Alternate Fire Course Info
12/15/18 Race Info:
Below is all of the info for the upcoming race in Griffith Park on Dec 15th (this is the replacement race for Paramount Ranch). A link to very detailed maps for each distance can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.
This is a 6.3 mile loop course. Each distance you go adds an additional loop. The half marathon is just a tiny bit short. After each loop you will come back through the finish line, and have the option to continue on or stop and get an official finish for the distance you ran. This race will be chipped time so we will know how many times you come through the start/finish. It's totally ok to drop down a distance. Just don't forget to confirm with timing when you decide to stop at the finish if you drop down a distance.
The 50k will start at 6am. All other distances will start together at 7am. You all have until 3:30pm to finish any distance. If you are a marathoner and would like to have the full 9.5 hours to finish that is no problem at all. Just pick up your bib on race morning, and right before you start let timing know you are starting early with the 50k runners at 6am. Timing will be sitting at the start/finish line.
**Please do not take the early start time option unless you chase cut off's, and need the extra time.
Check in will begin for the 50k at 5:15am. For those not starting at 6am for the 50k distance you have until 6:45am to check in, and get your bib. You do not need your ID to check in. Bib pick up will be at the start/finish line.
Each loop will have two aid stations, and one also at the start finish so if you are doing any distance farther than the 10k you will have three aid station's per loop. Aid stations will have GU gels, GU chomps, Fluid electrolyte drink, Salt Pills, Bananas, Oranges, water, PB&J's, and tons of sweet and salty snacks. The aid stations are about 2.5 miles apart. I would still suggest carrying some sort of handheld water bottle as this loop is not flat. It has a good one mile hill climb on each loop. You are not required to carry water, but I would still kindly suggest it. My favorite handhelds are by Nathan Sports: https://www.nathansports.com/hydration/hydration-handhelds
Course description/terrain: This course is not technical at all. It's ran entirely on smooth groomed double track fire roads. The first mile of this course is tree lined. Mile 1.5 has a big one mile climb, and then sweeping downhills after that. This course has almost 2 miles of big downhill running in the middle section of each loop. The last mile of each loop is gently rolling with a little bit of flat pavement through the old zoo area, and past all the cool old cages. Each loop has roughly 150 more feet of gain per loop than Paramount had, but almost three times the amount of down hill. In my opinion it's not much harder as Paramount tended to always be very muddy, and very rocky. You will not have those issues on this new course at all.
Bathrooms: There are bathrooms at the start/finish so you will hit these after each loop.
To get to the start line you can use my directions below, and also the google map link. Once you enter the park look for my A-Frame signs w/blinky lights directing you to the start line.
*Coming from the 5 north exit at Griffith Park Drive. Follow the exit until it dead ends at the stop sign which will be Crystal Springs Drive. Go right. Drive about a 1/2 mile to your next stop sign and go left(look for my sign). Drive up to the top of the road, and turn right into the parking lot. Follow my parking volunteers on where to park.
*Coming from the 5 south exit at Los Feliz Blvd. Make sure to stay right at the fork, and merge onto Los Feliz Blvd west. Stay to the right, an dthen make your first right onto Crystal Springs drive into Griffith Park. Stay straight at the first stop sign (look for my signs). Drive to yoru 2nd stop sign, and go left(look for my sign). Drive up to the top of the road, and turn right into the parking lot. Follow my parking volunteers on where to park.
Google map link to Merry go round parking lot #2: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Merry+Go+Round+Lot+Two,+Los+Angeles,+CAemail@example.com,-118.2859634,637m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x80c2c08ef1efc2d1:0x6cef0c00026a22af!2sGriffith+Park+Merry-Go-Round!8m2!3d34.1326929!4d-118.2837747!3m4!1s0x80c2c08f2972b933:0x5ab323f8c54bd9a5!8m2!3d34.1340138!4d-118.2850937