Santa Barbara Endurance Run - SB100® Kilometer
The 8th annual SBER™ will start at Westmont College; located in the foothills of Montecito, and finish at the Santa Barbara Jr. High, located 5 blocks from State Street and the Funk Zone located in downtown Santa Barbara. Both ironic locations for endurance athletes questing to complete one of Southern California’s premier coastal mountain range 100-kilometer endurance running events.
Local time: 2:05 PM
Proceeding the mandatory athlete, pacer and crew briefing, SBER (100k, marathon and heavy half) athletes will depart promptly at 6:45am from the Murchison Gymnasium, the run start with a ¾ mile paved road paced roll-out, upon arrival at Cold Springs Trail athletes will embark on a well-marked, and relatively easy to navigate route comprised of trails, fire roads and intermittent sections of road. Sufficient measures have been taken to provide ample support and ensure the athlete’s and pacer’s safety. SB 100® hosts 9 staffed and provisioned aid stations, including Porta Potties and HAM communications, and 4 locations to utilize personal Drop Bags.
The route; laden with relentless technical ascents and flowing long descents. Interspersed, are several sections of canopy with flowing creeks the athlete should take advantage of to cool and replenish themselves from the soaring temperatures. The landmarks and tourist attractions that attracted athletes from around the globe will quickly be outdone by breathtaking scenery they will encounter while traversing the Santa Ynez Mountain Range; one of only a few transverse (East to West) orientation mountain ranges in the contiguous United States, boasting dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands Marina Sanctuary to the south and the vast expanse of the Dick Smith Wilderness to the north; highlight a course filled with unique topography, including oak savannas and deep canyons all set against the backdrop of one of the most magnificent coastlines in the world. SB100® Kilometer athletes will complete their journey with a 3.8 mile run that descends through the Mission Canyon and Riviera communities, then past the historic Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden to reach SB Jr. High School, this portion of the SBER route is predominantly paved road, side walk with intermittent sections of urban trail.
Some words of caution for the Ultra-marathoner:
SB100® Kilometer will challenge athletes of all caliber to their core, some will finish, many will not! These are likely reasons the ultra-running athlete keeps coming back for more. Few 100 kilometers require the operational expertise needed to ensure a successful finishing result. All portions of SBER are hosted on a “Open Couse” and shall not barricaded nor managed with traffic control personal. Please carefully consider the reasons and qualifications for electing to attempt the SB100® Kilometer endurance run.
Robert Gilcrest Founder/ Director