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Cool Moon Trail Races




Cool Horse Staging Area
Auburn State Recreation Area
Cool, California
for GPS, use intersection of HWY 49 and SR 193,
or address 2966 State Hwy 49 Cool, Ca 95614


Race Start & Time Limits | Course | Weather | Aid Stations |  Pacers | Rules | Travel & Lodging | Fees | Packet Pickup | Race Day

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100M/50M will start Saturday 08/13/2016 at  8:00am

25M/14M/11M will start Sunday 08/14/2016 at 8:00am

Time limit for all events is Sunday 08/14/2016 at 4:00pm.


The Cool Moon Trail Races course consists of a 14-mile loop and an 11-mile loop, upon which runners will alternate to achieve their given distance.  Runners will start east on a 14-mile, counter-clockwise loop from Cool Firehouse, east to Pig Farm and Salt Creek, north toward the American River and south back into Cool.  Next, they will follow an 11-mile, clockwise loop from Cool Firehouse toward Northside School, to Knickerbocker, to the Rim Trail, past the radio towers, back to Northside School and Knickerbocker, and back to Cool. This course is not easy, do not take it lightly.

The course consists of single track and fire roads.

14-mile Loop elevation approximately 2800′
11-mile Loop elevation approximately 1150′

100M – 16000′ of climb
100K – 9150′ of climb
50M – 8000′ of climb
25M – 4000′ of climb
14M – 2800′ of climb

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The temperature is generally in the 80s and 90s during the day with direct sun.
Weather report Cool



Three aid stations plus the Start/Finish are provided along the course.  All aid stations have vehicular access; however, to minimize traffic, crews are allowed at the Start/Finish, Hwy 49, and Knickerbocker only.  Aid stations will supply water, electrolyte drink, gels, salt tablets, soda, and snacks.

Wendells’s and Catecroft aid stations may or may not be manned  during any point of the weekend. It is always the runners responsibility sign in on the check in sheet.

Aid Station Miles Next Aid Drop Bag Crew Water/Ice Only
Cool – Start/Finish 0.0 4.0 X X
Wendell’s AS 4.0 4.7
Top of Switchbacks 8.7 1.2 X
Knickerbocker AS 9.9 2.5 X X
Wendell’s AS 12.4 1.6
Start/Finish 14.0 2.2 X
Knickerbocker AS 16.2 2.0 X X
Hoboken 18.2 1.4 X
Catecroft AS 19.6 3.4 X
Knickerbocker AS 23.0 2.0 X X
Cool – Start/Finish 25.0 0.0 X X


Crews will be allowed but will have access to the runners at the Start/Finish, Hwy 49, and Knickerbocker only.

Pacers will be allowed for the 100M runners only. They will be allowed to start with the runner after completion of two loops (at mile 50) or at dusk.





The best option for air travel is Sacramento International Airport (SMF), approximately 40 miles west of Auburn.  Some airlines fly into Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK), approximately 80 miles southwest of Auburn.

There is no host hotel for this event.  Nearby lodging options within five miles of the race start are listed below.  Additional options are available in Rocklin, Lincoln, and Roseville, ranging from 10-15 miles away.

Holiday Inn Auburn
120 Grass Valley Hwy
Auburn, CA, 95603

Motel 6 Auburn
1819 Auburn Ravine Rd
Auburn, CA, 95603

Comfort Inn Central
1875 Auburn Ravine Rd
Auburn, CA, 95603

Quality Inn
13490 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA, 95603



100M $180.00
100K $130.00
50M $100.00
25M $80.00
14M $60.00
11M $50.00


If the race does not sell out, we will accept registrations at Packet Pickup and Race Morning.

**You must register by Sunday 08/01/2016 in order to be guaranteed a shirt!

Military: Elemental Running is owned and operated by veterans so we appreciate the service to country. If you are a veteran or currently serving please CONTACT US and we will be happy to extend you a discount.

Race Directors: Elemental Running is happy to offer you free entry with reciprocal race entry.  Please CONTACT US with your request.



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Volunteers are an essential element of any race, but especially for trail races. We have some of the best volunteers and we are always looking for some more.

Volunteers earn $10.00/hour race credit to an Elemental Running race.

Remember to sign out on the volunteer sheet when you leave the race so we have your hours recorded!

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Saturday, August 13th, 2016
7:00 – 7:45 am
Start/Finish Area

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
7:00 – 7:45 am
Start/Finish Area



All participants will receive a technical shirt and a finisher medal (upon completion of the registered event).  Awards will be presented for the top men’s and women’s finishers in each race.

100M finishers will receive a 100M finishers buckle.

Winners must be present to receive all finisher awards and raffle prizes. No awards or prizes will be mailed.

Runner instructions will be given ten (10) minutes prior to the race start. Runners are responsible for hearing all instructions, checking the website for updates, and reviewing the participant instructions email that will be sent and posted on FACEBOOK and TWITTER no later than Friday before the race.

Gear check will be available at the Start/Finish Area. Runners must mark their items clearly with their name and place them in the gear check area. Gear check is to be used at the runners’ risk; Elemental Running is not responsible for any lost, misplaced, or stolen items.

We highly suggest wearing gaiters for this event. Elemental Running likes and uses Ultra Gam Gaiters.


No need to pay for parking.  Elemental Running absorbs the cost of parking for the event.  Each participant will receive a parking pass with their packet pickup materials; these passes may be given to family, friends, or other spectators. Only one pass is available per runner.

All attendees and those with event passes must park inside the Knickerbocker gate (normally closed at the Cool Staging Area).  After entering, all cars must turn around and park on the south side of the road, facing east, as if exiting.

Any spectators without a parking pass are still subject to pay the $10 entry fee for Auburn SRA, and must park in the parking lot closest to the fire station.  Parking is not allowed in the trailer lot; cars will be ticketed by the rangers.