Friday, January 24, 2014

January 25, 2014 (Saturday)  8:00 am Start Time           Post run pot luck! Read below for details!
Course preview:  Red leg, & White leg, total distance 15 miles (out & back)   Water provided at the Plum Canyon  aid station location & turnaround, mile 7.6. We will not run the 1st half mile of the red leg, as it is within the campground.  All runners welcome, ...race entry in NOT bring your running friends.  This training run will allow runners to run the Red Leg and the entire White Leg of the 50K course  The course will be marked very sparingly as this is an informal run!   You should print out a course map, and point to point description.  Both documents are on this site under the Race-Info tab.  The course will be marked sparingly, as this is an informal training run.  Water will be available at mile 7.5, then you will  turn around and run back to the parking area, via the same route.  
Drive 1/4 mile south of the campground store until you reach the large sign on your right which reads,  ANZA BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK.  A dirt road is on your left, and a sign which reads Pinyon Mountain Area.  Turn left at onto this dirt road...notice the pink ribbons which confirm you are at the correct location.  Drive about 100 yards to a large open area and park your car.    Your RD will be there to assist with parking at 7:30 am.   
The campground is at highway mile marker 21 on Highway S-2…also called Great Southern Overland  Route of 1849.   If you are using a navigation device, key in the campground address:  7878 HWY S-2   (Great Southern Overland  Route of 1849), Julian, CA 92036.   The campground is located 4 miles south of state HWY 78, along county HWY S-2. 
CELL PHONE coverage will be LOST…after you leave HWY 78, and begin driving south on S-2.
Remember, cell phone coverage is NOT dependable, hit & usually miss out here!
Post training run POT-LUCK at SHELTER VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.  So bring some favorite snacks to share.  Your Pot Luck Snacks will be collected pre run at the run staging area when you first arrive.  Your snack contribution will be delivered to the community center & available for eating as runners finish and make the short drive to the community center.   If the weather is chilly, windy, etc. this affords runners a chance to change clothes, relax, & socialize a bit before driving home!  Hot coffee, Hot chocolate, will be provided by Shelter Valley volunteers!  The Shelter Valley Community Center, post run pot luck location, is on Hwy S-2 between Mile Marker 19 and Mile Marker 20.

STAGECOACH TRAILS CAMPGROUND may cabins available that weekend, ranging from $30 to $55 depending upon if you require a kitchen & private bath, or wish to use the really clean campground restrooms & showers.  All cabins have bunks with mattress pads, and can sleep four persons.  Bring your own blankets & pillows.  Call them at 760-765-3765.  They also have sites for RV’s & tent camping…all with full hook ups!

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