runners are required to check in at each aid station. Please place your race number prominently and unobstructed on the front of your body for easy recognition by aid station personnel. It is the responsibility of the runner to make sure each aid station has recorded their bib number.

Runner Notes

Due to the amount of elevation change and other potential hazards that exist, this event is not recommended for those who are new to trail running or completing marathon and half marathon distances. All runners must be prepared to carry all their nutritional needs with them throughout the entire length of the course as well as a sufficient amount of water with them between aid stations. No garbage will be collected at aid stations.

Every runner is responsible for carrying out their own garbage and following the trail mantra - You pack it in, you pack it out.Aid Stations:
  • Genoa Peak Aid Station - Marathon only (miles 12 & 13)
  • Mid Mountain Springs Aid Station - Marathon only - (miles 7 and 18)
  • D-SC Junction Aid Station - Marathon (miles 4.5 & 21) and Half Marathon (miles 4.5 & 7.5)
  • Genoa Falls Aid Station - Marathon mile 23.3 and Half Marathon mile 9.8


The start and Finish location will be at Genoa Park this year. From the start, all runners will proceed on pavement .5 miles north on Jacks Valley Road before turning left onto Centennial Road (dirt). From here, runners will traverse North behind Genoa Cemetery on Centennial Road for about 1 mile until it ends just before a private residence. Once here, they turn right onto a brief dirt emergency access road leading them to Eagle Ridge Road (pavement) where they will make two quick left handed turns and begin their long ascent toward Genoa Peak. Just after they crest the top of Eagle Ridge Road they will turn left onto Timberline Road (steep pavement) and enter the north end of the Discovery Trail.

Once on the Discovery Trail, they will encounter their first set of switchbacks before traversing south following the contour of the mountain. This section of trail offers some technical running combined with fresh mountain springs and tall pines that offers magnificently framed views of Genoa and the Carson Valley.

About a mile and a half into the Discovery Trail, runners will again be greeted with numerous switchbacks climbing their way to the Sierra Canyon Trail junction and their first aid station at 4.4 miles into the course. From there, all runners will continue their journey uphill.

Proceed uphill for an additional 7.6 miles from the D-SC Aid Station with over 2600 ft. of elevation gain. While enduring this climb they will pass through the Mid Mountain Springs Aid Station at approximately 2.7 miles from the D-SC Aid Station. After climbing seemingly endless switchbacks and an additional 4.9 miles, they will crest the top of Sierra Canyon where the Completely Mad will be greeted by volunteers from Genoa Peak Aid Station, the highest aid station on the course at 8408 ft.

From here it is .7 of a mile to the summit of Genoa Peak on a steep forest road that climbs an additional 742 ft. From the on top runners will be treated to breathtaking 360-degree views of Lake Tahoe, the Eastern Sierra Mountain tops, and the Valley floor below to the East. Completely mad runners will begin their descent back to the start/finish returning through Genoa Peak AS.

Ultra mad runners will stay up high along the ridge and venture off on a 7-mile loop along Genoa Peak Road (jeep rd.) until it intersects with the world famous Tahoe Rim Trail. At the TRT junction, ultra mad runners will turn left and head south on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Shortly after passing "the bench" and some of the best views of Tahoe the Rim Trail has to offer, the course will turn left back onto the Sierra Canyon Trail that will take them back to Genoa Peak AS reconnecting with the marathon course back to the start/finish.

On the descent from Genoa Peak runners will return through Mid Mountain & the Junction AS's. Once at the Junction AS, all runners head south on the Discovery Trail for 3 miles to Genoa Falls AS(un-manned, water only). From Genoa Falls there is a half mile of trail left before beginning their final descent on the Genoa Canyon Trail, which descends 1200 feet in 2 miles on narrow singletrack trail with tight switchbacks and steep drop offs, leading everyone back to the Town of Genoa. Once down to ground zero and onto Carson Street (dirt), they will turn left on Genoa Road (dirt) for their last few tenths of a mile to the finish line.

Flora & Fauna

Bears, mountain lions, and bobcats are also frequently seen in this area. Headphones are strongly discouraged as every runner needs to be alert and aware of their immediate surroundings and to the potential risks and dangers that exist.

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