SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016
This will be the last "official" training run for the Bulldog 50K/25K runs on August 27.
Coach Jimmy Dean Freeman has graciously offered to give a short coaching clinic on How to Handle the Heat. Please see below for information on attending this free clinic that will precede the start of the training run!
PLEASE READ ALL WARNINGS BELOW:
IN EXTREME HEAT, RUNNERS SHOULD...
- Freeze your bottles.
- Carry extra fluids.
- Wear iced bandana.
- Wet your clothing; pour extra fluids over your clothing.
- Wear shade hats, cotton sleeves, sunscreen.
- Slow down your pace to keep your internal temperature lower.
SMASH & DASH WARNING:
Warning to all who park at trailheads, lock your vehicles and do not leave anything in plain sight. Put bags, etc. in your locked trunk. Smash & Dash burglers look for anything they can grab quickly by smashing your window. They dont spend time looking through the vehicles, thus the name Smash & Dash.
READ ALL THE INFORMATION ON THE WEB PAGE. ESPECIALLY THE TRAIL GUIDELINES AND FAQS:
CHECK THE TRAIL RUN EVENTS BLOG ON THE NIGHT BEFORE EACH RUN IN CASE THERE HAS BEEN A LAST MINUTE CHANGE OR CANCELLATION DUE TO FIRE OR WEATHER.
REMINDER: This is a volunteer group and it is "free" to run with the gorup. That said, there are rules and recommendations as posted on the UltraLadies website. The course arrows are made by volunteers who are not responsible to babysit you or provide aid to you during the runs. You are running entirely at your own risk and if you arent willing to accept this risk, please do not join the run.
THIS RUN WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE!
DATE: Saturday, July 30
- Exit the 101 at Las Virgenes Road.
- Go South.
- Note: Can also be reached from PCH.
- Park on the NW side of Las Virgenes Road (this is before Mulholland Hwy when you are driving from the 101).
- Look for the large sign that says SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATION AREA.
- If coming from the 101, the sign will be on your RIGHT just before you come to the traffic light at Mulholland Hwy.
- Turn into the large parking area and park HEAD IN to save space for others.
BY ATTENDING THESE RUNS, YOU AGREE:
- That you are running at your own risk.
- That you are trained for and in shape for 4-6 hours of very hilly miles.
- That you are heat acclimated to run in high temperatures.
- That you will carry enough fluids, calories and electrolytes to sustain you through 4-6 hours of very hilly running.
- That you will run unsupported; finding your own way around the course.
- That you may encounter poison oak.
- That you will weat hats, visors, bandanas, sleeves and sun block.
- That you will not wear headphones while running on the course.
- That you will not little the trails.
- That you may enounter rattlesnakes and/or other wildlife.
- That you will not hold TRAIL RUN EVENTS or their owners, agents or volunteers responsible for injury or death to yourself resulting from your participation in these training runs.
- That you assume responsibility and expense for your own rescue and removal from the course should it be required. This includes, but is not limited to air evacuation.
ARROWS: Trails will be marked with minimal flour arrows. You will follow the same arrows-and-back if you are running longer mileage. There is no guarantee that you wont get lost. Hikers may erase the marks; other running clubs mark their own arrows; fatigue may cause you to miss an arrow. Pay attention to landmarks to avoid getting lost or consider carrying your own bottle of flour to make your own arrows to find your way back. Remember if you run ahead of the arrow marker, you will not have arrows to follow.
WATER/TOILETS: We will have a limited water stop at Corral Canyon (mile 7.5-ish). Ice will be available here also. Water is also available at the toilet when you come down into Tapia Park west (mile 14). Look for the concrete block toilet on your right when you come down the trail.
RUNNING INFO FOR SATURDAY, JULY 30:
6:30-6:45 - Parking outside the park. Be sure to lock your vehicles and do not leave items/bags in plain view.
6:45am - Walk into the park and meet in the large parking lot on your left side after you enter the gates.
7:00am - ENDURING THE HEAT talk by Coach Jimmy Dean Freeman will be held from 7:00-7:20 at the picnic tables.
7:25am - Group Photo followed by official start of training run.
RUNNING DISTANCE: Single loop is approximately 16-miles.
ULTRALADIES may run up to 5h30m; out-and-back, turn-around at 2h40m.
DIRECTIONS TO PRINT & CARRY ON THE RUN:
~Follow the paved road to the end of the parking lot on your left – mile 0.4.
~The start of the Bulldog Race is here at the driveway at the end of the parking
~Follow the paved road to the fire gate at the entrance to Craggs Road (across from the day use parking lot). Toilets are located in the parking lot on the left.
~Turn RIGHT onto Craggs Road – mile 0.7.
~Follow Craggs Road to the junction – mile 1.5 and continue RIGHT to the top of the hill overlooking Century Reservoir – mile 2.0.
~Continue down hill (porta potty on right). Continue straight to the river(bridge) – mile 2.6.
~Cross the river using the bridge and bear RIGHT. Take the narrow trail through
the dry creek that opens back up onto Craggs Road – mile 3.1.
~Coming out of the dry creek, stay on the main trail, past the MASH site, to the bottom of Bulldog Motorway (mile 3.4). Turn LEFT on Bulldog Motorway, go up hill.
~At the junction of Bulldog Lateral (approx. mile 4.4), bear LEFT, and continue up hill.
~Follow Bulldog Motorway to the top of Castro Crest – mile 7.1.
~Turn LEFT at the top of Bulldog Motorway and proceed down to Corral Canyon – mile 7.9 - Go through the locked fire gate, down to the parking lot.
~Leave Corral Canyon via Backbone Trail (aka Mesa Peak Motorway) to the southwest (to the left of the fire road straight in front of you). This trail goes up and over some very big rock formations. It soon opens up onto an unmaintained fire road (Mesa Peak Motorway).
~Continue along Mesa Peak Motorway (bear LEFT at Puerco Canyon fire road) all the way into Tapia Park (mile 13.9) - Water and toilets available at Tapia (water in the sink in bathroom). NOTE: Do not turn right on Puerco Canyon fire road.
~From the Tapia toilet, follow the trail LEFT; the trail immediately turns RIGHT and heads down to the paved service road. Cross the road and take the trail by the chain link fence down to the creek.
~Cross the creek and follow the trail up to the Tapia picnic area; follow the trail left along the parking lot and through the fire gate – mile 14.2.
~Continue on the dirt fire road to Spur Trail (mile 14.5). Cross over the paved driveway to pick up Spur Trail.
~Follow Spur Trail up and over the mountain and down the other side into Malibu Creek State Park – mile 15.5.
~Leave Spur Trail by running through the dirt parking lot and turn RIGHT and proceed along gravel road.
~Turn LEFT at the pavement (mile 15.9) and proceed to the locked fire gate at the river crossing (Craggs Road – mile 16.1.
~Continue on pavement past the Craggs Road fire gate to the ranger kiosk at park entrance – mile 16.4.
~Turn left on Las Virgenes Road to corner of Mulholland Highway.