Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay & 8K course

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Teams may bring friends and family as long as they are within the 10 x 10 space allotted for the team. All teams are encouraged to bring their own 10 x 10 canopies / ez-ups / portable shelters. Teams may start to check-in and setup their own tents starting 6:00 am.

  • Gun time for the first runner of the relay is at 7:15 am.
  • Gun time for the 8K is 7:00 am.


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Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay & 8k 2017
Sunday, July 9th

7:00am – 8k Events Start
7:10am – Relay Event Start – Open Divisions
7:15am – Relay Event Start – Recreational Division
7:30 am – Finish Festival Opens
9:00 am – 8K Awards Ceremony
11:00am – Relay Awards Ceremony
1:00pm – Event Conclusion

Packet Pick-Up will be Friday, July 7 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm AND Saturday July 8 from 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Packet-Pick-Up location:
A Runner’s Circle – Los Feliz
3216 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 661-8971


. All participants will receive an ultra-soft, ultra-comfy premium short sleeve t-shirt.
. Relay and 8k run are chip timed for fast & accurate results.
. Cash prize for the winning team of each OPEN division.
. Trophy/Plaque for the top 3 teams in each recreational division and for the top 3 male and female finishers for the 8k
. Finisher’s medal for all participants.
. Exclusive goodie bag.
. Two well supported aid stations.
. Food and refreshments at the start/finish area.
. DJ and music
. Food trucks

The Griffith Park Relay & 8K takes place at the site of Old Zoo, in Griffith Park, on the east side.

How to get Here:
From the 5 North, take the Griffith Park exit, turn right on Crystal Springs Drive and Left on Griffith Park Drive.

From the 5 South, exit Los Feliz Blvd. West., turn right at Crystal Springs Drive (Riverside Dr. turns into Crystal Springs Dr.) and turn left on Griffith Park Drive.

From the 134 East, exit Victory Blvd. and follow signs to the LA Zoo. Turn right onto Riverside and take an immediate left onto Zoo Drive. (Turns into Crystal Springs Dr.) Turn right on Griffith Park Dr.

From the 134 West Take Zoo Drive Exit. Turn left onto Zoo Drive. (Turns into Crystal Springs Dr.) Turn right on Griffith Park Dr.

You will arrive at an intersection where there are several activities including the Merry-Go-Round, the Wilson Harding Golf Course, and the Ranger Station. Limited parking will be available, we strongly encourage teams to carpool.The closest lot to the site is Parking lot 2 (follow signs to the Merry-go-Round).

There is no physical address for the site. Nearest address for the ranger station is: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, 90027


Griffith Park Old Zoo Directions_GPTMR

The Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay is considered an intermediate and very challenging course. The terrain is mostly packed dirt and fire road. Each runner will be running approximately 5.25 miles with a combined distance of 26.25 miles for all 5 runners.

Each 8K runner will be running approximately 5 miles

All 5 runners will run the exact same loop, so all the legs are the same.

Race Cap
The Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay has a cap of 175 teams. No cap for 8k. There will be no wait list.

Aid Stations
Two well supported aid stations

griffith trail elevation profile 1

Elevation Map (in Mile)

The pace requirement for each competing relay athlete is 13:44 minutes per mile. (Approximately a 6-hour marathon.)

Why Enforce A Pace Requirement?
a) Permit Limitations
The permit allows the event to continue only a until a certain time, and we have to setup, host the event and tear down within this given time frame. Having a pace requirement will allow us to work within these limitations that are dictated by permit constraints.

There is no pace requirement for 8K.

b) Safety
The safety of all competing athletes is our top priority. A pace requirement also keeps athletes accountable with themselves, ensuring that teams are ready and physically capable of completion. A pace requirement of 13:44 minutes per mile is the recommended minimum athletic level of each runner in all participating teams.

A team is composed of 5 runners. Teams may bring their own tent or canopies, provided that they do not exceed 10×10 feet. If your team has a tent with a commercial logo, please email as there may be a corresponding fee per our permit agreement with the park.

All 5 runners will run the exact same loop.

Transition Area
The transition area is where the incoming runner hands-off the baton to the next runner. Because of this, the area will be big enough to allow a running start. This will be a strictly monitored area and only outgoing runners will be allowed to wait within the transition area. Your bibs will have your corresponding relay leg written on it. This will help monitors identify which runners to allow into the area.

Timing Concerns
Timing will start as soon as the first runner crosses the start line and will cease when the 5th runner finishes the race. The timing chip is attached to the baton.

8k runners will have the chip attached to their bib. Please don’t fold or bend where the chip is located to ensure accurate timing.

RELAY – Competitive divisions ($500 cash prize to the winning team of each OPEN division)
Open Men
Open Women
Open Mixed

RELAY – Recreational divisions (no cash prizes)
Run Club Men
Run Club Women
Run Club Mixed
Corporate/Public Service
Fitness Club
High School


All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. You may not alter, reproduce, give or sell your number to another individual – doing so will result in your disqualification as well as the participant who uses your race number. The entry fee for this year’s event will NOT transfer to next year’s event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc. There are NO exceptions. There is no rain delay, we go rain or shine

Q: What is the last day to register online?
A: Online registration via closes on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM. An online registration fee applies.

Q: Is there same day registration?
A: Not for the relay! 8k runners may sign up race day for $55, we accept cash, credit cards or debit cards.

Q: Can I register on Saturday for the Sunday Race?
A: Not for the relay! 8k runners may sign up for the race on Saturday, 7/8 (at A Runner’s Circle) or Sunday 7/9 (onsite) for a fee of $55. We accept cash, credit cards or debit cards.”

Q: Can I purchase an extra short sleeve t-shirt?
A: On event weekend, inquire at sales booth.

Q: Are the races chip timed?
A: Yes, there is a chip attached to each baton for the relay on each bib for the 8k race.

Q: Where/when do I pick-up my packet?
A: Race packets (race bib/ timing chip, participant shirt, goodie bag) will be available for pick-up on Friday, July 7 from 3pm-7pm. and Saturday July 8 from 10:00am – 6:00pm at A Runner’s Circle – Los Feliz. 3216 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039.

Q: Do you have a race day packet pick-up?
A: Yes. We recommend participants arrive on-site before 6:00am to avoid large crowds and long lines. Please plan to pick-up your packet no later than 30 minutes before the start of the race to avoid any delay.

Q: Who can pick up the team race packet/goodie bag ?
A: Relay – To ensure a registered participant receives event information and race materials (bib and souvenir t-shirt), only a person listed as a runner for the team can pick up. This will preferably be the Team Captain, but if they cannot, then any other designated runner on the team can pick up. Please bring a photo ID. No ID, no packet pick-up.
A: 8k runners – Someone else can pick up your packet if they present a photo copy of your ID along with a note and your signature stating it’s OK for the person to pick-up for you.

Q: Is there an address I can use for the start/finish line?
A: There is no physical address for the site. Nearest address is for the ranger station: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, 90027 Look for race day signs directing you to the event.

Q: Will there be refreshments at the finish line?
A: Yes, there will be plenty of refreshments for all registered participants (don’t lose your race bib).