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Events: Half Marathon | 10k | 5k

All proceeds of the Heart of Cool Trail Run directly benefit Northside STEAM School by supporting our enrichment activities such as Northside Farmers, Music Club, Maker Labs, Science and weekly Art rotations. Funds also support youth to attend Camp Taylor- a camp specialized in children with heart disease.

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018

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

Registration Fees:

Half Marathon Early Bird: $55 until July 1
Half Marathon: $60 until September 1
$65 September 2 - online registration closes, $70 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
Under 18 years for all events: $20 until September 1
$30 September 2 - online registration closes, $35 through race day
Family package deal for your whole family
for a mix of 10k and 5k distances only. NOT applicable for half marathon.

$100 - until September 1, $125 September 2 - online registration closes, $130 through race day - After registering yourself, please send an email to heartofcooltrailrun@gmail.com with all other family member's names, birthdays and distances they want to register for. They will be manually entered into Ultra Signup and will sign a waiver at packet pick-up.

CLICK the Ultrasignup 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+
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.

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 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.

"Virtual Runner" If you are unable to participate in the race, but would like to help Northside School, 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 $5 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.

All proceeds of the Heart of Cool Trail Run directly benefit Northside STEAM School and youth to attend Camp Taylor- a camp specialized in children with heart disease.

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 4000 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 containing our jewel, the one-of-a-kind, Northside School.

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 tradeoffs but are outweighed by the benefits. 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. Northside STEAM School is like a family. People have their differences but work together, and always have the best interest for the children, our future generation. For all these reasons, community and Northside STEAM School play a significant role to 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. Northside STEAM School 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 students at Northside, 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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Northside PTA

Helpers Extraordinaire
The amazing parents of the Northside PTA make this event a reality. They are there when I need them and help with all the details including finding sponsors, swag for our registrants and anywhere else help is needed.


Northside STEAM School

The mission of Northside STEAM School is to enrich and engage our students through a rigorous project-based curriculum infused with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Our new motto, “Educating the Whole Child," denotes our commitment to not only providing a rigorous and engaging curriculum, but our dedication to supporting the social-emotional well-being and growth of our students. We believe learning comes from making connections between ourselves, our community, and the world beyond. We believe citizens are created by practicing responsible stewardship of ourselves, our community and our world. We believe that to be a learning community means to believe that learners are more than the sum of all of their parts, they are a part of an interconnected system comprised of their environment, creating the whole child.

Northside STEAM School 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 Ride Your Horse/Bike to School Day, and field trips to Auburn State Recreation Area, which is located directly behind the school, while at the same time receive instruction in technology using Web-based programs. Funds from this event help support our many enrichment programs such as Northside Farmers, Music Club, Maker Labs, Science and weekly Art rotations.

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

Another community outreach is our Family Math and Literacy Nights. Families gather with staff for an evening of community and fun centered around mathematical and literacy ideas and thinking.

Camp Taylor

Kids Meet... Camp Taylor offers several programs for young people and families of children with heart disease. Our flagship program is our well known medically supervised free youth and teen residential summer camp sessions. We offer 9 camp sessions catering to the under-served population of pediatric cardiology.

Scars Blend... Sharing the emotional, mental & social challenges that each person faces in life comes naturally at camp where our campers are surrounded by youth & families with similar life experiences. Shedding your shirt at the pool to swim finally "feels good" as almost everyone has a zipper scar.

Wonders Happen!!! Campers enjoy swimming, snorkeling, horseback riding, rock-wall climbing, skit night, archery, heart education and much more while at camp. Campers return home from camp empowered with new found self esteem freshly educated about their disease. Camaraderie and fun is the feeling of the week at camp. For many campers experiencing an environment where they actually "feel normal" is a priceless gift only found at camp.


The Heart of Cool Trail Run needs YOU!! There are many jobs, both big and small. Please click on our "Volunteer" button on Ultra Sign-up to see a list of volunteer opportunities. This is a major fundraiser for Northside School as well as youth to attend Camp Taylor. All proceeds from the race directly benefit all students (grades TK-6). Your involvement will help ensure the success of this terrific family and community event.

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