Elder Creek Night Runs is back for 2024 - this time with a FULL MOON! Come experience a few of our favorite things - a desert sunset, some great single track surrounded by red shank and manzanita trees, and a run with all our friends under the stars. We are especially thankful to the Cahuilla Band of Indians for the use of this beautiful land.
The 4.6 mile looped course is a mix of single track trail and wide open dirt road. You will hit an aid station after every loop, as well as pass your parked car. Sunset is at 7:55 p.m and then it's ALL fun and games through the desert on the super fun trails to the finish. Great for everyone - from the experienced ultramarathon runner to anyone new to trail running!
50K: 7 Loops
30K: 4 Loops
1/2 Marathon: 3 Loops
9 Miler: 2 Loops
All runners will receive a finishers medal, a sticker, and a commemorative shirt.
Gear You'll Need
We HIGHLY recommend trail shoes. Road shoes mean you're higher up and more likely to roll an ankle. Required Gear You MUST have a headlamp to participate. No Exceptions! A flashlight is not acceptable. Get a headlamp with at least 150 lumens with new or freshly charged batteries before the start.
The Cahuilla Band of Indians is Mountain Cahuilla (Qawishpa Cahuillangnah), one of the original peoples of Southern California. The Mountain Cahuilla have lived in the high mountain valleys and canyons, running up from the Coachella Valley, San Gorgonio Pass, and San Jacinto Mountains region of Southern California since time immemorial. Cahuilla history in stories and songs tells how the Cahuilla were given these lands as their homeland since the beginning of time by their Creator. The Cahuilla reservation of approximately 20,000 acres of Trust Land was established in 1875 and is located near Anza, California in what is now western Riverside County. We thank tribal council chairman Daniel Salgado for the opportunity. We are extremely honored to be permitted to have a race on this land.
RD extraordinaire and an incredible female pioneer and role model in the sport, Keira Henninger, gave us the opportunity to continue holding this special trail race after she founded it in 2021. We continue to be woman-run.
Thankful also for the use of photos by the super talented:
James Lugo: https://www.instagram.com/lugo_lugo
Dave Wiskowski www.davidwphoto.com
and Jake Melham, who also created the Elder Creek artwork.
Sign up to receive a special discount on registration for the July 22, 2023 Elder Creek Night Runs!