Run-Walk Events is excited to announce the California Challenge Races! In the run up to the historic Race Across USA, we have added two shorter races in California – the Race Across California Urban Challenge and the Race Across California Desert Challenge. While we have had a lot of interest from runners who are interested in running across the entire state of California, some runners just can’t get the time away from work. These two “Challenge” races are less expensive and just four days long. In fact, we have “wrapped” them around weekends. That is, both races start on a Friday and end on a Monday. Think of it: four back-to-back marathons in only four days – a QUADZILLA!
Race Across California Urban Challenge
The route for Race Across California Urban Challenge will start at the Huntington Beach Pier and follow the Santa Ana River, passing Anaheim Stadium (the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) on the left and the Honda Center (the home of the Anaheim Ducks) on the right. On the second day, the runners will stop briefly at the headquarters of the 100 Mile Club® in Norco, CA (the benefactor of this race) for a second send off and celebration! During day three, we return to the Santa Ana River trail and then peal off in Loma Linda passing through the “Badlands” along San Timoteo Canyon Rd. On day four, we will pass through Beaumont, Banning and ending in Whitewater near the Palm Springs Tram. Each day, runners will receive support every 6 1/2 miles. Those runners who complete this challenge will receive a one-of-a-kind buckle.
Race Across California Desert Challenge
The route for the Race Across California Desert Challenge will start in Twnetynine Palm and continue along Route 62 – one of the most desolate stretches of highway in California. As we leave Twentynine Palms, we will be confronted with a sign that warns drivers (and us!) that there are no services for 100 miles. On the final day of the race we will cross the Colorado River – California’s border with Arizona! Each day, runners will receive support every 6 1/2 miles. Those runners who complete this challenge will receive a one-of-a-kind buckle.
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