California > California Gold Rush Marathon & Half Marathon
Las Flores, CA
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Part of a series of road and trail running race events hosted by Charlie Alewine Racing, a California-based racing organization that stages what it calls "affordable, low-key" racing events throughout the year in and around the Los Angeles area, the California Gold Rush Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners on a challenging trail run through the hills of Las Flores and Rancho Santa Margarita, cities set here in the hilly terrain surrounding Trabuco Creek, just a short drive southeast of Los Angeles.
From the starting line near the Dove Canyon waterfall, at the corner of Dove Canyon Drive and Plano Trabuco, runners follow a course that runs southward along the area trails known as the Bell Canyon and Bell Ridge trails, which run roughly parallel to Sycamore Canyon Drive for the first two miles. Those running the half marathon follow the route all the way down through Caspers Wilderness Park to the turnaround point at the mid-way point of the half marathon, where the trail meets the Wagon Wheel Hiking and Riding Trail and the South Bell Trail.
After the turnaround, runners then head all the way back along the route they've just run, northward back up to the finish line where they started the race, at Dove Canyon Drive. A challenging course, the race features an overall elevation gain of 1,600 feet for the half marathon, and the trails consist of what the organizers describe as "well-groomed" horseback riding trails and fire roads through the hills just along the edge of Caspers Regional Park, and within sight of the Cleveland National Forest to the east.
Those running the half marathon run the out-and-back trail route once, while those running the full marathon run the route a second time. Runners are also encouraged to bring water with them for the race, as the event will have an aid station at the start and finish line but not out on the trail. The race is limited to 25 runners.
Weather & Climate
Nestled among the rolling hills of Southern California's Orange County, roughly 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the city of Rancho Santa Margarita typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather in the mid-winter season, and usually sees its wettest weather in January, February and March. In January, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 66°F and 47°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.9 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot in the winter 2011 running of Los Flores's
California Gold Rush Marathon or Half Marathon, print out and mail in register online at Active.com.
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