Bandit Cut off times announced

30k - No cut off times
50k has the following cut off times:

1. Open Space Trail Head aid station (Mile 15) 4.5 hours
2. Marr Land / Las llajas aid station (Mile 20) 6 hours
3. Corriganville / Rocky Peak intersection (mile 29.5) 9 hours


The 50k cut off times represent approximately a 18.5 minute mile folks.  Very generous as our volunteers will be on the trail for the duration of this race.

No runners may leave early to beat the cut off times

Cut off times are not negotiable

Bandit Ultra Pricing update

Bandit Ultra Pricing Update


$75 till 1/5/13

$85 1/6/13 - 2/14/13

$100 Day of (cash only)



$60 till 1/5/13

$75 1/6/13 - 2/14/13

$90 Day of (cash only)



$50 till 1/5/13

$65 1/6/13 - 2/14/13

$80 Day of (cash only)



$30 till 1/5/13

$45 1/6/13 - 2/14/13

$60 Day of (cash only)


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The 6045 Issue 5 – News from the TOP of the Bandit Ultra Trail Run

We've made CHANGES! Good ones.

2012's Bandit Race was a complete success. All reviews have been positive, 5-star and thankfully filled with the grueling details of struggle and toughness hence the main reason we keep coming back, right?

There was just one thing that was bugging me (and a few of our 50K runners) and that was how to avoid running Marr Land twice. Well I figured it out and have tested it a few times, got Simi Valley's Recreation and Park Department's blessing and BAM it is done. Check out the new addition (see the map). Gone is the long monotonous mind-numbing second lap on Marr and in is one of the steepest, single-track and fire-road, tree covered and riverbed running additions we could find.

By now we hope you have noticed our new logo and website. Have you ever built a website? It is NOT like running trails and NOT something I'd choose to do but it was needed so I jumped in with both feet. My wife could not believe how much time I spent sitting at the computer - it was unnatural and painful! It's a work in progress.

Since this is the first Newsletter in a while I'm going to cover a few important topics.

If you haven't committed to our race yet, now is the time to make the decision and act on it.

Have you figured out how many days until February 17th, 2013?

92!! 3 MONTHS!


Countdown is ON and I hope to see you there.

Randy Shoemaker

Race Director

Bandit Ultra Trail Run


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SmeltedFeet Review

Bandit Trail Run never fails to impress me. After I did my first ever 50K event here last year, again, I was treated to a wonderful trail run experience. Scenic views, well-organized support, helpful volunteers and just the overall feel was awesome. And the medal, definitely a first class upgrade. Wearing it left no doubt about my gruesome ultra race finish. I am wearing it now as I do this, yeah, baby!

Having ran the course in the past really helped a lot. I paced accordingly and managed to stay on target even on the most difficult portions of the trail. The course was physically taxing nonetheless. On the first climb, my Achilles tendons were about ready to burst (20% grade incline from mile 2 to 2.4, whew!). Las Llajas Canyon was all mental with what it felt like a never-ending ascent. And right about when you thought you've reached the top, there you'll see another quarter of a mile of nasty uphill.
Since Rocky Peak is at the heart of this race, the surface of the terrain was the main challenge. I couldn't imagine myself tripping down on those rocks. I'll sure bust my knee (or face) if I wasn't careful. So, I was cautious but this didn't stop me from doing one of my favorites on the trails - down hills. And like the way I do it on any of my trail runs - I holler, yell and shout my heart out before I roll and plunge down hill.
I improved my time by about 40 mins from last year. This I credit for having a positive mental outlook throughout the race. I greeted each runner I passed and the ones that overtook me. I offered the same courtesy to other trail users who were not part of the race greeting them "Good Morning" even when it was probably past noon (took me 6 hours to finish). I chatted with some of the volunteers manning the aid stations though briefly. I never got bored and was humming a lot of my favorite tunes. I was tired in the end but I felt strong. I even managed to do a movie night with my family when I got back home after the race; and the next day went back to work just like any other day (now I'm bragging). Overall, another very positive Bandit Trail Run for me and this race is definitely on schedule again next year.
View review with images on SmltedFeet's blog.