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July 19, 7 am: Fun Run in Cuyamaca Mountains

posted Jul 3, 2014, 5:41 PM by Patrick Henry   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 5:41 PM ]
Dear Athletes, Families, and Friends of PHHS Cross Country,

PHHS runners and families are invited to a fun run in the Cuyamaca Mountains on the Pacific Crest Trail on Saturday, July 19th.  We are meeting at 7 am at the Pedro Fages Monument on S1, Sunrise Highway. (Click on the link for a Google map of the location.)

To get there, go east on I-8, then take CA-79 North toward the park, go about 1 mile past Lake Cuyamaca, then turn right  on S1 (Sunrise Highway) continuing until you get  to the small gravel parking area at the Monument on the left. This is only about a mile after getting on S1.  We need to start very early to avoid the heat of mid July. We will meet at the trailhead at 7 am.

The run will be long slow distance, 2 hours for the longest runners and shorter for athletes wanting a different length. The trail is single track, rolling hills, rocky underfoot at times. We will run "out and back" so the distance you choose is easy to manage. We are running at elevation, about 5000 feet; i.e., the air is thinner than at sea level and runners will feel the difference.

Every runner should have  water / Vitalyte to carry with them on the run, as well as a running snack like raisins, Gu, or a sports bar. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are encouraged.   Bring a post run drink and a snack to hold you over until breakfast.

It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive from PHHS to Pedro Fages Monument.  Please carpool to save on gas. Each car will need a Wilderness Pass. They can be purchased in advance at places like Big 5 or REI: $ 5.00 for 1 day, or  $30.00  for one year. Avoid a ticket, get a pass!

After the run we will go to the Lake Cuyamaca restaurant and have breakfast. With luck we can sit on the deck overlooking the lake. Please bring money and a change of clothes for your breakfast.

After breakfast you are invited to visit and tour Jim and Lisa's still under construction house in the Cuyamaca Woods solar community. It is about a 10 minute  drive from the restaurant to our house. We will have fruit and drinks at the house.  Everyone is most welcome if they have time to visit.  It is a  very beautiful and quiet location in the mountains.

 Take care, see you on the trails, 

Jim & Jorg