Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lost Boys desert training run February 27, 2016

Come check out the lower desert section of the Lost Boys 50 Mile course. All are welcome to participate, even if you are not planning to run the LB50.
  • WHEN: Saturday February 27, 2015. 7:00AM
  • WHERE: We will meet at the "Blaire Valley Aid Station" along the S2 highway at Green highway mile marker 24.  From there we will carpool to the start line of the LB50 at Pinyon Wash (which is at white highway mile marker 81 along Highway 78).

    Here is a map of the trail-head meeting place:

  • DISTANCE/RUN DESCRIPTION: From Pinyon Wash we will run the first 18 miles of the course ending back at our cars at the Blaire Valley Aid Station. The open desert stretch will be marked with ribbon but the dirt roads/trails will likely not be marked.
  • Print or save to your phone the turn-by-turn directions on the maps page
  • Also the Drive Directions page describes how to get to the Blaire Valley Aid Station.
  • Water will be dropped at the Pinyon Mountain Valley Aid Station location (12 miles into the run)
  • RSVP: Yes, since we are carpooling an RSVP is required Click here.

Hope to see you there!
Questions, please contact the Race Director:
Brian Gonzales

Monday, January 11, 2016

Old West Trails Free "Sneak Preview" Training Run Dates

Two New Training Run Dates....Mark you calendars!
Each run is followed by a delicious “Dutch Treat” social at our venue's new Deli & Store!   

Saturday, January 30, 7:30 am   16 miles, water at mile 8.....1st half of 50K
Saturday, February 6, 7:30 am    18 miles, water at mile 9.... 2nd half of 50K on 30K course

“Sneak Previews” Open to all runners, is complimentary….registration is NOT required!   BUT...registration is open 

Maps, elevation profiles, point to point descriptions available at link:

Both previews begin and end at our race venue:

Stagecoach Trails Horse Camp & RV Resort
7878 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849          
Julian, CA 92036     RSVP:
Follow signs in campground to Old West free parking location.

Matthew & Geezer Larry, RD's     RSVP:    RSVP

Friday, January 1, 2016

Lost Boys 50 training run - January 23, 2016

Come check out the last 20 mile of the Lost Boys 50 course - rain, snow or shine. This will be a good opportunity for those running the race and also their pacers to see what they're in for!

The new rerouted Cold Spring Trail

There are a few slight changes to the course this year and we will check out the changes on this run.

All are welcome to join even those that are not planning to run the Lost Boys 50. Remember that each person is responsible for themselves, we will not be keeping track of who is where and we encourage runners to run in pairs.

    • When: Saturday January 23, 2016. Launch at 7:00AM
    • No need to RSVP
    • Total Miles: Approximately 20 miles (with a couple shorter options).
    • Water: Water will be dropped at West Mesa (approximately 6 miles into the run). So carry enough for the final 14 mile stretch.
    • Training Run Details: We will start and finish off the official course but 95% of this run will be on the official Lost Boys course. Leaving Big Bend we will head East until we meet Stonewall Creek Fire Road (mile 33.8 in the race). We will turn right here and follow the race course and loop all the way around to Marty Marshall trail (MMT). At MMT we'll continue straight to finish back at Big Bend.  
    • See the Maps page for turn-by-turn directions of the course and especially the TRAINING RUN MAP.
    • You can cut the miles short in a few places as follows:
      • When we arrive at West Mesa you can cross the highway then instead of continuing west on the LB50 course you can turn right (leaving the LB50 course) onto the West Side Trail. Stay right and follow the signs to the Paso Picacho Campground, then run north along the highway for a couple miles back to Big Bend. This option is a bit confusing so you should only consider it if you know the area.
      • Another place to cut out a few miles is before you get to the top of Cuyamaca peak, you can turn right onto Conejos Trail and just continue on this all the way down to Milk Ranch Road (this skips the Cuyamaca peak aid station).
      • Another option would be at the Milk Ranch Road aid station you can just stay on the dirt road heading east instead of heading up Middle Peak. This will cut out a climb and about 3 miles.
    • Where: Meet at "Big Bend." (AKA Milk Ranch Road). This is the big turn in Highway 79:
      0.8 miles SOUTH of the Cuyamaca Lake Store
      1.7 miles NORTH of Paso Picacho Campground
Let me know if you have any questions. See you on the trails.
Brian Gonzales, Lost Boys 50 Mile - RD

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

PCT Run Saturday, December 19th @ 7 a.m.

PCT SURF Club run is this Saturday, December 19th @ 7 a.m. This month we will meet along Old Highway 80 just outside Boulder Oaks Campground. We will run south along the PCT towards Lake Morena. Out and back, so distance is up to you. Bring your own food/fuel, although if you go as far as Lake Morena (6 miles), there is water there.  

Directions: Interstate 8. Exit Buckman Springs Road. Turn right off exit. Go to the Stop Sign/Blinking Light and turn left onto Old Highway 80. Proceed east for 1.25 miles. You will see parking area just after crossing a small bridge.  

All are invited, whether SURF members or not.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Old West Trails Free Training Runs

Howdy Buckaroos & Buckarettes!
Followed by a delicious “Dutch Treat” social at the BRAND NEW campground Deli& Store!  (sample menu attached)  
Saturday, December 12, 7:30 am             16 total miles…featuring 1st half of 50K (out & back)
Saturday, January 9th, 2016… 7:30 am    18 total miles…featuring 30K & 2nd half of 50K (out & back)
“Sneak Previews” Open to all runners, as a complimentary courtesy….registration is NOT required!   BUT...registration is open
Maps, diagrams, elevation profiles, point to point narratives, are available under “RACE INFO” at:   Bring copies to help you ‘find your way’….Only intersections will be sparsely marked on the “preview” runs. 
Both of the above “course previews” will have a water/cookie station at their midway turn around points…compliments of Shelter Valley’s “magic” volunteers and radio operators!
Both previews begin and end at our race venue:
Stagecoach Trails Horse Camp & RV Resort
7878 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849          
Julian, CA 92036     RSVP:
Follow signs in campground to Old West free parking location.

Matthew & Geezer Larry, RD's     RSVP:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

PCT Trail Run - Saturday, November 21st @ 7 a.m.

PCT trail group run this Saturday, November 21st.  Meet at Penny Pines @ 7 a.m.  We will run south along the PCT towards Desert View.  Out and back so you can go as short/long as you like. I will put water out at mile 6.  All are invited.  I hope to see you there!

Monday, October 12, 2015

PCT Run -- This Saturday, October 17 @ 7 a.m.

This is the first of what will be monthly runs along different sections of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Out-and-back—so distance is totally up to you—and easy to navigate.  All single track.  Fast or slow, the format is perfect for everyone, whether you're in training, tapering, or just wanting to have some fun. 

The PCT runs will be held the 3rd Saturday of the month, unless there is a conflict with a race date or something else comes up.  These runs are being sponsored by the S.U.R.F. club, but all are welcome to participate!

October 17:    Meet at Sunrise Highway parking area.  7 a.m.   We will be heading south on the PCT towards Kwaaymii Point. I will try to leave some water at Kwaaymii Point (a little over 6 miles out), but please be prepared to carry whatever you'll need.

Directions: I-8 East. Exit Sunrise Highway.  Left off exit.  Go approximately 20 miles.  Parking lot is on the west side of the road, just past mile marker 34.  From the north: Hwy. 78 through Julian.  Turn right onto Hwy. 79 towards Cuyamaca.  Left onto Sunrise Highway.  Parking lot will be on the right, shortly after mile marker 34.5.