Why OC Trail Runs?

Southern California Trail Races  – Why OC Trail Runs?

Fun Run

Fun Run

Why did OC Trail Runs come along? There are options in Southern California Trail Races. The first thing to note is that there are all sorts of organized runs from fun runs to trail races. Fun runs and road races can generally be run the full way by participants. IF you train, you probably won’t walk except for Dixie Cups of water or for selfies. Some fun runs involve dress up themes, night time light runs, color runs, zombie runs and who knows what.

 

 

Mud Runs

Mud Runs

Adventure or Obstacle Runs – Spartan, Gladiator, Mud, and Battlefrog are a partial list of these types of  runs.  The roots of adventure runs include the steeple chase, a track event covering 3000 meters and including barriers and water features. Most adventure include mud as a water feature and obstacles to go over or under. Adventure runs are probably one of the most common bucket list items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail runs often involve walking uphill hands on thighs and lungs heaving. There are some shorter trail runs are challenging with some significant hills and distances running from 5k to 10 miles. There are tough muddy, obstacle, warrior type races for those who like to crawl through mud, climb over walls, or jump over fire.

 

Then there are the granddaddy of them all, the ultramarathon. Orange County has a number of these put on by old goats, dirt divas and trail running enthusiasts and have distances greater than marathons and elevation gains of over 15,000 feet…yeah as in almost 3 miles.

Southern California Trail Races

Southern California Trail Races

What’s missing? There are short tough ones, long brutal ones, and short after work ones that are focused on fun. What has been missing are middle distances like half marathons and marathons that are runnable.

 

Types of Races

 Road RacesFeature RacesTrail RacesTrail Runs
DescriptionFlat fast pavement course.Race has some feature like mud, obstacles, bubbles, light sticks, zombie outfits. Single track and dirt utility roads.Single track and dirt utility roads.
Typical Distance5k, 10k, half and full marathon5k, 10k5 miles to 100 miles5 to 31.1 miles
Elevation Change FlatFlat 5,000 to 25,000 feet Elevation Change. Less than 1000 foot gain.
Number of Participants4000 to 40,0001000100 to 300150
Participant relationshipsGroups of friendsGroups of friendsAlmost everybody knows each other.People new to trails, trail racers taking it easy,

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