2012 Post Race Discussion

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  • #1

    Rob Cowan (Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:01)

    Congratulations to all for a fantastic weekend of runnng. How about Jon Olsen running 13:14:44 for the 100? Please send your post race stories to the race director, we'd love to share them

  • #2

    Larry (Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:55)

    Don't understand the results. On the official results page it shows Hian as the winner in 16:29 and Olson as a drop. What am I missing?

    When will the 50 results be posted?

  • #3

    Philip Tamayo (Monday, 20 February 2012 09:10)

    Hi larry, the timing chip on a few people didn't always trigger. In those instances, bib numbers and lap times were manually recorded. The actual results page will be updated for accuracy shortly.

  • #4

    Rob Cowan (Monday, 20 February 2012 15:27)

    Official results will be posted in the next day or two

  • #5

    Anthony Holly (Monday, 20 February 2012 18:30)

    Loving this belt buckle. Weighs in at 1 lb 6.7 oz.

  • #6

    Rob Cowan (Monday, 20 February 2012 19:56)

    Glad you like the hardware :-)

  • #7

    Alex M (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:33)

    is there a link for the photographer that was on course. great race, i think the volunteers, especially late into the night were super understanding and really wonderful. I am also happy i was "around" for such amazing performances, really impressive.

  • #8

    Doyle and Melinda Amidon (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:19)

    THE ROCKY ROAD 100 ULTRA MARATHON- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

    On the weekend of February 18-19, 2012, my wife (Melinda) and I participated in the Rocky Road 100 (RR 100) Ultra Marathon in Coto de Caza, CA.

    This was my first 100-mile ultra attempt/completion and was my second total ultra experience, having completed the difficult Cactus Rose 50-miler in Bandera, Texas this past October. My wife, Melinda, is the true ultra runner in the family and I owe my ability to have finished both races on the first attempt to her; I watch her closely and constantly learn from her experiences.

    On to the race.

    The Rocky Road event is comprised of four races; a half marathon, full marathon, 50-mile, and a 100-mile trail run. The race start times are staggered to reduce crowding.

    RR 100 takes place on horse riding trails in a affluent, gated community near Mission Viejo, CA (about half an hour from Long Beach). The race was scheduled to begin at 6:00 am, but started at about 6:15 am. The crowd was relatively small, somewhere around 100 runners.

    The race began as the sun was rising and I immediately noticed the gradual downhill slope and soft small pebble dirt surface (like a dirt high school track surface). But as they say, "What goes down must come up (or something similar)."

    The RR course consists of rolling hills and semi-steep inclines/declines. To control erosion, sandbags are strategically placed all along the trails that also serve as obstacles, especially at night. The course is a 7.5-mile out-and-back "loop" resulting in a 15-mile return-to-start circuit. To complete the course one runs six, 15-mile loops and finishes with a shorter ten-mile loop. An aid station is conveniently placed at the short loop turnaround location. Aid stations are plentiful and are located every 2.5 miles along the course, which contain light snacks, fruit, supplements, water, and Heed electrolyte replacement drinks. Starting at 2:00 pm, a super friendly cook served hot meals and sandwiches at the start/finish line (my favorite was the turkey, cheese, and avocado sandwich).

    Although the terrain is consistently hilly, overall the lowest elevation is in the middle of the 7.5-mile course. This results in one running downhill at the start and again at 7.5-mile turnaround, but at about 3 ¾-miles from these locations, one has to climb out of the middle of the course to the 7.5-mile turnaround and the start/finish line. So, the course is low in the middle sort of like an imperfect, jagged "V" and this makes for a fairly difficult race finish.

    The Good

    The race was extremely well organized. The pasta dinner and packet handout impressed me the night prior to the run and how smoothly things ran during the race. Any issues were quickly resolved.

    The course is challenging but not super difficult.

    Race officials and volunteers were very helpful and friendly. A volunteer saw me working on my feet and immediately came up and took over.

    Locals run on the same trails and constantly offered compliments to race participants.

    The Bad

    The 3 ¾-mile climb to the finish line was manageable but challenging.

    The sandbags and water erosion crevices can sneak up on you and wreak havoc on ankles.

    Local dog owners also use the trails and although there are plentiful poop collection stations fully equipped with plastic bags, there were dog poop land mines all along the trails.

    The entire course is on soft horse riding trails, but there are numerous locations where runners must cross asphalt/concrete streets. Some of the crossings had significant traffic during daylight hours and there were no traffic control personnel at any of these locations. I did observe that the drivers were courteous and waited for runners, but would have preferred the increased safety of a crossing guard at the busy intersections.

    The Ugly

    As mentioned, Coto de Caza is a fairly exclusive neighborhood. In the early morning hours of Sunday morning, beginning around 1:30 am, the local teens started to harass the runners. In the trail sections close to the road, locals yelled obscenities and threw water balloons at the runners. In areas away from the roads, the teens put out tripwires to intentionally trip the runners. They were not bright enough to be very good at it so no one, as far as I know, was injured but it made for an uncomfortable couple of hours. This only lasted for a few hours in the middle of the night. Race officials contacted the local law enforcement authorities that came out in full force and quickly resolved the issue(s).

    Overall, I enjoyed the experience and would run this race again.

  • #9

    Joey (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:32)


    I too experienced the horrendous acts of childish behavior. Unfortunately I never saw or could track down an officer or volunteer to help, and in one instance had to run off the trail and hide from one of the vehicles that stopped and turned around to try and tag me again.

    It was a massive distraction from an otherwise decent event.

  • #10

    Rob Cowan (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:46)

    Official race results are posted!

  • #11

    Maria Vargas (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 13:52)

    Rob My name doesn't appear on the results page you just posted. I finished in 25:35:37. bib #21. I believe I was the 5th female to finish. Also, it still shows Hian as the winner in 16:29

  • #12

    Alex Mares (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:26)

    I think the race results have been update don UltraSign Up but the trail race tracker that was doing the live tracking is not correct. did we ever find out who the on course photographer is/was?

  • #13

    photo guy (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:21)

    Photos are currently being sorted by bib numbers. They should be uploaded by end of the week. A link will be posted on -If you would like an e-mail notification when photos are online please use the feedback form with your e-mail and word photos in the subjwct line. Thanks

  • #14

    Rob Cowan (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 18:11)

    Official results are posted at We will get a link up shortly

  • #15

    Philip (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:57)

    A link to all race results has been posted on the main page.

  • #16

    stacey costa (Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:16)

    Another great experience at Rocky Road! Incredible volunteers and organization. Rob and Charlie really put on an enjoyable event. Only down point was my pacer (a girl) getting hit in the chest with a water balloon. I was delirious enough to ponder a new sport - Extreme Wet T-Shirt Contest, but came to my senses.

  • #17

    Rob Cowan (Friday, 24 February 2012 18:22)

    Stacy, we apologize for the shenanigans but love your attitude! We'll take your request into consideration ;-)

  • #18

    Donna Braswell (Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:39)

    Great race, buckle, and experience. I left a bag of varied nutritional supplements sitting outside car when I left. I was one of the last people and was parked to the right as we pulled into the start/finish area. I am posting because I think there was also a pair of Nike running pants in there as I am missing a pair in Idaho. Please email @ if you found this stuff. Would pay for ship. Thanks and hope to see everyone again on the trails.

  • #19

    Lindy (Monday, 02 July 2012 20:13)

    I would like to do this race (50 mi) in 2013. I can't get the contact form on the website to work. When will registration open? How much is it? Is the date set for 2013?

  • #20

    DJ (Thursday, 26 July 2012 23:57)

    Any update on the 2013 race? is there going to be one and if so what date and when will registration open?


  • #21

    Philip (Monday, 20 August 2012 00:26)

    Information regarding the 2013 races has been posted on the main (home button) website...

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