August 4, 2002 

2002 USA 50K Trail Championship in Sausilito, CA on August 24 

The Golden Gate Headlands 50K will host the USATF 50K National Trail Championship for both Open and Masters runners on August 24, 2002.  The race will be run on coastal trails and fireroads a few miles north of San Francisco.  A national class field is assembling and it is anticipated that both the men's (3:59:34) and women's (4:29:11) course records are  likely to fall.  A list of registered runners is available on the race web site at

The race, in it's fifth running this year, welcomes runners of all abilities and ages, with a single moderate cutoff of 7-1/2 hours at the 25 mile mark.  USATF National Championship Open awards go 10 deep in the men's and women's divisions.  USATF Masters awards go three-deep in 5 year age groups starting at 40-44 for both men and women.  USATF team competition is also offered in both the men's and women's divisions.  In addition to well-staffed aid stations and friendly volunteers, there is a promise of either great views or some nice air conditioning in the form of coastal fog.  If past history is any example, runners will most likely experience some of both.  Extreme heat, or rain, are unlikely. 

The course has seven significant climbs and descents, but otherwise good footing.  In an attempt to provide something for everyone, there are few hundred yards of beach running, lots of single track and fireroads, a short ladder, a few steps, three or four downed trees, a couple of short  technical sections (rooty or rocky downhills) and even a few hundred yards of pavement.  According to Peter Franks, the race's championship coordinator, if a strong uphill runner, a downhill specialist, a technical trail runner, and a roadie are all together at the bottom of the last and steepest hill in the race (around the 29 mile mark), the lead might change four times before the finish! 

Registration is still open and will be until race day.  Only USATF members will be eligible for USATF Championship awards.  USATF membership is available online at

There are various lodging options in the area from twenty minutes to an hour driving time from the start, including camping, a hostel, and many motels both in Marin and on the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Additional information, including how to register, is available at the race's website,, or feel free to contact the R/D, Guy Palmer, at or Championship Coordinator, Peter Franks at 

Contact Info: 

Lorraine Gersitz 
USATF MUT Running Council 

Peter Franks 
Golden Gate Headlands 50K Championship Coordinator 

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