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Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon

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Distance Marathon

Date 01 Jun 2019

About Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon

A few hundred runners cross the finish line each year in all three races combined at the Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, which takes runners on a mix of roads and trails through redwood forests, with fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean helping keep conditions cool for participants along the course.

There’s plenty of shade under the canopy of trees throughout this race, which also is very hilly with challenging and steep terrain, especially at about the half-way point in the race, where the steep hill prompts many runners to walk just to get over.



  • 42.195km


  • 5km

Half Marathon

  • 21.097km


Aid Stations

Aid stations are every 3-6 miles.

Award Medals

All racers who finish will be presented a finisher's award. Overall female and male winners of the marathon and half marathon will earn the coveted winner's jacket.

Maximum Time

Cutoff time for the marathon is 7 hours and half marathon is 6.5 hours.


Race parking will be available just outside Aptos Village Park in the adjacent dirt lot.

Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon Route Map

Forest of Nisene Marks Marathon Route Map


Aptos Village Park





 All courses are absolutely beautiful, traversing by redwood trees, babbling creeks and manzanita and oak groves at higher elevations.


Half-marathon is a lollipop course with out-and-back on fire road and a loop that is entirely on single track trail, mostly shaded. Marathon is 10 miles out on fire road and single track trail. The upper portions of the course are more exposed to sun.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.