GIANT LEDGE TRAIL RUNS 2019

Sat. Jan. 26, 2019.  8:15 a.m. M.S.T. start all runs

4.6 miles (7.5 Km)/ 8.8 miles (14Km)/ 13.3 miles/ 21.5 Km (Half-Marathon)

21 miles (35 Km.)/ 26.5 mile (42.9 K) Trail Marathon

Westside- High Ridge Park, 7400 High Ridge Road in west El Paso.

REGISTRATION FEES: Early (through 11:59 a.m. Thurs. Jan. 24) = $25 for each of the race distances (races all start together– you can only do ONE race.  You may drop down from marathon to 21 Mile– medical staff and race directors may also ask you to stop (suggested cut-off to continue for marathon = 5hrs. 30 mins. at 21 mi.)

LATE Registration fees:  $30 each race.  **THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Your last chance to register = 3:30- 6 p.m. Friday Jan. 25 at Up And Running West on N. Mesa Street.

PACKET PICK-UP: Friday Jan. 25 (see above) at Up And Running, or at start line 7:30- 8 a.m. race morning.

AWARDS/ PRIZES:  Technical t-shirts to all runners.  Medals to all finishers (medals for Half-Marathon and longer = LARGER).  Gift certificates/ mugs to 1- 4 M/F each race.  No age group awards.  Awards are handed out on a rolling basis as each race concludes.

TEAM awards:  Must register team and have three (3) runners finish the same distance.  Cross country scoring– low score wins.

COURSE:  Approx. 4.25 mile lollipop-style loop.  Leaves soccer field at south end, does short loop near houses, then heads across large arroyo.

Immediate LEFT on far side of arroyo, climb by steep switchbacks up to round-the-mountain trail.  RIGHT on loop trail heading towards Library and Redd Road.  At high point above Library, bear right onto “Giants’ Loop.”  Skirt edge of sharp drop-off above Redd Road, circle back to Dam #1.  Cross dam and follow switchbacks up side of ridge and then down to ***AID STATION (1.2 mile point).

Next few miles are the same as in past races.  From Aid Station take sharp right through ditch, then left and follow top of earthen dam (hummock) north to “top of lollipop.”  LEFT uphill at end of Dam #2, join Loop Trail going clockwise around North Peak (quite scenic with large rock outcrops).  At northeast edge of North Peak, cut sharp LEFT (people have missed this turn in past– but it is WELL flagged and marked) through ditch and uphill towards power-lines.  Follow old jeep road under power-lines.  Old jeep road circles back around to east end of Dam #3.

Head downhill on old jeep road from east end of Dam #3.  Look for sharp right off jeep road on bike trail cutting west towards side of mountain/ large (10′ tall) dirt piles.  Follow well-flagged and very smooth path south back to end of earthen dam where you rejoin the outbound trail.

Retrace your steps all the way to start.  You will hit the aid station again at 3 miles.

Entering the soccer field, you go STRAIGHT and circle all the way around (on paths) its perimeter.  If FINISHING, finish chute- line = off to the left of picnic shelter.  If continuing for another laps, **GRAB RUBBER BAND** from official next to picnic shelter so that you may keep track of your laps.  If you are dropping out or stopping early you must inform officials at the picnic shelter.

RACE PROCEEDS go to **SAVE OUR DESERT & TRAILS/ SAVE LOST DOG ASSN.**

>>MAP of course is posted here at the blogsite (maps also posted and available at start).  >>>NOTE!  Course is well-marked (orange flags/ chalk arrows/ signs), but you should STUDY the MAP as there are numerous sharp turns.  There will be at least one trail register box you pass on the loop, and after the first lap each runner should take a card from the BOX on each lap (thus, a marathoner would pick up cards on Laps 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6).  Marathoners also do short extra out-back at end to get in proper distance.  ***We are trying to be fair, and have all runners complete the proper course.

We have LOTS of FOOD and refreshments, nice medals and t-shirts etc.  We expect a FUN day on our beautiful local trails.

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Giant Ledge Trail Runs Map

Giant Ledge Map

Sleeping Lion Ridge Trail Runs Saturday, October, 13Th 2018. 8:15a.m.

Westside Regional Park/Don Haskins Rec. Centre (High Ridge Road in West El Paso)

8.5 mile/   5.5mile/   2.5 mile Fun Run/Walk

T-Shirts to all participants. Medals to all finishers in the two longest runs

Hand-made ceramic mugs to 1-4 M/W in two longer races     ( no age group awards)

TEAM Awards

Door prizes, including gift certificates to UP AND RUNNING

****** First leg of  “EL PASO BORDER TRAIL TRIPE CROWN” !

Fully stocked aid stations, some self help.

Reasonable entry fees. See https:// raceadventuresunlimited.com     (this is where you will register on-line by Wednesday, October 10th, by 11:59 p.m.)

These courses / trails are quite different to January SQUARE LEDGE TRAIL RUNS, and include steep ascent of Sleeping Lion Ridge.

Map to be posted here ASAP

Photos of Square Ledge Trail Race, 2018

Photos by Arpan DeAngelo

 

Photos of Square Ledge Trail Race, 2018

 

BIG THANK YOU y muchisimas gracias

To all runners and helpers who came to the SQUARE LEDGE TRAIL RUNS on Saturday.

The weather was fine and there were many, many remarkable running efforts.

Photos and final results should be up shortly.  We had almost 1,000 action pictures and have to edit and fit them on to the blogsite (which has gig. Limits).

 

As for RESULTS, a few folks stopped a full 5km loop short of the distance for which they signed up.  If the run is held again, we think that going to a slightly longer loop it may be easier for everyone to know how many laps they have done.  Since we have been putting on trail races in the region since 1990, we find that Garmin/ GPS units have– paradoxically– made it HARDER for runners to sense their pace and miles.  For e.g., we were shown people’s wrist Garmin etc. Devices that showed the longest run was everything from 18.8 to 19.3 miles.  We measured the trails slowly with calibrated wheel (Jones Counter), but measuring any trail is difficult (this is why no trail races can be CERTIFIED).

 

****BUT most importantly– most everyone had FUN!!!  Thank you all again!

2017 Square Ledge Action–

Square Ledge Trail Runs 2018

Square Ledge trail Runs 2017

El Paso, TX, USA.    Westside/ High Ridge Park.

Sat. Jan. 27, 2018.

4.5 mile/ 9 mile/ 13.5 mile/ 19.5 mile (31K)

8:10 a.m. M.S.T. start all races


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http://www.raceadventuresunlimited.com


———in-person registration:  at UP AND RUNNING WEST (N. Mesa St.)

Friday Jan. 26, 3- 6 p.m.

No race day registration.

PACKET PICK-UP:  at UP AND RUNNING WEST, Friday Jan. 27  3- 6 p.m.

At start line area (picnic shelter by soccer field) – Saturday morning before race.————–  All races start 8:10 a.m. M.S.T.                                                                                                                                    Medals to all finishers of three longer races.

T-shirts to all runners

Dozens of raffle and door prizes

COURSE:  Series of loops mostly on desert trails and old jeep roads at around 4,000′ elev.   Course is well-marked with chalk, orange flagging, directional signs.

AID STATIONS with water, coke, sports drink, crackers, pretzels, gels

every 1.7 miles.  Plentiful food and drink after race at picnic pavillion as well.

 

MAP of course to be posted here ASAP.

 

For further info. please contact–

mark at    markgd55@gmail.com

(915)497-9329.

Many thanks for your interest, see you out there!

 

 

Reminder: TRAIL TRIPLE CROWN 2017

To all finishers of 9 mile or longer races at Square Ledge trail Tuns Jan. 28:

We hope you registered for the SIERRA VISTA TRAIL RACES Saturday Mar. 4 in Las Cruces.  This is the second leg of the 2017 “Border trail Triple Crown.”

For anyone finishing the 9 mile (or longer race) at Square Ledge, the 10Km (or longer) at Sierra Vista, and the 8.2 mile at Jackrabbit Rally (Mar. 27 in Franklin Mountains State Park), you will qualify for a custom-made ceramic mug with distinctive logo etc.  There may be additional awards– we will keep you posted.  And these are all given out at NO extra charge to the runner.

MEDALS and SHIRTS:

Our apologies– we HAVE the extra medals and t-shirts that were ordered, we just have not gotten them to UP AND RUNNING (have been out of town, etc.– but no real excuse!)

THANK YOU for your patience.

Hope to see many of you at Sierra Vista Runs on Saturday March 4!

January 9 Update:

A map of the approximate course will appear here shortly.

BUT, basically– we start and finish by the soccer field picnic pavillion  in High Ridge Park, do a short lap of the soccer field and then head south on trails that zig-zag through the first arroyo.

From arroyo trail, uphill to s. end of first dam and then go clockwise around South Mountain.  **NOTE– there are some sharp, right-angled or “square” ledges that the trail traverses just above Redd Road/ Dunkin’ Donuts/ etc.  be careful.

At +- 1 mile point head north over dam #1 and then around Middle Mountain to dam #2.  Cross dam #2 and then drop down to northeast and head for dam #3.  Cross far west edge (big boulders, nice chat surface) of Dam #3.  Do short loop to north before rejoining outbound route.

Return to start same way, EXCEPT bypass South Mountain and head straight for start/ finish.  There will be chalk arrows and lines on the ground, directional signs and volunteers when and where possible.

Back at start at +-4.55 miles.

2nd, 3rd and 4th loops are same as first EXCEPT we do not circle the soccer field and take a more direct single-track path to the arroyo in the first 500 yards.

The “Big 30Km” runners do an additional mile loop out to South Mountain and back.

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BORDER TRAIL TRIPLE CROWN:

Runner must complete at least the following distances at the following trail runs:

–9 mile or longer at Square Ledge Runs on Jan. 28.

–6.3 mile or longer at Sierra Vista Trail Runs (SV North Trailhead, Las Cruces) /early March

–8.1mile at Jackrabbit Rally Trail Runs, Franklin Mountains State Park, early April.

(all stats will be carefully monitored.  Runners satisfying the above requirements will receive nice custom “Trail Triple Crown” ceramic mug etc. after Jackrabbit Rally)

***Anyone completing 30Km or longer at Square Ledge + Sierra Vista and 8+ mile at Jackrabbit will receive mug plus gift certificate to UP AND RUNNING, El Paso’s only running specialty shop.

Further questions?  Please contact Mark at–  markgd55@gmail.com  or   (915)581-9541.

We look forward to greeting you in person on January 28th!