Here is the latest... 2013 early registration is now open for five-time finishers.
New course for 2013. Note the new start time of 6:30AM.
See you on the trails!
Welcome to the Noble Canyon 50k website. The Noble Canyon 50k is run each year in the beautiful mountains in east San Diego county. The race is run on National Forest land. Like last year, the 2013 course will start and finish at the Al Bahr Shrine Camp. The course connects with the Laguna trail system, goes down & then back up Noble Canyon, loops around the PCT, reconnects with the Lagunas, and finish back at the Al Bahr Shrine Camp. Some have described it as a lollipop shaped course. See the Race Details page for course change details.
The Noble Canyon 50k was established by the San Diego Bad Rats, these experienced ultrarunners man each aid station. The Nobel Canyon 50k is managed and operated by Cliffs and Meadows LLC and is a USATF sanctioned event.
Race report by Brian Gonzales
Summer 2012 in
After checking in and hanging out in the lodge at Al Bahr Camp, this year's field lined up behind the banner and waited for the countdown. The gun fired and 180 individual goals were put to task. After running through both campgrounds the runners quickly connected with the Laguna trail network. They ran mostly flat, smooth, single track trail until they connect with the Penny Pine checkpoint.
Fabrice Hardel was not only going to clinch his
five-year-finisher jacket but he also looked focused and looked like
he was running to win. Entering Big Tree 1 Aid Station Dean
Dobberteen stayed right on Fabrice's heels with Igor Campos only a
minute behind. The
runners hammered fast and hard down the technical rocky downhill of
Eventually Dean decided it was time to turn loose and break away from the pack. Dean fired up the furnace and clinched an exciting win in 4:15:06 with Igor Campos and Christophe Sigel rounding out the podium. Both 2010 champs repeated in 2012 as Margaret "Maggie" Nelsen won it for the woman and set a new course record for the woman in 4:54:57 with last year's champ Tracy Dimino taking second and Christy Baker taking third for the woman.
The weather continued to cooperate as the rest of the field
battled up the trail and into the finish. Shortly after leaving the
Penny Pine 2 Aid Station you can see the finish line and hear the
cheers across the highway to your right, but you still have about an
8 mile loop and a long climb ahead of you. At the same time you're
treated to great vistas to your left. The only way to gain an
official finish at the
The reason this has become such a popular race is because the of the San Diego Bad Rats and other volunteers that run all the aid stations. The participants enjoy the support of veteran and elite ultrarunners who do all they can to help the runners conquer the course and accomplish their individual goals.
CongRATulations to all of this year’s participants.