Big Chief 50K Trail Run

Sunday July 12, 2020

The Big Chief 50K, ultra running in Tahoe and Truckee, trail race is a loop course on a mix of single track, featuring the new Big Chief trail, and fire road in the scenic forests between Lake Tahoe and Truckee. You will run through mighty trees, take in breathtaking views and conquer rocky summits on your journey. The course travels between 6000 – 7500 feet of elevation and you will gain approximately 4500 feet during the run. The race starts and finishes in the Village at Northstar Resort in Truckee, CA. Runners will be supported by 7 aid stations on the course with water, Gatorade, fruit and salty snacks. At the finish, you will be rewarded with cold beverages, including beer, snacks, and a finisher medal. All participants will also receive a technical race shirt. The cut off time for official finishers is 8 hours but we do our best to accommodate everyone that wants to finish. Medical support will be provided on course and at the finish. The race takes place the day after the Tahoe Trail 100K Mountain Bike Race and follows roughly the same course with a few improvements for runners.

Lodging is available at the venue from Northstar lodging,


Sunday 7/12/2020
Time Item/Function Location
6-6:45AM Althlete Check-in and onsite registration if not sold out Main Venue
6:45AM Start Area Open Start Area/Village
7:00AM Start Start Area/Village
11:15AM First Finisher Finish
3:00PM Last Official Finisher Finish
Intermittently Awards Ceremony Main Venue
3:30PM Event Complete Finish


Big Chief 50K By 12/31 By 3/31 By 6/11 Onsite if Available
Adult $100 $110 $120 $130
Big Chief 50K By 12/31 By 3/31 By 6/11 Onsite if Available
Student/Senior $90 $100 $110 $120


Refund Policy

Refunds are not available for this event for any reason, including cancellation, inclement weather or athlete injury. We also strictly do not allow athlete-to-athlete transfers, for any reason.

Cancellation Policy:

If you choose to cancel your registration you can do so 10 days or prior to your event date.  A discount code will be created  for you at 70% of your registration fee that you can then use for any future event. The code will be valid through the following calendar year.

Changes to your class/distance:
We allow you to make changes to your class up until 3 days prior to the event. For example moving from 5K to 10K or Half distance, etc.

Some of the event takes place on LTBMU and Tahoe National Forest under Special Permit.