Shelter Valley Citizens’ Corporation and its race director, Larry Pustinger, pledge a fun, exciting, and memorable experience for every runner! The desert in spring displays its scenic wonders at their finest, and brings the most comfortable weather for running, camping, and other fun activities we have planned for you, your friends, and your family. Both courses lead you through Anza Borrego Desert’s most diverse and pristine lands. Temperatures range from the low 40's overnight, to daytime highs in the low 70's. The nearby heights of the Laguna and Cuyamaca mountains often stop spring rains from reaching the sheltered basin of our event. Rain “up there” brings rainbows "down here" to our desert valley.
Local time: 4:33 AM
Your adventure includes sharing ancient trails with the ghosts of the Kumeyaay People, this region's earliest known residents. Travelers and adventurers of yesteryear also included: Spanish colonials, explorers & settlers from Mexico, Kearney's Army of the West (guided by the legendary old west scout, Kit Carson), and the Mormon Battalion. During the famous gold rush era, prospectors and settlers often chose this southern overland route to reach California and its fortunes! Many came via the Birch or Butterfield Stage lines, from St. Louis via Santa Fe, and El Paso! "Catch the Spirit", come run in their tracks and enjoy the lands which gave them all renewed hope and shelter.
Old West Trails 50K & 30K courses are welcoming, and runner friendly. We expect numerous, new personal records will be achieved by participants! Over the entire 50K course, runners will experience only 2500 feet of gain and loss! The 30K course is considerably less “daunting”. Generous time allowances are provided to encourage runners who are new to trails, and geezers (like your race director) to come on down and join the fun! All participants will receive a ‘magic’ trophy shirt. Finishers in both events will receive a completion award. Additional awards in the 50K will be presented for overall 1st Woman & 1st Man. The 50K will also present awards to the 1st Woman, and 1st Man in each of the following age groups: Under 30 yrs., Over 30 & under 40yrs., Over 40 & under 50yrs., Over 50 & under 60yrs., Over 60 & under 70yrs., Over 70 & under 80yrs (Geezer Division). Overall winners are excluded from age group awards. More age groups will be added if we are fortunate enough to need them!