The Stairway to Heaven 15K is brought to you by Dirt Devil Racing.com ... please be sure to visit the www.DirtDevilRacing.com website for complete race details, course description, photo gallery, and other general information.
Course Description: 15K runners will ascend a steep, 3/4 mile hill at mile 2 encountering their first aid station at the top. After reaching the top, runners will wind down into the canyon on a combination of narrow single track and fire road trails. After reaching the second aid station runners will descend into Suycott Wash making their way towards South Fortuna Mountain and the Stairway to Heaven. When runners reach the stairway they will ascend up South Fortuna on steps that have been carved into the mountain. Once at the top their efforts are rewarded with spectacular views of the valley. Runners now make their way to the 3rd aid station (which was also aid station #1) before descending the steep mile hill and entering Oak Canyon. Oak Canyon is rocky and technical but eventually eases up as runners make their way over historic Old Mission Dam and the San Diego River before turning left for a short half-mile of road. After turning left off the road you will finish with a stretch of double track trails returning to the finish area.
THE 15K STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN IS A DIFFICULT, HILLY AND TECHNICAL COURSE. HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING AND CHALLENGING TRAIL RUNS IN SAN DIEGO.
Prizes: All Finishers will receive a commemorative BEER GLASS with race logo and date of event for this race, and EACH of the four races in the Grand Slam Progressive Series. By completing ALL 4 Grand Slam Races, runners can earn a set of all 4 glasses and the awesome Grand Slam Series Award.
To be eligible for the Grand Slam points series and the cash/prizes that go with it, you must participate in the Stairways to Heaven 15K race as well as the Coyote 5K, Sidewinder 10K and the Raptor Ridge Half Marathon.
Great race schwag ... beautiful course, perfectly marked ... fun race staff, and an awesome post race party with breakfast buffet ... are just a few reasons to come run the Stairway to Heaven 15K!
Be sure to sign up early ... as this race WILL SELL OUT a month in advance. Last year's Waiting List was almost as long as the number of runners who participated.
Event schedule and times
Race Start Time: 7:00 am (PST)
Mandatory Race Check-in begins at: 6.00 am
ALL Racers MUST check in by 6:45 am
Race Parking Lot opens at: 5:30 am
Please plan to carpool or be dropped off.