Trail Running events in Southern California & beyond
Where the heck is this race? No Name 5030 will be held in Cheeseboro National Park-Agoura, California. This area of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is actually called the Simi Hills. At over 4,000 acres in size, this park provides valuable habitat for an abundance of wildlife, including several species of raptors (bird of prey), coyotes, bobcats and even mountain lions. Situated just north of Highway 101, it also provides a source of open space for wild animals to potentially connect with the habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains. For over 200 years, ranchers made these canyons their homes, changing the landscape. Due to heavy grazing, much of the native vegetation was replaced by European annuals such as wild oats and mustard. Today, the land has a chance to rejuvenate, but evidence of past use still exists.
What is the address of the race start location? 5792 Chesebro Road - Agoura, Ca 91301. Take Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot. GPS Coordinates for main parking lot entrance & start of race: N 34.1543 W -118.7339 Parking will be off site with a runner shuttle available. No parking allowed in upper parking lot.
Where should I park? There is no parking at the start area. Street parking will be available along Driver Avenue near the Agoura High School. This road is approximately 1.2 miles from the start. Please read all local parking signs. You are responsible for your personal vehicle. We will shuttle runners from the Agoura Hills HS parking lot area off of Driver Avenue starting at 5:15 am. Alternative option is to use the ~ 1.5 miles as a warm up. So allow for the additional time. If you choose to jog, simply follow Chesebro Road to the upper parking lot start area. Bring whatever you want or need during or after the race and/or wear layers and strip them off at the start. We'll have a place to leave your personal items while you run. Parking at the start will NOT be an option, so please do not attempt it. You will be turned around. We want to keep Old Agoura residents happy and be able to bring this event back next year, so please do your part in helping make this a success. More specific parking details will be sent out in an email to all registered runners before the race.
Where can I stay? Here are a few local hotels if you wanna stay while you play -
* Good Nite Inn 26557 Agoura Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302 (818) 880-6000
* Homewood Suites by Hilton 28901 Canwood St, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 www.hilton.com (818) 865-1000
* Hampton Inn & Suites 30255 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 www.hilton.com (818) 597-0333
* Sheraton Hotel 30100 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 www.sheratonagourahills.com (818) 707-1220
Where can I pick up my bib before the race? Pre-race packet pickup will be held at Fleet Feet Sports located at: 982 South Westlake Blvd., Westlake, Ca 91362 (805) 379-2312 on Friday, November 22nd between 4PM - 7 PM. If you pickup your bib on Friday, please check in on Saturday morning, so we know you are planning to start. If you do not pickup your bib Friday, you can pick up your bib Saturday morning starting at 5:30 AM. Please allow ample time to get to the start, as there is NO parking at the race start area.
***YES, you can have someone else pickup your bib, you must email us ahead of time however.
Is a Race shirt included in my registration fees? NO, we have lowered our registration fees to give you the option to save some cash. Not everyone likes race shirts, but everyone likes cash!!!
Does everyone receive a medal? Yes. All registered runners who cross the finish line receive an awesomely stylish medal!!!
What if I can't finish? Please check in at the nearest Aid station (it may be behind you) and give any volunteer your bib number, so you can be accounted for. If you need assistance back to the start, please speak with the Aid station captain and we will do our best to sort you out. If you decide to drop from the race and do not tell anyone, we will call you, text you, email you and drive by your house until you are located. Your safety is our number one concern, so please run responsibly.
What if this is my first ultra? This 50K course is not for the inexperienced ultra runner. Consider all your options and study our elevation profiles. Be prepared. This event isn't a beginners run. If you aren't ready for this kind of event you could be seriously injured out there. It is easy to get in trouble either from the terrain or the weather and there is no way for help to reach you unless you have an emergency tracker, because there is no cell service in the canyons. It is a primarily exposed course and can get brutal when the temperatures are unfavorable. You can't depend on other people to help you through the day because you could be putting their safety at risk. You need to be prepared to get up and get YOURSELF to the finish line on your own power with your own supplies. You need to know when to turn around before it becomes a crisis and before you put yourself and your friends at risk. This can be an amazing fun day, but it is not to be taken lightly. Be prepared. Know yourself. Don't take unnecessary risks.
What is "Ruffie's Run"? Ruffie's Run is a 5K charity run created this year to benefit the L A County Animal Care & Control and the Kauai Humane Society. Participants in this run will be allowed to run/walk with their canine friends. All dogs attending Ruffie's run/walk MUST be leashed at all times. Restricted to a 6' leash or less. All federal restrictions will apply. You know your dog best. Please know the trails are open to the public during the race, so there will be mountain bikers, equestrian riders and other runners with dogs. If your dog does not do well in this environment, please consider leaving him/her at home. Your registration fees will help our fundraiser whether you bring your canine companion or not. All participants will be required to sign a Dog Liability Waiver.
Can I have a pacer? No pacers allowed.
What are the cut off times? All 50K runners must complete the first 24 Miles within 7 hours (1:30 PM) or they will be sent back to the start. Please see the Courses page for more details. Race course is open for 9 Hours.
Will there be any drop bag locations? Yes, for the 50K racers ONLY. 50K runners may have a drop bag at miles 11 & 15 (same Aid Station). We will have additional tape and sharpies to add your bib number to your bag on race morning.
Will there be a bag check? A bag check area will be near the start and available to all runners since we'll be shuttling you in...it's our way of saying, "We know you don't want to freeze your butt off before the start. Shed your layers last minute and leave em'...we get it!" Pack a change of clothes or dry layer for after your race, if you plan to wait for friends. Bring a headlamp. Sunrise is at 6:35 am and sunset is at 4:47 pm.
Where will the aid stations be? Please see the Courses pages for more details on each specific race.
Where is the nearest Starbucks? It is located at 5827 Kanan Road Agoura, CA 91301-1651. (818) 735-0268. Regular hours are 4:30 AM TO 10:30 PM. WOOT WOOT!!!
Can I wear earbuds? We recommend no earbuds. If you must, please be courteous to others by only wearing one bud at a time, so you can hear your fellow runner...especially on the single track portions. Please and thank you. The course will also be open to the public and Cheeseboro is popular with mountain bikers.
What if I cannot make the race? No problem. We do NOT offer refunds, but we are happy to roll your registration over to next year or another one of our awesome races.
Can my family & friends watch? Yes. Our new course design offers several opportunities for family and friends to come cheer you on!!! Park in the lower Cheeseboro park parking lot and walk up to the start/finish area. Bring a chair and stay a while. We love cheerleaders! The Lang Ranch Aid Station location is ideal for friend and family wanting to see 50K runners on course.
Are dogs allowed in the park? Yes. Dogs are allowed in the National Park, but must be on leashes.
Will the trails be closed during the race? No. Trails will be open to other runners, mountain bikers, hikers and horses. So please follow trail rules and stay alert. If you see a fellow runner in need, please ask if they are ok. Good trail karma will come your way!
Where will restrooms be located? Restrooms will be located at the start/finish area only. A portable toilet will be available at miles 11 and 15 for the 50K runners.
What's the weather like in Agoura Hills in November? Mid to high 70's with lows in the high 40's. Max high recorded was 81 degrees. 74% sunny days. Rain average ~ 0.66 inches
Did you know? There are several unique facts regarding these canyons: Cheeseboro Canyon has the largest concentrations of birds of prey nesting areas in the U.S. outside of Alaska!!! In addition, the Valley Oak tree, the largest oak native to the United States and possibly the world, lives in these canyons in what might be the largest southerly stand of trees left!!!