1025 Monterey Salinas Highway, Salinas, California, United States

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Activities: Running race, 100K, 31.1 Miles, 16.3 Miles, 6.4 Miles

Fort Ord was a U.S. Army post on Monterey Bay in California. It was established in 1917 as a maneuver area and field artillery target range and was closed in September 1994. Fort Ord was one of the most attractive locations of any U.S. Army post, because of its proximity to the beach and California weather. The 7th Infantry Division (Light) was its main resident for many years. When Fort Ord was converted to civilian use, space was set aside for the first nature reserve in the United States created for conservation of an insect, the endangered species Smith’s blue butterfly.

While much of the old military buildings and infrastructure remain abandoned, many structures have been torn down for anticipated development. California State University Monterey Bay and Fort Ord Dunes State Park, along with some subdivisions, the Veterans Transition Center, a strip mall, military facilities and a nature preserve occupy the area today.

On April 20, 2012, President Obama signed a proclamation designating a 14,651-acre portion of the former post as the Fort Ord National Monument.

Park Information: Fort Ord National Monument / Laguna Seca Recreation Area

Start Times:

100K – 6:00 AM
50K – 7:30 AM
25K – 8:00 AM
10K – 8:30 AM

Check-In & Bib Pickup:
Race Morning: 5:15 AM – 8:30 AM

Time Limit: There is a 16.5 hour time limit for the 100K and a 10 hour time limit for the 50K.

Parking:  Parking is $5.00 and available within Laguna Seca, adjacent to the Start/Finish area. Carpooling is always strongly encouraged.

Laguna Seca Recreation Area
Turn 10 Shelf
1025 Monterey Salinas Highway, Salinas, CA 93908
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Capacity: The Fort Ord Trail Run has a capacity of 500 runners, across all distances.

Timing:  All races are professionally chip timed, utilizing MyLaps and Race Director, ensuring your time is captured as accurately as possible. Disposable chips are attached to back of each bib number.

Post Race:  Post race food will be offered by Baja Fresh, who will provide the option of a veggie/vegan or chicken burrito with tortilla chips and salsa for every runner and volunteer. We will also offer a selection of sweet and salty snacks, as well as fresh fruit and a diverse line up of pre-packaged food options. As allowed by COVID-19 restrictions, we also offer items off of the grill, which typically varies throughout the day and can include: quesadillas, chicken-apple turkey sausage, chicken noodle soup, and a vegan soup option.

Dog Policy:  Dogs are allowed both within Laguna Seca Recreation Area and Fort Ord National Monument. Pups must be on leash at all times in both parks. You may run with your dog, but must start at the back of the pack and allow all other runners to proceed before starting.

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