A local cult classic, especially among the mud-slinging, puddle-stomping, hill-climbing trail monsters around the area. This race is one of my favorites – I’ve done the ‘Black’ race 5 or 6 times. I won’t be doing the ‘Black’ race this year since I’m on the uphill slope of recovery from a leg injury that I incurred in a race at approximately 6:21 AM on June 7, 2014. I might come out for the ‘Blue’ race, but I won’t be setting any personal records.
The ‘Black’ race is 6.5-ish miles. Uphill (and I mean UPHILL) for 3 miles or so and then, as they say, it’s all (pretty much) downhill. About a mile on paved road, then 2.5 miles or so switchback trails, then gravel road and trails. I can’t speak too much for the ‘Blue’ race which is 2.6-ish miles, but it’s a similar mix of surfaces.
The venue and amenities can’t be beat. Southcliff is a great place for a race and the event features some of the best post race food you’ll find (and beer).
The Black race starts at 9 AM and the Blue race starts at 9:05. Online registration at imAthlete.