Chanoko 50K, 31K and 5-Mile Trail Runs

Saturday, March 10, 2018 | Granite Beach, Folsom Lake SRA

The Chanoko 31K & 5 Mile Trail Runs are back on March 10 at Granite Beach, Folsom Lake next year – and we are announcing a NEW 50K! The Chanoko 50K will extend from Granite Beach to Beals Point and back after the 31K course. The Chanoko 31K is offering a point-to-point trail run from Auburn Overlook to Granite Beach, Folsom Lake. This event will feature a custom Chanoko tech t-shirt, hot food, plus awards three deep in each division and raffle prizes – along with Chanoko Trail Run Finisher Medals for both races.

Included for each competitor in the Chanoko 50K, 31k & 5 Mile Trail Runs is a custom Chanoko tech-tee race shirt and athlete goody bag with CLIF Bar and Emerald Nuts product samples. Finishers will recieve a custom Chanoko Finisher’s Medal.

There will be a Shuttle Bus from the Finish to the Start, leaving at 7 am. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come basis. New in 2018: ALL Chanoko 31K runners must have finished at least one 26.2 mile marathon under 6 hours. A 6 hour cut off time will be enforced for the 31K and an 8 hour cut off time will be in place for the 50K. 

Start Times

  • Start of the Chanoko 50K and 31K runs (at Auburn Overlook): 8:00 am
  • Start of the Chanoko 5 Miler (at Granite Beach): 8:00 am


The Chanoko 50k & 31k Trail Runs both begin at the American River Canyon Overlook Park in Auburn (855 Pacific Avenue Auburn, CA 95603). The course will follow paved roads inside the park for 1.3 miles toward China Bar main gate. The course will turn left at Gate 171 onto the Cardiac Bypass Trail. Aid station 1 will be at Oregon Bar River Access Parking Area at (mile 2). The Cardiac Bypass Trail meets the American River and the Pioneer Express Trail at mile 3 just past the 52.5 mile marker for the Pioneer Express Trail. The Pioneer Express Trail will follow the original foot paths established by 19th century gold miners. Remnants of the North Fork Ditch completed in 1856 using manual labor will be visible along the entire run course all the way to Folsom Lake.

The North Fork Ditch stretched 33 miles from Tamaroo Bar to Mississippi Bar in Orangevale and was constructed to provide water for the gold miners. Aid Station 2 at Rattlesnake Bar (mile 9). Aid Station 3 will be at Horseshoe Bar (mile 11). The terrain in between Horseshoe Bar and Beeks Bight is sometimes referred to the meat grinder due to the steady up and down trail sections to Aid Station 4 at Beeks Bight (mile 16). The course follows the middle trail system at Granite Bay to the Aid Station 5 at Old County Road (mile 18). Old County will be the turn-off to the finish for the 31k.

The 50K will continue on the Pioneer Express Trail to past Beals Point and onto the American River Bike Trail just past the Folsom Crossing to the turn-around and then return to finish at Granite Beach, Folsom Lake. Aid Station 6 will be at Southgate (mile 20 and mile 29) and the final Aid Station 7 will be at Beals Point (mile 24 and mile 27).

50K & 31K Aid Stations

Each of the aid stations on the 50K & 31K course stocked with cold water, FLUID electrolyte beverage, Coca Cola, Energy products, sweet and salty snacks along Vaseline and first aid.

  • Mile 2
  • Mile 9 – Rattlesnake Bar
  • Mile 11 – Horseshoe Bar
  • Mile 16 – Beeks Bight
  • Mile 18 – Old Country Road
  • Mile 24 & 27 – Beals Point

Chanoko 5-mile trail run: the 5 mile course starts on the levee next to the parking lot. The course heads south to the first aid station at mile one. The course continues south towards Beals Point along the Pioneer Express Trail. The course is an out/back from the aid station and will turn around at the interchange near Cavitt Stallman Middle School.  The runners will reach the aid station again at mile 4 and then continue for one more mile to the finish at Granite Beach. Aid Stations stocked with water, FLUID and Clif Shot Gel and Bloks will be available at Aid Stations at mile 1 and mile 4.


Listening devices: MP3, IPod, headphones, etc…ARE allowed in the Chanoko 31K and 5K. Runners must exercise caution when crossing any roads and must pay attention at all times when running trails.


Packet Pickup

  • 5-mile Trail Run: 7:00 am (at Granite Beach)
  • 31k & 50K: 6:00 am (at American River Canyon Overlook Park)

Event Schedule

6:30 am Registration/Packet Pick up opens (31K at Start in Auburn)
7:00 am Buses begin tranporting runners to start for 31K
8:00 am Start of Chanoko 50K and 31K (at Auburn Overlook)
8:00 am Start of the Chanoko 5 Miler (at Granite Beach)

Awards for the Chanoko Trail Runs will be as follows:

First place Overall Male and Female in the Chanoko 31K will receive Overall Champion Awards. There will be awards three deep in each ten-year age group for the Chanoko 31K. Awards will be given to First overall male and female, plus three deep in each ten-year age group for the 5 Mile Trail Run.


Entry Fees

Until Race day Race day
Chanoko 50K Trail Run $85 $95
Chanoko 31K Trail Run $70 $75
Chanoko 5 Mile Trail Run $35 $40
Bus ride to start $15

*The bus will leave from Granite Beach, Folsom Lake at 7 am and arrive at the start at Overlook Park in Auburn at 7:30 am. The race starts at 8 am. The ride is a one-way ride.

If you would like to reserve a spot on the bus – you can select that option when yoiu register online, or you can email: to reserve your spot on the bus and bring exact change ($15) on race morning to pay for your spot. Spots on the bus are on a first-come basis.

Refund and transfer policy

TBF Racing has a no refund policy on all of our events. A refund requested prior to race week will be given a TBF Race credit for the amount of the entry fee minus a $25 processing fee. Credits are not given during race week. Transfers are allowed from one TBF Racing event to another within a one-year time frame. There is a $25 transfer fee. Transfers are not allowed during race week. ALL TBF Racing events are held rain or shine.

Competitor Goodies

Included for each competitor in the Chanoko 31k & 5 Mile Trail Runs is a custom Chanoko tech-tee race shirt and athlete goody bag with CLIF Bar and Emerald Nuts product samples. Finishers will recieve a custom Chanoko Finisher’s Medal.

Post Race Athlete Food

Included for each competitor is a post race meal of hot soup or chili with fruit, cookies and beverage.

Training and Coaching:

TBF Training provides group workouts and coaching for the sport of Triathlon along with individual Multi-sport Coaching and Personal Training.