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  • #49

    matthew robison (Sunday, 30 January 2011 13:53)

    Is anyone coming from costa mesa willing to let me carpool. I have decided to help crew the race and need a ride from costa mesa to the race. Willing to share with cost of gas if necessary. contact info:

  • #48

    Rob Cowan (Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:27)


    We come down the West Ridge loop on Sawgrass Drive, and have to run a short street section to hook up with the horse trail. The single track is a little overgrown but not bad at all. I will be putting lots of direction signs for the runners. And finally, didn't see any poison oak.

  • #47

    robbi (Thursday, 22 April 2010 11:04)

    Rob, where do we come down off the west park loop?
    Is the final bit pretty clear or should we worry about
    poison oak?

  • #46

    Rob Cowan (Wednesday, 21 April 2010 16:18)

    The race course has been modified to make it even more runner and crew friendly. Please download the race packet and carefully review it for changes. A revised map will be posted along with the race packet - note the race packet update may not be available until this evening.

  • #45

    Ted (Tuesday, 20 April 2010 17:30)

    Rob, where should I meet you? I assume around 2:00 pm.

  • #44

    Rob Cowan (Friday, 16 April 2010 11:41)


    I have an extra mtn bike so we should be okay. I plan on starting activities around 2:00 p.m. Look forward to seeing you there, and thanks for the offer to help!


  • #43

    Rocky Road Runs (Thursday, 15 April 2010 20:34)

    Thanks and Good Luck Elizabeth !

  • #42

    Ted (Thursday, 15 April 2010 19:01)

    Looks like we will miss the rain and have great weather for race day. Rob, I can get there around noon on Friday. But, I don't have a mountain bike. Is there one I can borrow. Or I could help with other things like, cooking, stuffing envelopes etc...

  • #41

    Rob Cowan (Wednesday, 14 April 2010 21:28)


    That would be great. Will probably want a little help marking the course Friday afternoon - plan on doing it on Mountain Bike.


  • #40

    Ted (Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:25)

    Rob, let me know if you need help before the race. Like on Friday, I can get there earlier if you want and help out.

  • #39

    Rob Cowan (Wednesday, 14 April 2010 11:33)

    Thanks for the kind words guys - I think we're going to have a REALLY fun event!

  • #38

    Elizabeth (Wednesday, 14 April 2010 00:12)

    Mailed in my registration today! This'll be my first 50 miler after years of 50Ks--WAHOO! Can't wait to see you all out on the trails.

  • #37

    rob'bi (Tuesday, 13 April 2010 23:18)

    found it! thats a fun little trail!

  • #36

    robbi (Monday, 12 April 2010 20:03)

    thanks, rob. do we run on the fireroad/bellview or on the little single track that runs long side of it? I've never seen the havenhurst track, do we turn up the street or is it before the intersection? SO excited we have a little hometown run!!

  • #35

    Eric Kosters (Monday, 12 April 2010 18:51)

    Thanks Rob, for setting up the training run. I agree with Christian, this course is very runnable. We had a great time. Looking forward to doing my first 100 miler, locally.

  • #34

    Christian (Monday, 12 April 2010 00:59)

    We started at 3pm and it was fairly warm until we turned back at Dove Canyon. As a newbie trail runner, I found the course very runnable. I hiked a handful of the steepest hills and let my momemtum increase my speed on the downhills. Rob pulled out of sight within an hour and marked a few turns with white flour which made it easy to follow the written directions. Eric and I stopped at the fire station to confirm we were going the right way and got to see some great maps of the area.

    I am really dissappointed that I have to work on the 24th, but might still run with a late start. I am looking to complete my first 50 miler and feel this is a good course and group of organizers to do it with. Thanks for the training run, Rob.

  • #33

    Rob Cowan (Sunday, 11 April 2010 18:52)


    The trail heads up to the Bell View trail off of Hayvenhurst. If you run about 100 yards you will see a purple irrigation sign and a short clearing on the berm just before it. Peek over the berm and you will see the trail, which I finally finished clearing Friday.

  • #32

    robbi (Sunday, 11 April 2010 12:24)

    hey rob
    hard to read the course map-where do we go UP to the ridge?
    is the aid station at dove down at the waterfall or above?
    where is the extra bit to add up the total mileage?
    can't wait.

  • #31

    Philip (Saturday, 10 April 2010 16:57)

    I beleive they are meeeting at coto de caza sports park at 3:00PM. The run will be 26 miles.

  • #30

    Jody Van Zanten (Saturday, 10 April 2010 00:56)

    Howdy Rob! I may join you for Saturday's far are you running and what is the meeting point?

    Thanks a bunch! =)

  • #29

    Rob Cowan (Friday, 09 April 2010 12:03)

    I am expecting the following runners Saturday at 3:00 p.m.: Rob Cowan, Brian Krogmann, Eric Kosters, Jean Ho, Charlie Alewine, and Christian Chiappe. Please let me know if anyone else plans on joining us - you can e-mail me at Thanks.

  • #28

    Eric Kosters (Monday, 05 April 2010 21:17)

    Im in

  • #27

    Rob Cowan (Sunday, 04 April 2010 20:23)

    The run has been moved to 3:00 p.m. Saturday due to scheduling issues - please reconfirm your attendance - thanks!

  • #26

    Eric Kosters (Friday, 02 April 2010 23:55)

    That sounds great. Im in also. Thanks Rob.

  • #25

    Brian (Friday, 02 April 2010 17:52)

    I am in. Sounds exciting and thanks for putting together

  • #24

    Rob Cowan (Friday, 02 April 2010 16:52)


    I am planning a FA style run next Saturday morning in which we will run the 100-mile course once, and add an additional 3.2 miles to make it an official marathon. Cost will be $10 with very limited support, and hopefully medals for finishers. Let me know what you think.

  • #23

    Eric Kosters (Friday, 02 April 2010 00:27)

    I would love to see the course before race day. Is there anyway of having a training run on Saturday April 10th?

  • #22

    Rob Cowan (Thursday, 01 April 2010 21:35)

    Ted - although it doesn't feel it, there is around 11,500 feet of elevation gain. Kind of like Kettle Moraine, no big hills but not much truly flat running as well :-)

  • #21

    Ted Liao (Thursday, 01 April 2010 19:51)

    What's the total gain of the 100 miles course?

  • #20

    Ted Liao (Thursday, 01 April 2010 17:02)

    I like the buckle design. Woo hoo... we are gonna have fun.

  • #19

    Rob Cowan (Thursday, 01 April 2010 10:31)

    We will be needing volunteers for the race, so if you know anyone who is interested please have them contact us. Thanks!

  • #18

    Brian (Tuesday, 30 March 2010 08:41)

    Thanks Rob I will be there. It did not seem like it and that is why that post threw me for a loop

  • #17

    Rob Cowan (Monday, 29 March 2010 16:33)


    I can assure you this is no scam - and actually the guy who posted the comment is now signed up for the 100-mile race. This is not an FA type of event, and will have full support - check out the race instructions. Hope to see you next month,


  • #16

    Brian Krogmann (Sunday, 28 March 2010 18:41)

    Hey Rob,

    I have some interest in this race but heard that this is a scam and just wanted to know what is up. Plus I am not familiar with the area - is the trails.. a FA type of event... Hopefully this is legit and I will see you in a month

  • #15

    Rob Cowan (Friday, 26 March 2010 13:54)

    Thanks EKP!

  • #14

    EKP (Thursday, 25 March 2010 19:42)

    If you need help I hope to be able to volunteer for your "scam race" (did you see the note someone posted on but my father in law is in town. I will let you know if I can help as soon as possible.

    Eric Klingsporn

  • #13

    Rob Cowan (Thursday, 25 March 2010 13:17)

    Good job Allison. We look forward to seeing you in April.

  • #12

    Allison Palilla (Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:20)

    I just ran the LA Marathon on Sunday for kicks for a practice run. Looking forward to running with everyone in 30 days! (This is my first 50 mile run).

  • #11

    Rob Cowan (Monday, 22 March 2010 00:54)

    Mark - the run we will be doing on Thursday will cover all of the marathon course - but about 4-5 miles of the training run, at the start, will be on the 50/100 mile course. We will shuttle cars, you will need a headlamp, and the pace will be about 2 hours to cover 11.5 miles. Send me and e-mail at if you need more information - Rob

  • #10

    Mark Rohren (Sunday, 21 March 2010 22:25)

    I'm interested in the Rocky Road marathon and would like more info on the Thursday training run (pace, shuttle, headlamps, etc.)

  • #9

    Rob Cowan (Saturday, 20 March 2010 19:03)

    The next Rocky Road training run will be on Thursday, March 25th at 6:30 p.m. We will run the return leg of the Rocky Road 100 out and back course. Meet at the Dove Canyon Waterfall.

  • #8

    Robert Orcutt (Friday, 19 March 2010 17:45)

    FYI - I ran on this course yesterday... Beautiful views, runnable terrain, and a few challenging climbs. Good course for any skill level. The race director - Rob Cowan, is a very nice man. Also, it's the inaugural year for the event. See you there...

  • #7

    Rob Cowan (Thursday, 11 March 2010 14:49)

    The first training run will be held on Thursday, March 18th at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Dove Canyon waterfall at the corner of Dove Canyon Drive and Plano Trabuco. We will do a car shuttle over to the race start line, and will run the "out" loop of the course - about 11.5 miles.

  • #6

    Robert Orcutt (Wednesday, 10 March 2010 14:25)

    Hi Rob, Yes, that was me. It's great to see you here. I look forward to running with you again. Great Location for an ultra... Kudos !!!

  • #5

    Rob Cowan (Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:30)

    Hi Robert! Don't know if you remember me, but I believe we battled it out at the Big Cat two years ago (at least I think that is you). I'll shoot you an e-mail with a suggestion - Rob Cowan

  • #4

    Robert Orcutt (Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:54)

    I just discovered this event... Very Cool !!! Any chance of having an additional training run this month? my contact email is Thanks...

  • #3

    Rob Cowan (Tuesday, 09 March 2010 17:04)

    Training Run will be held in early April

  • #2

    some runner (Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:05)

    when is the training run?

  • #1

    Rob Cowan (Sunday, 14 February 2010 17:58)

    Let me know if anyone is interested in doing a training run on the Rocky Road course. It will be about 25 miles.


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