Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the history of the Ahmanson 12K Trails?
A: 2015 was the inaugural year for the A12K Trails. Larry & Nancy Dervin founded Trail Run Events in 2003 and are producers of the Bulldog 50K Ultra Run & 25K Trail Run, Valley Crest Half Marathon and the Fool Moon 12/24 Hour Runs.
Q: Why 12K?
A: Larry and Nancy have been running the trails of Upper Las Virgenes Canyon/Ahmanson Ranch since 1992. The other events produced by Larry and Nancy are longish distances so they decided to bring a shorter trail run to the San Fernando Valley area as an introduction to trail running for those who otherwise wouldn't know that they have trails in their own backyard.
Q: What is the elevation gain and loss?
A: The gain and loss for this run is 700' each.
Q: Can I sign up on race day?
A: We highly encourage pre-registration; it will save a few bucks and guarantee your choice of shirt size. Race day registration will be from 7:00am to 7:55am. We will accept cash or credit cards; no checks please.
Q: Can I give (or sell) my entry to another person to use in my place?
A: Registration entries are NOT REFUNDABLE or TRANSFERABLE to another person or DEFERRABLE to another year.
Q: Where is race parking?
A: Participants should parallel park on Victory Blvd. Please turn your front wheels into the curb. Please observe quiet before 8:00am out of respect for the neighbors. Parking is free.
Q: What is the weather typically like on race day?
A: March in Los Angeles is typically mild and sunny, in the 70s. Heat waves are a rare possibility and temps could possibly get into the 90s. Rain is also possible and the event will go on, rain or shine.
Q: Is the course open to the public on race day?
A: Yes; although the race is permitted to use the trail, the course is not closed to public use on race day. Runners should be aware that they may encounter other trail users including equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers and runners.
Q: How is the course marked?
A: The course will be marked with surveyor ribbons and arrows on the ground. There is always a possibility of tampering with course markings which cannot be absolutely guaranteed. Always keep your eyes alert to your surroundings.
Q: Will I get lost on the race course?
A: It is unlikely that you will get lost during the race. Even if you notice you aren't seeing ribbons or arrows, you can always back-track to the last mark you saw; this will often help you pick up the next arrow or ribbon that you previously missed. Course sweepers will start out from the starting line and will sweep the course ribbons and arrows, always staying behind the slowest runner, so you will always be "found" so long as you stay with an arrow or ribbon.