Tough Mugu 25K


Jul 20, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Tough Mugu 25K

9000 Pacific Coast Hwy

Malibu CA, 90265


Entry Fee $90
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $155
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: yes


  • 25K
  • 5M

Type: Trail

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 100%

First Year of the Event: 2019


Canceled 2021.
About the Race
If you enjoyed the challenge and post-race atmosphere of the Tough Topanga 10k, you’ll love the brand new Tough Mugu 25k Trail Run. Featuring single-track climbing up the famous Ray Miller Trail, fire roads traversing ridges of the Santa Monica Mountains, ocean views from mountainside trails, and the steep climb up to Mugu Peak, it’s competitive fun for everyone!

This classic trail run offers a cash prize purse for Age Group Athletes, and a “Downhill Flyer” time bonus. Finisher medals, overall winners and age group awards are handcrafted by local artists, the shirts are soft, a sweet design, and fit specific to men, women, and children, and you get official bragging rights for next year’s event.

Be part of the Hiker’s Delight watch the runners start and finish while you head up the mountain on a fully-supported hike.

Kids can run the Junior Tough Mugu 1-mile race, and earn prize money, too!

Enjoy hard-earned breakfast burritos after the race, check out the exhibitors at the post-race festival, or make runner friends in the beer garden while embellishing race stories. There’ll be plenty of breakfast and places to sit for everyone. Cheer on the future of trail running as kids run the Junior’s race and stick around for the awards ceremony honoring the toughest runners. Maybe even get lucky and win a giveaway from an amazing event sponsor!

This event benefits 1% For The Planet and California State Parks. A great effort is made to partner with the amazing, local businesses of Malibu, California.

The Schedule
Race Times:
6:00 am – Check-in/Registration Opens
7:00 am – Tough Mugu 25k & Hiker’s Delight Starts
10:00 am – Junior Tough Mugu 1-mile Starts

Post Race:
8:45 am – Beer Garden Opens
9:00 am – Runners’ Breakfast Served
10:15 am – Award Ceremony

The Goods
In addition to the numerous giveaways and raffles provided by the amazing Tough Mugu Sponsors, all runners and hikers get:
– Male/Female/Youth Soft Cotton T-Shirt
– Finisher Medal hand-made by local artist
– Race Bib designed by local artist
– Post-Race Photo Portrait
– Runners’ Breakfast
– Access to Beer Garden (21+) and 2 Free Beers

The Awards
CASH Prize Purse for Age Group Awards (male & female):
1st – $75
2nd – $50
3rd – $25
– Under 16 year olds
– 16-19 year olds
– 20-29 year olds
– 30-39 year olds
– 40-49 year olds
– 50-59 year olds
– 60-69 year olds
– 70 year olds and Up

Custom Overall Awards created by local artist (male & female):
– Top 3 of the Junior Tough Mugu 1-mile
– Top 3 of the Tough Mugu 25k
– Fastest Youth Runner (under 18 years old) of the Tough Mugu 25k
– Fastest Master Runner (over 39 years old) of the Tough Mugu 25k

“Top 5” Finisher Technical Shirt for the Overall Fastest Finishers (male & female). The five fastest men and women of the Tough Mugu 25k are selected. Represent and defend your title next year!

$$ Prizes
You don’t have to be an elite runner to take home the cash! Just be faster than everyone else (and be present at the Award Ceremony)!!

CASH Prize Purse for Tough Mugu 25k Age Groups plus Awards (male & female):
1st – $75
2nd – $50
3rd – $25
– Under 16 year olds
– 16-19 year olds
– 20-29 year olds
– 30-39 year olds
– 40-49 year olds
– 50-59 year olds
– 60-69 year olds
– 70 year olds and Up

In spirit of the Tough Topanga, the fastest, final 5k descent will be timed.
$200 “Downhill Flyer” Bonus for the fastest downhillers in the Tough Mugu 25k (male & female).

$50 to the winner of the Kid’s Junior Tough Mugu 1-Mile Trail Run.

Course Description
All Tough Mugu events start at La Jolla Group Campground, in Point Mugu State Park.

The Tough Mugu 25k course has all the elements of ideal, Southern California mountain running! Winding up from sea level, the famous Ray Miller Trail, leads the race above the coastline and onto mountain top fire roads, rolling valleys, and chaparral forest single track. Near the halfway point, the burning climb up Mugu Peak rewards runners with epic views of the Channel Islands and Boney Mountain, before braving the technical descent. The final 5k cruises back down the Ray Miller switchbacks, determining who the true “Downhill Flyers” are.

The 25k course is equipped with four, fully-stocked aid stations and climbs a total of 2,601 feet.

The Junior Tough Mugu 1-mile race has elements of the Tough Mugu 25k, but after a short climb into La Jolla canyon, runners return downhill and surge down a technical single-track to the finish line, with cheering spectators.

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

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

Packet Pick-Up
All runners and hikers will check in at La Jolla Group Campground on race morning. Registration opens at 6:00am.

Directions & Parking
Directions & Parking

The Tough Mugu is located at La Jolla Group Campground in Point Mugu State Park.

Parking is FREE on PCH.
There is no parking in the La Jolla Canyon parking lot.

If coming from the South (Malibu):
– Turn North on Pacific Coast Highway until Thornhill Broom Campground
– Park diagonally on right side of road
– Keep off the road, behind the white line

If coming from the North (Ventura):
– Turn South on Pacific Coast Highway until Thornhill Broom Campground
– Park parallel on right side of road
– Safely U-Turn and park on inland side of road
– Keep off the road, behind the white line

Obey traffic laws, keep all wheels off the road, observe any “No Parking” signs, and respect the volunteer parking team.

Volunteers are awesome! Whether you are a local looking for a way to spend the morning, have family members running or hiking, or are a group that is expert at volunteering, there is a way to help!!

You’ll get:
– Free Entry into the 2020 Tough Mugu or 2020 Tough Topanga
– Tough Mugu Volunteer Shirt
– Warm Breakfast & Coffee
– Community Service Hours
– Support kids and adults alike
– Beautiful morning in nature
– 50% off the Bulldog Ultra

Please email [email protected] for more information.

ACTIVE military, police, and fire fighters may receive a $10.00 discount.

Email [email protected] for the coupon code. Please indicate which branch of service, city, and department. ID required at check-in.

Any men running under 40:00 minutes and women running under 45:00 minutes in the 2019 Tough Topanga 10k will receive 25% off the 2019 Tough Mugu 25k.

If you are a Race Director and would like to participate in the 2019 Tough Mugu, please email [email protected].

Volunteers at the 2019 Tough Mugu will receive a free entry to the 2020 Tough Topanga 10k or 50% off the 2019 Bulldog Ultra.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Jul 20, 2024

Held on Jul 22, 2023

Held on Jul 23, 2022

Held on Sep 11, 2021

Held on Jul 25, 2020

Held on Aug 10, 2019

Event Results