START TIME: 6:00 am or FIRST LIGHT – all distances
RACE DAY ARRIVAL: SAFETY FIRST
The Ortega highway is long and winding with few opportunities to pass slower vehicle. There are NO SERVICES once you leave Capistrano or Lake Elsinore. There are two small stores. Great sandwiches but they close early. There are NO GAS stations and once out of El Cariso very poor cell service.
All vehicles must display a National Forest Adventure Pass. If you do not have a yearly pass, you will have to purchase two one day passes ($5 each). Visit www.fs.usda.gov for places to buy the pass or visit a local sporting goods store.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Upon arrival to entrance of Blue Jay Campground, continue driving into the park following ribbons, signs and Volunteers will be assisting. Do not stop at the entrance (regardless of what the sign says). Once on the road to lower Blue Jay stay on the right side and pull as close to the car in front of you as possible only allowing sufficient room to pull out if you plan to leave before the end of the race. Large gaps are UNACCEPTABLE.
If traffic is backed all the way to the gate you will be required to either pay to park in a campsite, or in one of the other day use parking areas on Long Canyon Road. Under no circumstance will anyone park in a manner that blocks emergency vehicles or in unmarked spaces outside the lower Blue Jay gate.
YOU WILL BE TICKETED FOR PARKING IN UNMARKED PLACES outside of the lower Blue Jay gate. 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 lamps.
Camping is available in the park. OGR reserves some spaces in Lower Blue Jay, but staff are given priority, available sites in lower Blue Jay are $20 per night (Old Goat Races special price). All other sites in the park are first come first served. It is wise to arrive early on Friday if you want to camp. Please park in a manner to allow multiple cars per site. The unreserved sites in the park require the payment of a camping fee – see instructions at camp entrance. No RV’s in Lower Blue Jay Please. They are a bitch to turn around and they WILL be turned around.
HOW IS THE COURSE MARKED?
Course is marked with fluorescent ribbon, white flour and directional signs, no more than 3-5 minutes average run time apart. Turns are marked with extra ribbons and flour arrows. Two parallel chalk lines across a trail means DON’T GO THIS WAY! Watch where you are going. Do not rely on the person in front of you. There are opportunities to get off course. Pay attention.
ALL runners will be starting at first light. The first miles of the Old Goat 50/50/30 takes place on very technical single tracks. You will not be allowed past any aid station if it is dark and you do not have a light. Be sure to grab you light at mile 21 if you don’t already have it on you.
Timing is being conducted by Negative Split Running. Runners need to check-in for tracking and accountability. You will receive a bib that has your chip on it. DO NOT FOLD YOUR BIB. Don’t assume volunteers saw your bib number. Be sure to tell them. Chip timing via HAM radio may be implemented (terrain allowing).
Crew access to runners at the following Aid Stations:
Blue Jay Start/Finish
Crews not allowed at on the course at any other locations other than the Aid Stations listed above.
BANDIT RUNNERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
We will be running through a residential area in Trabuco and Holy Jim Canyons therefore it is imperative that we respect the residents’ peace and quiet. Please avoid loud talking, yelling, singing show tunes, etc while running through the canyon. Pretend you are in church.
We prefer no headphones but if you must, please wear ear bud in one ear. Among the things that may be behind you include a faster runner, a mountain biker, off road vehicles, and a mountain lion.
Trekking poles may be carried responsibly after 21 miles but are considered mechanical aids and will disqualify the user from possible awards.
LEAVE NO TRACE
We are fortunate to run in a beautiful National Forest. Do not litter. What goes in the forest with you must come out of the forest with you. Use the Aid Stations to dispose of your trash if you can’t carry that gel packet to the finish line. If “nature” calls, please step off the trail to a safe location. Check for poison oak! Leaves of three, let them be.
PLACE TO SHOWER? Nope.
POST RACE FOOD?
Hot food will be served to the competitors and volunteers at Blue Jay Campground Start/Finish line. Burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, etc and drinks. Spectators, family, and friends that wish to join in the grub are expected to make a modest donation per item.
Pets make nice snacks for the local wildlife. Thank you in advance. All pets must be on leash at all times… even the cute ones who “never bother anyone”! Forest Service dictates.
All children must be on leash at all times… even the cute ones who “never bother anyone”! Just kidding…kinda. Children are YOUR responsibility. Well behaved children are always welcome, but be advised as to the dangers of a wilderness park. Mountain lions make no distinctions between small animals and small children. Mountain Lion sightings occur in this region of the Cleveland National Forest.
CELL PHONE SERVICE?
There is one 10’ x 10’ near the camp where cell phone reception is possible. Once you leave the Ortega Highway you are cut off from the electronic world.