(3rd Race in the Trail Half Marathon Series and Progressive Series)
Date: August 12, 2017
*****Due to new park policies there will be a modified Half Marathon and 15K course. The map below represents both courses with the differences being described in the notes. The actual distance of the Half will be very close to 13.1 and the 15K 9.3 miles
New Course Map
2013 Stairway to Heaven Half Marathon & 15K Video
What are people saying about the Stairway to Heaven Ultra Half Marathon? “Wonderfully Miserable”, “Perfectly Horrible”, “The hardest but most enjoyable race I have ever done”, “One of these days I will return to do this race…..and I will not leave in an ambulance”
Registration: Opens December 20, 2016
Results: to be posted after race immediately on Ultrasignup.com
Entry Fee Stairway to Heaven 15K
- $55 – Early Bird to May 30, 2017
- $65 – Thru June 30, 2017
- $72 – Until the race sells out
Entry Fee Half Marathon
- $60 – Early Bird to May 30, 2017
- $75 – Thru June 30, 2017
- $82 – Until the race sells out
Mission Trails Regional Park
Equestrian Center off Mast Blvd.
Santee, CA 92071
Race Capacity: 400
Race Start Time: 7 AM
(Mandatory Race Day Check-in: 5:45-6:45 am only)
(Parking Lot opens at: 5:45 am)
Course Description Half Marathon and 15K: Runners will follow the course markings through the grasslands until they begin to ascend a steep ¾ mile hill at mile 2 encountering their first aid station at the top. After reaching the top, runners will wind down into the canyon on a combination of narrow single track and fire road trails. After reaching the second aid station runners will descend into Suycott Wash making their way towards South Fortuna Mountain and the infamous “Stairway to Heaven.” When runners reach the stairway they will ascend up South Fortuna on steps that have been carved into the mountain. Once at the top their efforts are rewarded with spectacular views of the valley … and our own Dirt Devil Stairway Angel.
Runners now make their way to the 3rd aid station (which was also aid station #1 at the top of the hill) before descending the steep ¾ mile hill and returning on the same trails back towards the starting area. About ½ mile before the finish runners will make a sharp left deviating from the original fire road they originally ran out on. After the left turn deviation they will shortly make a sharp right following the double track back to the starting area. This course is not a true out and back. Look at the map below for more detailed instruction.
THE 15K STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN IS A DIFFICULT, HILLY AND TECHNICAL COURSE. HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING AND CHALLENGING
TRAIL RUNS IN SAN DIEGO.
It is MANDATORY that ALL runners carry at minimum 12 oz. hand bottle for hydration. This race is in August, is dusty and steep at points, and you will use more hydration than you normally do. So be prepared!!!
About This Race
. . . and it’s role in both the Half Marathon and Progressive Series:
The Stairway to Heaven Half Marathon and 15k Trail Race is brought to you by Dirt Devil Racing.com and is the 3rd of the four races in the Half Marathon and Progressive Series. All our trail races are incredible, but the Stairway to Heaven Half Marathon and 15k is a challenging, and extremely rewarding course. You will definitely feel a major sense of accomplishment after you cross the finish line! You can run this race independently or as part of the series.
If you plan to do the Half Marathon or Progressive Series you MUST run all FOUR races depending which series you are competing in. The Progressive Series kicks off with the Foxy 5k in April, followed by the Wildhorse 10k in June, then this Stairway to Heaven 15k in August, and finally the Raptor Ridge Half Marathon in October. The Half Marathon Series takes place the same days with the Foxy Half in April, Wildhorse Half in June, Stairway to Heaven Half in August and finally Raptor Ridge in October.
If you are NOT doing the series and just want to run a great Half or 15k trail … then this is an amazing and challenging trail. It sold out a month in advance last year, and we expect the same this year!
So act fast and don’t delay on registering thru www.ultrasignup.com
Course cut-off: The course cut-off time is 4 hours for the Half and 3 hours for the 15K. No finisher awards will be given for any racer not completing the course within the required time.
Aid Stations: There will be 4 aid stations for the 15K and Half. Miles 2 … 4.5 …. 6.5 … and mile 8. There will be aid at the finish area as well.
IMPORTANT: It is MANDATORY that all runners carry at minimum 12 oz. hand bottle for hydration. Besides the fact that this race is in August, is a dusty and steep trail at times, it is also wise to wear the proper sun protection, hat/visors, and carry more hydration that you normally would for a trail of this distance. 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 2016. So get your practice runs in now carrying a hydration pack or belt!
Course Map: http://goo.gl/maps/fZqk1
*This map is a mix of the Half and the 15K…..see below for just the Half Marathon map
Half Marathon Course Map:
Directions to Start: The starting area is located at the Equestrian Center at MissionTrails Park just off of Mast Blvd. To get to the Equestrian Center take the 52 Freeway EAST from San Diego or WEST from El Cajon and exit Mast Blvd. Turn Right (if headed East) at the bottom of the off ramp, and drive straight into the Equestrian center. Turn LEFT (if headed West), and drive straight into the Equestrian center. If the gate is closed you have arrived prior to the 5:45 am parking lot opening. We must follow permit rules and times that we are authorized to open.
Please pre-print directions to ensure you know where you are going the morning of the race.
Race Day Parking: There is ample parking in dirt lots at the Equestrian Center adjacent to the check-in area near the start line. Please follow ALL Parking Staff instructions, as we want to ensure that ALL racers have a parking spot. If you can carpool please do. This makes parking quicker and easier for all. Overflow parking is about ¾ mile away on Mast Blvd, at West Hills Park … just before West Hills High School.
Race Check in: 5:45 am – 6:45am
Race Start Time: Half Marathon 7 am 15K 7:15
There will be a separate start for the Half and 15K with the Half Marathon starting roughly 15 minutes prior to the 15K.
Prizes: All Half and 15K finishers will receive a moisture-wicking technical T-shirt and a commemorative BEER GLASS with the race logo and event date and a really cool race award. This collector’s glass is the 3rd in the set of 4 that finishers can earn. However, by completing All 4 Half Marathons runners can earn a set of all 4 glasses and the coveted Dirt Devil Racing-Mike Hess Beer Logo Stainless Steel Beer Growler.
For prizes provided to Overall and Age Group Winners please see the Race Prizes page.
2012 Stairway To Heaven Race Glass– Actual 2017 schwag will vary.
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 which will be held on site. All race times and distance placing will be available on www.ultrasignup.com within 24 hours and www.DirtDevilRacing.com website no later than the Wednesday after the race.
Post-Race Party and Awards Ceremony will be at West Hills Park:
Packet Pick-up Location: Packet Pick-up will take place at the starting area. All racers will receive their bib when you check in. Half Marathoners and 15K will receive their medal at the finish line (assuming you finish). All racers, once finished, will proceed to the check in tent where you will receive your custom, technical fabric race shirt. Both Half Marathoners and 15K will also receive a custom logo pint glass at this time.
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.
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 August 2nd…….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)
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 6AM. Please read ALL of the “MANDATORY READ” race day rules prior to race day to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Traveling to San Diego for the Stairway To Heaven Trail Half Marathon or 15K? 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:
14455 Penasquitos Dr., San Diego,California, 92129-1603, USATEL: +1-858-672-9100
Holiday Inn Hotel San Diego–La Mesa — 8000 Parkway Drive — La Mesa, 91942
Days Inn & Suites –7475 El Cajon Blvd–La Mesa, 91941
Heritage Inn La Mesa — 7851 Fletcher Pkwy — La Mesa, 91942
Things to Do:
Anthony’s Fish Market – A San Diego Landmark & Lake Restaurant
San Diego Safari Park
Sea World San Diego
Old Town Historic District & Shops
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
San Diego Padre’s Ballpark
San Diego Zoo