The Old Goat 50 Mile / 50K Trail Race is a modified figure eight course that starts and finishes at Blue Jay Campground, located in the Trabuco region of the Cleveland National Forest. The camp is 22 miles east of San Juan Capistrano, Ca. and 5 miles North of the Ortega Highway (RTE74). The race has over 13,000 feet of elevation gain and is rated one of the toughest 50 mile trail races in the Country.
The first loop of the race takes place on a twenty mile technical single track that meanders down through oak and sycamore lined canyons and then up onto ridges high above the Ortega Corridor. It then descends from the ridge to the famous "Candy Store" aid station at mile 11. From the Candy Store the runners continue on the lollypop loop and return to Blue Jay. This time it's uphill!
From Blue Jay the race begins the first serious climb of the race, a 1000' journey up a narrow truck trail. The course then descends 2500' on a 5 mile rocky technical trail into the Mountain Community of Holy Jim Canyon, the half way point. From Holy Jim canyon the race again turns uphill, climbing 4,000' in the next 7.5 miles to the Summit of Santiago Peak, the highest point in the Santa Ana Mountains.
Although it's a 2000' net downhill from the Antenna Fields at Santiago peak to the finish, there is still 1500' of UP! The final miles of the race occur on the Main Divide Truck Trail with aid stations every 2.5 miles. Finishers are greeted in Blue Jay Campground with a full service BBQ grill that caters to everyones palate... including vegan and gluten free. Spectators and crews are invited to participate for a modest donation to Second Harvest of Riverside CA
The 50K takes place on 29 miles of the Old Goat 50 Mile course. It departs from the 50 Mile course at the bottom of Horsethief West and rejoins at the top on the North Main Divide. There is a 6 hour cut off at mile 21.
There is a 6 hour cut off at mile 20 and a 14 hour time limit for the full race.
Active duty 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.
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