Amazing canyon jeep trail into Death Valley! (General Comments)|
Scott Dazey from San Diego (7/30/03)
A one-of-a-kind romp in the wilderness which takes you from the Nevada high desert, over a 1-mile pass, and down through an undulating, convoluted, and ever-narrowing Titus Canyon to finish in California's infamous Death Valley! A trail or off-road runner's dream, which seems to lure you back year after year. I've done the race 4 times, but still crave more. Don't expect huge crowds to cheer you on; they would only ruin the scenery anyway. Aid stations are placed in a Spartan manner (roughly every 5 miles or so!). What did you expect? This is Death Valley. My advice: train hard, carry water/fuel, and enjoy! The race director is friendly, and sometimes downright humorous. However, the awards... if you're so blessed... leave you feeling a little underwhelmed considering the beauty of the course. I got several cheesy ribbons growing up... didn't everybody? Overall, the race organization is top-notch considering the logistics of a point-to-point run in the middle of nowhere. The finish is a metaphor for the ages... a three-mile trek down an alluvial fan, with the only discernable objects being the matchbox-sized buses gleaming in the desert sun that never seem to get any bigger! Look up "rave run" - it should say: See Titus Canyon.