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Welcome to the 27th Way Too Cool 50K Endurance Run Presented by Clif Bar!

We invite you to read about the WTC history rich in tradition. Did you know that there are 3 Hall of Froggers who have completed every Cool Canyon Crawl (1989-1998) and Way Too Cool (1998-2015)?! Congratulations to: Bill Finkbeiner, Janet Pucci, Denis Zilaff.

WTC and NorCalUltras are proud to support our race beneficiaries; California Conservation of Trails, The Running School and Wings for Life.

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of this event. Please express thanks to the hard working teams and aid station captains who generously give their time and energy to ensure you have a safe and successful race experience.

Heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the following organizations; ASRA, Western States Endurance Run Foundation, Western States Trail Foundation, Robie Foundation and the California Forest Foundation. Their help in clearing and maintaining the trails affords each of us an opportunity to run and enjoy these events.

The trails are in pristine condition, the sun will be shining and our signature frog cupcake and one of a kind WTC medallion await you at the finish line. On behalf of myself and the WTC Team, we thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on race day!

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"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory."
- William Barclay
Thanks to the following premier sponsors for their support and contributions toward the race.

Presenting Sponsor & Official Energy and Recovery Bar

Official Footwear Sponsor

Official Energy Drink & Gel

Official Trail Sponsor

Official Vehicle Sponsor

Official Motivation Sponsor


Get the Royal Treatment! Win your very own Porta-Potty at WTC!

"Ever come back from a run with one sock?!?! If so, we want you and 5 of your race friends to win exclusive, no lines access to your very own portable for WTC. That's right, you'll be treated to the royal flush to take care of your business. This means no lines (you can “go” whenever with no wait), no hassle, toilet paper always full stocked!

In 100 words or less tell us your most interesting running bathroom story - don't hold back...Our portable guy, Doug from Area Restroom Solutions is the #1 guy in the #2 business. Doug will read your stories and select the winner.

Submit your story by Thursday, March 3rd to: luisandcheri@norcalultras.com

The winner will be posted on our NorCalUltras Facebook on Wednesday, March 2nd!
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Check out race statistics online.
check in
Early Check In is at Auburn Running Company. You may check in the following days:
  • Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. - 20% discount
  • Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. - 20% discount
Why come on Thursday?
  • 20% off from our friends at Auburn Running Company AND
  • 4 lucky winners will have the chance to win a lucky pass in to the 2017 WTC 50K Endurance Run. Yes, you read that correct! You will bypass the lottery and receive a complimentary entry!
  • How "Cool" is that?!
Here's how it works:
  • Show up on Thursday between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • One lucky winner will be drawn at random on each half hour (3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM) of packet pick up.
  • You must be present on Thursday to win
  • Certificates are non transferable and must be used for the 2017 WTC 50K event
*Discount can not be applied to already marked-down merchandise. We strongly encourage you to pick up on Thursday or Friday to avoid race day congestion. A friend may pick up your number for you.
race day
check in
Cool Fire Station
7200 Florian Drive (view map)
5:45 A.M. – 7:45 A.M. (located inside the Red Bull tent)

*If you have checked in on Thursday or Friday, you do not need to check in on race morning.
Timing and
Wave Starts
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  • WTC is using the ChronoTrack B-tag timing system.
  • Your timing chip is on your bib. Please do NOT fold or it will not read.
  • Wave 1 – 8:00 A.M. (pace chart)
  • Wave 2 – 8:10 A.M. (pace chart)
  • Your wave start will be designated on your bib label.
  • We thank you for your cooperation in staying in your assigned wave. This is for your safety and overall race experience.

A random drawing for a lucky recipient in Wave 2 will receive a certificate for a free pair of Salomon Shoes

Crew access is only allowed at the Fire Station (Start/Mile 8/Finish Line). No crews are allowed on the course, and this includes the Lower Quarry Aid Station. Any infraction of this rule will result in a disqualification of the event.
and map
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  • Click here to view the course map
  • Course will be marked in ORANGE ribbon
  • Follow all chalk and flour markings
  • Please remove all headphones at all aid stations and road crossings. This is for your personal safety and the safety of the event.

Check out the official promo video!
promo video

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  • Click here for aid station information
  • Please read the wave instructions and review the mileage charts
  • Please be aware that Aid Station #3, Main Bar will be an EXPRESS station with limited supplies. There will by hydration and energy gels and some Scooby snacks. The mileage point on Main Bar can vary depending on our access on the trail. It will be within 3-5 miles after Aid Statio #2 (Lower Quarry). Please plan accordingly.
  • Clif Mojo Bars will be on the race course and Clif Builder Bars at our finish line.
  • GU Roctane Energy Gel and Roctane Energy Drink will be served on course
  • Roctane Energy Gel Flavors - various flavors
  • Roctane Energy Drink Flavors – various flavors
& Awards
& Etiquette
WTC's partnership with California State Parks (ASRA) is extremely important and vital to the success of our event.  We are privileged to have the opportunity to run these environmental sensitive historic trails. Please follow all orange ribbon course markings and signage.  Stay within the designated "chutes" on the course.  There will be monitors on course and failure to comply with our protocol, you risk disqualification from the race.

Please respect the trails and do NOT litter.  Pack it in and pack it out.  If you are seen littering on the trail, you will be disqualified from the race.

Please read through our trail etiquette and safety rules. Thank you for your cooperation.
Parking &
We appreciate your full attention and cooperation on this matter. Failure to comply with our event permit parking instructions and regulations can risk immediate disqualification.

Due to permit and law enforcement regulations, all vehicles must be in to the fire station by 7:15 A.M. The entrance to the race on St. Florian Drive will close at 7:15 A.M. All runners MUST be in before this time. This is for your safety and the safety of the event.

Please help us and arrive early... this means 80 minutes before the original time you had in mind. The earlier you arrive, the better parking spot you will acquire. The later you arrive means a longer pre-race warm up.
Please do NOT stop your vehicle on Highway 49 to drop your runner off. This is safety protocol from our law enforcement. Failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification.

Once you enter on Florian Drive, you will be instructed to follow the directions from our awesome parking crew.

Click Here to check out the parking diagram.

Pease listen to and follow any and all instructions given to you. Thank you for your help in making this a smooth and easy process.

Do NOT park in the Cool business district. If you do, you will be disqualified.
Spectator &
Volunteer Parking
If you arrive before 7:15 A.M. you will be directed to park on St. Florian drive in our runner parking. Please note you can NOT leave between 7:15 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. (our race course crosses St. Florian Drive at mile 8).

If you arrive after 7:15 A.M., you will be directed to park at Holiday Market and walk over to the event.

Please plan ahead and thank you for your cooperation.
Post Race
Relax, recline and replenish in the Patagonia Lounge.

Post Race
cork and forkbuilder barcupcake

  • Refresh and refuel your body with a hearty and delicious meal from local Cool eatery Cork & Fork.
  • Clif Builder Bars to jump start your recovery.
  • Chef Tim Ruffino's homemade soup for your soul
  • Beverages will accompany each meal.
  • Signature frog cupcake
  • Beer Garden - 21 and Over - Must have your ID to enter

Be sure to visit the Sufferfest Beer Company tent for a commemorative race-day pint glass and some well-earned Epic Pilsner and Taper IPA. Share your #suffershot and win cool schwag!

GU Coupon
Patagonia coupon
RWP Wear Coupon
Rock Creek coupon
Cork n Fork coupon
Norcal Ultras Coupon
Cool Florist Coupon
American River 50 Mile Coupon
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