A brief history of the the Toro XC course

(high-school & collegiate cross country running at Toro County Park, Monterey County, California)

  • 1968, July 17 - Sale Agreement resulting in county's acquisition of what became "Toro Regional Park"
    • Formerly was 1200 acres of Marks Ranch & 360 acres of the "Lewis Property"
  • 1970, November 25 - Use Permit for Toro Regional Park establishing the park as a "public recreation area"
  • 1973 - Earliest date found so far for an XC meet at Toro
  • Course 1A
    • 3 miles?
    • Further up the road than Course 1B and Course 3. Did not include Badger Flats.
    • Used by MTAL
    • Established at least by 1973 & used either for Alisal Invitational or Region IV meet.
      Could be the same as a course used at least until 1986, and possibly until 1994.
  • Course 1B
    • 3 miles?
    • Closer to the entrance than Course 1A
    • Used by MBL
    • Established at least by 1973 & used either for Region IV meet or Alisal Invitational
    • Could the same as a course used at least until 1986, and possibly until 1994.
  • Course 1C
    • 4 miles
    • Used at least in 1976 by MPC
  • Course 2
    • 3 miles?
    • Not much different to Course 3
    • Used by MTAL and MBL
    • Used perhaps from 1992 to 1994?
  • Course 3
    • 3 miles
    • Used by from 1995 to present day (2018) - 24 years and counting
    • Used by MTAL and MBL from 1995 to 2017, and by reorganized leagues (PCAL etc.) from 2018 onwards

The present course (2018) - "Course 3"

Compiled by Fred Watson, with history provided by:

  • Steve Watkins (PG coach; ran Toro course as early as 1973)
  • Cleve Thayer (Stevenson HS, coach from 1984)
  • Steve Peters (York HS, XC coach from 1986),
  • Mike Raggett (Santa Catalina HS, coach from 1994)
  • and hopefully also:
    • Jim Stireman (KC, from 1970s)
    • Alan Green (North Salinas, from late 1980s?)