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Break The Silence 6K Trail Run/Walk for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Victory Trail Head 25000 Victory Blvd West HillsCA  91307
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Victory Trail Head 25000 Victory Blvd West HillsCA  91307

About This Activity

Welcome to the inaugural Break the Silence 6K Trail Run! ​This event will help raise money for the Brett Schmitt Memorial Fund. The Fund was established by his family and friends in his honor at El Camino Real Charter High School, which is designed to establish a preventive program at the school to help students who may be struggling with mental illness.  In addition, scholarships will be awarded to cross country and track & field athletes who may be in need of financial assistance.

Brett Schmitt was a scholar athlete who ran cross country and track at ECR, graduating in 2009. In 2008, he won the CIF Los Angeles City Section Cross Country Championship, setting a school record. In 2013, he graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor Degree in Business and earned his CPA certificate in February 2017. During his later college years, Brett began to suffer from mental illness and depression.  On May 26, 2017, at age 25, he took his own life.

The Victory Trailhead is part of the Ahmanson Ranch trail system in the Santa Monica Mountains.  It is where Victory Blvd. ends at the westernmost edge of the San Fernando Valley.

The run/walk trail loop begins at the Victory trailhead sign. While running down to a hairpin turn, you'll see tall wheat colored rolling mountains. Turning left at the hairpin, there are great views of the Valley on your way up to Lasky Mesa. Once on the mesa, you will be on a gentle rolling path between a grass area and intermittent oak trees. Leaving the mesa, there is a long downhill which connects with the main Ahmanson trail which is a gradual uphill finish.

 

Event details and schedule

Break The Silence 6K Trail Run/Walk Information

 

  • Race day registration and bib pickup beginning at 6:30a.m. 
  • Race starts at 8:00am
  • Computerized Chip Timing
  • Inaugural T-Shirts for all particpants
  • Medals: Top 3 male/female finishers in 5-year age categories
  • A Photo Memorial Banner of loved ones lost to suicide will be displayed at the event.  See event website for submission information.
  • "In Memory of" Bibs will be available to all participants
  • 2 water stations on the course at 1.2m & 2.6m
  • 3 hours to complete the course


​REGISTRATION INFO

  • Pre-registration is online only. We do not accept mail-in registration                              
  • Registration Fees are Tax Deductible
  • Race Day Registration will be available beginning at 6:30 a.m. 
  • Shirts and shirt sizes are not guaranteed for participants who register after        April 8th                                                                                                            
  • No storage available on site
  • Race management reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone, for any reason     
  • Pre-registered and day of registered participants may pick up their bib beginning at 6:30 a.m.
  • Please present photo ID to claim your bib


DRIVING DIRECTIONS

  • from the NORTHBOUND 101:
  • exit Valley Circle/Mulholland.
  • Right turn on Valley Circle.
  • Go Past El Camino High School
  • Continue to Victory Blvd.
  • Left turn on Victory Blvd.
  •  Event is at the top of Victory Blvd.

 

  • From the SOUTHBOUND 101: ​
  • Exit Valley Circle/Mulholland.
  • Left turn at the off ramp.
  • Left turn on Mulholland/Valley Circle.
  • Continue to Victory Blvd.
  • Left turn on Victory Blvd.
  • Event is at the top of Victory Blvd.


PARKING

  • Free parking in the fenced area at the top of Victory Blvd.
  • There is no participant parking in the trailhead parking lot.
  • Additional free parking is curbside on either side of Victory Blvd


WEATHER ON RACE DAY
May in the San Fernando Valley is typically mild and sunny, temperatures in the 70s. Higher temperatures and rain is also possible. The event will go on, rain or shine, with park approval.

COURSE MARKINGS
On race day, race monitors will be on the course at course junctions and the course will be marked.

Organizer Info

Map & Direction

Victory Trail Head 25000 Victory Blvd West HillsCA  91307
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