California > Leona Valley Trail Races Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Lake Hughes, CA • Saturday, October 5, 2013 • Course Map
Stretching more than 2,600 miles between the borders with Mexico and Canada, through Washington, Oregon and California, the Pacific Crest Trail attracts thousands of hikers, walkers, runners and horseback riders each year to a route that features terrain as widely varying as the Mojave Desert of Southern California to the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.
It's along a portion of this trail, in Southern California's Angeles National Forest, that runners will get to test their mettle and stamina at the Leona Valley Trail Races Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, all of which start in the small community of Lake Hughes, about an hour and a half's drive into the mountains north of Los Angeles.
Organized by Keira Henninger, one of the running world's most accomplished ultramarathon runners who also works as a race director for events like October's Los Pinos 50K trail race in California's Saddleback Mountains, the half marathon -- like the full marathon, 10K and 5K distances -- follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the Lake Hughes Community Center.
From there, the half marathon route takes runners on what is basically a U- or V-shaped route through the mountains of the Angeles National Forest, which spans roughly a thousand square miles across the mountains that lie just to the north of Los Angeles.
Runners follow Forest Route 750N south from the community center for roughly the first 3.4 miles down to the first aid station, at the intersection of 750N and Forest Route 6N04. There, they make a right turn and head west onto the Pacific Coast Trail, which they'll follow for roughly the next 3.3 miles.
Once runners reach the second aid station, at the turnaround point on Lake Hughes Road, they'll also have reached the mid-way point of the race (or actually just slightly past it). They'll then make the turn to retrace their steps along the trail they just ran through the mountains, taking in the gorgeous views of both the mountain peaks all around and the valley below as they make the long, gradual uphill back toward the intersection with Route 750N, and the third aid station.
The remainder of the race is all downhill from there, as runners head back down Route 750N toward the finish line back at the Lake Hughes Community Center. Runners who decide not to finish or otherwise drop out of the race should know they they must let the race officials know -- because they'll need to go out and search for anyone who starts and doesn't cross the finish line, so they'll need to know if a search isn't necessary.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the northern edge of the Angeles National Forest in Southern California, about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Lake Hughes typically sees October temperatures that average between 52°F and 75°F, and rainfall totals for the month that average just under half an inch.
On the day of the race (Oct. 5), the average low is 55°F and the average high is 80°F.
View the race route map for the Leona Valley Trail Half Marathon
7:00 AM - half marathon, full marathon
8:30 AM - 10K, 5K
$65 for the half marathon
$100 for the full marathon
$65 for the 10K
$45 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Lake Hughes's Leona Valley Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at UltraSignUp.com.
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