2016 Bandit 15k reviews

2016 Bandit 15K

We asked the following 6 questions:


1) Full Name, Race you participated in, Year you participated, City/State/Country represented

2) What brought you to The Bandit trail run?

3) What was the toughest part of the race (please describe a bit) and why?

4) What did you not like about the race?

5) How would you describe our race to another athlete of your calibre?

6) Feedback about the treats (at early bib pick up) if you got to taste them would also be appreciated!


  1. Bob Frein, 15K, 2016, Porter Ranch, Ca
  2. Always heard about it, never ran it. Had a group of us from Fleet Feet Burbank run it
  3. From the back of Corriganville Park to Rocky Peak fire road....very steep, not really runable
  4. The first 1.5 miles of the race (See above). Having run every section of the 50k course, I would like to see a race that starts at the Las Llajas trailhead up to Rocky Peak fire road and then back to Corriganville...probably 10-12 mile race
  5. Well put together, race staff was on top of things, volunteers were great, course is tough




  1. T Albert, 15k 2016, Los Angeles CA
  2. Trickery My triathlon group (Fortius ) runs it every year, and I've been tricked into this awesome and difficult run 3x now. The first two times I did the 30k.
  3. The starting line.  Because you know that hill from hell awaits you.  I mean you can see it from the start, rising up in to the clouds. Taunting you.  Teasing you. Like a giant evil older sibling (I'm the youngest of 4)
  4. I forgot deodorant.  So. That's on me.
  5. It's a beautiful trail.  Like Land of the Lost scenic.  Hard. Real hard (like you might vomit). But absolutely worth it.  The pizza after is great too.



  1. David R. Hokanson, 15K, 2016, Arcadia, CA
  2. Simon Cooper, Invictus Running Academy, San Gabriel Valley, California
  3. First, I want to say Thank You to all involved in organizing and volunteering.  Mile 0.5 to 1.5 up (and whatever mile this was down) was TOUGH, possibly the toughest part of a race course I have ever run.  1000 feet of elevation gain / drop in 1 mile.  Tough, technical terrain with lots of rock formations.  There was an additional 650 feet of elevation gain through about mile 3.5 to make it even more challenging though this part was MUCH easier than mile 0.5 to 1.5.  Still, the race was tremendously FUN for me to complete this race with the challenges, it gave me a great feeling of accomplishment as a person who has done few trail races (<5).
  4. What did you not like about the race?Lack of water stations.  It would have been nice to have one around mile 2 (or a little farther at half way) on the 15K (just after the 1000 ft gain on mile 0.5 to 1.5).  This was not a hot day so less critical but on a hot day, this would be important to avoid heat stroke.  But I had my own water so this is solvable.  I understand how hard it is to find enough volunteers to do this and that it costs money to do this.  So I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF ALL VOLUNTEERS.  I would NOT say anything at all about this or anything negative except that I was asked what I did not like about the race.



5.  How would you describe our race to another athlete of your calibre?

My calibre is not particularly strong.  I am not fast.  I run for fun.  It required substantial walking on mile 0.5 to 1.5.  But I do train on hills enough that I was able to run much of it even though my time was slow.  My comment to runners of my calibre would be to train on hills regularly and be prepared for a difficult course.  Also train on walking steep trails faster than I did (this is a weakness for me right now).  This might be the hardest race I’ve ever done and I’ve done the Mount Wilson Trail Race (close in difficulty, I like Bandit course better as wider and less steep drops off the sides), and the San Francisco Marathon.  Great race.  Thank you again.



  1. Mitzi Takeuchi, Bandit 15 K, 2015, Pasadena, California
  2. A friend of mine was running the 50K, and when he told us late last year, I thought for sure that I'd be able to handle a 6K for my first event back. I've run 5 marathons and probably a dozen half marathons, but I had broken my ankle back in June and a 6K "trail run" sounded fun for my comeback run. I had  even run a couple trail runs before and remembered the pleasant views and easy trails. THIS WAS FAR FROM EASY!! I hadn't really read up on the event, so naturally I was completely shocked with the level of difficulty. Making things even more challenging, on the morning of the race, I switched from the 6K to the 15K. I figured my friend was running the 50K, so I had plenty of time to spare! Had I realized how challenging the run would be, I'm not sure I'd have made the same choice! Then again, as challenging as it was, I was amazed at how supportive everyone on the course was! Everyone who ran by me, either on the way to the half way marker or on the way back, was so encouraging and kind, they all lifted my spirits and gave me the energy to continue on with a smile! Of course, I also loved the snack table at the half way marker. Never have I seen such a selection during the race! Furthermore, I commend the organizers and all the volunteers. Even though the race is on the smaller side, in comparison to other races I've participated in, this was definitely well organized and efficient. Everything from the registration and start time, to the booths at the end, was executed with precision. Even when I changed my run from the 6 to the 15K, the people at the booth knew exactly what I needed to do.
  3. I totally underestimated the ROCK CLIMBING!!!
  4. Before all the 50K'ers finished, the people at the booths started packing up. I felt sorry for my friend, competing in his first 50K, that he wouldn't get the same post-race experience as I did. Luckily, the pizza booth was still there!
  5. The 15K is not for the faint of heart or weak ankles! Very challenging and yet rewarding. I'd definitely recommend trail shoes! As a novice trail runner, I am thankful I went out and bought trail shoes!! The previous trail runs I had run before didn't require trail shoes.  I wouldn't have survived without them!

Thank you again to all the volunteers!  This was definitely a race to remember.

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