The trail is a combination of paved roads, fire roads, 4×4 roads and single track in the Newbury Park hills on the north side of the 101 near Wendy Dr. The race begins and ends on the campus of Newbury Park Academy. The race starts in front of the soccer field where the first quarter of a mile is on a paved road. You go over one small climb where the first separation of runners occurs. Soon after that you enter the dirt trail where you encounter the second of eight steep climbs to come. The trail follows several 4×4 trails and fire roads as it snakes along the backside and up and down the hills of Newbury Park. The elevation change throughout the entire course is close to 3,500 feet with grades as steep as 40%.
Make sure to enjoy the views of the Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks and the Santa Monica Mountains as you reach the highest point of the course. Be careful with your footing specially when you descend because the gradients are very steep and there are sections with loose dirt and rocks. We have two water stations that you will cross several times along the course at miles 1.4, 3.1, 3.5, 4.1, 5.2, 5.8 and at the finish. As well as aid stations at miles 4.1, 5.2 and at the finish. Don’t be afraid to participate but do respect the difficulty of this course. All participants agreed that this was the toughest course they had ever completed. It’s called the Toughest 10k in the US for a reason. So come out and accept the challenge.