Noble Canyon 50k – the beginnings

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Years ago veteran runners from the group known as the San Diego Bad Rats would train throughout San Diego County trails. A particular 10 mile stretch in the Laguna Mountains became a favorite of these runners. Tough-yet-runnable uphill offering great views, packed with technical downhill and a few stream crossings, all single track, with a water spout (typically on) at the top. This trail, known as Noble Canyon, offered many years of preparation and success for some of the best runners in the sport of the day.

For years these Bad Rats bantered about how great it would be to stage a race on this epic trail. In 2007 with the help of several Bad Rats and other dedicated ultrarunners Scott Mills made this dream a reality staging the first Noble Canyon 50k. Brian Gonzales took over as race director in 2011. To this day the Rats and other volunteers who love this sport are the ones who man the aid stations which has helped produce the highest finishing rates I have seen in ultramarathons (97% in 2013, 89% in 2012, 95% in 2011).

The race course has been tweaked over the years but the Noble Canyon stretch has remained the prominent part of the race each year. I personally think the 2014 course is the best course yet. Featuring all of Noble Canyon, the most spectacular stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, plus the Indian Creek Trail.  The 2014 race filled to capacity with a week, but if you would like to be part of this year’s race and volunteer, we would love to hear from you.

See you on the trails. briang@cliffsandmeadows.com

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