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Whistle Punk - The Deuce Marathon

Intermediate/Difficult

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27.3 mile 44.0 kilometer loop
80% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 6,611' 2,015 m
Descent: -6,605' -2,013 m
High: 2,027' 618 m
Low: 434' 132 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by Robert Rhodes

A challenging trail marathon in the historic Purisima Creek Open Space in Woodside, CA.

Robert Rhodes

Features River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Experience the beauty of running in Purisima Creek Redwoods. You'll have distant views of Half Moon Bay and the coastline with Montara Mountain and other hilltops and ridge lines of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range.

Description

High up on Skyline Boulevard in the Santa Cruz Mountains between the towns of Woodside and Half Moon Bay, California lies the magnificent Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve that is open year round for trail runners to enjoy. Within the boundaries of this undeveloped and protected parkland you'll find exquisite singletrack that offer sweeping views of the Northern California coastline. This extensive trail system winds through dark, dense strands of first and second growth redwoods and along the peaceful Purisima Creek.

At the height of the lumbering industry and during the Gold Rush, Purisima's overflowing redwood forests were being clearcut to supply the demand for the prized wood. Imagine a time when teams of oxen, lumberjacks, wagons and small cabins crowded the forests. To warn of falling trees, whistle punks would alert these bustling mills with a blaring ring of his steam whistle.

The BayTrailrunners Whistle Punk Deuce is the first organized trail race ever held in Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP! It is open to all levels of trail runners. While it is mostly non-technical, there are some considerable uphill climbs. Experts can use this race to measure their progress, while first time racers looking for a new challenge will find this to be an excellent starting point to their trail racing adventures.

Flora & Fauna

Redwoods, ferns, wild mushrooms. Hawks, owls, salamanders.

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They're off!
Jan 14, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
Coastal view
Feb 25, 2019 near Half Mo…, CA
Race briefing.
Jan 14, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
Climbing up Grabtown Gulch
Feb 25, 2019 near Woodside, CA
Final stretch.
Jan 14, 2016 near Highlan…, CA
Whittemore Gulch.
Jan 14, 2016 near Highlan…, CA

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