Some people consider Super Bowl Sunday a holiday of sorts – or at least a day to stay in and watch the football game. Not the runners in the eleventh annual XTERRA Mission Gorge 15K Trail Run just east of San Diego.
XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run is the fourth of seven races in the 2016-2017 season schedule for the award winning XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. The highlight of the 15k course is the ‘thousand steps,’ which treats runners to a nearly vertical climb overlooking Mission Gorge! After record rainfall this past month, the adventure will be amplified by multiple creek crossings.
Athletes will also be treated to a scenic and challenging run up the Fortuna Mountain and the surrounding landscape. The run starts at 8:00 a.m. and is the perfect way to get in a workout before eating, drinking, and cheering on the other (more well-known) athletes of the day.
Thanks to event sponsors, The North Face, Clif Bar, Suunto, Paul Mitchell, and Gatorade, hungry runners will enjoy a pre-bowl event festival serving complimentary breakfast burritos, Kashi Cereal, Naked Juice and Starbucks coffee!
About the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series
The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. In the 2016-17 season, there will be seven races available for runners, with the courses ranging in length from 5 kilometers to 22 kilometers. The top runners in every age group will receive points after each race that will count toward the overall series standings. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Southern California at the 2017 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah. SoCal is one of 16 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series.
About Mission Trails Regional Park
Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses 7,220 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas, one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542. Centrally located and only eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park provides a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle. Mission Trails Regional Park has been called the third Jewel in the City of San Diego Park System. Along with Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park, it provides San Diego residents and visitors a way to explore the cultural, historical, and recreational aspects of San Diego. For more information, please go to www.mtrp.org.