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Grit Obstacle Course Race

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 17, 2020

The entire community is invited to take in the excitement of the Grit Obstacle Course Race held February 22-23, 2020 at the East Walker Ranch and Golden Valley Ranch Open Space. Several Canyon Country residents are participating in Grit OCR this month, but runners aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the panoramic views of the foothills and the ridgelines.

Spectators are welcome too.

Grit OCR is a local endurance test where individuals who want to push themselves physically and mentally can check their limits. It’s already a challenging course, but when obstacles are added to the trail it becomes a dramatic competition. There is also an all-day festival at the course with a beer garden, food, music and activities.

Online registration will close on February 20, but there will also be on-site registration available at the race. The start times will occur in waves of 30-minute intervals to prevent congestion at obstacles.

The first day of the race is the Claw Course which is the most challenging of the two. The distance is longer, with more trail running and a greater number of obstacles. The Claw Course goes through East Walker Ranch and Golden Valley Open Space where they extended the trail with a long, single-track section to create a full loop, bringing the course to just over 8 miles. There is a variety of challenging trails, killer hills, and over 20 unique obstacles peppered throughout. Claw finishers earn a 2020 medal with the special Claw key chain medallion.

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The second day – Sunday, February 23 – involves the Fang Course, which is better for first-time runners as it’s less intense. The distance is shorter (5 miles) and there are fewer limitations. Also planned for the East Walker Ranch and Golden Valley Open Space site, the Fang Course includes challenging trails and 19 obstacles. In the process, you climb 728 feet to a high point of 2,329 feet.

Each of the two races have aid stations for runners to hydrate and refuel. They will have water, electrolytes and energy gels. Some stations will include snacks and food.

The event is hosted by New Global Adventures, which also produces:

Valencia Trail Race
Silver Moon Race
Arts Run
Sugar Daddy Race
Be the Light 5K
Spacerock Trail Race

New Global Adventures founders Terry and Jenny Majamaki organize and market the races, bringing together their passion for running and ability to create meaningful experiences.

“A diverse roster of events for all types of people from hikers, first-time runners, marathon runners, ultra-marathoners, to seasoned athletes; all our events achieve the goal to help keep people active and healthy while having a great time,” the website says. “Our vision is to create awesome race experiences that stand out from our competitors to give runners, volunteers, sponsors, and vendors a unique race experience that keeps them coming back for more while giving back to the community through charities and community support.”

If you want to participate you can still register to compete or choose to be a spectator this year. East Walker Ranch Open Space is located at 16723 Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

There will be parking at two locations: General Parking at Sable Ranch on Sand Canyon Road costs $5 cash on site. As it is approximately 1.4 miles from the race course, a shuttle bus service will transport participants from parking to the race and back. There is also limited VIP parking at East Walker Ranch for $20 but you must register in advance.

For more information, visit GritOCR.com.

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