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Events: Half Marathon | 10k | 5k

100% of the proceeds go directly back to youth of BOMUSD to inspire their future success through agriculture, engineering and VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts). Funds will also be used to scholarship a child to attend Camp Taylor, a camp specifically designed for youth with heart disease. This is a family friendly event! You can enjoy the trail with your family or if you decide you want to participate in the event without your child, take advantage of our $8 per child - child care for children ages 4 and up! Enjoy a pancake breakfast after the event. We even off a gluten free option!

When: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Time: 7:30am (half marathon); 8:00am (10K and 5K)

Registration Fees:

Half Marathon Early Bird: $60 until July 1
Half Marathon: $65 until September 1
$70 September 2 - online registration closes, $75 through race day
10K Race Early Bird: $35 until July 1
10K Race: $40 until September 1
$45 September 2 - online registration closes, $50 through race day
5K Race Early Bird: $35 until July 1
5K Race: $40 until September 1
$45 September 2 - online registration closes, $50 through race day
Youth age 17 and under for all events: $20 until September 1
$30 September 2 - online registration closes, $35 through race day
Family package for a family up to 6. For a mix of 5k and 10k distances only. NOT applicable for half marathon.

$100 - until September 1, $125 September 2 - online registration closes, $130 through race day - Choose "Multi-Person Pricing" on Run Sign Up.

We are offering a local resident discount! Our neighbors in Cool, Pilot Hill, Coloma, Garden Valley and Georgetown receive a local residents discount, not applicable on Early Bird Registrations or Youth Under 18. Use Coupon Code "local5off" when registering online and a $5 discount will be given at checkout. (Not applicable to youth pricing.)

CLICK the Run Sign Up logo to signup!

Course Time Limit: There is no time limit for the 5k and 10k. Half marathon runners must finish in 4.5 hours, which equates to just over a 20 minute/mile pace.

Cup Free Event: Each runner is responsible for bringing their own reusable cup or water bottle to refill at aid stations. This will greatly reduce waste and help keep our trails litter free. October can still be a VERY hot month and we want to make sure everyone stays hydrated! If you are used to using cups at events, you can purchase a HydraPouch at your local running store or online before the event to use.

Age Divisions: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Awards: Each runner will receive a custom made HoC tree cookie finisher medal. Awards will be given to top three finishers in each age group for both males and females as they complete their run. We will also have a raffle with many great prizes. We know how busy life is so we want everyone to be able to continue their day as soon as possible. All participants receive a custom Heart of Cool trucker hat, towel or shirt.

"Virtual Runner" If you are unable to participate in the race, but would like to support youth on the Divide, visit our Shop and become a Virtual Runner. We will send you a Heart of Cool trucker hat to say “Thanks!”

Child Care: Child care will be available at an additional cost of $8 per child for children ages 4 and up.

First Aid: Our local firefighters from El Dorado County Fire station 72 will be on site.

Lost & Found: Located at the Finish Line.

Refunds: We do not allow refunds, rollovers, or transfers. Thank you for your understanding.

About Us

When you tell people you live in a town called Cool, you always get a response about the name. “That's really its name? Wow, that is so cool!” If they know where it's located, they may question, “How do you deal with driving that canyon every day?” We get used to it. And some of the 4,000 or so of us who live in Cool, also work here! Most of us agree upon how fortunate we are to be part of this small, unique community. It's located in the beautiful Northern California foothills, surrounded by two forks of the American River. The heart of Cool boasts stunning views, encompassing miles of open land, river and trails that can take you all the way to Sacramento and Tahoe right from our backyard. But more importantly, it is also home to a close-knit community, Black Oak Mine Unified School District (BOMUSD), where children are the heart and soul for many.

Whether resident or first time visitor to Cool, taking the descent on southbound Hwy 49 into the American River Canyon is guaranteed to leave an impression. The 6-mile journey will leave you breathless with the beauty and maybe white-knuckled on the steering wheel as you wind along the edges of the canyon, and cross the confluence where the North and Middle Forks of the American River meet. As you reach the ascent, you arrive at your destination of Cool. This canyon, the river, and the hundreds of miles of California trails connected to its surrounding areas, are at the heart of Cool.

Living in a small community, where everyone is linked somehow has its trade-offs but are outweighed by the benefits. Schools in the community play a huge role in the positive upbringing of our youth. As a parent, you are grateful your children won’t go unnoticed and mostly everything is brought to your attention. As a child, you are grateful to have so many caring people involved and helping you figure out this thing called growing up. For all these reasons, community and the local schools of BOMUSD, play a significant role in the heart of Cool.

Cool, CA, population 3,972 according to 2014 census, really does exist. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities which use the river, trails and land, one will often be in awe of just how special Cool really is. We would like to share just a little piece of the amazing beauty with everyone who wants to join and host our annual Heart of Cool Trail Run the first Sunday of October. Bring your hiking or running shoes, smiles and excitement to explore new or familiar trails, and support the youth of BOMUSD, as well as children with heart disease to attend Camp Taylor. The event would not be possible without you and we can’t wait to share it with you!!

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Jeni Harvey

Race Director
Although I was born and raised in San Jose, I have always been a country girl at heart. In high school I rode horses and competed in hunter’s and always enjoyed the great outdoors by playing in the mud, wakeboarding and snowboarding. I got my teaching credential in Environmental Education from Sonoma State and moved to Cool where I began teaching at Northside School in 2005. My love for the outdoors is shared with my students as I often integrate environmental education into my curriculum. I began trail running in 2013 and before I knew it, ultra runs became my preference. I am a wife and a mother of two beautiful girls and am blessed to say my heart belongs in Cool, CA.
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Volunteers in the community

Helpers Extraordinaire
Volunteers on the Divide and the running community donate their precious time to this event. Without their support, it would NOT be possible. Thanks to everyone who makes this event a reality every year for our youth! We could not be more grateful!


Black Oak Mine Unified School District

The mission of BOMUSD is to provide a safe learning environment that challenges all students to achieve academic excellence, develop their creative potential, and acquire marketable career, technical, and personal skills.

Black Oak Mine works closely with community organizations and county agencies to provide support to all families, encourage family engagement, school readiness, youth development and family and youth resiliency. BOMUSD benefits from its rural location by providing a first ­class education in a country setting. Students can participate in a variety of experiences unique to the foothills, such as hiking at Auburn State Recreation Area, which is located directly behind Northside STEAM School, experiencing 35 acres of a diverse nature area at Georgetown School of Innovation, as well as receiving instruction in technology using Web-based programs. 100% of the proceeds from the Heart of Cool Trail Run go directly back to youth of BOMUSD to inspire their future success through agriculture, engineering and VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts).

Northside STEAM School has focused on building community ties by providing healthy food from Northside’s garden in the Northside Farmers program. This program, facilitates student science and nutrition learning, culminating in real­ world, hands-­on learning such as our school­wide Harvest Lunch.

Georgetown School of Innovation has an extensive Makerspace program and is part of the New Tech Network where students are engaged in Project-Based Learning (PBL), an instructional method where students work for an extended period investigating and responding to a complex real-world problem.

Golden Sierra Junior Senior High School affords unique educational opportunities through their grade seven through twelve configuration. In addition to rigorous academic programs, they recognize that not all students plan to go on to college and that it is important to offer a balance of career and technical education courses. Their course offerings represent the need for students to be college AND career ready.

Camp Taylor

Kids Meet... Camp Taylor offers several programs for young people and families of children with heart disease. This flagship program is a medically supervised free youth and teen residential summer camp experience. Camp Taylor offers sessions catering to the under-served population of pediatric cardiology.


The Heart of Cool Trail Run needs YOU!! There are many jobs, both big and small. Please click on our "Volunteer" button at the top of the website to see a list of volunteer opportunities. This is a major fundraiser for students in BOMUSD and a youth to attend Camp Taylor. Your involvement will help ensure the success of this terrific family and community event.

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