The eleventh annual XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run hits the trails on Sunday, February 5 at Mission Trails Regional Park. Part of the 2017 National XTERRA Trail Run Series, this events features top athletes traversing the trails just east of San Diego. Many elite athletes will run in hopes of accumulating points to qualify for the XTERRA National Championship in September.
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.
With a 5k and 15k course, the event caters to both experienced athletes and beginners. Both courses offer stunning views and an epic outdoor adventure! 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!
XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run is the fourth of seven races on the 2016-2017 season schedule for the award winning XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Point Mugu Mountain Trail Run on February 26 Point Mugu State Park in Oxnard, Calif. To register for a race in the series or learn more about it, please visit www.trailrace.com.
About Generic Events: The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series is managed and promoted by Generic Events, a full-service experiential agency that unites communities through large-scale active lifestyle events. Generic Events also produces the award-winning Turkey Trot Los Angeles, Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival, Carrera de los Muertos, Bank of America Pasadena Triathlon, and the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon. For more information, please go to www.genericevents.com.
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.