Directions: From PCH in Dana Point, turn onto Golden Lantern toward the ocean. At the bottom of the hill, turn right on Dana Point Harbor Drive and follow it until it dead ends at the Ocean Institute. Parking is all around. We'll meet at the end of DPH Drive, near the little pier in Dana Point Harbor.
About the Run: This is an out and back flat run that will cover a portion of the "Dana Point Turkey Trot" course. First turnaround point is at the end of the parking lot just past the San Clemente Metrolink Station. Total distance is about 10.6 miles. Shorter options are available. For a 12.8 mile run, continue running along the footpath to the next turnaround point, the San Clemente Pier. For those of you needing a little more mileage, you can add on 2 or 4 more miles by including the island in the harbor. If you’re doing a 20-miler, you can continue along the path that goes beyond the San Clemente Pier then turnaround when necessary. Bring water, although several drinking fountains are located along the way. Lots of restrooms!... See MoreSee Less
Location: We will start at Hicks Canyon Community Park off Viewpark Road and Culver Drive (where we start our Fall/Spring Monday evening runs).
About the Run: The run is mainly dirt and follows the Hicks Canyon Wash, up the Mountains to Sea Trail up to Peters Canyon for roughly a 15 mile loop around the full Peters Canyon reservoir or an out-and-back of any distance you like. The run will be a gradual uphill leading up to Peters Canyon and downhill returning to the start. Water and restrooms will be at Citrus Ranch Park at mile 5 (where we start out Monday runs heading up Peters Canyon) and also at the top of Peters Canyon reservoir at the parking lot off Jamboree and Canyon View Road just before mile 8, but bringing water is recommended if you are planning to run the full ~15 mile route.
Location: From Irvine area, take the 5 freeway South and exit Alicia Parkway, and continue South. Turn right on Awma Road, just past Aliso Creek Road. We meet at the dirt parking lot for Woods Canyon just off of Awma road across the street from the church. You can park on the curb near the church or pay the $3.00 to park in the dirt lot.
About the run: Out-and-back or loop course, 6-14 miles. Mainly dirt trails. At the right turn onto the dirt (by the outhouse and picnic benches) continue parallel to the road on single track Meadows Trail. After 1/2 mile, trail turns right and starts switchbacks up to the top of the ridge – great views of the ocean at the top. Go right, trail winds behind a few houses, and then hits Alta Laguna Blvd. Run on road about 2 miles to Top of the World, continue down West Ridge Trail. Can return to church via Mathis, Lynx or Cholla trails. Highly recommend bringing water, however there is water at the Top of the World trailhead and restrooms/water at Top of the World Park just to the right of the street before the Top of the World trailhead. The Mathis Trail version is about 9 miles. Taking Lynx down is roughly 11.5 miles. A map will be posted online for you to print out shortly to familiarize yourself with the trails.
After the Run: There is Corner Bakery off Pacific Park and La Paz in Laguna Niguel, Ted's Place off La Paz and Aliso Creek Road, and coffee at Peets Coffee in the same center as Ted's Place.... See MoreSee Less
2020-2021 RECOGNITION BANQUET THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS!!
Thanks again to our Social Chairs past and present (Joanna Pallo, Jackie Chen and Michelle Ren) for putting on a fun 2020-2021 recognition banquet! Much thanks to the many people who helped by donating raffle prizes (and wine for the Sangria), running the raffle, handing out vouchers for the food truck, setting up, cleaning up, and so much more. We had 75 people at the event, which is a great showing for the first party we’ve had in a very long time!
2020-2021 was obviously an extraordinary and difficult year for the club, and without any “real” races – but fortunately a lot of races that the Grand Prix Committee put on for the club – the Board decided to do something different with some of our recognition awards. Rather than awarding the usual “Most Improved Runner” and “Ideal Runner” awards, we decided to recognize some of the people whose efforts and spirit helped move the club forward at a time when the pandemic was making it difficult to move at all. We still had the Volunteer of the Year Award and President’s Award, but the aforementioned awards were replaced by “Ideal Member” awards. Congratulations to the following people who received one of these Ideal Member Awards!
Mike Bertram Although Mike continues to be an outstanding runner, he was not given an Ideal Member Award for his speed or for traveling far to pace races. Mike was recognized for his many years of service to the club, including 2019-2020 President, two years as Treasurer, and as the Saturday run coordinator. Mike has put a lot of his heart and soul into the club!
Mike Friedl Like Mike Bertram, Mike Friedl’s longevity in the club and love for the club is matched by very few people. I’m sure he has stats for that 😊. Mike’s enthusiasm for the Grand Prix is contagious, and many of us fought off the temptation to use the pandemic as an excuse to not race and instead followed the Pied Piper to “show up and not get zero!”
Gary Hefner I don’t know about you, but if I were injured or not feeling the urge to race, I’d sleep in on race day. Not Gary. Gary shows up at every race and takes pictures of club members. Every year he also leads a very popular Hollywood Hills sign hike. Gary told me that he was completely surprised that he was recognized as an Ideal Member. I told him that it took the Board about two seconds to unanimously select him.
Joanna Pallo In 2020-2021 Joanna came up with several ideas to have a social event that was safe to have during the pandemic. Although we couldn’t pull something off until our recognition banquet, we all certainly appreciated her trying! Joanna has served as Social Chair for multiple years before the pandemic as well as Newsletter Editor. Joanna is also being recognized for using her graphic artist skills on numerous occasions for the club, including most recently creating awesome new business cards.
Ryan Vieau Ryan was recognized as an Ideal Member for his work as a Saturday run coordinator and as an “editor” of our group’s Facebook page (e.g., Events). This is not an easy job and is often one that goes unappreciated. Not this time!
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR, GREG HANSSEN The SCRR membership voted for Greg as Volunteer of the Year for his leadership and enthusiasm for organizing custom Grand Prix races during a Grand Prix season that offered no other choices. Greg worked with the other members of the Grand Prix commission (Mike Friedl and Molly Donnellan) as well as Steve Ireland (race course design) to offer free and safe Grand Prix races for the club. In most of these races, each runner started 30 seconds apart, which created a truly socially distanced race!
PRESIDENT’S AWARD, AMY KATZ Amy and I have both in the club a long time, and over those many years Amy has had many personal running accomplishments (I used to call her “Amy PR Katz-woman”) and has contributed so much to the club (including as Social Chair). Over the past two years Amy took our newsletter and turned it into a true online publication. As someone who used to be the newsletter editor when we cut and pasted articles, photocopied them, and mailed them out to our membership, I know not only how difficult it is to solicit and edit newsletter contributions, but how wonderful it is that we’ve migrated to online publications. I realize that many of you share my appreciation for Amy because she missed tying Greg for Volunteer of the Year by only one vote.
Thanks again to everyone who helped with this year’s recognition award party and CONGRATULATIONS again to all the winners!
Location: Starbucks at the corner of Alton & E. Yale Loop - 5365-B Alton Parkway, Irvine 92604
Directions: From 405 freeway, exit Jeffrey and go north two lights to Alton. Turn left and then right into parking lot. Starbucks is between Ralphs and CVS.
About the Run: We'll run out along the bike trail towards the Spectrum and then out to the Lake Forest road extension behind Irvine Meadows then loop back near Quail Hill. There are options for a 9.5 or 12 mile loop.