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Chimera "The Beast"
The Chimera is a figure out of Greek mythology. She is a fire breathing animal comprised of a lion, a goat, and a serpent... and those who have participated in her race refer to it simply as "THE BEAST"
***2018 Chimera 100 miler is a 2020 Western States 100 Qualifier.***
6am: RACE START for ALL Distances
The Chimera 100 Mile race takes place on a figure eight course that starts and finishes at Blue Jay Campground, located in the Trabuco region of the Cleveland National Forest. All races in the Forest are by permit of the USDA Forest Service. Blue Jay Campground is located 22 miles east of San Juan Capistrano, CA and 5 miles North of the Ortega Highway (RTE74). The 100M race has over 22,000' of elevation gain and is rated one of the toughest trail 100 Mile Races in the Country.
There are 18 well stocked Aid Stations, each captained by a veteran ultra runner, many of them RD's.
The views from the summit of Santiago Peak can be spectacular on a clear day. Included are the Queen Mary in Long Beach harbor, downtown Los Angeles, and the beach cities of the OC. The light shows at night can be extremely dramatic with the mountains surrounded by a sea of city lights. In a population of almost 10 million, fewer that 1/100 of a % of the people in the greater LA area have seen these views. As with any course in the National Forest, the course can be modified at any time if so dictated by the Forest Service.
We are restricted to 150 runners (including pacers) total. Pacing permission will be determined on a runner by runner basis - preference being given to the elderly, infirm, and distance virgins.
See website for add'l info > oldgoatraces.com. Race Packet Info available to registered runners.
ACTIVE duty only for military, police, fire fighters, and Chimera 100 Volunteers may receive a 25% discount. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the coupon code. Please indicate which branch of service, city, and department. Chimera volunteers may not transfer their entry to a non-volunteer.
Chimera takes place on trails in the Trabuco Wilderness and these trails are maintained by volunteers. We have implemented a service requirement for entry into the Chimera 100 miler. We are asking all entrants (including potential pacers) to donate at least six hours of trail maintenance on the Chimera trails OR if you are coming from out of the Orange, Riverside, LA or San Diego Counties, performing trail maintenance or other service in a National Forest is acceptable.
Local time: 3:27 PM
Because we understand the difficulty of scheduling and demands of traveling we will accept 'self certification'. A family hike on the trail picking up litter is recognized service, as is participating on a major trail rerouting.