New Dates & Times
The BLU 2020 race has been rolled to BLU 2021 and the new dates are April 8-11, 2021. The 67 hour race is now a 72 hour race and will start Thursday April 8, 2021 at 8:30 AM. The 48 hour race, along with the 100 mile race, will start April 9, 2021 at 8:30 AM. All other races will start April 10, 2021 at 8:30 AM. All 2020 runners have been rolled to 2021 with 100% deferral credit.
Even MORE Fun Activities for 2021
Thank you for your interest in the Beyond Limits Ultra. Over the last 7 years, thanks to loyal runner support, this race has raised over $100,000 for the non-profit Pathfinder Ranch. On behalf of the thousands of kids a year who visit Pathfinder Ranch, THANK YOU! As veteran BLU runners will attest, there is something magical about this 8th annual reunion of ultra runners and their families. The event sold-out the last two years and nearly 70% of last year's runners were repeat BLU runners. Known for being the best family and crew friendly multi-day race around, we have added even more family friendly activities for 2020 and to accommodate as many folks as possible, we have again rented all available bunkhouse cabins.
Like last year, in addition to free canoeing and archery offered on multiple days, we will have Horseback riding sessions on both Thursday and Friday for a small pass-through fee of $39 per session. NEW FOR 2020.....Runners will be able to register their kids, and/or family/crew members for a 90 minute Astronomy class where a Pathfinder staff will teach about constellations and participants will view the sky with telescopes. But wait, there's more new fun for 2020! Pathfinder Ranch will also offer a 90 minute Nature/Adventure Hike class. Participants will visit Pathfinder's Nature Center (a building runners have never been inside of), meet a bunch of reptiles, a chinchilla and other animals, bugs, etc. After spending time in the Nature Center, Pathfinder staff will lead participants on a nature hike to the top of the hill overlooking Pathfinder. The classes will be available for $15 per class, or $25 for both. With the exception of the 50K and 50M races, ALL RACE REGISTRATIONS INCLUDE on-site lodging in heated bunkhouse cabins (with hot showers) and 2 full meals per day catered by the Pathfinder culinary team (this is in addition to the abundance of aid station food provided). On-site lodging for crew, family, friends and 50K/50M runners can be purchased for $45 per night during the online registration process and offered on a first come, first registered basis. Two Pathfinder culinary team catered meals per day are included in the $45 fee. Extra bunkhouse spots are very limited and are purchased during the online registration process. We will again be bringing back the portable hot tub in 2020, along with a new selection of movie classics to be played on our 100 inch outdoor movie screen.
There are no boundaries at Pathfinder Ranch, one of Southern California’s premier educational sleep away camps! Push beyond your perceived limits on 72 private acres of wildlife preserve and surrounding forest meadows situated southwest of Palm Springs in the San Jacinto Mountains at a comfortable altitude of 4,500 feet with less than 40 feet of gain/loss per 2 mile lap. Now entering its 8th year, the Beyond Limits Ultra (BLU) has established itself as arguably the most unique loop ultra event in the entire country.
What makes this two mile loop event so unique? How about a big runner sleepover where runners sleep on-site, only feet away from the course, in bunk style heated cabins with hot showers. Multi-day races are hard enough, so why not skip the frost covered frozen tent and take your breaks in comfortable warmth. In addition to running, you’ll be reliving your camping youth as you and your fellow runners, family and crew enjoy mixing it up with the farm animals and horses, canoeing around the lake, slinging arrows on the archery range, riding horses, and of course making s’mores by the campfire. Did we mention the course meanders all through the ranch where you can keep yourself pleasantly distracted by watching crew and friends enjoy camp activities as you click-off mile after mile? Of course you will meet dozens of farm animals and horses on the course and pass one of the most lively aid stations ever assembled every two miles - complete with a portable hot tub, a 100-inch outdoor movie screen and two new heating fire pits for 2020. While we are known for having a top of the line aid station, we augment our daily food offerings by having Pathfinder’s culinary team provide two cafeteria meals (breakfast & dinner) each day and yes, the course runs right next to the cafeteria. Not to worry, we still cook up lunch at the aid station, as well as on-demand meals throughout the whole event and of course we will have our own unique goodies like frozen grapes, popsicles, snow cones and M&M pancakes. Whether you are running the 72/48/24 hour races, 100 mile, 50 mile, or 50K races, you will be treated like a VIP by your fellow ultra running RD’s and their incredible volunteers.
And by the way, if you happen to love race bling, this event is for you! Every runner who toes the starting line receives a large medal, along with a high-end sublimated tech shirt and a goodie bag stuffed full of fun stuff. Everyone who completes 100 miles or more, in ANY race, receives a newly designed 100 mile buckle for 2020, while 200+ mile finishers will receive the 200 mile buckle we created last year. This race sold-out the last two years, so take advantage of the best value in multi-day ultra running and register today.
The 100 mile race has a 36 hour time limit, while the 50K and 50 mile race have a 24 hour time limit.
72 Hour, 48 Hour, 24 Hour and 100 mile registration Includes: on-site bunk style lodging in heated bunkhouse cabins with warm showers, along with twice daily catered meals from Pathfinder’s Culinary team (served in the course-side cafeteria), aide station food, high-end sublimated tech shirt, swag bag, medals and buckles for 100+ and 200+ mile finishers. Not only do you have your cabin bunk during the entire race, but you also have the bunk the night before your race, so sleep in and wake up just feet from the course! Registration also includes camp activities (canoeing, archery, campfires, etc.) for you and your crew to enjoy. Since the 100 mile race now starts on Friday, 100 mile runners will receive free lodging on Thursday and Friday night. 100 mile runners have the option of purchasing an extra night of lodging on Saturday night for $45 if they want to stick around after their race and enjoy watching the other races finish on Sunday. A registration that includes your lodging and tons of old school camping experiences – how cool is that?!?!
Local time: 5:50 AM
50 Mile and 50K registration Includes: high-end sublimated tech shirt, finishers medal, swag bag, aide station meals and camp activities (canoeing, climbing wall, campfires, etc). 50 Mile and 50K runners are also eligible to purchase bunk house spots.
Crew, family, 50 Mile & 50K lodging spots: A limited number of bunks will be reserved for family and crew, along with 50 Mile and 50K runners, and will be available on a first come, first served basis at a cost of $45/night per night (breakfast and dinner included). Due to high demand, there is a 2-night minimum when purchasing extra bunkhouse spots (except for 100 milers who can purchase a post race Saturday night stay)