Thursday, March 26, 2015

PCT Run - This Saturday, March 28 at 7AM

We will meet at 7 a.m. this Saturday, March 28, at the start/finish location for the PCT 50 on Old Highway 80, just outside Boulder Oaks Campground.  Out and back, so distance is up to you.  I will put water out at the 4 mile mark.

Directions: I-8 East.  Exit Buckman Springs.  Turn right off exit, then a quick left at the Stop Sign onto Old Highway 80.  Drive east approximately 1.2 miles (parallel to I-8).  Park across from the trail head.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lost Boys 50 Upper Section 4/4/2015

We're checking out the last 20 mile of the Lost Boys 50 course. This will be a good opportunity for those running the race and also their pacers to see what they're in for!

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 April 4, 2015. 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 33.3 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 couple 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.
      • A second 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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Unofficial PCT50 Training Run

A few of us are going out to run the first 8 and essentially the last 8 of the PCT50 course on Sunday morning 3/15 at 8AM.

If you are free and looking for someone to run with we will be meeting at Boulder Oaks(start of PCT50) at 7:45 ish.

The pace will be average to moderate, and it is expected to get VERY hot, you should carry enough water to get through 16 miles.

No need to RSVP, unless you feel obligated to, I just figured I'd put it out there if people wanted to join, the more the merrier!!

Matt Whalen

Monday, March 2, 2015

Oriflamme training run this Saturday, March 7.  Meet 7:00 a.m. at start/finish location for the race (Sunrise trailhead parking area @ mile 34.2 on Sunrise Highway).  
If you Google Map “14833 Sunrise Highway, Julian, CA” you will get a pretty good idea of where the start/finish is located.

We will cross the highway and access the connector trail to the PCT, then head north on PCT for 3 miles until we hit Mason Valley Truck Trail, then turn right and drop down into Oriflamme Canyon.  Out and back so you can go as long or as short as you want.  There is no water on the course, so be prepared and carry what you need.

Let me know if you think you can make it.  Thanks.

John Martinez
RD, Oriflamme 50K