Last Race in the Series October 7, 2017
(4th race of the Half Marathon Series and 4th race of the Progressive Series)
$67 – Early Bird through May 31, 2017
$77 – Through July 31, 2017
$87 – August 1 until race sells out
$45 – Through May 31, 2017
$55 – Through July 31, 2017
$60 – Until race sells out
San Dieguito River Park
3600 Sunset Drive
Escondido, CA 92025
Race Capacity: 400
Course Description: The Raptor Ridge half marathon is an out-n-back course that begins with 4.5 miles of flat and fast jeep road that winds east towards the San Diego Safari Park and Raptor Ridge. The single track up Raptor Ridge is completely doable for stronger runners. Runners who are not as strong should expect to “do some hiking” up to the top. At the top you are rewarded by views of the entire valley. October is a gorgeous time of year and the view at the top of the ridge is impressive. As you continue down the other side of Raptor Ridge you really make up time. Lean into the hill and run fast down the opposite side as you make your way back into the flats and towards your turnaround point.
After the turnaround, running up the backside of the ridge is easier than running up the single track. The hill is longer and on less of an incline. Try to run all the way to the top as you feel your quads burning. As you crest the top get back on the single track and “trail-surf” all the way to the bottom. This is trail running at its best. Running downhill, really fast with great views all around you. Spectacular!
As you run along the rolling jeep road toward the 5th aid station with the mountains on your left make sure to ready your bottle for filling. It is only 3 miles to go now and it is all flat. Now you are on your way back. Farms are on both sides of you and you can settle into a nice, comfortable pace as you near the end. As you come closer you can hear the sounds of cowbells ringing and volunteers calling “Runner”! It gives you a jolt of energy and will allow you to speed up as you cross the finish.
Course cut-off: The course cut-off time is 3.5 hours. No finisher awards will be given for any racer not completing the course within 3.5 hours.
Aid Stations: There will be 5 aid stations on the course.
ALL RUNNERS MUST CARRY SOME FORM OF HYDRATION! It can be a simple 12 ounce bottle of water or a 64 ounce backpack but it is MANDATORY that all runners carry hydration.
Directions to Start: Click Here for Directions (Google Maps)
Parking: There is ample parking near the race start. If using the lot, you MUST follow Parking Staff direction. Street parking is limited.
Race Check in: 5:45 am – 6:45 am
Race Start Time: 7 am
Packet Pick-up Location: Packet Pick-up will take place at the starting area. All racers will receive you bib when you check in. Half Marathoners will receive their medal at the finish line (assuming you finish). There is no medal for the 5K. All racers, once finished, will proceed to the check in tent where you will receive your custom, technical fabric race shirt. Half marathoners only will receive a custom logo pint glass in addition to the race shirt and medal.
MANDATORY Race Day Check-in: All race participants MUST check in on race morning. Failure to check in prior to starting the race will result in automatic disqualification. Check-in begins at 5:45. Please read ALL of the “MANDATORY READ” race day rules prior to race day to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Prizes: ALL runners will receive a commemorative BEER GLASS with race logo and date of event, moisture wicking technical logo shirt and super cool race medal. These collector’s glasses are the final in the 2017 set that the Half Marathon Series participants can earn. Those participants that have completed ALL 4 races in the Grand Slam Progressive Series or Half Marathon series will also receive a commemorative Stainless Steel HESS Brewing/Dirt Devil Beer Growler.
Medal: All participants that finish the race will receive a really cool medal.
To be eligible for the Progressive Series and the prizes that go with it, you must participate in the Raptor Ridge Half as well as the Foxy 5K, Wildhorse 10K and the Stairway to Heaven 15K. Runners that have completed all 4 will receive the coveted HESS-Dirt Devil Racing Stainless Steel Mini Growler.
The Raptor Ridge Half Marathon is also the last Half Marathon in the Half Marathon Series. Runners that have completed all 4 Half Marathons (including this Raptor Ridge race) will receive the coveted HESS-Dirt Devil Racing Stainless Steel beer Growler.
For prizes provided to Overall and Age Group Winners please see the Race Prizes page.
Race Results: Race results will be available at the finish line. Please do not interrupt the professional timing team. Just as you want an accurate time, so do the racers that have yet to finish behind you. We will have the Overall & Age Group Winner times available at the Post-Race Party & Awards Ceremony at HESS Brewing in North Park All race times and distance placing will be available on the www.DirtDevilRacing.com website no later than the Wednesday after the race and on www.Ultrasignup.com within 24 hours after the race.
Post-Race Party and Awards Ceremony: Dirt Devil Racing has teamed up with Mike Hess Brewing Company to bring you an excellent post-race party and awards celebration! After the race, head to the Hess Brewing North Park for the end of the season Awards Celebration. Of course there will be plenty of incredible beer, awards, photos, and a chance to hang out and rehash the great race you just completed!
The brewery is a short 20 minute drive from the race site and will be on the way home for most people coming to the race from San Diego. For directions from the race site to Hess Brewing North Park please use this map:
Post-Race Party starts at 10:30am … Awards at noon! So head home and shower first if you’d like.
If you do not make the awards party you will have ONLY ONE WEEK to claim your prize at SDRI.
Refund Policy: There are no refunds….no exceptions. Dirt Devil Racing does allow for bib transfers up to 2 weeks prior to the race however there is a $5 admin fee. You must notify the race director (Drrunco@sdri.net) or your intent to swap the bib. The person taking your bib must also notify the race director (Drrunco@sdri.net) and then go to ultrasignup.com top register. When prompted to pay….DO NOT…proceed to checkout where you will see the balance is $0. If it says anything other than “$0″ get off the site and contact Drrunco@sdri.net. 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 April 3, 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 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 Raptor Ridge Half Marathon? San Diego has a long list of great attractions and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you will be traveling to the race for the weekend here are a few hotels close to the start as well as some places the Dirt Devils love to check out after a run in the area.
Places to Stay:
Things to Do:
San Diego Safari Park
Orfila Vineyards and Winery
Stone Brewing Company
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Sea World San Diego
San Diego Zoo
Kit Carson Park
Greenflash Brewing Company
Thank you to our sponsors: