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2014 Bandit Ultra 6k race announcements

The Bandit 6k is 3.73

Registration is 6:15 - 7:30 a.m.

Race starts 8:00 a.m.

Estimations of distance are approximate according to Race Directors Garmin link.

Restrooms:  Start / Finish line

Aid Station:  There is only aid, food and water at the Start and Finish line.

The actual start line for this race is the Hummingbird Trail Head.  All runners will be bused to the Start line approx 1.5 miles away

NO bibs will be given out at the start line for this race.  Your family and friends may meet you at the start line to cheer you on.  Directions will be on our website, Facebook and at the race.

Shuttle times:  7:05am, 7:15am, 7:25 a.m. LAST SHUTTLE at 7:35am

Our shuttle carries a max of 30 runners so don’t wait until the last bus.

Rules on the course

Please thank every volunteer you see on the course.  They gave up a day of their life to help you have a great experience.

  1. No Trash on the course
  2. We will be sharing the trail with others.  Please be friendly to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and anyone on a horse.  Right of way goes to any horse and mountain bikers are supposed to allow runners the right of way but it’s ok to let them by and say a quick hello.
  3. Trails will be marked with flour arrows and / or bright marking tape but there is no guarantee that you won't get lost. Hikers may tamper with the arrows. Other running clubs or mountain biking groups often mark their own arrows that may be mistaken for ours. Fatigue may cause you to miss an arrow. Bottom line; you are responsible for finding your own way!
  4. We will have runner drop bags at the Start line to accommodate any clothing or items you would like returned to Corriganville Park.  NO phones, wallets or valuables please and we cannot be responsible for any lost items.
  5. No pacers allowed
  6. Trekking poles are allowed this year
  7. No Dogs
  8. Only 1 earbud (2 is rude and dangerous)
  9. Slower runners give Right-of-Way to allow faster runners to pass
  10. Don’t cut switchbacks
  11. Notify a Bandit Crew member if you leave the race or drop-out. Seriously folks we do not want to be looking for you out on the course if you've left in addition, you will receive the bill from Search and Rescue.
  12. This event will be held rain or shine. MRCA who issues the permit does have the ultimate authority to close the race in inclement weather.

2014 Bandit Ultra 15k race announcements

The Bandit 15k is 9.41 miles.

Registration is 6:30 - 7:45 a.m.

Race starts 8:00 a.m.

Estimations of distance are approximate according to Race Directors Garmin link.

Restrooms:  Start / Finish line & Mile 1.37

Aid Station and Turn Around: Mile 4.6

Rules on the course

Please thank every volunteer you see on the course.  They gave up a day of their life to help you have a great experience.

  1. No Trash on the course
  2. We will be sharing the trail with others.  Please be friendly to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and anyone on a horse.  Right of way goes to any horse and mountain bikers are supposed to allow runners the right of way but it’s ok to let them by and say a quick hello.
  3. Trails will be marked with flour arrows and / or bright marking tape but there is no guarantee that you won't get lost. Hikers may tamper with the arrows. Other running clubs or mountain biking groups often mark their own arrows that may be mistaken for ours. Fatigue may cause you to miss an arrow. Bottom line; you are responsible for finding your own way!
  4. Please announce your runner # at each aid station
  5. No pacers allowed
  6. Trekking poles are allowed this year
  7. No Dogs
  8. Only 1 earbud (2 is rude and dangerous)
  9. Slower runners give Right-of-Way to allow faster runners to pass
  10. Don’t cut switchbacks
  11. Notify a Bandit Crew member if you leave the race or drop-out. Seriously folks we do not want to be looking for you out on the course if you've left in addition, you will receive the bill from Search and Rescue.
  12. This event will be held rain or shine. MRCA who issues the permit does have the ultimate authority to close the race in inclement weather.

2014 Bandit Ultra 30k race announcements

The Bandit 30k is 19.34 miles

Registration is 6:00 - 7:15 a.m. at Corriganville Park

Race starts 7:30 a.m.

Estimations of distance are approximate according to Race Directors Garmin link.

Restrooms:  Start / Finish line, Mile 1.37, 9

Aid station:  Start / Finish line, Mile 5.55, 9 & 14.77

Rules on the course

Please thank every volunteer you see on the course.  They gave up a day of their life to help you have a great experience.

  1. No Trash on the course
  2. We will be sharing the trail with others.  Please be friendly to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and anyone on a horse.  Right of way goes to any horse and mountain bikers are supposed to allow runners the right of way but it’s ok to let them by and say a quick hello.
  3. Trails will be marked with flour arrows and / or bright marking tape but there is no guarantee that you won't get lost. Hikers may tamper with the arrows. Other running clubs or mountain biking groups often mark their own arrows that may be mistaken for ours. Fatigue may cause you to miss an arrow. Bottom line; you are responsible for finding your own way!
  4. Please announce your runner# at each aid station
  5. No pacers allowed
  6. Trekking poles are allowed this year
  7. Crews are allowed at the Marrland aid station.  Driving directions are on the website. While they are waiting for you Please have them pitch in and help our aid station.
  8. No Dogs
  9. Only 1 earbud (2 is rude and dangerous)
  10. 30k and 50k runners must carry 1 water bottle minimum
  11. Slower runners give Right-of-Way to allow faster runners to pass
  12. Don’t cut switchbacks
  13. Notify a Bandit Crew member if you leave the race or drop-out. Seriously folks we do not want to be looking for you out on the course if you've left in addition, you will receive the bill from Search and Rescue.
  14. Dropdowns are allowed this year during the race but you may not quality for an age division award.  The Chumash Aid station at mile 5.55 is your last chance to decide.
  15. There are no cut off times for the 30k.

Drop Bags

Drop bags will be driven to the Marrland aid station Mile 9 and will be returned after the final 50k cut at 1:00 p.m.  Please make sure and drop off your bag at registration and put your runner# or name on your bag.

This event will be held rain or shine. MRCA who issues the permit does have the ultimate authority to close the race in inclement weather.

 

2014 Bandit 50k race announcements

The Bandit 50k is approx 31.13 miles.

Registration is 5:30 - 6:45 a.m.

Race starts 7:00 a.m.

Estimations of distance are approximate according to Race Directors Garmin link.

Restrooms:  Start / Finish line, Mile 1.37, 9, 14.73 & 20

Aid stations:  Start / Finish line, Mile 5.6, 9, 14.73, 20 & 25.31

Drop Bag 1 location:  Mile 9 & 20 (see below)

 

Rules on the course

 

  1. Please thank every volunteer you see on the course.  They gave up a day of their life to help you have a great experience.
  2. No Trash on the course
  3. We will be sharing the trail with others.  Please be friendly to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and anyone on a horse.  Right of way goes to any horse and mountain bikers are supposed to allow runners the right of way but it’s ok to let them by and say a quick hello.
  4. Trails will be marked with flour arrows and / or bright marking tape but there is no guarantee that you won't get lost. Hikers may tamper with the arrows. Other running clubs or mountain biking groups often mark their own arrows that may be mistaken for ours. Fatigue may cause you to miss an arrow. Bottom line; you are responsible for finding your own way!
  5. Please announce your runner# at each aid station
  6. No pacers allowed
  7. Trekking poles are allowed this year
  8. Crews are allowed at the Marrland and Open Space aid stations.  Driving directions are on the website. While they are waiting for you Please have them pitch in and help our aid stations.
  9. No Dogs
  10. Only 1 earbud (2 is rude and dangerous)
  11. 30k and 50k runners must carry 1 water bottle minimum
  12. Slower runners give Right-of-Way to allow faster runners to pass
  13. Don’t cut switchbacks
  14. Notify a Bandit Crew member if you leave the race or drop-out. Seriously folks we do not want to be looking for you out on the course if you've left in addition, you will receive the bill from Search and Rescue.
  15. Dropdowns are allowed this year during the race but you may not quality for an age division award.  The Marrland Aid station at mile 10 is your last chance to decide.

Drop Bags

Drop bags will be driven to the Marrland aid station (mile 9 & 20) for all 50k runners and returned after the last cut off at 1:00 p.m.  Please make sure and drop off your bag at registration and put your runner# or name on your bag.

Cut Off Times

There are 3 cut offs for this race:

1- You must reach the Open Space aid station by 11:30 a.m. Mile 15

2- You must reach the Marrland Aid station approx mile 20 by 1:00

3- You must reach the Corriganville / Rocky Peak intersection approx mile 28.33 by 4:00 p.m.

 

This event will be held rain or shine. MRCA who issues the permit does have the ultimate authority to close the race in inclement weather.

 

Bib Pickup information

Hello Bandit Runners

Welcome to our 6th annual Bandit Ultra Trail Run!

Bib pickup will be happening the day before at Foot Pursuit in Simi Valley 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

address:  4324 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063

Phone:(805) 578-8786
If you miss Bib pickup we will have them available prior to your race.
PLEASE plan ahead and come early.  Parking will be a issue and registration will close 15 min before each race, no exceptions.
Stay tuned to your email for complete race details.
Happy Trails
Randy Shoemaker
Race Director (805) 823-3409 cell

Bandit Training Run info

Bandit Training Run info:

We will be hosting 2 more training runs for our 2014 event, All runners and friends are invited.  Please take the time to read all the details below so that you have the best experience possible.  If you have any questions or see any errors please call or email anytime.

Hope to see you out there!

#2 - January 25, 2014

We will be marking the 6k route.

Hummingbird Trail

7:00 a.m.  Don't be late, we are a on-time group!

We will be running the Bandit 6K course then road run it back to our cars. The course and this training run starts at Hummingbird trail and ends in Corriganville Park.  From Corriganville park it's approx 1.5 miles back to your car.  On the walk back there is a nice breakfast spot you can stop at, see info below.  Closest bathroom option to this trail head is the McDonald's off the Yosemite exit (1 exit west of Keuhner exit) or in Corriganville Park once you finish the run. PLEASE bring your own water and food for this run.

Directions:  118 fwy exit Kuehner and head NORTH.  Parking lot will be on your right hand side.

 

**Please leave NO valuables in your car.

 

 

#3 - February 1, 2014

We will be marking the 15, 30 and 50k routes

Corriganville Park

7001 Smith Rd.

Simi Valley, Ca  93063

7:00 a.m. Don't be late, we are a on-time group!

 

 

The ONLY Port-o-Lets available are in parking lot and at camp rotary (about .35 miles up the main trail).

We are running the 15k, 30k & 50k routes. The course will be marked with flour arrows so that you do not get lost. Please bring your own food and water.  We'll be dropping water for the 30k and 50k distance. They will be at approx Mile 9 (Marrland Aid Station) & approx Mile 15 (Open Space aid station).

PLEASE note we will NOT have restrooms available at these aid stations until race day.

Directions:  118 fwy exit Kuehner and head South.  Turn Left on Smith road and follow it into the park.  PLEASE see smash and grab alert below.

 

**Please leave NO valuables in your car.

 

All details about our training runs are posted on our Facebook and our Website.

 

Friends and family are invited to join you.

Article sent to Ultra Running magazine re Bandit 50k

Bandit Trail Run 50K Ultra
Feb 2013
Sarita Shoemaker
Bandit Ultra Race Committee
17 Feb 2013, Sunday
Number of Starters: 146
Number of Finishers: 140
Weather this year was spectacular.  Clear skies, 4 mph winds and 46 degrees.  Simi Valley is located on the easternmost edge of Ventura County and gets coastal fog and most of its rainfall in January and February which turns into intense green mountains and clear views to the Pacific ocean, about 30 miles south and the Santa Susana Mountain Range north.

 

A new route was added which eliminated a second loop at Marr Land to Rocky Peak called the Tapo Open Space Trail.  This was very well received and added canyon bottom running as well as more climbing and descending fire and mostly single track.
The Bandit 50K new route gives runners four mountains and 5600 feet of elevation change.   Aid Stations are strategically placed - physically and mentally - allowing runners to carry bare essentials and work on their times.
Congratulations goes to Chris Price of Pasadena California for a winning time of 4:10:23 and to First Place Women’s Finisher Margaret Nelsen of Del Mar California with a time of 4:53:51.  RESPECT!

 

The Bandit 50K has a 6000+ climb
Margaret Nelsen wrote, “It was very well organized -- congrats and thank you to the event organizers and volunteers -- phenomenal job on the day! Bandit had the most elevation gain of any 50k that I've run; nice trails and views; aid stations were well stocked and volunteers were awesome; check-in was super easy.”
Chris Zurbuch (3rd place) wrote, “Course was top notch! ... In signing up, I always look for a good challenging course (hills of course) but throw in some technical and single track and that is exactly what Bandit is; The start of the race is quick then some nice climbs to get your lungs screaming! After you hit the first climb, you open up a little and then tackle a few more while taking in the Valley views. Over the mountain top you begin a nice decent and can make up some time. This is a great place to where the race begins for me as the field begins to thin and your body starts to adapt. Once you hit the turnaround, you have a good feel for the terrain and begin a nice climb while passing other runners coming into the aid station. The positive vibes are great and really keep you focused and excited for the 2nd half of the race.
Once you hit the first climb after the turnaround then you can haul through some beautiful single track onto mile 20's Aid. Great spot here to re-fuel and get lots of support.  Off to the most challenging part of the course, the 8 mile ascent up and up in some nice dry heat as we experienced. You pass and run along side a bunch of 30k runners and again have good positive vibes. Once you hit the last aid, all technical down hill from where you started. Keep your footing and try to finish strong. You hit the bottom, enter a great finish with good folks and congrats all around.”
Maggie Beach wrote, “Bandit is one of my favorites for a number of reasons. (1) The area's topology is unique and intriguing. (2) The locale is close to my home. (3) The race is well-organized, the aid tables are nicely stocked, and the volunteers are enthusiastic. (4) The old course had a loop section that we traversed twice. I generally prefer races that minimize repetition. The new course eliminates that repetition and improves what was already a lovely course. (5) I fell badly in 2011 and had to withdraw. The race directors called me the next day to check on me. How wonderful is that!
Chris Price wrote, “Fun single track!  Yeah there is a little mileage on fire roads, but a
lot of the course is going up or down on single track.  And most of the fire road isn't super graded road, it's rugged or "double track", fun to run stuff.  I also like how the course starts and ends in real rocky terrain where friends of mine have gone out to find fossils.
One friend even has a great white shark tooth he found out there.  Then the course turns into Central California coast looking beautiful  green rolling hills towards the turn around.  I love how most of the  time you're either running up or down.  There aren't many flat  sections of the course.”
Describing the toughest part of the race Chris added,  “Probably the 20 miles where I would look back and see James (2nd Place Winner) right behind me!  It was pretty tough running up to Rocky Peak in the sun.   That's a steep climb and by that time the rocks were baking in the sun.  It was probably just in the 70's, but it felt warm.
The course hosts a 6K, 15K and a 30K and the staggered start and over a hundred volunteers made for a smooth and organized event.
Aid Stations were cleverly decorated to keep the mood positive and stocked to the gills with racer favorites.
The two highlights for the race this year was the creation of the MASH sign where every runner HAD to get their photo taken in front of (with the iconic Corriganville Rock in the background) and the 50K race change.
Simon Cooper summed the course up quickly, “My best analogy to describing the course would be to compare it to taking a flight on an airplane.....a flat and quick acceleration quickly followed by an insane take off and climb to what feels like 30,000 ft all the while experiencing bone rattling turbulence! It is a course that will challenge you no matter how well you've prepared for it and you will honestly feel like you've accomplished something great just by making it to the finish line.”