Friday, February 6, 2009

D.R.T.E. 100®


One of the nation’s highest gains ultra marathon – the DRTE 100® [Dirt Roads & Trail Endurance ] debuts in 2009 with an a**-kicking 100-mile point-to-point through the Santa Barbara front country. This virgin course is relentless, with 34,989-ft. of gains and 34,753-ft. of losses, starting near sea level: so no altitude acclimatization is needed. October 1 – 4, 2009; hosted at Rancho Oso, just 45 minutes from Santa Barbara Airport.

Race HQ:
Rancho Oso Western Village, Santa Barbara, CA
Start and Finish: Sage Hill/Aliso Trailhead to Western Village
Course option: 100-mile ultra marathon course
Pacers pick up area: Upper Santa Ynez Camp
Start & Finish Elevation: 1,277-feet
Highest Realized Course Elev.: Monte Arido 5,943-feet (mile 53 marker)
Cumulative Elevation Gains: 34,989 feet (10,664 meters)
Cumulative Elevation Lost: 34,753 feet (10,593 meters)
Actual Distance covered: 101.75 miles
Course Surfaces, in miles: 40 Trails, 44 Jeep Trails, 18 Fire Roads
Historical weather data: Avg. daytime temps 60° – 105 °
Avg. evening temps 48° - 72°
Avg. rainfall .75”
Sunrise/Sunset: 6:56am/6:42pm
Moonrise/Moonset: 6:40pm/7:42am
Length of day: 11:48:50
Illumination: 99.8%


To Enter
Enter: Online at
Entry fee:
On/before May 1 - $275
May 2 – Sept. 18 - $325
Sept. 19 – Oct. 1* - $350
*on an as-available basis, no later than 10AM on 10/1/09
To qualify: TBA. Contact:
Maintenance hours or offset: 8 hours TBA.
Entrants permitted: TBA
Rules: TBA
Time limit: 48 hours
Waiver: TBA. Hard copy waiver required prior to start

Thursday Oct. 1, 2009
TBA Mandatory pre-race briefing
5-7PM Race packet pickup at Rancho Oso, Race HQ
6-8PM Pasta dinner: included for racers, guests extra
Friday Oct. 2
5AM Shuttle from Rancho Oso to Sage Hill
Coffee and recap
6AM Start @ Sage Hill
Family activities at Rancho Oso
Saturday Oct. 3 Race day
Family activities at Rancho Oso
Sunday Oct. 4
6AM Race cutoff – course closed and swept
9AM Awards Ceremony & free racer breakfast

Prizes for all finishers; 1st, 2nd & 3rd men & women; other awards including DRTE Old Man; DRTE Old Woman, DYT (DRTE YOUNG THING) etc.

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch is located in the Los Padre National Forest, 30 minutes north of downtown Santa Barbara (see for directions). Rancho Oso embodies the spirit of the old west with bunkhouse cabins and covered wagons, plus RV full hookup and tent camping sites. Steeped in a scenic valley, the ranch provides a family friendly and relaxing environment for racers, with clubhouse, pool, jacuzzi, playground, rec center, and more. Race headquarters, briefings and meals will be held at Rancho Oso’s Western Village. The D.R.T.E.100® starts at the nearby Sage Hill campground and finishes at Western Village. Please contact Rancho Oso directly and mention the Blue Canyon Trail Race® or D.R.T.E.100® when making reservations, as we have blocked out accommodations on a first-come, first-served basis: www.rancho-oso.comor call 805-683-5686

For hotel accommodations in the Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez area please contact the Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Bureau at

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Blacksmith Endurance® events offer excellent opportunities for reaching your ideal demographic: from the elite athlete to the weekend warrior, plus extended family, friends and supporters. Our events are professionally organized and run, and are community and environment friendly. With attention to both regional and world-wide media of all facets, your visibility goes beyond the race course. For sponsorship information please contact

Blacksmith Endurance® supports the preservation of our local resources and will donate a majority of event proceeds to stewards of the environment and area youth programs.

The D.R.T.E. 100® benefits the Los Padres Forest Association and Santa Barbara Search and Rescue

Blacksmith Endurance® produces human-powered endurance events in the Santa Barbara area, taking advantage of a temperate climate and wide range of recreational opportunities; centrally located, and just two hours from LAX.

Our extreme ultra marathon, paddleboarding and endurance events are professionally organized and run, and community, environment and family friendly.

Blacksmith Endurance® was founded in 2006 by lifelong Santa Barbara resident Robert A. Gilcrest, who says,

“There are many elements that have compelled me to organize these events: my personal life journey ... my success as a businessman and desire to give back to my community ... my passion for the ocean ... my love of the Santa Barbara backcountry ...and my desire to leave a legacy of stewardship and hope for my two young children.”

Blacksmith Endurance®
1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 210
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 USA
Tel. (805) 966-3063 Fax (805) 966-3163