Don Bauder 7:30 p.m., Aug. 29
After being rained out on March 17th, I didn’t know this type of event could be rained out, the Oriflamme 50K (31.4 miles) is back on tomorrow morning at 7:00am.
The justification for the rain out was that emergency response would be almost nonexistent. The course is remote to begin with.
The event is in the Anza Borrego State Park and starts at the Sunrise Trailhead. The course utilizes parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, California Riding and Hiking Trail, and the Old Mormon Trail. The first section of the trail is a 2,000 foot descent. Since this is an out and in course that means the last five miles recoup that 2,000 feet at the finish.
The age range of participants appears to be 21 to 72 years-old. There are race sponsored aid stations with electrolyte drink and Coke as well as salty and sweat snacks. There is a 9.5 hour course limit.
Why run 31.4 miles in the desert? It’s fun.