California Coast 500

Run the One

May 31 – September 6, 2021


Manually Uploading Your Mileage

No! We have partnered with Silicon Valley-based digital platform, PWR Lab, to provide all users with not only device integration (Garmin, Polar and Suunto), but also the ability to simply manually enter your miles for the day and see your progress on the course map and leaderboard.


Overall awards and age group awards will be based on GPS tracking only. Learn more on our Upload Mileage page.


PRO TIP: If you do not have a supported GPS device, but carry a phone while you run, you can download the Suunto App and use their built in GPS activity recorder to sync with PWR Lab.

Beginning on Monday, June 8, you will be able to add your mileage for the day using a simple Google Form on our Uploading Mileage page. You will need to input your email address, bib #, mileage and date of activity.

If your mileage does not upload to the leaderboard, please wait 15 minutes and if it is still not updated email [email protected]

You will be able to look up your BIB # prior to the start of the event and we will also include it in our regular communication with you.

They sure can! Two ways to upload these:

Manual Form
Simply add your walking, hiking or steps (5,000 steps roughly equal 3 miles – unofficial calculator here) on the manual upload form.

Whether you are manually uploading activities or syncing with PWR Lab, only activities from the date you registered will count. Think of it like a chip time at a race vs. the gun time. Our leaderboards are based off of  your personal "chip time" or the date you registered.

Syncing Your Device with PWR LAB

For the best experience connecting your device and your mileage linking to the leaderboard please follow this order:

  1. Register for CA500
  2. Signup for PWR Lab Account
  3. Connect your Device
  4. Go for your run

If you don't do it in that order your miles may not connect to the leaderboard. If you followed those steps and your results aren't loading then email PWR Lab at [email protected]

Please sign-up with the email you used when you registered.
If you are an existing PWR Lab user you do not need to create a new account.

When prompted sync with a supported device – Garmin, Suunto and Polar. This is a one-time process. We will track your mileage until you reach 500 miles or Monday, September 7 at 11:59pm PT, whichever comes first. 

Learn more on our Sync Your Device page.

PWR Lab currently syncs with Garmin, Polar and Suunto apps. Learn more on our Sync Your Device Page or on their Device Compatibility Page


If you do not have a supported GPS device, but carry a phone while you run, you can download the Suunto App and use their built in GPS activity recorder to sync with PWR Lab.


RunGap: There are also 3rd party options to create connections between various devices and apps. One that we're familiar with is RunGap ($2.99 for 3 months). These options can help you automatically sync your workouts from any supported service to avoid having to manually enter a device that is not yet supported.

For instance, you could get your Apple Watch data into our leaderboard by leveraging RunGap's connection between Apple and Garmin Connect. There are over a dozen connections to choose from.

Here's how it would work:

  1. Create a Garmin Connect account.
  2. Create a RunGap account.
  3. RunGap's Swag Bag: In RunGap click the Menu button (3 bars) and then click on "Swag Bag" to purchase a 3-month subscription ($2.99) to sync with Garmin, Suunto or Polar apps.
  4. Sync your devices to Garmin, Suunto or Polar: In RunGap click the Menu button (3 bars). Under Tools, click "Accounts/Settings." Add account for Strava, Apple, Nike and sync with Garmin Connect.
    • Refresh your RunGap home page. It could take a while as it backlogs ALL your workouts.
    • Then click on the specific activity. Hit the ellipses on the top right. Hit Share. Only select Garmin Connect and hit Share.
    • PWR Lab will grab your activity from Garmin Connect and add it to our leaderboard.

If you registered multiple people in Race Roster with one email address and they will be syncing their devices with PWR Lab, please email [email protected] to provide unique email addresses for each person syncing their device.


You will need a unique email address to connect with PWR Lab and have your respective data show up on the leaderboard.

First, make sure your run is synced from your device to the related service such as Garmin Connect. 
If your device is synced and not displaying on the leaderboard please email [email protected]

Yes! You can use your device’s indoor mode (or similar sounding name) to record your activity.

Yes! If you are using a GPS device you must classify all your walks and hikes as a “run” for it to be automatically added to your total. Steps would need to be manually entered.

PWR Lab has converged big data and sport science to help runners of any level to predict risk, prevent injury, and perform optimally. You will receive a 30-Day free trial to their platform, which will begin when you create your account. You are not required to input your credit card or purchase anything. You also do not need to use the app once you sync your device to take part in the challenge during or after the 30-day trial.

PWR Lab is a running analytics company created to help runners avoid training injures. The platform is designed to import historical running activity, learn your personal baseline, and then give you completely customized training guidance and injury risk forecasting. If you choose to link your device, PWR Lab will import your historical activities for the sake of establishing that baseline.

Your mileage will continue to be tracked for the duration of the challenge until you reach 500 miles or Monday, September 7 at 11:59pm PT, whichever comes first. You do not need to use the app during the 30-day free trial or thereafter. 

Tell me more...

When signing up for PWR Lab, you can authorize a connection between another running data service (eg Garmin Connect) and PWR Lab. This allows that service to send us activities that you have recorded on your device (watch/phone/etc) and then uploaded. PWR Lab does not actually connect to your watch or track you: your activities are simply pushed through your Garmin Connect, Suunto, Movescount, or Polar account to our platform.

This authorization remains intact until you choose to disable it. Your account is not actually deleted at the end of a free trial, just locked. Thus it can continue to send your results to the race leaderboard.

You can disable the link between PWR Lab and your connected services at any time (eg Sept 7th). After connecting your service to PWR Lab, a green link/unlink icon will be displayed on your Profile page. To unlink your account at any time, navigate to the Profile page, scroll to the bottom, and select “unlink”. You can do this through the other service's app (eg Garmin Connect) as well.

You can cancel your free trial, and/or request that PWR Lab fully delete your account at any point.

Personal data is never sold to external parties or used for anything other than personalizing the PWR Lab experience or to improve the platform's processes. Any research PWR Lab does is always anonymized, aggregated at population levels, and in no way personally identifiable or attached to any other person information. 

The PWR Lab customer service team can be reached at [email protected].

Teams & Run the One Relay

We allow individuals looking to run or walk 100, 250, 400 or 500 miles the ability to be on a Team so you can filter for just those on your team. This is great for motivation, internal competition, and/or talking smack to your friends, family or co-workers. Our Run Local events production team is already placing side bets on first to finish. Adam thinks he will win, but he will not. See how that works? 

Instructions: During registration make sure to select your team or start a team if it is not listed. Then once the event starts you will be able to select your team name's drop down from the leaderboard. 

Relay participants will appear on the leaderboard as individual participants as well as have their Relay team appear under the Team filter. With the Team filter you will see a sum total of your mileage as you encourage your teammates along Highway 1, whether you’re contributing 4 or 400 miles.

We will be sharing Relay team updates and each Relay participant will receive custom content, a California Coast 500 shirt and unique Run the One medal.

Individuals on a Relay team are eligible for overall and age group awards.

Yes! Current registered participant needing to switch to Relay? Please fill out our Relay switch request form.


Awards and Using the Leaderboard

You can enter your mileage manually and see your progress on our leaderboard and map. However, overall awards and age group awards will be based on GPS tracking only.

We will have awards for our top-3 overall female and male finishers as well as age group winners. Awards are based on participants in each award category that complete 500 miles the soonest (by date) not the fastest (by pace). 

We encourage you to find what matters most to you during this journey and part of that is providing a couple of options to sort the leaderboard. The filters are created from your registration and any edits can be made by logging into your Race Roster account or emailing [email protected]

Category Filters Include:

  • Age Groups: 1-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
  • Gender
  • City
  • Team

July Update: Your shirts will be arriving in early August and due to COVID-19 and the custom nature of our medal we will notify participants when we are able to ship these out prior to the end of the event on Monday, September 7.

We can help with that! Below are charts to review:

You will receive one finisher medal based on your total mileage completed.

Yes! You are welcome to register anytime throughout the challenge. We have finisher medals for 100, 250 and 400 miles as well so you can start later and still be a part of the California Coast 500.

Additional Questions & About Run Local

Yes! We ship internationally for an additional $15 fee billed separately from your registration. Please contact us at [email protected] for more info.

Run Local, Give Local: 5% of every dollar spent in the Run Local universe, from event registrations to apparel purchases and membership commitments, is given to partner organizations making a positive impact on our local communities. 

For the California Coast 500, Run Local will specifically benefit organizations combating childhood hunger.

Shirt exchanges will not be available for the California Coast 500.

Since 2012, Run Local has brought locally produced events to the San Francisco Bay Area celebrating its runners, artists, and the unique diversity of each region. The annual Bay Area series of events includes the Amazon San Jose 408K Race to the Row (February), San Jose Shamrock Run 5K & 10K (March), Silicon Valley Half (April), Across the Bay 12K & 5K (July) and The East Bay 510K – 5K & 10K (October). For more information, visit RunLocalEvents.com and join us on social @RunLocalEvents.

You can reach us at [email protected]. Thanks!