WHAT: XTERRA Topanga Canyon Trail Run
WHEN: November 24, 2019
WHERE: Topanga State Park (map it)
Race #2 of the 2019-2020 Season is the XTERRA Topanga Canyon 15k, 10k, and 5k trail runs!! Traditionally held on Thanksgiving, we're getting an early start on being thankful.
Come race through open grasslands and live oaks forests with specatular views of the Pacific Ocean!! Located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park is the world's largest wildland within a major city, Los Angeles.
The 15k long course burns the quads and grinds up to Eagle Rock, taking in expansive views of the entire race Runners then drop down Garipito Trail for four miles of winding singletrack through the native chaparal. Back on fire roads for the tail end of the course, a few more climbs break up the crushing downhill stretch to the finish.
The 10k short course begins with 2 miles of classic Topanga singletrack on its way up to Eagle Rock. Get those mountaintop views while cruising across the red dirt mesa. The last half joins up with the 15k runners and promises a fast finish.
The 5k fun run winds it's way up a beautiful 2-mile singletrack leading the way for the 10k runners. Runners turn and finish alongside the returning 10k and 15k runners on the fire road back down to Trippet Ranch.
All three courses are professionally marked, staffed with excellent happy volunteers and medics, and supplied with Aid Stations serving Gatorade, water, and energy gels and bars.
Cheer on your friends as they finish, climb the podium in 5-year age group categories, eat all the Baja Fresh tacos you like, grab a beer in the Beer Garden (21+ only), drink some coffee, get a massage and enjoy the XTERRA racing scene. It's an incredible way to kick-off the Thanksgiving week with a fun morning in the mountains!
All participants get cool race shirts, sweet finisher medals, and a hot breakfast. Those 21 and older get two free beers. Everyone gets to have an AWESOME TIME ON THE TRAILS!!
XTERRA TRAIL RUN
Distances: Trail Run – 5k, 10k and 15k
15k Long Course - Earn points to win the title of XTERRA SoCal Champion and get a free entry to Nationals. Top 3 in each age group receive Awards.
10k Short Course - Top 3 in each age group receive Awards.
5k Fun Run - A fun, yet challenging, 3.5-mile non-timed event.
Stuff You Get
- Professionally Marked Course
- On-Point Aid Stations
- Sweet Finisher Medals
- Super Soft Cotton Men's T-Shirts
- Awesome Women's Tanks
- New 5-year Age Group Awards
- Yummy Meal by Baja Fresh
- Campfire Adventure Coffee
- Beer Garden (21+)
- Amazing Sports Massage
- Earn Points and Win the title of XTERRA SoCal Series Champion
Contact Name: Daniel Weissauer
Contact Email: info [at] trailrace.com
Note: Please do not contact xterraplanet.com for questions about this specific race. Use the email and/or number provided here.
The XTERRA SoCal Trail Runs are a fun way to give back. You don't have to be a runner to help. With short shifts and plenty of smiles and thank you's, volunteers can enjoy their Sunday mornings in the mountains. Assist with parking, runner registration, on-course aid stations, finish line medals, or pre-running and sweeping the course.
Whatever you choose, you'll be surrounded by fun, friendly faces making a difference. Volunteers are treated well at the XTERRA SoCal Trail Runs, and they get shirts, breakfast, coffee, discounted entries to upcoming races, and are made to feel like part of the team. We are happy to sign off for community service hours and will gladly find assignments for volunteer groups.
Click HERE to Volunteer.
Schedule of Events
Sunday, November 24, 2019
*Schedule subject to change
|6:00am||Parking Lot Opens|
Course Info - XTERRA Trail Run
XTERRA Topanga Canyon Trail Run
The 15k long course is front loaded, but worth the extra work at the start to truly crush the run to the finish! The first mile is a smooth fire road leading slightly up into beautiful El Moro Canyon. After this fast warm-up, runners are greeted with the first, fire road climb leading to the Rattlesnake Rock Garden. With plenty of technical steps, this steep section ends soon enough, and runners find their flow on sandy, mountain top single tracks with 360-degree, Mediterranean climate views. Refuel at the mile four Aid Station before dropping into the Elevator, a steep downhill covered in sheer sandstone that tests the brakes. If runners aren't broken by the sight of what comes next, the Wall tests the will of even the strongest trail runner, where it's ok to use your hands up the next 400 meters. Rewarded with more coastal single track cruising, and a mile six Aid Station, the final miles are scenic offering a gradual downhill to make up for all the time spent climbing. The final, mile 8 Aid Station meets up with runners from the 5k short course, where everyone takes in the full vistas of the Pacific Ocean. With less than a mile to go, runners get an extra rush as they see the finish line below and hear the music coming up from the festival. Even with tired and thankful legs, the final technical descent feels like nothing when the finish line is right around the corner!
The 5k short course delivers the perfect proportions for a trail race. The first mile leads into beautiful El Moro Canyon on a slightly uphill, smooth fire road. The climbing begins as runners push the next, 1-mile ascent to the course's only Aid Station. Fuel up and take in the epic views of the Pacific Ocean on the gentle, downhill fire road. Open your stride alongside the 15k runners, and scope out the finish line festival below. Push through the last steep section of the course and turn onto the technical single track finish. It's short and sweet and worth taking each section hard. The views won't disappoint!!
|Early Registration (Monday, Oct. 7)||$50||$70||$100|
|Last Chance (Monday, Nov. 11)||$55||$75||$110|
*Youth runners, under 18 years old on race day, get $10 off!!
2020 SOCAL TRAIL RUN SERIES RULES
BECOME A SERIES CHAMPION
1. XTERRA Racing Age is the age you will be on August 31st of the series season. (The old date was December 31.) We need to fix a firm age for the year so people won’t race in January at one age and in August at another if they have a birthday in-between. For example: If you are 29 in Feb, but turn 30 on Aug. 20th, you will be racing in the 30-34 division all season.
XTERRA Trail Run Series age groups: <9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+, Physically Challenged.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Races scheduled after September 1, will become part of the following year’s XTR Series.
2. Enter as many XTERRA Trail Runs as you can – In order to be eligible for the XTERRA Regional Champion title for your age group, you must compete in at least two trail runs within a given series. You should run in as many events within the regional series as possible to score maximum points.
If your regional series consists of 3 races, all 3 races will count towards your points
If your regional series consists of 4 or more races, we will drop one of the events from your score:
- If there are 4 races in your Series, your final score will be calculated based on your top 3 races.
- If there are 5 races in your Series, your final score will be calculated based on your top 4 races.
- If there are 7 races in your Series, your final score will be calculated based on your top 6 races.
It’s not mandatory that you race in all events in your Series, but your chances of winning the region are much better if you do. You will be allocated “0” points for races in your Series that you do not enter.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If there are two race distances offered on the same day, only the longer distance event counts for points. For example, if there is a 5k and a 15k race on the same day, only the 15k will count for points. Exception: All races 21km and over will receive points. For example, if there is a 21km and a 42km race, both will get points.
3. Accumulate Points –Points are awarded to the top 15 finishers in each age group. Please see the points breakdown below. Current standings will be posted after each event. Points stay within the region you raced in and do not transfer (For example – if you won XTERRA Thrill in the Hills you’d get 100 points in the Georgia Series. Then you won the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run and earned 100 points in SoCal Series. You would have 100 points in each Series).
XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES POINTS- awarded to each age group
- 1st – 100
- 2nd – 90
- 3rd – 82
- 4th – 75
- 5th – 69
- 6th – 63
- 7th – 58
- 8th – 53
- 9th – 49
- 10th – 45
- 11th – 41
- 12th – 37
- 13th – 34
- 14th – 31
- 15th – 28
4. Count ‘em Up! – The athlete with the most points- by gender and age group- after the last race in the Series earns the title of XTERRA Trail Run Series Champion and earns free entry into the XTERRA National Championship in Ogden, Utah in September. Series Champs can also race for free in the 5k or 10k offered at Nationals if they wish, but only the 21km is considered the national championship race.
6. Tie Breakers – Ties in point standings will be settled by:
- Head to Head competition (order of finish from the most recent race in your Series where both/all competitors participated.)
- Winner of the most recent race (the highest placing athlete at the most recent race in your series will break the tie).
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR XTERRA TRAIL RUNNING NATIONALS
The XTERRA Trail Running National Championship at Ogden, Utah, is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, even those who do not compete in a regional series during the year. There is no qualifying process. However, only the regional champions are eligible to receive a free entry to nationals.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR XTERRA TRAIL RUNNING WORLDS
The XTERRA Trail Running World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii, is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, even those who do not compete in a regional series during the year. There is no qualifying process.
If it’s not necessary to qualify for Nationals or Worlds, why set a qualifying standard?
Couple of reasons. 1) We wanted to recognize those runners that completed a half-marathon in the time allotted because that’s a great achievement 2) We wanted to tie-in all the half-marathons (your race leads to U.S. Nationals and all of them lead to Worlds) so by the time we get to Worlds we’ll have this great international field of runners with good vibes and great competition 3) Because this is just year nine of the Series, and we believe someday the demand will be such that we’ll have to limit the number of runners in the Championship races (understand that at some parks there are limits to the # of participants you’re allowed to put on a trail). When this happens, qualifying for the Championship races will be necessary.
Travel and Parking
XTERRA Crystal Cove is held at Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro at 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, off the Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, California.
From the 405 South...take the 73 South to MacArthur Blvd. Take this to PCH and go south to Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro.
From South Orange County...take PCH to Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro. You can also take the 73 Toll Road and exit at El Toro. Take this to Laguna Beach and turn north on PCH to Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro.
The event is at Crystal Cove State Park and the main parking lots are at El Moro. Parking is $15.00 at the State Parks. Please bring exact change for the lower lot and only park in designated spots. It is a short, 5-minute trail walk from the upper lot to the race start/finish.
Overflow parking is located at the Reef lot, about 1 mile north of the race start off the Pacific Coast Highway. Parking is $15.00 and correct change is appreciated. Please allow yourselves 15 minutes to walk/jog carefully to and from the start/finish.
Please make sure your car doors are locked while racing to deter theft.
Results and Photos
When is the XTERRA Topanga Canyon Trail Run?
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Is XTERRA Topanga Canyon part of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series?
Yes. Long Course finishers earn points to determine the Series Champion at the end of the season.
Are strollers allowed on the course?
No. Only runners and their packs are allowed on the course.
Are dogs allowed on the course?
No. We love all animals, but CA State Parks do not allow dogs on trails.
Are there restrooms at the event?
Yes. There are plenty of restrooms at the start/finish area. There is also a toilet on the 10k and 15k courses at around miles 3 and 6, respectively.
Is there a Bag Check?
Yes. There will be an official, sectioned-off and staffed Bag Check at the race start/finish.
Where do I park?
Official parking for XTERRA Toapnga Canyon is located OFFSITE at (parking is free):
Topanga Community Center (TCC)
1440 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 92090
There is free street parking on Topanga Canyon Blvd. near the TCC.
There is also free street parking on Topanga School Road and nearby on Topanga Canyon Blvd.
There is NO on-site parking. Do not park at Topanga State Park.
Are there Shuttles?
Yes. Free shuttles will be departing approx. every 15-20 minutes from TCC and Topanga School Road.
Are there age group awards?
Yes. Awards will be presented to top three finishers in 5-year age divisions for both the 10k and the 15k trail runs.
There will also be Overall Awards for the top 3 male and female finishers of the 10k and the 15k trail runs.
Can I volunteer?
Yes. We love help setting up and on race day! Please sign up at the Volunteer Sign-up link.
Can I get a refund?
XTERRA SoCal Trail Runs do not offer refunds, deferrals, or roll-overs.
You may transfer your registration to another runner.
In the case of a natural disaster...
We make decisions based on athlete safety and CA State Park's authority.
Race courses and dates may be changed as a result.
Athletes in a postponed race will be transferred to the rescheduled date free of charge.
Each athlete accepts these risks.
HAVE FUN and SMILE - CONGRATULATE YOUR COMPETITORS - THANK EVERY VOLUNTEER!!