Tough Topanga

Tough Topanga

Posted on 12/01/2022 by | Comments Off on Tough Topanga

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A grueling 10k trail run in the Santa Monica Mountains…

What used to be a no-holds barred run up a mountain in the 1970’s, turned grassroots community running event, has become one of Los Angeles’ favorite trail races!! This classic trail run is one of the hardest 10k races in Southern California and offers a cash purse, a “Downhill Flyer” cash bonus, and the fastest “Local Legend” award.

Finisher medals and overall awards are handcrafted by local artists; t-shirt or tank top choices are high-quality and soft with a sweet design, and fit specific to men, women, and children; and all finishers get one of five official Tough Topanga postcards, and Tough Topanga stickers. Don’t forget about your bragging rights and your official results.

The 2022 Tough Topanga counts as the first race of the Bulldog Trail Challenge.

The Course

5.75 Miles with 1,100 feet of climbing.

The Tough Topanga course is rugged, steep, and breath-takingly beautiful.

Runners will experience oak forests, chaparral wildflowers, sandstone cliffs, valley vistas, and ocean views.
Start at Trippet Ranch and follow the fire road taking left turns up to Eagle Rock. The climbs are broken up into sections and there are a couple welcomed descents on the way to the highpoint at around mile 2.3. Cruise the mesa to Hub Junction and hook a sharp right for the first long downhill of the course. A gentle climb from around mile 4 to mile 4.5 preps you for the final 1-mile drop and the Downhill Flyer challenge. Be safe, but fast, on the way back down to Trippet Ranch.

The Goodies

  • Finisher Medal hand-made by Topanga artist
  • Soft cotton Shirt or Tank for men or women
  • Tough Topanga Sticker
  • Tough Topanga Cinch Bag
  • Course Postcard from Topanga photographer
  • FREE Race Photos
  • Beer Garden and Runners’ Breakfast included!!

$$ Prizes

$2,300 Prize Purse!!

You don’t have to be an elite runner to take home the cash! Just be faster than everyone else (and prove it with GPS).

Cash prize for the fastest overall runners in the 2020 Tough Topanga (male & female):

– 1st – $500
– 2nd – $300
– 3rd – $200

$150 “Downhill Flyer” Bonus for the fastest downhillers in the final mile of the 2022 Tough Topanga (male & female).
Must be present at Awards Ceremony to collect.

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