Saturday, May 28, 2011 celebrates the 103rd anniversary and 45th running of the Mount Wilson Trail Race (MWTR). The 8.6 mile running race is a unique, historic event, revered by the Sierra Madre community and by the 300 plus competitors who return each year to measure themselves against the mountain. As the second longest run trail race in California, the Mount Wilson Trail Race is rich in history and has over the years developed strong ties to community members and organizations alike, making this event one looked forward to year after year.
8.6 mile course, begins and ends on pavement, in between it's a dirt path no more than 3 feet wide. Elevation gain of more than 2,100 feet. Turnaround point is at Orchard Camp, 4.3 miles from race start. Much of the race is on the Mt. Wilson Trail, with occasional vertical drop-offs of several hundred feet. Emergency support is stationed along the course to provide aid, if needed. Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops provide water at two locations, the 2.3 and the 4.3 (turnaround) mile marks.
Local time: 4:44 AM