The Race for Open Space adventure courses await you on Saturday, April 1! We’re offering a variety of courses including 8.5- and 9.5-mile courses, and for the hardiest of trail runners, we have a 21-mile course. Plus, this year we have a new 2-mile family fun run. Get more details and sign up here.
We’re grateful to our friend and supporter Corinne Woodey for giving us her perspective after she experienced last year’s 21-miler:
“Signing up to run the Race for Open Space — Palo Corona to Mitteldorf Preserve was merely the easy part, actually completing it was the test. The trail was 21-miles and over 4,000 feet of climbing that took place on rarely-trekked old road grades and trails. The race was an opportunity to glimpse into some of the most pristine places in Monterey County. All this lay before me thanks to Big Sur Land Trust. I was privileged to spend time among dirt trails, glorious ridge lines with views of the Pacific, calming sounds of moving streams, and massive redwood trees tucked away deep in the ravines. Long climbs and never-ending downhills tested me both mentally and physically, but I was continuously encouraged by the natural beauty. The Race for Open Space was lined with kind volunteers who guided my way over the 21-mile journey. It was a dream in my adventurous mind that longs to experience new and wild places. Big Sur Land Trust enticed me with trails and landscapes not normally open to the public, and an opportunity to contribute to their ongoing conservation. The Race for Open Space tested my limits and allowed me to grow, all while keeping its promise of a unique and beautiful experience.”
Read Corinne’s full blog post here or follow her on Instagram at @backcountrywoodey. And follow her lead by supporting the lands you love and signing up now!
Ready. Set. Go!
Saturday, April 1
8:30am & 9:00am
This year, Big Sur Land Trust will offer special time slots for those Race for Open Space participants that want that “start and finish line” experience.
We’ll be offering a traditional starting line experience at 8:30am for the 21-mile race and at 9:00am for the 8.5- and 9.5-mile runs.
Take a Hike on the Wild Side
This year’s Race for Open Space guided hike offerings will surely feature wildflowers! Choose from hikes at Marks Ranch, Arroyo Seco Ranch, San Jose Creek trail, and more.
What could be better than seeing the lands you love in full bloom? Sign up now.
We had our first drawing for Darn Tough Vermont Socks and the lucky winner is… Chris Tenney!
Everyone who signs up for our Race for Open Space is entered to win a 3-pack of socks. Thanks to Darn Tough Vermont and thanks Chris for supporting the lands you love in Monterey County.