The 2019 Saddleback Marathon has been re-routed due to #HolyFire which burned the original route. This year’s Saddleback Marathon will be an out-and-back on the technical single-track for nearly the entire race. All runners start at lower Blue Jay campground and proceed up Long Canyon Road through Blue Jay campground to San Juan trail head. From there, participants will travel along the upper portion of San Juan Trail before dropping down into the valley and on over to Cocktail Rock. After that, runners traverse an additional 7 miles of technical downhill, finally landing in Hot Springs Canyon where they are greeted with a full aid station. The Hot Springs Canyon aid station serves as the only cut-off for this race. Those who do not arrive to this station by 10:30 am will be driven back up to lower Blue Jay (Start).
Half marathoners will start 30 minutes after the full marathon, taking the same route. The turnaround point for the half marathon is Cocktail Rock. There is no cut-off for the half marathon.