2018 Foxy Trail Half Marathon and 5K

Date: Saturday April 14, 2018 Register

Location: Lake Hodges.  

Start/Finish: Rancho Bernardo Community 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. Make sure to get your medal when you finish then proceed to the check in tent where you will receive your custom, technical fabric race shirt and race logo pint glass.

Click here for Directions to Start/Finish area and Parking

Parking:  There is ample parking at the start/finish area.

Half Marathon Start: 7 am

5K Start: 7:20 am

(Mandatory Race Day Check-in: 5:30-6:45 am FOR ALL RACE DISTANCES!)
(Parking Lot opens at: 5:30pm)

***Please have your photo ID ready to show in order to pick up your bib.  You can also have a picture of  YOUR ID to show on your smart phone******

Course Map Half Marathon: Note…..course is subject to mild changes depending on weather and any trail closures


Course Map 5K:

Course Map

Course cut-off:

  • Half Marathon: The course cut-off time is 4 hours.  No finisher awards will be given for any racer not completing the course within 4 hours.
  • 5K: Course cut-off time is 80 minutes.  No finisher award will be given for any racer not completing the course in 80 minutes.

Aid Stations: There will be 5 aid stations on the Half Marathon course.  The 5K will not have any aid stations but there will be water at the finish.

Entry Fees:

Foxy Trail 5K

  • $42 – Early Bird through January 14, 2018 ($47 starts January 15)
  • $47 – closes 2/14/2018 at midnight ($52 starts February 15)
  • $52 – closes when race sells out

Foxy Trail Half Marathon

  • $60  – Early Bird through January 14, 2018 ($75 starts January 15, 2018)
  • $75 –  2/14/2018 at midnight ($82 starts February 15, 2018)
  • $82  –  until race sells out

Refund Policy:  There are no refunds….no exceptions.  Dirt Devil Racing does allow for bib transfers or distance changes 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 to register.   When prompted to pay….DO NOT…proceed to checkout where you will see the balance is $5.  If it says anything other than “$5” 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 1, 2018…….no exceptions.

Race Schwag:  All finishers receive a race logo pint glass, moisture wicking race logo shirt and custom race medal.

Prizes/Awards: Prizes provided to Overall Male and Female 1st-3rd and First place Age Group Winners.  Please see the Race Prizes Page for more details.

Half Marathon and Progressive Series Pricing
You must sign up for early bird/Tier 1 pricing for each individual race.  Sorry but there is not an additional discount or way to sign up for all 4 at once.

  • You must run all 4 races to be eligible for the series.  Run all 4 Half’s or the 5K, 10K, 15K and Half.

Half Marathon Course Description:  This local San Diego Trail Half Marathon runs around beautiful Lake Hodges right off of Interstate-15.  The race starts at West Bernardo Park and crosses the new stone suspension bridge from the South side of the Lake to the North side.  After crossing the bridge runners head west along the North Shore trail overlooking the lake.  After passing through the marina runners enter a wooded area and run along the lake shore. This race is an out-n-back.

***NOTICE: Actual Course distance is 13.3 miles! This is a trail race and therefore distances can’t always be exact. Don’t worry, we won’t charge you extra for it. *** It is MANDATORY (HIGHLY SUGGESTED) that all Half Marathon 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 and sustainable. We need you to do your part. We will meet you half way this year … but may go completely green in 2018.  So start running with a handbottle or backpack now!

5K Description:

The 5K is flat and fast with lots of lake views and single track technical trail.  There are no aid station for the 5K so please bring your own water.  This race is a loop.

Post-Race Party and Awards Ceremony: Will be held on site at Rancho Bernardo Community Park.  Please bring something to eat and drink (unless you like beer….we are sponsored by Mike Hess Brewing Company so we will have beer!)

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About This Race … and it’s role in the Half Marathon Animal Series:

The Foxy Trail Half Marathon is brought to you by Dirt Devil Racing.com and is the first Trail Half Marathon of four Half Marathons being held in 2018 as part of the “Animal Half Marathon Series.”   All our trail races are incredible, but this Foxy out and back race is probably the most scenic course in our series.

If you plan to do the Animal Series you MUST run all FOUR races in the Animal Series.  The Foxy in April, and the Wildhorse on June 14th are the first two.  Raptor Ridge in August, and the final race (still undisclosed) in October completes the Series … so do NOT miss this first race!)

If you do NOT plan to do the series and just want to run a great trail Half Marathon … this is still one of the faster and most scenic Half Marathon trail courses that we offer.  It sold out last year, and we expect the same this year!

Race Results: Preliminary 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 when the race is finished and results will be posted by the next day on ultrasignup.com. All race times and distance placing will be available on the DirtDevilRacing.com website no later than the Wednesday after the race. 

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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.

75 Responses to 2018 Foxy Trail Half Marathon and 5K

  1. Marcus Speckhahn says:

    Victor…please note that the Foxy Half date is incorrectly shown on the Dirt Devil website as occurring on April 22nd, 2013. It actually takes place on the 28th. Cheers, Marcus

  2. Marilyn says:

    Hi, I will be in visiting San Diego the weekend of the race. Is the trail paved or is it all dirt? I’ve done a few 1/2 marathons but nothing on a trail path. :-)

  3. Tad says:

    When does this wonderful-looking half marathon traditionally sell out? I have a friend who may/may not come down that weekend, and we want to run it. I don’t want to sign up until he knows his schedule for sure, but I also don’t want to miss out…

    • Dr. Runco says:

      All of our Half Marathons typically sell out 4-6 weeks prior. With the recent running boom and race craze races are selling out even faster. I would not wait beyond 6 weeks to ensure getting in. We do supply refunds up to 1 month out…..

      • Tad says:

        Thanks for the feedback!! I read about the one month refund, but bummer of bummers, I got sick 3 days before the last half in Chula Vista and couldn’t even get out of bed the morning of the race. Can’t wait for this one, but I sure wish I could’ve done all 4 for the bragging rights…

      • Tad says:

        unfortunately, I can’t break 2 hours even on a road half…

  4. RILEY says:

    Dr. Runco,

    Any idea of where the buffet will be yet? Signing up and wondering whether logistically it makes sense to pre pay for the buffet?


    • Dr. Runco says:

      I am working on a couple of places that are close to the finish area. A couple of the places that really want it I feel are just too small….but we are working on it. I can promise you that it will NOT be North of the finish area….

  5. Tad says:

    Will there be a pre-run weekend? Didn’t some of your other runs have a pre-run weekend where we informally met and ran through part of the course?

  6. Tad says:

    With the impending move, I assume the packet pick up for Foxy will be at the new digs?

  7. denise larson says:

    Is there spots still available to register for the half? I hope so we just bought airlines tickets to go. My boyfriend did this before I checked to see if registration was still available.

  8. Denise says:

    Can i still register for the foxy half marathon? I hope so my boyfiend bought us airline tickets to go before I registered. Please advise :-)

  9. Julie Santillan says:

    Is the information for time/location of the Friday packet pick-up out yet? All I’m seeing is TBD’s. Thanks -j

    • Dr. Runco says:

      Did you not get the race email and course preview invite? This was in the email “Race day is approaching fast. Race bib pick up will be at San Diego Running Injury Institute’s new location at 8525 Gibbs Drive near the 805/163 Kearny Mesa area. The place is pretty awesome so come check it out!”

      • Julie Santillan says:

        Is there a particular time during the day on Friday?

        • Dr. Runco says:

          Typically we do between 11am-6pm on Friday and 11am-3pm on Saturday

          • Amanda Finch says:

            Thanks – I didn’t get that email either. Will they be posting the course preview on the website? Or maybe resend the emails? Thanks!

          • Dr. Runco says:

            I am working on getting the GPS coordinates up and going. There might be another course preview…not sure yet. There will be another email going out soon with a few announcements.

  10. Jason says:

    Will there be s-caps (or something similar) available at the aid stations?

    • Dr. Runco says:

      There will be electrolyte drink and gels at some aid station but we do not typically provide salt pills for Half Marathons.

  11. Carla J. McGirr says:

    My husband is injured and cannot do the race. Is it possible to transfer his race number to a friend?

    Also, where can I find the packet pick-up details?

    • Dr. Runco says:

      We do not allow bib transfers Carla. I am copying your email to my co-race director Krista. She will respond to you.

  12. Emma Jeter says:

    When will the time and place for packet pick up be posted?

  13. Emma Jeter says:

    Will results and official times be posted soon?

  14. Allison says:

    My husband and I are about to sign up for the half marathon! Just curious if everyone receives a medal?

    • Dr. Runco says:

      No Allison…….we are giving something other than a traditional medal…..all runners will receive a finishers award though. We have found through racer feedback that traditional medals are “tired” and “non-functional”, “sit in my closet”, “have no practical use” and similar comments. For this reason we are switching to a more usable and functional finishers award

  15. Marilyn says:

    I was interested in the 5k… I’m new to running races… I was curious if there is any prize for the 5k… All the prizes listed are just labeled under the half marathon…?

    • Dr. Runco says:

      Yes there is a prize… I still need to update the website. All runners 5K and Half will receive a technical moisture wicking running shirt in addition to another functional award when they finish the race. The male and female winners will also receive an additional prize

  16. Lisa says:

    really enjoyed the Raptor Ridge 1/2 last year, but I wish I had found out about it sooner. I really want the 4 pint glasses and a commemorative pitcher. What do I need to do to get that this year? The progressive or the animal series or will you still be doing that?

    • Dr. Runco says:

      The animal series is what you want Lisa. Sign up for all 4 Half Marathons at once to ensure entry, save cash and earn your glasses! This year (and last) the pitcher was a Stainless steel full color Logo growler!! Go to http://www.dirtdevilracing.com/2014-racing-schedule/ and follow the link to ultrasignup.com

      • Lisa says:

        You might just kill me with the 4 halfs. I was hoping you would say the Grand Slam like last year with the progressive series.

        • Dr. Runco says:

          we also offer up the 4 Progressive Races the same day Lisa. FOxy 5K, Wildhorse 10K, Stairway to Heaven 15K and Raptor Ridge Half…..ya just don’t get the glasses….or growler.

          • Vinny Casiano says:

            What??? No glasses or growler for progressive series this year. Did I understand that correctly?

          • Dr. Runco says:

            yep……gotta do the half series to earn the glasses and growler…..but we have something else in store for the progressive series :)

  17. Erica Deese says:

    Is there a 5K course map as well? Does it simply go around the peninsula by West Bernardo Park? Thanks.

    • Dr. Runco says:

      I might make a 5K course map…in the past I have it leave West Benardo Park….go left and around the hill along the lake….take the single track West Bernardo Rd. Make a right up the bike path and into the parking area on the right….then right down the trail and back to the gazeebo!….but I might make it different this year :)

  18. Carie says:

    I organize a trail running club for my son’s school. We have some great kids running the trails each week. Do you know if any of your events have a kid-focused race? Something in the 1-2 mile range? THANKS!

    • Dr. Runco says:

      It is a terrific idea and we have discussed it. Currently we do not except for the Foxy 5K on April 6 at Lake Hodges. This is an open run and is not child specific. I will bring it up at our next meeting.

  19. Joanne says:

    Hi Dr. R – I don’t have much trail experience; I’ve only run the Black Mtn. 4K in 2013. I did OK – the most challenging part of it was the steep downhill in the first section of the race. You use the term ‘single track technical’. I’d like a little more information regarding what you mean by technical. When I hear the term ‘technical’ I think of rocks that may be difficult to maneuver. Could you elaborate please. Thanks!

    • Dr. Runco says:

      Your thinking is pretty accurate. Compared to road running trails can be “technical”. “Trail skill,is the combination of your ability to pick good lines through technical trail, your dexterity and proprioception [the sense of how moving parts of your body physically relate to one another in space], and the muscular fitness of those muscle groups that get used on the trail but not as much on the road.” It is different than road running as you have to concentrate and use more dexterit. You jump over rocks instead of homeless people and the scenery is far more beautiful :)

      • Joanne says:

        Great information – thanks. On a scale of 1 – 10, what would you rate the difficulty of the Foxy 5K?

        • Dr. Runco says:

          I am not sure which race to use as the benchmark for the 1 or the 10 so I chose to use the Silver Strand Half as a 1 (it is flat and fast) and the Oriflamme Canyon 50K as a 10…it has 5 miles of climbing 500 feet per mile…5 miles straight.
          Foxy 3 no steep hills but a few “grades”
          Wildhorse 2 flat, flat, flat
          Stairway to Heaven 8 has 4 hills that are not short and 1 staircase with 767 stairs going up the infamous “Stairway to Heaven”
          Raptor Ridge 6 well you have to go up and over Raptor Ridge 2x since it is an out and back. The first 4.5 miles and the last 4.5 miles are flat as can be…through farms mostly
          I just noticed you were asking about the 5K…not the Half. The 5K is flat :)….but technical (single track with beautiful Lake views)

          • Joanne says:

            Thanks Doc R. It sounds like something I can probably handle. If I fall and hurt myself then I’ll have to set up an appointment for you to fix me up. :)

          • Dr. Runco says:

            I ma sure you will be fine and will enjoy the experience as well. NO falling is permitted :)

          • Lisa says:

            On the Stairway to Heaven you said there are 767 stairs going up. Do you have to go back down the stairs as well?

          • Dr. Runco says:

            No. The course is a giant loop…you only go up….once

  20. Hanh says:

    Hello Dr Runco,

    I’m an avid runner and have completed a few half and marathons. I’ve never done any trail running at all, but I’ve just registered for the Foxy and half series. Do you have recommendation regarding training such as meeting up and club?

    Thank you,


  21. Lisa says:

    Last year, for the Raptor Ridge half, I was asked my running time when I signed up. I was given a wave or start time. I was not asked this year when signing up. Are
    we divided by time/pace again and when will this be determined?

  22. Ben says:

    What are the two different course maps? Is the out and back slightly different? Thanks!

  23. Brigid says:

    When will foxy 2014 results be posted?

  24. Gemma says:

    Good Morning, wondering when I’ll see my mug shot on some pics from the Foxy Trail Race?? Thanks for a great race by the way..tons of fun (once I had finished!!) :)

    • Dr. Runco says:

      I am looking into it Gemma. Normally Pat has the photos up in 3-4 days. They are not up yet. In the meantime enjoy the race video

  25. Santiago Alonzo says:

    Any discount for signing up for the whole series at once?

    • Dr. Runco says:

      the discount is in the early bird pricing. If you sign up now for the rest of the races it is much cheaper than waiting.

  26. JOE LAUMAKIS says:


  27. Rich says:

    Maybe I’m just missing it but when I try to look up the
    2016 Foxy Trail half results the site shows only previous years. Please

    Thanks in advance,

  28. Sophia says:

    When will the 2017 Races be posted? I’m trying to decide between this race and another one for April!

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