Sly Park is located 17 miles East of Placerville in the Sierra foothills, or just an hour away from Sacramento. Fleet Feet Sacramento, is excited to host the Run On The Sly. We really like getting on the dirt and into the trees. The race starts and finishes at Fresh Pond which is just off of Hwy. 50 in Pollock Pines just above Sly Park.
Don’t be turned off by the uphill that defines the race start (it’s an awesome downhill to the finish). Runners will soon be rewarded by fire roads on red clay in a thick forest canopy of pine trees in no time. It may take your breath away too because the elevation is at 3500 ft.
We think the area is stunning but we’ll have you decide on your own. There’s a canal system, fire roads, a forest canopy, red clay, stream crossing, rolling hills, a few decent climbs and a lake. The race has four distances to choose from: 50 km, 20 miles, Half Marathon (13.9M) and a 12K (7.4M).
Both the 50 km and the 20 mile courses are challenging. There are plenty of rolling hills and a few decent climbs and a pretty cool shallow stream crossing. Runners of both the 50 km and 20 mile course are treated to a birds-eye-view of the crystal clear Jenkinson Lake. The single track horse trail which is completely runnable will take you around the entire rim of the lake. The 50 km course also includes an 8 mile loop of Fleming Meadows.
We’ve tried to include something for all levels of trail running fitness. The two shorter distances are the Half Marathon and the 12K. Don’t get too laid back though both distances are also challenging.
The Half Marathon (13.9 miles) course will run along the canal system and then out along Park Creek Rd. Runners will then head out the the Tank Stop aid station and drop down along the single track trail for panoramic views of Jenkinson Lake. From here runners head toward the Kamloop campground in Sly Park and back into the forest for some hills before reaching Five Corners. New this year runners will take aid one more time at the Overlook aid station before a return along Park Creek Rd. and an awesome technical downhill at Christine's Cut Off that will drop runners further down the canal system and back to the finish line.
Runners in every distance will be treated to some great bbq at the finish line.