Saturday, Oct 11, 2014

Man vs. Horse - Owens Peak

Indian Wells Brewin Co

Inyokern , CA 10m , Marathon, 50km , 10 Miler - Horse, Marathon - Horse

Registration closes: Wed, Oct 8 @ 11:59PM

10 Mile Course

You begin your journey at the base of Indian Wells Canyon (at Indian Wells Brewing CO.) The first 2 miles are easy going with a little sand and rock, the next two miles get gradually steeper and many will be reduced to a walk by the time you hit the first full aid station. After that it is an easy uphill grade to the highest point ~1300 feet above the start and a quick downhill four miles to the finish. This 10 miler is painfully-doable for off-road jogging strollers and speed demons alike. There are some moderate hill climbs that will not exactly help you log a new PR, but if you're looking for a 10 mile experience in a laid-back environment with plenty of aid, this is for you!

Marathon Trail Adventure

Aid Stations:
There are water stations are every two miles and full aid every four miles.

Marathon Course Description:
Starts the same as the 10 mile description above. After that you will head straight up Indian Wells canyon and will climb slowly and steadily (elevation gain of ~2,300) for 8 miles to the Owen's Peak trail head (there are a handful of steep sections but they are relatively short). The trail consists primarily of fire roads and Jeep trails. Trekking poles are permitted as this is a pretty extended climb. The terrain on this loop varies wildly and if you're doing it on horseback; shoes or hoof boots are required. If you're a barefoot runner, foot placement is key through about a mile of this leg as some loose rock will try to get to know you better. Once you hit the Owen's Peak Trail head high-five the aid station crew, take in the view, and make a B-line the final 8 miles back down the mountain, there will be a cold one waiting for you back at the brewery!

Here is where it gets a really exciting. First place wins cash! Odds favor the horse 16:1, but if you think you have what it takes, it will put $1,500 in your pocket!
If man is defeated and the equine variety wins, the rider of that fine animal will pocket $500.

50K Ultra Marathon

Aid Stations:

There are water stations are every two miles and full aid every four miles.

Course Description:
This option is for Runners only. Ultra runners will be sharing the course with the marathoners and the marathon horses, but there will not be any horses competing in this category. The Ultra course is essentially the same course as the marathon with a 5 mile northbound detour added to the mix. Complete this bad boy and 1st through 3rd in each age/gender division will receive a buckle

All finishers will receive finishers medals.

All participants will also be rewarded with a (fresh brewed on-site) beverage of their choice. Whether it is an Indian Wells Brewing Co micro-brewed masterpiece (bring your ID), locally brewed Rocket Fizz Soda, or artesian spring water served cold in a Desert Donkeys souvenir pint glass, and a custom shirt.

Local time: 7:18 AM


Jason Zehendner
Race Director