Race: Holcomb Valley 50K

Runner: Chris B

Race Date: 06/15/2019

Location: Big Bear, California

Results: DNF

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Do not underestimate the importance of rest. I had worked an average of 14 hours per day the week prior to the race. I showed up that day exhausted. It is a wonder I made it this far.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Very tough. The last ten miles are uphill and completely exposed.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Very well run. Volunteers and Search And Rescue volunteers were present at every aid station.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Very strong field.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

33 miles cost $90. It is very affordable.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Well stocked, sweet and savory snacks aplenty.

Weather and typical race conditions

Hot and dry.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Not exactly. The course is at a remote location in the mountains of Southern California.