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Temescal Canyon Hike + More (Un)usual Races

June 10, 2009

Hiked 4 miles up the Santa Monica Mountains on the Temescal Canyon Trail

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Great hike, good company, nice weather, beautiful views

More races I have found recently,

E.T Full Moon Midnight Half Marathon-8/8/09 Rachel, NV

Brief Description:

Running along the fringe of the mysterious Area 51, this stretch of highway (375) has an overwhelming number of reported UFO sightings. So much so, that in 1996 the federal government officially named highway 375 the Extraterrestrial Highway. Not only is the ET Highway full of alien fun, it traverses some gorgeous scenery as well. On the fringes of the mysterious Area 51, highway 375 has one of the highest number of reported UFO sightings. Enough so, that in 1996 the federal government officially named the 98 mile stretch of highway the Extraterrestrial Highway. The ET Highway has become a gathering place for UFO enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With elevations ranging from roughly 4000-5600 feet, the high desert will enchant you with gorgeous vegetation, surrounding mountains, and stunning vistas. An additional treat is the cooler temperatures. Rachel, NV is generally 20 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley; coupled with a midnight run, temperatures should be around 68 degrees in August!

* The Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, and 51K are run on the weekend closest to the full moon, starting at midnight for the marathon.

** All runners are REQUIRED to wear reflective clothing; carry a handheld flashlight or wear a headlamp; glow-necklaces will be provided.

*** All runners MUST exercise extreme caution as this highway is open range- meaning cows and other animals may be on the roadway! You may not provoke or approach these animals. Mind your own business and they should leave you alone.

I’m really excited for this race, as it is totally not the ordinary race. I mean, racing at midnight?! in headlamps and flashlights? Yup, the crazier it sounds, the more excited I get to participate in this race. The race isn’t confirmed yet, but I’m hoping to make a weekend Vegas trip out of this. The race itself is 1.5 hours away from Vegas and they have shuttles that will take people from Vegas to the race site, which is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, hence Area 51. Should be interesting, hope to see some aliens along the way. I’ll report back if I do.

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