November 18, 2017, Cleveland National Forest
The Chimera is a figure of Greek mythology. She is a fire breathing animal comprised of a lion, a goat, and a serpent and those who have participated in her race refer to it simply as “THE BEAST.”
The Chimera 100 Mile trail race takes place on a figure eight course that starts and finishes at Blue Jay Campground, located in the Trabuco region of the Cleveland National Forest. Chimera 100 Mile trail race has over 22,000 ft. of elevation gain and is rated one of the toughest trail 100 mile races in the country. Course changes may occur prior to race day and/or during the race due to acts of THE BEAST… fires and floods. Chimera 100k follows same course until approximately mile 53.
Views from the summit of Santiago Peak can be spectacular on a clear day – Queen Mary in Long Beach harbor, downtown Los Angeles, and the beach cities of the OC.
We are restricted to 150 runners (including pacers) total. Pacing permission will be determined on a runner by runner basis – preference being given to the elderly, infirm, and distance virgins. Cut off time is 35 hours. Service work is required – see information below. Register for Chimera 100 miler or 100k on ultrasignup.com.

Chimera Course

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RACE INFO

DISCOUNTS
Active duty military, police, fire fighters, and Chimera 100 Volunteers may receive a 25% discount. Email ultradawg@gmail.com for the coupon code. Please indicate which branch of service, city, and department. Chimera volunteers may not transfer their entry to a non-volunteer.
CHIMERA 100 RULE BOOK
All registered runners will receive a RACE RULE BOOK PDF document containing extensive information regarding the race.
PRE-RACE CHECK-IN
Nov. 11, Friday: 12pm-6pm @ Lower Blue Jay Campground.
Attendance not mandatory but is is highly encourage. The 100 mile runners that don’t attend Friday’s PRE-RACE meeting must arrive at Lower Blue Jay Campgrounds by 4:30 am Saturday to allow ample to time to process check-in.
RACE DAY CHECK-IN
4:30am-5am Saturday @ Lower Blue Jay Campground. ALL RUNNERS must check-in Saturday morning prior to race. Your race bib will be given to you at that time. There will be no late starts after 15 minutes.
Entrants will not be weighed prior to race. If you exhibit signs of dehydration during the race, you may be asked to take a break and will be instructed to rehydrate prior to returning to the course. We will give every runner ample opportunity to recover. If the staff determines you are unfit to continue, we will not tolerate arguing, pleading, begging, cajoling, or threatening the staff or medical team.

DIRECTIONS

Map to Blue Jay from Lake Elsinore
Blue Jay Campground is located approximately 14 miles west of the junction of Interstate15 and Rte.74 (The Ortega Highway). There are numerous turns during the first five miles. Also, you will pass grocery and convenience stores in Lake Elsinore. If you need anything (including gas) get it here. There will be very few opportunities to purchase anything once you start up the hill. The drive from Lake Elsinore takes about a half hour but you can get stuck behind a truck, tourist, or timid driver who refuses to go faster than 25 and won’t use the turnouts. At mile 11 make a right hand turn onto what is locally known as Long Canyon Rd. Once on Long Canyon, you are only three miles from Blue Jay (see directions in previous description).
Map to Blue Jay from San Juan Capistrano
Blue Jay Campground is approximately 25 miles east of the Junction of Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano and Rte 74 (the Ortega Highway). Note: other than a strip mall in San Juan there will be NO services available anywhere other than in the immediate vicinity of the freeway. At mile 22 make the left hand turn onto what is locally known as Long Canyon Rd. There will be signs (Old Goat Race) and glow-sticks indicating the route. Long Canyon is narrow, winding and very steep. When you arrive at the tee – turn right onto another narrower, winding, and steep asphalt road. The entrance to Bluejay will be on the left. You do not have to stop at the entrance. Continue through the campground to lower Blue Jay and follow the instructions on the signs, and/or the directions of race staff.

IMPORTANT PARKING INFO

RACE DAY ARRIVAL
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. PARKING IS VERY TIGHT. All vehicles must display a National Forest Adventure Pass or equivalent. If you do not have a yearly pass, you will have to purchase 2 one day passes. Passes will be available at registration.
If traffic is stacked all the way to the gate, you will be required to either pay to park in a campsite or in the one of the day use parking areas on Long Canyon Road.
Under no circumstance will anyone park in a manner that protrudes into the pavement, blocks emergency vehicles, and absolutely NO PARKING IN UNMARKED PLACES outside of the lower Blue Jay gate. YOU WILL BE TICKETED. Follow the directions of the attendants (assume they are armed). If you have crew and/or pacers driving separately, they will be asked to park outside of Blue Jay proper. There are turn outs on Long Canyon Road. Your crew/pacers may have to walk up to a mile into lower Blue Jay. They may need headlamps.

COURSE MAPS

CHIMERA 100k AID STATIONS (approximate miles)
HOT SPRINGS
Start – Lower blue Jay / Drop Bags
Mile 06.10 – Cocktail Rock
Mile 12.30 – Hot Springs Canyon / TURN AROUND
Mile 18.50 – Cocktail Rock
Mile 24.60 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags

CANDY STORE LOOP
Mile 31.30 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 35.80 – Candy Store
Mile 40.10 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 46.80 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags / PACER PICK UP

SANTIAGO TRAVERSE
Mile 50.40 – Trabuco Trail
***Mile 53.15 @Horsethief – 100k turn RIGHT,100 milers turn LEFT***
Mile 56.90 – Trabuco Trail
Mile 60.90 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags / FINISH

CHIMERA 100 Mile AID STATIONS (approximate miles)

HOT SPRINGS
Start – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags
Mile 06.10 – Cocktail Rock
Mile 12.30 – Hot Springs Canyon / TURN AROUND
Mile 18.50 – Cocktail Rock
Mile 24.60 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags

CANDY STORE LOOP
Mile 31.30 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 35.80 – Candy Store
Mile 40.10 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 46.80 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags / PACER PICK UP

SANTIAGO TRAVERSE
Mile 50.40 – Trabuco Trail
***Mile 53.15 @Horsethief – 100 milers turn LEFT, 100k turn RIGHT***
Mile 55.60 – Holy Jim
Mile 60.80 – Bear Springs / Drop Bag
Mile 64.10 – Modjeska Peak Trail
Mile 66.10 – Maple Springs
Mile 68.10 – Modjeska Peak Trail / TURN AROUND
Mile 70.10 – Modjeska Peak Trail
Mile 76.40 – Bear Springs / Drop Bags
Mile 78.40 – Indian Truck Trail / Drop Bags
Mile 85.40 – Corona / TURN AROUND
Mile 92.40 – Indian Truck Trail / Drop Bags
Mile 95.50 – Horsethief
Mile 97.90 – Trabuco
Mile 101.50 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags / FINISH

Distance: 100 miles • Lowest point: 1775 ft • Highest point: 5600 ft • Elevation gain: 22,000 ft+ • GPX FILES TO COME!
CHIMERA 100 Course Profile
CHIMERA 100 Course Map
CHIMERA 100 Course Map
Chimera 100 course map

DROP BAGS - AID STATIONS

DROP BAGS
Three drop bag locations on the course to access 8x (including start & finish line).
• Drop bags must be placed in designated areas before start of race.
• UNACCEPTABLE “Drop Bags” = Suitcases, backpacks, and large duffle bags.
• Use water resistant containers, no larger than 6″ x 9″ x 16″.
• Do not put containers of liquid in your drop bag unless you can guarantee the container    will not bust open!
• Drop bags must be clearly marked with the runner’s name and bib number.
NOTE: At each AID STATION, you will be responsible for placing your drop bag in the RETURN area after leaving the aid station for the last time. There will be ONE bag return run on Saturday afternoon and one more run after the last competitor leaves the last Aid Station. Retrieving your drop bags is your responsibility. Under very extenuating circumstances your bag may be mailed to you at your expense. We suggest to put your name and phone number inside your drop bag. Abandoning your drop bag so you don’t miss an episode of Game of Thrones is NOT extenuating!
DROP BAG AID STATIONS
You will run past your vehicle 2x in first 46 miles. We suggest you use your vehicle as your drop bag station. DON’T LEAVE YOUR KEYS IN YOUR CAR! Or you may leave your drop at Lower Blue Jay (Start & Finish area).
Mile 00.00 – Lower Blue Jay / START
Mile 24.60 – Lower Blue Jay
Mile 46.80 – Lower Blue Jay
Mile 60.80 – Bear Springs
Mile 76.40 – Bear Springs
Mile 78.40 – Indian Truck Trail
Mile 92.40 – Indian Truck Trail
Mile 101.50 – Lower Blue Jay / FINISH
100 Mile AID STATIONS (approximate miles)
HOT SPRINGS
Start – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags
Mile 06.10 – Cocktail Rock
Mile 12.30 – Hot Springs Canyon / TURN AROUND
Mile 18.50 – Cocktail Rock
Mile 24.60 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags
CANDY STORE LOOP
Mile 31.30 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 35.80 – Candy Store
Mile 40.10 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 46.80 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags / PACER PICK UP
SANTIAGO TRAVERSE
Mile 50.40 – Trabuco Trail
***Mile 53.15 @Horsethief – 100 milers turn LEFT, 100k turn RIGHT***
Mile 55.60 – Holy Jim
Mile 60.80 – Bear Springs / Drop Bag
Mile 64.10 – Modjeska Peak Trail
Mile 66.10 – Maple Springs
Mile 68.10 – Modjeska Peak Trail / TURN AROUND
Mile 70.10 – Modjeska Peak Trail
Mile 76.40 – Bear Springs / Drop Bags
Mile 78.40 – Indian Truck Trail / Drop Bags
Mile 85.40 – Corona / TURN AROUND
Mile 92.40 – Indian Truck Trail / Drop Bags
Mile 95.50 – Horsethief
Mile 97.90 – Trabuco
Mile 101.50 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags / FINISH

 

100k AID STATIONS (approximate miles)
HOT SPRINGS
Start – Lower blue Jay / Drop Bags
Mile 06.10 – Cocktail Rock
Mile 12.30 – Hot Springs Canyon / TURN AROUND
Mile 18.50 – Cocktail Rock
Mile 24.60 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags
CANDY STORE LOOP
Mile 31.30 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 35.80 – Candy Store
Mile 40.10 – Chiquita Falls
Mile 46.80 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags / PACER PICK UP
SANTIAGO TRAVERSE
Mile 50.40 – Trabuco Trail
***Mile 53.15 @Horsethief – 100k turn RIGHT,100 milers turn LEFT***
Mile 56.90 – Trabuco Trail
Mile 60.90 – Lower Blue Jay / Drop Bags / FINISH

CREW | PACERS

CREWS
Crew access to runners at the following Aid Stations:
Blue Jay Start/Finish
Candy Store
Hot Springs Canyon
Foot of Indian Truck Trail – easy access & ample parking at the Corona turn around located at the bottom of Indian Truck Trail. Your crew will have to walk up the dirt road to the Aid Station.
Crew driving directions available at check-in.
Crews not allowed at on the course at any other locations other than the Aid Stations listed above.
Crew access is NOT recommended on Live Oak Canyon Road as in previous years. Crews driving high clearance vehicles only may drive to the Holy Jim Aid Station but be warned… Your crew will NOT have sufficient time to crew you at lower Blue Jay #2 and Holy Jim Canyon. You will be running 7.5 miles while your crew has to drive 40+ miles with 5 miles of dusty, rocky and deep rutted dirt road.
PACERS
Select runners can have one pacer on the course from Mile 46.80 Lower Blue Jay and/or Corona to the finish. There are no opportunities to exchange pacers between Blue Jay and Corona Aid Stations. Pacers must sign race waiver to participate. Failure to sign the waiver may result in the runner being disqualified. Pacers to stay with their runner at all times, including if their runner drops. Solo pacers not on an emergency run will not be tolerated. Pacers must arrange their own transportation to Corona. Carpool please. Or get dropped off at the aid station and help out for a bit.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Camping at Blue Jay Campground  near Start/Finish line we will have 8 group camp sites that can accommodate up to 10 campers per site @ $10 per tent. Please park in manner that allows multiple cars per site. No RV’s in the reserved sites. The unreserved sites in the park require the payment of a camping fee. See instructions at the camp entrance.
First come, first served. Not all campgrounds are open year round. Call before arriving. Click HERE for other campgrounds in the Lake Elsinore area.
MOTELS
Best Western Lake Elsinore Inn & Suites
All Lake Elsinore Motels are 15-20 miles from Blue Jay Campground Start/Finish line. Plan accordingly.
Best Western Capistrano Inn
All San Juan Capistrano Motels are 26-35 miles from Blue Jay Campground Start/Finish line. Plan accordingly.

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteers are the key to successful trail races. Some volunteers are not even runners. They make to the choice to help just because! If you are interested in volunteering please email me and I will put you in touch with the volunteer chief > ultradawg@gmail.com 

LIVE TRACKING | RESULTS

LIVE TRACKING of runners on race weekend can be found on Negative Split Running‘s web site.
RESULTS also posted here > ultrasignup.com.
Links for both will be posted on the Chimera 100 2016 facebook event page.

BUCKLE UP

There will be no formal awards ceremony. Every runner will receive a buckle when they finish. We anticipate different buckles for those finishing under 24 hours and 30 hours. Winners will receive special awards post race event.

TRAIL SERVICE

TRAIL SERVICE REQUIREMENT
Chimera takes place on trails in the Trabuco Wilderness and these trails are maintained by volunteers. We are asking all entrants (including potential pacers) to donate at least six hours of trail maintenance on the Chimera trails. If you are located outside Orange County, Riverside, LA or San Diego Counties, trail maintenance or other services in a National Forest is acceptable.
Because we understand the difficulty of scheduling and demands of traveling we will accept ‘self certification’.  A family hike on a trail picking up litter is recognized service, as is participating on a major trail rerouting. 
Chimera 100 2015 photographs shown here were shot by ©PAKSIT PHOTOS. Photos may be purchased HERE.

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