The Old Goat's 50 Mile Trail Race is a modified figure eight course that starts and finishes at Blue Jay Campground, located in the Trabuco region of the Cleveland National Forest. The camp is 22 miles east of San Juan Capistrano, Ca. and 5 miles North of the Ortega Highway (RTE74). The race has over 13,000 fee of elevation gain and is rated one of the toughest 50 mile trail races in the Country.
The first loop of the race takes place on a twenty mile technical single track that meanders down through oak and sycamore lined canyons and then up onto ridges high above the Ortega Corridor. It then descends from the ridge to the famous "Candy Store" aid station at mile 11. From the Candy Store the runners continue on the lollypop loop and return to Bluejay. This time it's uphill!
From Bluejay the race begins the first serious climb of the race, a 1000' journey up a narrow truck trail. The course then descends 2500' on a 5 mile rocky technical trail into the Mountain Community of Holy Jim Canyon, the half way point. From Holy Jim canyon the race again turns uphill, climbing 4,000'in the next 7.5 miles to the Summit of Santiago Peak, the highest point in the Santa Ana Mountains.
Although it's a 2000' net downhill from the Antenna Fields at Santiago peak to the finish, there is still 1500' of UP! The final miles of the race occur on the Main Divide Truck Trail with aid stations every 2.5 miles. Finishers are greeted in Bluejay Campground with a full service BBQ grill that caters to everyones palate... including vegan and gluten free. Spectators and crews are invited to participate for a modest donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Active duty military, police, fire fighters, and Chimera 100 Volunteers may receive a 25% discount. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the coupon code. Please indicate which branch of service, city, and department... Chimera volunteers may not transfer their entry to a non-volunteer.
Refunds, Roll Overs, and Transfers
There shall be no Refunds or Roll Overs honored after 2 Feb 2013. Transfers of non-discounted entries will be honored untiil 9 March 2013.