The course is beyond beautiful. Over 25 miles of the 50 Mile route is on the PCT (Pacific Coast Trail), and you’ll pass hard-core hikers who are braving the thousand mile trail. My best guess is they’re 350 miles into their journey. It kind of makes what you’re doing that day not such a big deal.
If you have the time, watch the movie Wild before running this race. Not only is Wild beautifully shot and acted, but it gives you real perspective on how badass the PCT is (and, ever the dirtbag, I’d like to mention, you also get to see Reese Witherspoon naked in it).
That majority of this course is single track, which adds to technicality, but also adds to the wonder because single track facilitates interaction with all the amazing racers. Everyone that I experienced on this course was fun, nice and supportive. Basically everything you look for in a runner. Not only are the racers great but the aid stations, and subsequently the people working them, are legit. Big shout-out to the Coyotes manning the first aid station rockin’ the 80s style.