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John Wayne Grit Series Newport Coast 25k & 5k

November 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm


“Bring your John Wayne grit to the trails and #RunToFightCancer.

It’s California the way it used to be. So partner, bring all the grit you can muster to tackle the rugged coastal trails in John Wayne’s backyard.

Join us as an individual or a team to get dusty on the dirt roads and single track trails in Crystal Cove State Park located on the coast between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. You’ll test your endurance on the challenging climb out of El Moro Canyon and be rewarded with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. After you’ve finished the course, join us for a celebration at the John Wayne Grit Down!

In the words of John Wayne, There are some things a man just can’t run away from. When you join us on the trails, you’ll be fighting cancer head on with every step you take.


This stunning course features hill climbs and ocean views from dirt roads and single track trails and provides three full aid stations and two water stations to keep you fueled every step of the way.

Trail rating: intermediate

Elevation gain: approximately 2,500 ft.

Course open at 8:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm


This course is on dirt roads with a challenging hill climb and is a shorter version of the 25K course with the same spectacular views. Take breaks at the full aid station and a water station for refreshment that will power you to the finish line.

Trail rating: beginner to intermediate
Elevation gain: approximately 600 ft.

Course open at 8:30 am and closes at 1:00 pm

The elevation at Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach is 1,033 ft.

Both loop courses start and finish at the bridge in the lower parking lot of Crystal Cove State Park. At the finish line, you’ll be rewarded with a finisher’s mug and the satisfaction of knowing that you stepped up to the challenge and helped fight cancer.

Partner, it’s time to saddle up and begin fundraising today for your chance to win exclusive merchandise, free race entries, and hotel stays. See you on the trails!”


November 14, 2020
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Crystal Cove State Park