Saturday, Aug 20, 2022

The Bulldog Ultra

1925 Las Virgenes Rd

Calabasas, CA 50k, 25k

This Event Took Place Sat. Aug 20, 2022

Presented by SoCalTrail

The Original Bulldog Trail Runs!!

This event historically sells out...

$4,000 Podium Prize Purse!!

Welcome to the Southern California's oldest 50k - this is the Bulldog Ultra's 32nd year in the beautiful, scenic, Santa Monica Mountains!!

Come run the challenging Bulldog Ultra course on Saturday, August 17th! Choose from the 25k Trail Run or the 50k Ultra.

The course offers epic views of untamed terrain and of the endless ocean from single track and fire roads weaving through the mountains. Do not be fooled by the beauty of the mountains and allure of the ocean. Temperatures can reach triple digits in the canyons and the climbs are steep and long. Runners will experience the full power of beauty and the beast.

Step up to the trails, tackle a 50k, crush your past times, or race for the prize purse.

5:00am - Parking Lot Opens at Malibu Creek State Park
5:45am - Registration and Check-in Opens
7:00am - 50k Start
8:00am - 25k Start
9:00am - Beer Garden Pours
9:30am - Athlete Food Opens
11:30am - 25k Awards
1:00pm - 50k Awards
4:00pm - Course Closed

The Bulldog Ultra 50k is the 3rd and final race of the Bulldog Challenge.

The Bulldog Challenge

Earn the limited edition Trail Challenge jacket when you complete all three events in one year!!

1. Start with the Tough Topanga 10k on June 24th.
2. Work your way up to the Tough Mugu 25k on July 22nd.
3. Get a finish at the Bulldog Ultra 50k.

Must email to declare your acceptance of the Bulldog Challenge.

The Fun Stuff

Soft male shirts- or female tanks
Matching Finisher Medals hand-crafted by local artists
FREE Course Photos
Delicious Post-Race Meal
21+ Beer Garden
Certified Sports Massage by Vision For Enrichment
Coffee and/or Hot Cocoa
Finish line DJ Announcers and Music
Same Day Results

Overall Awards and Age Group awards for both the 25k and 50k:
U20 / 20-29 / 30-39 / 40-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / 70+

25k Female & Male Prize Purse:
1st - $500
2nd - $300
3rd - $200

50k Female & Male Prize Purse:
1st - $500
2nd - $300
3rd - $200

Winners of the 25k & 50k are invited to compete in the SoCalTrail Championships in December at the Crystal Cove Trail Run

Winners of the 50k receive the Eternal Comp for free entries to the Bulldog Ultra as long as they live.

A great effort is made to support the community by partnering with local businesses, small businesses, and minority-owned businesses.

Follow @SoCalTrail on Instagram and @SoCalTrailRuns on Facebook for official announcements.

The Course

50k Course Route:
28.88 miles with 5,788' vert
Strava Route

25k Course Route:
14.98 miles with 2,939' vert
Strava Route

25k & 50k:
#1 - Bulldog Climb Aid Station at mile 4.0 (fully stocked)
#2 - Top of Bulldog Aid Station at mile 6.3 (fully stocked)
#3 - Top of Puerco Aid Station at mile 10.4 (fully stocked)
#4 - Tapia Aid Station at mile 12.6 (fully stocked)
25k Finish at 14.8 miles - 2,785’ of climbing complete

#4 - Start of 2nd Loop at mile 14.6 (fully stocked with toilets - drop bags & pacers)
#6 - Bulldog Climb Aid Station at mile 18.2 (fully stocked)
#7 - Top of Bulldog Aid Station at mile 20.5 (fully stocked)
#8 - Top of Puerco Aid Station at mile 24.7 (fully stocked)
#9 - Tapia Aid Station at mile 26.8 (fully stocked)
50k Finish at 29.0 miles - 5,526’ of climbing complete

11:00am - Start of 2nd 50k Loop (mile 14.5)
12:15pm - Bulldog Climb Aid Station (mile 18.2)
1:30pm - Top of Bulldog Aid Station (mile 20.5)
2:45pm - Top of Puerco Aid Station (mile 25.0)
3:15pm - Tapia Aid Station (mile 26.8)
4:00pm - 25k/50k Finish (mile 14.9/29.0)
*Runners must leave the aid station by cut-off time or they may NOT continue. Strict sanctions will be placed against runners that continue on their own. Significant resources and time are required to monitor runners' safety while still on the course.

Directions & Parking

The Bulldog Ultra is located in Malibu Creek State Park
1925 Las Virgenes Road
Calabasas, CA 91302

If arriving from the 101 Ventura Freeway:
• Exit Las Virgenes Road - South.
• Continue approximately 3 miles, past Mulholland Drive.
• Turn right into Malibu Creek State Park.
• If you hit Piuma Road, you went too far...turn around and go back!

If arriving from the Pacific Coast Highway:
• Go North on Malibu Canyon Road (directly south of Pepperdine University).
• Continue approximately 5 miles, past Piuma Road.
• Turn left into Malibu Creek State Park.
• If you hit Mulholland Drive, you went too far...turn around and go back!

FREE, off-street parking is available on Las Virgenes & Mulholland. Obey traffic laws and parking signs, keep all wheels off the road, don't leave valuables in vehicles, and watch for cars and bikes.

Discounts & Volunteers

Volunteers from other SoCalTrail events can earn Race Credits for the Bulldog Ultra!!

To Volunteer at the Bulldog Ultra, or other SoCalTrail races, please email We'd love to have you on the team!!

All volunteers get awesome race swag, meals, coffee/cocoa and massage.
Race credits to future SoCalTrail races are $15/hour and are transferrable to friends and family!
2024 volunteers will have guaranteed spots in the 2025 running of the Bulldog Ultra

If you're an active Firefighter, Race Director or running group organizer please email for your SoCalTrail discount code.


Run With Us Pasadena - Aid Station Support
15% off in-store with proof of registration (*some exceptions apply)

Vision For Enrichment - Post-Race Sports Massage

Skratch Labs - Official On-Course Hydration

TrailFolx - Breaking down barriers of entry to mountain sports

New Basin Blues - local running club volunteering at the Bulldog Climb Aid Station

Event's current local time: 7:15 AM PT


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