The Raptor Ridge Trail Half Marathon is not to be missed!!! Fun, challenging, and the final in the "Grand Slam Trail Series" of four progressive race distances. If you complete all 4 in the series, you not only get your usual race schwag, but a logo pint glass for each race in the series, and a awesome gift after the last race just for participating!!! You MUST run the following race distances to qualify. What a great way to train and gain at the same time!!!
1. Coyote 5K on 6/17/12 (10k doesn';t count) ... 1 month later ...
2. Sidewinder 10K on 7/15/12 (5k doesn';t count) ... 1 month later ....
3. Stairway to Heaven 15K on 8/12/12 (5k doesn';t count) ... 2 months later ....
4. Raptor Ridge Half on 10/12/12 ... & Awards After Party!
If you missed the series this year, come run this great Trail Half Marathon anyway .... for the great schwag, fun After Party, or even if just to get a feel for the course for next year';s series!!! This is a can';t miss destination trail race!!
The Raptor Ridge Half is an out-n-back course that begins with 4.5 miles of flat and fast jeep road that winds east towards the San Diego Safari Park and Raptor Ridge. The single track up Raptor Ridge is completely runnable for stronger runners. Runners who are not as strong should expect to do some hiking up to the top. where you are rewarded by views of the entire valley. October is a gorgeous time of year and the view at the top of the ridge is impressive. As you continue down the other side you really make up time. Lean into the hill and make your way back into the flats and towards your turnaround point.
After the turnaround, running up the backside of the ridge is easier than running up the single track. The hill is longer and less of an incline. Try to run all the way to the top without your quads burning. As you crest the top get back on the single track and trail-surf all the way to the bottom. This is trail running at its best. Running downhill, really fast with great views all around you. Spectacular!
As you run along the rolling jeep road toward the 5th aid station with the mountains on your left make sure to ready your bottle for filling. It is only 3 miles to go now and it';s all flat. Now you';re on your way back. Farms on both sides so you can settle into a nice, comfortable pace as you near the end. As you come closer you can hear the sounds of cowbells ringing and volunteers cheering! It gives you a jolt of energy and will allow you to speed up as you cross the finish.
NOTE: As all these races are on trails and subject to city/county permits, severe weather, or other unforseen dangerous trail changes, all races are subject to location changes or potential cancellation. Should this occur you will be notified via the email you used when registering. There are no refunds should a change occur. When you sign the mandatory race waiver, you agree to all race rules, regulations and potential changes.