2014 Wild Horse Trail Half Marathon & 10K

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The race was a BLAST! Thanks so much to the staff and volunteers for the well-organized event. The mudfest merely added to the fun! I am hooked on trails!

- Cindy C.
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2014 Wild Horse Trail Half Marathon Video

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Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Race Start: Half Marathon: 7:00 am (PST) 10K: 7:20
(Mandatory Race Day Check-in: 6:00 am FOR ALL RACERS!)
(Parking Lot opens at: 5:30pm)

Otay Lake County Park – Boat Launch
2234 Wueste Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915

About This Race:

Last year’s schwag pictured here. 2014 schwag is different!

The Wild Horse Trail Half Marathon and 10K is brought to you by Dirt Devil Racing.com and kicks off the 2014 race season. It is also the very first of four races in the Half Marathon “Animal Series” and Progressive Series. Being one of four trail half marathons (and probably the friendliest course), Wild Horse promises to deliver the ultimate in a trail running experience. If you plan to do the series, do NOT miss this second race! (If you do NOT plan to do the series … this is still one of the best Half Marathon courses we offer. It sold out in 45 days last year, and we expect the same this year!  The Wild Horse 10K is flat and fast with mostly lake view single track technical trail.

So act fast and don’t delay on registering at ultrasignup.com thru May 25

Registration opens February 1, 2014 and closes May 23, 2014

10K Pricing:

  • $45 – Through February 28
  • $50 – Through March 31
  • $55 – Through May 23rd

Half Marathon Pricing:

  • $65 – Through February 28th
  • $70 – Through March 31st
  • $75 – Through May 23rd


Course Map:

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Click Here to view elevation and other data on this race course.

Course Description:

  • Half Marathon: Situated around Otay Lakes and the USA Olympic Training Center, the Wild Horse Trail Half Marathon traverses some of the most spectacular surroundings that can be found in San Diego County. As the gun goes off, racers will start on the Southwest side of Otay Lakes with sweeping views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. As the race begins, runners can take advantage of the flat, fast start for the first mile following the dirt/gravel road around the lake towards the Olympic Training Center. Once there the trail dips down along the lake edge offering well groomed single track on the way to the first of many footbridges and aid stations. After the first aid station the trail bends around the lake and continues on single track trail right along the lake shore. The trail remains flat and fast winding amongst the trees until aid station two at mile 3.7 near Otay Lakes Road. Depending on the lake water level runners will either continue along the lake shore or be diverted onto Otay Lakes Road for a brief period of time before continuing around the lake. Runners arrive at the turnaround and 3rd aid station and should pause to take in the view of this inspiring San Diego resource. The views from the third aid station are amazing. On the return trip, runners will be diverted to Upper Otay Lakes (and the smaller of the two) and then return onto the single track going back the way they came. The race finishes back at the Start/Finish area where you will be cheered and greeted by the Dirt Devil Racing staff and crew, in addition to family, spectators, and a Finisher’s Award.
  • 10K: With a fast double track trail start runners pass the Olympic Training Center before entering the single track trail that runs along the lake.  Run through reeds, over bridges along the lake before turning around at the second aid station….this is a fast, fast 10K!

Post Race Awards Ceremony & Breakfast: The Awards Ceremony & Post Race Breakfast is being held on site with food being provided by Mimi’s Kitchen http://www.inmimiskitchen.com/

  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Vegetarian Burritos
  • Gluten Free
  • Fruit

Google Map Here: http://goo.gl/maps/T9HDO

Goodies & Awards: All Half Marathon Finishers receive a unique finishers race logo pint glass, race logo technical running shirt and another special award.  10K will receive a moisture wicking race logo technical fabric running shirt and another special finisher award…..but no pint glass….ya gotta run the Half for those!

Course cut-off: 

  • Half Marathon: Course cut-off time is 3 hours. No Finisher Awards will be given for any racer not completing the course within 3 hours. Also, please be sure to click on the new “FAQ” (frequently asked questions) drop-down page on our website for a complete list of “RACE RULES.”
  • 10K: Course cut-off is 1:45.  No finisher awards will be given to any racer not completing the course in 1:45.  Also, please be sure to click on the new “FAQ” (frequently asked questions) drop-down page on our website for a complete list of “RACE RULES.”

Special Invite:  Any runner that breaks 2 hours in the Wildhorse Trail Half Marathon will automatically qualify for early registration into the Inaugural Howl at the Moon Trail Half Marathon This exclusive Trail Half Marathon is limited to the first 200 Qualified Racers to register.

Race Capacity: 400

Registration: Now available online at Ultrasignup.com by clicking here:


Aid Stations:

  • Half Marathon: There will be 5 aid stations along the course that will be well stocked from our Race Sponsors with Electrolyte Replenisher Drinks, various Energy Gels, and water. The aid stations will be located at approximately miles 1.2 … 3.6 … 6 … 9.5 … and 11.
  • 10K: here will be 3 aid stations along the course that will be well stocked from our Race Sponsors with Electrolyte Replenisher Drinks, various Energy Gels, and water. The aid stations will be located at approximately miles 1.2….3.6 and 5

It is MANDATORY that all runners carry at minimum 12 oz. hand bottle for hydration. This is a trail race and we are trying to eliminate the use of cups at Aid Stations to truly go green. We need you to do your part. We will meet you half way this year … but may go completely green in 2015. So get your practice runs in now!

Trail Map: See above

Directions to Start: The race parking & start area will be at the Boat Launch at Lower Otay Lake. You can use this map (http://bit.ly/mWWf4D) to get directions. It is highly recommended that you use one of the following routes to get to the race start. Taking Olympic Parkway all the way may take an excessive amount of time due to traffic lights. To avoid confusion on race morning, look at a map and plan your route at least a week in advance. There are TWO roads of the exact same name and spelling in the area, and both will be used by those driving to the start (Wueste Road).

Route 1:

  • Take Interstate 805
  • East on Telegraph Canyon Rd
  • Continue East on Otay Lakes Rd
  • Right on Lake Crest Drive
  • Pass the first turn for Wueste Rd and Make SECOND Left on Wueste Rd

Route 2:

  • SR-125 (Toll Road … be sure to have exact change.)
  • East on Otay Lakes Rd
  • Right on Lake Crest Drive
  • Pass the first turn for Wueste Rd and Make SECOND Left on Wueste Rd

Parking: Parking will be available at the race start in the Northwest Boat Launch parking lot only. Space is limited, so carpooling (as always) is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Additional parking may be found nearby at the Olympic Training Center. Please make prior arrangements, as this is private parking.

Packet Pick-up Location: Packet Pick-up will take place at the San Diego Running Institute (SDRI) on the Friday and Saturday before the race:
Friday, June 6 from 11AM – 6PM
Saturday, June 7 th from 10AM – 4PM ONLY!!!

8525 Gibbs Drive, #205
San Diego, CA 921

Google Maps - http://goo.gl/maps/fW9uF

Office: (858) 268-8525

For detailed directions and a map of the pickup, Click Here

Cannot Make Packet Pick-up: Pre-pay for it during Registration and you will have a special line on Race Morning to get your bib and schwag. If you already registered and failed to pre-pay … OR …. you cannot make the listed Packet Pick-up dates/times … you are welcome to send a friend or family to get your bib & schwag. They must have a printed copy of your Driver’s License, or a photo copy of it on their smart-phone in order for your gear to be released. This is a free option.

PRE-PAID Packet Pick-up: Unless you have pre-paid for Race Day Packet Pick-up during your registration on Active.com, ALL packets must be picked up from the San Diego Running Institute during the packet pickup hours listed above.

Last Minute Race Day Pick-up: If you cannot or have not done any of the above, you will only have until Thursday, January 24th at 6:30pm to pay over the phone via credit card for the $20 LATE Race Day Pick-up fee.

Anyone who fails to follow the simple options above, will ONLY be allowed to get their Bib on race morning. No schwag will be available at the race, nor after the race. Please make it easy on yourself … plan ahead.

MANDATORY Race Day Check-in: All race participants MUST check in on race morning. Race check in begins at 6:00am. Failure to check in prior to starting the race will result in automatic disqualification, meaning no time will be posted in the Race Results. Sounds harsh? … we know … but think of it this way; if you forget to print your airline boarding passes, or check-in with the gate agent, will your flight wait for you … or refund you if you miss it?! Nope. (Us neither.)

Refund Policy:  There are no refunds….no exceptions.  Dirt Devil Racing does allow for free bib transfers though.  You must notify the race director or your intent to swap the bib.  The person taking your bib must also notify the race director and provide all necessary information in order to complete the process.  If all necessary information is not provided to the race director the bib will be “disqualified” regardless of who runs wearing it.  No bib transfers will be accepted after May 23rd , 2014…….no exceptions.


Canceling: If you can no longer run the race and it is too late to receive a refund, you are encouraged to let the Race Director: Krista@SDRi.net know that you are canceling. This will “potentially” allow another Wait Listed racer the opportunity to run if there is enough lead time. Sure you don’t get your money back, because all the race expenses have already been paid out, including the schwag and goodies, porta-potties, permits, insurance, etc that we have purchased on your behalf … but it does net you some great “running karma” for your next successful race!! And who doesn’t need that, right?!!!

Wait List Option: Once the race is sold out …. (and it will) …. you can email the Race Director: Krista@SDRi.net and request to be Wait Listed. This is the information that will be required to complete that process. You will get a “Wait List Confirmed” email once you have successfully completed the process. Further instructions will follow. All fields must be filled out in order for your Wait List to be entered in the system:

Once your completed info is received you will be waitlisted in the order your ‘original’ email request was received. Do NOT send duplicate emails, unless it contains separate racer info. All fields MUST be filled out completely.

Be sure the EMAIL ADDRESS you use in your answers is one you can check 24/7.

As cancellations come in, the next on the Wait List will be EMAILED and offered the chance to call SDRI and pay for the race. Once payment is complete you are in. You will NOT be required to pick up your bib until race morning.

Racer’s First & Last Name:
Racer’s Phone Number:
Racer’s Email (that you can check any day of the week)
Racer’s Birthdate (mm-dd-yy)
Racer’s Age on Race Day:
Racer’s Gender:
Racer’s City & State & Zip (Country if non-USA)
Racer’s Pace on Trails at the Half Distance (6-7 min mile/ 8 min mile / 9 min mile/ 10 min mile/ 11+ min mile)
Racer’s Shirt Size (Unisex style) = Small, Medium, Large, XL) *

* Schwag may NOT be available in your size or at all. (Believe it or not, some people actually turn in their bib and drop from the race, but still pick up their shirt and schwag prior to doing so. We try to reorder the Wait List shirts in the size you request, but often there is not enough time to get more shirts prior to the race.) But if we have them on hand, you will get it. Promise!! Sorry, this is one pitfall all Wait-List’ers have to contend with.

Traveling to San Diego for the Wild Horse Half Marathon or 10K?
San Diego has a long list of great attractions and activities for you and your family to enjoy. Just be sure to plan well ahead of time regarding your transportation to/from the race. There is not a great deal of public transportation in this particular race location.

Thank you to our sponsors:

San Diego Running Institute
Ultralight no bounce hydration packs, hydration systems, and workout towels from Orange Mud
Endurance sports training, equipment, nutrition, injury prevention and race coverage, all aimed at you, the amateur endurance athlete.
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SLS3 Triathlon Gear and Accessories
Salt Stick Electrolyte Capsuls and Dispensers
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The performance sock company
Pure Natural Energy
Grab Some Gear and Get Outside! At Merrell, we’re all about the great outdoors. Our employees don’t just sell outdoor gear – they put it to the test. From helping you find the right fit to recommending a new trail, we’re here to make sure you have the hiking boots, barefoot shoes, hiking clothing and information you need for your next adventure.


PLEASE NOTE: Some comments listed below are from previous year’s races. Look for the date listed above the comment to see what year and race the commenter is referencing.

32 Responses to 2014 Wild Horse Trail Half Marathon & 10K

  1. JoeBruin88 says:

    Signed up already! Looking forward to it.

  2. jesus ramirez says:

    active is not letting me sign for the wildhorse half. Is this the only way to register?

  3. Bethany says:

    I was wondering how to register for the animal series all together? I know that was offered last year; however, I was unable to make them all so I couldn’t do it. Does that still exist this year?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Dr. Runco says:

      We are working on getting the entire series open for registration Bethany. Currently we only have the Wildhorse open. The other will be open soon but you will have to register for each one separately but register early and you will get the early bird discount for each.

  4. John Childs says:

    My first trail half…can’t wait!

  5. jeff ingraham says:

    have a decent (but not an exact idea) of where this trail is. is there another way to find the exact route? there are alot of little side trails down there and i would like to mimic this as close to possible to start training. thanks!

    • Dr. Runco says:

      it is pretty accurate. Out to the turn around from the Marina then to the upper lake then back to the marina. the gps on the website is really good. Follow it and you should be fine

  6. michelle says:

    WooHoo! We’re excited to be able to run the route when we’re in SD for a conference, from Columbia SC.

  7. Art Smart says:

    How do I apply the club member discount when signing up with active? Is there a dicount code ? Looking forward to this race and the grand slam series.

  8. Mike Bickel says:

    I just signed up for the race in Jan. I runmany half and full marathons but this is first trail run. What can I expect on the course? Is ther any water stops or do I need to pack my own? Thanks.


    • Dr. Runco says:

      You will love the Wildhorse Trail Half Mike. It is a beautiful trail and will have 5 well stocked aid stations. We always encourage runners to run with at least a hand bottle though…..it saves cups and in the event we run out of water (it has happened once) you have plenty to drink.

  9. t says:

    Confused by two things:
    1) Why do you charge $11 for race participants to attend the race awards ceremony?
    2) Why can’t I pay with AMEX credit card?
    Please explain.

    • Dr. Runco says:

      1. It is for the breakfast at Rock Bottom Brewery
      2. That is an active.com policy to not take AMEX I guess. I have nothing to do with that although I can inquire.

      • t says:

        1) there was no choice to attend the Awards Ceremony w/o doing the breakfast …the ‘choices’ were either breakfast OR “I can’t attend.”

        2) I just paid for another event on Active.com last week and I used my AMEX.

        Hey, I’ve gone and signed-up for the Wild Horse Trail Half Marathon but had to dig around to find an old VISA/MC I rarely use. Also I guess I’m gonna miss the Awards Ceremony (not that I stand even a remote chance of being on the podium, lol) b/c I don’t want the buffet breakfast.
        – tom

        • Dr. Runco says:

          You can go to the awards ceremony and not get breakfast just choose “can’t go”. it is a pre-fab template.

          I will look into the Amex issue…..I do not remember ever choosing to not take AMEX…again it is Active.com taking the fees then cutting me a check so I really do not care which cards they use. It is common for business to not take AMEX because of the fees they used to charge. I take AMEX in my office and SDRI so I have no reason to not take it on active.com

  10. nathan s. says:

    Is the event sold out already?

  11. Josh S. says:

    Any spots still available Dr. Runco??

  12. susana says:

    Hi Dr. Runco,

    When I registered for the race I paid for the post race breakfast. Can you please provide the address where it will be held?
    I just emailed my attendance confirmation, thought it was not necessary but I dont want to miss out.

  13. RILEY says:

    Cant to pound the trails wait this weekend!

  14. RILEY says:

    Wow! That scrambled my sentence…Can’t wait to pound the trails this weekend!

  15. j says:

    when will results be available??

  16. Jim W. says:

    Are there any photos available from the race? If so, where can we find them? Thanks for a great race and a fun time!

  17. Martha Zarate says:

    This was a great race. Well organized, plenty of hydration stations. Fun, fun, fun. I will do it again next year.

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