Sunday, June 14, 2020 • Oakland, CA • Course Map
Note: The 2020 event is now a virtual race to be run by June 15. It is accepting new registrants. Registration details are included below.
With a hilly and challenging course that takes runners through both Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Regional Park just outside Oakland, the Cinderella Trail Run is actually run in both the spring and the late summer — in mid-May and mid-August.
Organized by Coastal Trail Runs, a Walnut Creek, Calif.-based race management company that stages trail races up and down the California and Oregon coasts throughout the year, the Cinderella Trail Run races follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in Joaquin Miller Park, a 500-acre park filled with groves of redwood trees and oaks as well as creeks and wetland areas, that lies just a few miles east of downtown Oakland.
Runners in the half marathon make basically two loops. The first, a counter-clockwise loop through Joaquin Miller Park, takes them along that park’s Sunset and Sequoia Bayview trails.
In addition to the trek through Joaquin Miller Park, the race takes runners also into nearby Redwood Regional Park, whose more than 1,800 acres contain both large forests of Sequoia trees as well as plentiful wildlife, from deer, rabbits, raccoons and squirrels to golden eagles that fly through the skies here.
Once they make their way into Redwood Regional Park, runners then make a long, oval-shaped clockwise loop through that park’s French, Orchard, Bridle and West Ridge Trails, all the way until meeting back up with the Cinderella Trail, which brings the race route back into Joaquin Miller for the race finish.
While those running the half marathon make this loop a single time, those running in the full marathon will run the route a second time to complete their 26.2 miles.
The race organizers note that runners in the half marathon can expect plenty of hills and challenging sections out on what are largely single-track dirt trails and park fire roads through the woods.
The elevation for the race ranges from a low point of just over 500 feet above sea level (around the mile 8 marker, at the aid station near the park’s fish ladder along Redwood Creek) to a high of just over 1,500 feet by the time runners have reached the mile 11 marker.
Race Weather & Climate
Located across the Bay Bridge from downtown San Francisco, Oakland typically sees mild to moderately warm (and usually very dry) weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 43 degrees (in 1975) and as high as 105 degrees (in 1976).
On race day (June 14), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 68°F.
- 2017 Spring Cinderella Trail Run Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Spring Cinderella Trail Run Results
- 2015 Spring Cinderella Trail Run Results
- 2014 Spring Cinderella Trail Run Results
- 2013 Spring Cinderella Trail Run Results
- 2012 Spring Cinderella Trail Run Results
- 2011 Spring Cinderella Trail Run Results
- $40 for the virtual 50K
- $35 for each of the other virtual races
To reserve your spot in the 2020 virtual running of Oakland’s Cinderella Trail Run Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Mile, 50K or 30K race, register online at UltraSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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