$2,300 PRIZE PURSE & AG WINNER GIFT CARDS!!!
The 12 Days of Tough Topanga kicks off when Race Directors Daniel sets the bar and time-trials the 2020 Tough Topanga course on June 15th. Beat the RD’s time and get a free entry into the 2021 Tough Topanga!
Be part of the Tough Topanga community in this SELF-SUPPORTED, time-trial format trail race with a competitive edge that’s fun for everyone…and get a ton of awesome goodies!
Sign up and hike, run, or race the brutal course AT YOUR DISCRETION from Monday, June 15th until midnight on Friday, June 26th to earn the Tough Topanga Solo medal and be eligible for official results. There is no time limit, but please keep it safe.
Solo Vert Run:
If you cannot travel to the course, sign up and match the 1,100 feet of elevation gain over any distance and for the Tough Topanga Vert medal. The Tough Topanga Solo Vert Run must be completed on a trail from Monday, June 15th until midnight on Friday, June 26th.
About Tough Topanga
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, Tough Topanga stickers, and a Tough Topanga buff. Don’t forget about your bragging rights and your official results.
The 2020 Tough Topanga counts as the first race of the Bulldog Trail Challenge.
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.
Please note: the 2020 Tough Topanga course has been modified to avoid confusion. The out-and-back at Mile 3 is not part of the course for the 2020 Tough Topanga. Please see the official 2020 course map.
The 2020 Tough Topanga is self-supported. There are NO aid stations or course markings. You are responsible for knowing the course, bringing the necessary hydration and nutrition, and running within your limits.
An interactive map will be posted as well as a PDF and turn-by-turn instructions.
– Finisher Medal hand-made by Topanga artist
– Soft cotton Shirt or Tank for men or women
– Tough Topanga Sticker
– Tough Topanga Headwear Cover
– Tough Topanga Cinch Bag
– Course Postcard from Topanga photographer
$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 2020 Tough Topanga (male & female).
Winners will be announced Saturday, June 27th.
1st Place Overall Award custom-made by Topanga artist (male & female)
1st Place Age Group Awards (male & female):
– Under 16 year olds
– 16-19 year olds
– 20-29 year olds
– 30-39 year olds
– 40-49 year olds
– 50-59 year olds
– 60-69 year olds
– 70 year olds and Up
“Local Legend” Award to the fastest Topangans created by Topanga artist (male & female).
Beat the RD & Tie the RD
Earn a free entry to the 2021 Tough Topanga!!
Daniel Weissauer will race the 2020 Tough Topanga course in the early morning of Monday, June 15th. His time will be posted, and anyone that beats his time before midnight on Friday, June 26th qualifies for a 2021 Tough Topanga entry. Women that finish within 5 minutes of the RD’s time will also earn a free entry to the 2021 Tough Topanga.
Win a pair of running shoes from Run With Us. Race Director, Tina Weissauer, will race the Tough Topanga course and the man and woman 2020 Tough Topanga Solo Runner that come closest to her time between June 15th-26th get a free pair of running shoes from Run With Us in Pasadena.
Win a free entry to the 2021 Tough Topanga!!
Complete the 2020 Tough Topanga course five or more times during the 12 Days of Tough Topanga and earn an original trucker hat, hand-designed by local ultrarunner Ricardo Ramirez, and inspired by the Tough Topanga course.
A special “Master of Vert” trucker hat will be awarded to the runner that makes the most completions of the 2020 Tough Topanga course during the 12 Days of Tough. The Master of Vert will also receive a free entry to the 2021 Tough Topanga. Ties are decided by the least amount of time spent on the trail.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re going for it, so we can have your custom hat ready!
Vert-Monsters must submit results on each day they complete the course. You may run the course more than once each day.
The Bulldog Trail Challenge
Earn the limited edition Trail Challenge jacket when you complete all three events in one year!!
1. Start with the Tough Topanga Solo Run.
2. Work your way up to the Tough Mugu 25k on July 25th.
3. Get a finish at the Bulldog Ultra 50k on August 22nd.
Register for the 2020 Tough Mugu 25k here:
Register for the 2020 Bulldog Ultra here:
*Only Solo Run finishers qualify for the Bulldog Trail Challenge.
To keep the competitive spirit alive, official results will be posted Saturday, June 27th. It’s your choice whether you post about your run on social media, or if you come in stealth for the win. The participant entry list will not be pre-posted for surprise rankings.
Submit your results from Monday, June 15th – Friday, June 26th at midnight. Official times considered for awards must include GPS files and will be vetted.
Solo Run results will be posted on ultrasignup.com and on www.toughtopanga.com.
The Solo Vert Run is a fun challenge and results will be posted on www.toughtopanga.com only.
A finish line or course photo is required for the Solo Run, and recommended for the Solo Vert Run. We want to celebrate your efforts!!
Goodie Bag Pick-Up
Pick up your hooked-up Goodie Bag on Topanga Canyon Blvd for a safe curbside pick-up to celebrate after your run. We’ll be there early morning on weekdays and later in the evening on the weekends to avoid crowds. Expect a personal, contactless experience with Social Distancing protocol.
You can also pick up your Goodie Bag at the “Run With Us” running store in Pasadena.
If you are from out-of-town and finished the Tough Topanga Vert Run, we will mail your Goodie Bag.
Directions & Parking
The Tough Topanga course is at:
Topanga State Park, Trippet Ranch
20828 Entrada Road
Topanga, CA 90290
Directions from the 101 Ventura Freeway:
Exit at Topanga Canyon South, and travel south, up the mountain and towards the ocean. Turn left onto Entrada Road and follow signs left to Topanga State Park
Directions from the PCH:
Turn North into Topanga Canyon and drive into the mountains. Turn right onto Entrada Road and follow signs left to Topanga State Park.
Parking in the Park:
The Trippet Ranch parking lot is open and from 8:00am to sunset with limited capacity and is only accepting credit card or phone app payments at the automated pay machines.
Parking on the Street:
Free street parking is available on a first-come basis on Entrada Road. Please adhere to all parking signs and keep all of your tires off the road and inside the white line.
ACTIVE fire fighters and current Topanga locals may receive a 10% discount.
Email email@example.com for the coupon code. Please indicate which department, or which canyon or ridge you live by.
If you are a Race Director and would like to participate in the 2020 Tough Topanga, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run club and running group discounts are available on request, too.
Thank you former Race Director Sparky Green for introducing so many of LA’s youth to the Santa Monica Mountains and trail running.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2020 Tough Topanga is donated to LA Fire Station 69 in Topanga Canyon so they can keep our beautiful Santa Monica Mountains safe during the fire season.
We also believe in racial and social justice and will donate a portion of the proceeds from the 2020 Tough Topanga to Black Lives Matter LA.
SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED
Park visitors must practice social distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Please limit group sizes to 2-3 runners.
Stay Safer at 6 Feet – Maintain physical distance of 6 feet or more. Avoid crowded areas.
Stay Clean – Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out trash. Wash hands thoroughly.
Stay Covered – Please wear face coverings when you cannot maintain a safe 6-foot distance.
Plan Ahead – Run early or run late. If the parking lot is packed, come back another time.
Keep it Moving – Don’t hang around when you’re done. Only active recreation is allowed.
Passing on the Trail – Gain and maintain eye contact. Announce your intention. Keep 6 feet apart, or wear a face covering if not possible. Smile (with your eyes), we’re all out here enjoying nature!
Dogs are NOT allowed on CA State Park trails. Sorry, we love dogs, too.
If you do not feel comfortable running at Topanga State Park, but want to be part of the Tough Topanga, feel free to complete the Solo Vert Run on your terms.