Black Mountain 50K

San Diego’s premiere trail races (50k/25k/half-marathon) within city limits.

Challenging climbs, smooth single-track, and swift downhills, with epic views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Cuyamaca mountains to the east.

Operating as usual


Save the date for Black Mountain Trail Races in 2024! All races will be taking place on June 22nd, 2024. Registration opens Feb 1, 2024.


preparing for Kodiak 100 tomorrow, we’ll be captaining Siberia canyon, making sure athletes are hydrated. We’ll have fireball shots for anyone needing one.


Come support one of Black Mountain 50K’s partner visit their website and social media pages!

For a limited time SWCHBAK Gaiter, proudly showcasing the iconic California State Flag design with a bold golden font and a captivating forest green background. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Golden State while enjoying the comfort and versatility of our Monarch gaiter.

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 06/10/2023

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the June 17th Black Mountain Trail Races event., There are a few spots left in all three distances: 50K. 25K, Half Marathon. So far the forecast says the cool overcast conditions will persist for raceday! A huge thanks to our sponsor for providing age group winner awards!


There’s less than a week before registration closes (June 11th). There are a few spots left in all three distances. Grab a friend and come out for a fun day in the sun!

Black Mountain Trail Races 05/23/2023

This Saturday, May 27th at 7am is our 4th and final training run! We will be meeting at Hilltop Community Park and running the 25K course (approximately 16 miles). There will be options to run less or more. Click link for more details:

BEST DAY BREWING will be sponsoring this run! Their non-alcoholic beers are delicious! Come try them out!

Other info:
There will be a water drop at mile 7 of the 25K course.
Course will be marked with flour arrows. Map and GPX file are also available on the above link.
FREE tee shirt for all attendees!
Additional cold beverages after the run.
Registration for the June 17th event closes on June 11th. Make sure your friends don't forget to sign up!

See you all on Saturday!

Black Mountain Trail Races Register Now!

Black Mountain Trail Races 05/14/2023

Happy Mother's Day!!

Treat yourself and sign up for the race today before the price increase tomorrow!

Black Mountain Trail Races Register Now!


Price increase in 2 days!!

If you're interested in a fun running event, visit for all the details. We'd love to have you join us!

Final group training run is Saturday May 27th. Free tee shirts to all training run participants!

With your registration you'll the best swag around!! It's packed with awesome gear, Sponsor swag and discounts, free race photo, and more!

Black Mountain 50K

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 05/11/2023

Our good partners from the caffeinated athlete are offering an incredible discount for the best of the best, freshest of the fresh coffee!! take advantage of this fantastic opportunity!

There is a price increase May 15. Don't forget to register. We are only 37 days away!!

Training Runs — Black Mountain 50K/25K/HALF 05/09/2023

Black Mountain Trail Races 50K/25K/Half is on June 17th.

Register BEFORE the price increase on May 15th!

And come join us at our final training on May 27th.

Training Runs — Black Mountain 50K/25K/HALF Because the training courses will not be marked, we recommend downloading a GPX file reader/app on your phone, or using your GPS Watch navigation feature. Some popular free smart phone apps are “Gaia GPS” or “GPX Viewer.” We’d be happy to help you any technical questions you may have.

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 05/02/2023

Along with other cool swag, when you register for the Black Mountain 50K/25K/HALF, 50Kers will receive a lightweight windbreaker AND a hoodie sweatshirt, 25Kers will receive the sweatshirt, and Half marathoners will receive a lightweight hoodie. Register now before the May 15th price increase!

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 04/22/2023

Thank you SURF and everyone who came out to our 2nd training run! Congratulations to all the raffle winners and our sponsors!


Here are some of the goodies we’ll be raffling out for tomorrow’s training run.
Registration is still open, come join the fun and take advantage of the best race swag you’ll ever get!! New this year, windbreaker and hoodie!


San Diego Ultrarunning Friends (SURF) Sponsored Training Run. Don’t forget to register for the race!

Black Mountain 50K Training Run #2: Saturday April 22nd, 7:00am at Black Mountain Ranch Park. We are running the Lusardi Loop, with the optional out and back segment of the 50K course (approximately 3 additional miles) to Camino Del Sur. This run will be between 11 and 14 miles depending on if you do the out and back.

Come out join the fun, there will be cold refreshments after!


The trails at Black Mountain are looking incredible, even the little critters are out enjoying the sun!

Registration is open for the 50K/25K/HALF come out, invite a friend!


Quick thank you to everyone who came out this past Saturday for the first of four Black Mountain 50K training runs! Sponsored by our SURF friends, training Run #2 is scheduled for Saturday April 22nd 7:00am at Black Mountain Ranch Park.


This fun group rocked the trails of Black Mountain Open Space this morning! Thanks all for coming out. See you all on April 22nd for the second Black Mountain Trail Races training run!


Black Mountain Traing Run #1
Tomorrow Saturday 7am Hilltop Community Park. Win some cool swag in our free raffle. Cold post race beverages as usual!



Flowers are blooming for the first of four Black Mountain Trail Races training runs!! This Saturday 3/18, 7am at Hilltop Community Park. Free raffle and post run beverages as usual!


Training Run #1: Saturday March 18th 2023, 7:00am at Hilltop Community Park. We are running in the Black Mountain Open Space for approximately 12.5 miles, about 2,000 feet of ascent. Check out the winding single track trails in this area, and ascend to Black Mountain Summit for a beautiful 360 degree view.


Registration opens today for the Black Mountain 50K/25K/Half (

There is a $1500 prize for running under a sub-4 hour for the 50K, and an additional $500 for breaking the current course record 3hrs 50min 34sec.

Spread the word, looking forward to having you join us for this years fun!


Black Mountain 50K are excited to announce our newest sponsor, The Caffeinated Runner! Their specialty coffee is roasted and shipped the same day to make sure it's at the perfect freshness when it arrives in your hands. Please show some love and go purchase some delicious coffee

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 07/24/2022

The 8th Annual PQ Beer Mile and Family Picnic is taking place Saturday July 30th, 2022, 12pm at the Rolling Hills Park in Rancho Penasquitos (11165 Almazon Street, 92129).

In order to participate in the 1:00pm race, runners must check-in  BEFORE 12:30pm (NOT arrive at 12:30-- there will be a line).  

There will be an inflatable obstacle course and water guns for kids to enjoy. If you wish to BBQ there will be a couple grills to use. Invite a friend, a neighbor, everyone is welcomed. Visit for more information. This years winners, DFL and highest ABV will get a badass beer mug…

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 07/07/2022

The 2022 Black Mountain Trail Races are in the books, and did they ever impress! Located in central San Diego, the Black Mountain Open Space serves up technical single track and speedy jeep trails. Starting and finishing in Hilltop Community Park, the lush grass and shade trees made for a relaxed atmosphere for runners to enjoy a cold beverage when they finished. The weather was perfect and so were the outstanding performances from the runners. The 50K course record was shattered by over 5 minutes by returning elite Gabriel Kline in 3:50, an amazing 7:21 pace! That outstanding performance earned him a $1500 payday! Locals Fernando Blanco (4:33) and Nathan Montanez (4:49) rounded out the men's 50K podium. On the womens' side, 1st place in the 50K went to local SURF member Laurence Denis in a blazing time of 5:16. Christina Lauer (5:23) and Amanda Mazzenga (5:48) rounded out 2nd and 3rd places for the women.

In the 25K, returning champion Ruth McCoy cruised to 1st place (2:46), while Zoe Meyers (2:49) and Anna Barron (2:53) took 2nd and 3rd respectively for the women. On the men's side, Graham Miller cruised to victory in 2:23, while Ben McMahon (2:29) and Jonathan Anderson (2:29) battled for 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the Half Marathon, Alexander Gaber (1:58) took the win for the men, with Robert Edwards (2:00) and Daniel Davis (2:04) finishing closely behind for 2nd and 3rd overall. For the women, Alissa Lustgarten (2:22) placed first woman, followed by Ehren Volk (2:22) only 3 seconds behind for second. Sharon Moreno Hernandez (2:31) rounded out the top three podium spots.

Feedback from runners was nothing short of high praise for all the aid stations and their experienced volunteers! Thank you to all the aid station captains for organizing such an amazing group of volunteers who helped the runners throughout the day. And thank you volunteers for your time and effort to make this event possible and such a great success.

A special thank you to our invaluable sponsors and partners, SURF, Injinji, Run Newport, Skratch, Photography by Moctezuma, UltraAspire, 4 Corner Athletic, and Stretch Labs.


Registration closes tomorrow, only a handful of spots remain on the 50K and Half Marathon.

Don’t be the only one to miss out on the fun!!

Thank you to our valued sponsors and partners!!

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 06/02/2022

Registration for this years Black Mountain 50K/25K/Half closes June 8th, don’t forget to register! You don’t want to miss out on one of the best trail events in San Diego. Thank you everyone who came out last weekend for the final training run, good times, plenty of prizes, great company and refreshing drinks at the end!!

Congratulations to all the raffle winners. Thank you to our sponsors Skratch hydration and nutrition and Run Newport Running store. Visit their website for great shoe discounts!

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 05/25/2022

Our fourth and final training run is this Saturday the 28th 7am at Hilltop Community Park.  We will be running the entire 25K course, lots of single track trails!  There will be a water station at the Glider Port Parking lot, roughly mile 7 and  11.  Cold drinks will be provided after the run.  More details can be found:

Check out the NEW Black Mountain 50K hoodie, hat and shirt. If you’d like one, don’t forget to sign up, only a couple weeks left until registration closes!

Thank you to our valued sponsors and partners!!

Photos from Black Mountain 50K's post 05/13/2022

Another great Black Mountain 50K training run (this was our 3rd), thank you to everyone who attended! Only one more training run left, hope to see you there Saturday, May 28th at Hilltop Park 7am… we might raffle off some new swag…. we have new shirts, hoodies, hats and stickers….

Congratulations to all the raffle winners, thank you to Skratch hydration and nutrition for the awesome cook book and hat and a very special thank you to Run Newport Running shoe store for being a fantastic sponsor! Go to our website for great shoe discounts!

Thank you to our sponsors and partners!!

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