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The Woodmonster Trail Race

The Woodmonster race is one of the favorite races among our runners! It is located in Redwood Regional Park at the Canyon Meadow staging area. The race starts and finishes at the Owl Picnic Area.   This beautiful and challenging course is 8.4 miles, with plenty of hills and single track trails! The infamous Woodmonster climb is a given of course!!! 

Since the field is limited to 115 runners because of new parking restrictions, we are keeping it simple, celebrating our unique Woodmonster course and the Woodmonster hill challenge. If you can not race, please consider volunteering. We will need help marking the course, pre-running, checking-in, monitoring the course, and sweeping the course.  Seriously, we are almost at our limit and will sell out by race day. Grab your spot to run now (6/13/23)

We will host several previews of the course with LMJS Sunday Trail runs and the Wednesday night Transports trail runs. We will keep you updated on those events through the Woodmonster Trail Race facebook group: Woodmonster Facebook

RACE DATE: Sunday, June 25, 2023, 8:30am
LOCATION: Owl Picnic Area, Redwood Gate, 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland CA 94619
DISTANCE: 8.4 mile hilly, cross-country loop on dirt trails. Age and gender handicapped race.

You can Register here!

Regular pricing through June 22

LMJS Members: $45

Non-Members: $55

High School and College Students: $25

Race Day pricing (if not sold out)

LMJS Members: $55

Non-Members: $65

RACE DAY REGISTRATION: Opens at 7:30 AM. Redwood park gate opens at 7:15 am.

BIB PICKUP: Begins at 7:30 at the start at Owl Picnic Area

Entry fee includes short sleeve finishers t-shirt in high quality technical fabric. Every effort will be made to accommodate your size but we ask for your understanding if we do not have your first choice.

Questions? Please contact Race Director Christine Chapon at


Parking inside park. FEE - $5 TO BE PAID AT THE GATE. The gate will open at 7:15 am.


  1. Up Stream
  2. Right Up Prince
  3. Left up East Ridge to Skyline Gate Aid station (Mile 3)
  4. Down Stream
  5. Right Tres Sendas
  6. Left up Star Flower
  7. Left up French
  8. Right up Madrone
  9. Right on West Ridge to Redwood Bowl
  10. Right through the Bowl
  11. Left up to West Ridge Aid station (Mile 5.7)
  12. Left down West Ridge
  13. Left Down Chown-Right on French and Left down Orchard
  14. Left on Bridle
  15. Right on Stream to Owl Picnic area.

2022 Photos thanks to Dominique Philippine:

HANDICAP START TIMES (May be subject to slight revisions)

This race features a "reverse" handicap system!

 8:30  8:35 
 8:40  8:45  8:50  8:54  8:58    9:02  9:04  9:06
 Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G Group H Group I
Group J   

 -5 mins
-10 mins
-15 mins
 -20 mins
-24 mins
-28 mins -32 mins
-34 mins
-36 mins
Women 65+ Women 55-64
Women 50-54
Women 45-49
Women 40-44
Men 50-54
 Men 45-49  Men 40-44
Men 30-39
Men 19-29
Men 75+
 Men 70-74
Men 65-69
Men 60-64
Women 14-18
Women 19-39
  Men 14-18

Women 13 and under
Men 55-59
Men 13 and under



The Woodmonster is one of the toughest climbs in the East Bay. It is difficult, it is steep, it is glorious. To spice up the already zesty Woodmonster race, this is a fun premium to the fastest men’s and women’s times up the 0.8 mile Transports Woodmonster Climb. The climb happens mid-race, so even if you finish 115th overall, you can still win by getting yourself up the hill faster than everyone else. Click for more info: Woodmonster Hill Climb Info


  • Overall winners will receive a pair of shoes from Transports or a Transports gift card
  • Age group winners will receive a Transports gift card
  • Hill Climb winners will receive a Transports gift card
  • Top 20 finishers to cross the finish line will receive a Woodmonster pint glass


Early start is available to those participants needing more then 2.5 hours to complete the course. You must e-mail race directors in order to take advantage of early start. Runners choosing to start early will not be eligible for awards. Email the race directors at:


Post-race snacks, including GU Stroopwafels, will be provided at the finish of the race to all registered runners.


Skyline Gate at 3 mile and Chabot observatory access road at 5 miles. We recommend that runners carry a bottle of water.


Many thanks to our generous 2023 sponsors:






Please contact Christine Chapon -

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