Trail running is a continually changing adventure triggering all your senses. The crisp clean air swirling into your lungs, the mud squishing under your feet , finding the proper foot placement, balancing on top of rocks, the water crossings, the views, the smells, the sounds, and did I mention the challenge to the human body. Whether it is spring, summer, winter, or fall you will find beauty and excitement each time you run trails.
2016 Trail Locations and Descriptions
March 12th - Into the Wild OC Trail Run 10k/21k - The original Into the Wild OC Trail Run takes place in two of the most beautiful parks in Orange County. This race will offer the right distance and difficulty level for you. Irvine Regional Park, Orange County's oldest park, will offer 10k runners a less technical course beneath canopies of oaks and sycamore trees. Runners will then head out onto the natural California flora lined trails. The 21k will challenge the best of us when runners enter the interconnecting trail system of Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Santiago Oaks will treat runners to an assortment of wide and rocky, to single-track trails with steep climbs and descents. Both parks are intersected by Santiago Creek and share acres of natural charm, an abundance of wildlife, and mountain vistas.
May 21st - Into the Wild Black Star Canyon 9.2k - Black Star Canyon is part of Southern California's permanently protected wildland located in eastern Orange County. Our figure eight course will fill all your senses in this stunning region. Black Star is known for its soaring sandstone cliffs, Red-tailed Hawks flying overhead, and majestic panoramas of the Santa Ana Mountains.
August Race Dates are tentatively Aug. 11 and Aug 18 - Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Runs 5ks – Our two event race series in the summer introduces people of all ages to the exciting world of short distance trail racing. Our evening single loop races will wind its way on a course designed for the beginner trail runner or advanced street racer. Runners will use their skills to race the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. Post-race participants will be treated to a concert in the park as they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California.
November 12th - Into the Wild Limestone Eco Challenge 12k/21k powered by HPN- Limestone Canyon offers runners the experience of seeing "original California" in its Fall glory. Meandering through the serene meadows and rolling hills runners experience the calm solitude of this pristine canyon. Once on the ridge you will be captivated by panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Irvine Lake, and the Cleveland National Forest.
Into the Wild OC Trail Runs works as a partner with OC Parks and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. By hosting these events Into the Wild OC Trail Runs will contribute to the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and the parks to directly support the habitat and wildlife. We encourage our runners to contribute time to the land by volunteering for activities with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy which helps give back to these protected lands.
We invite you to join our trail races and discover the unique land in which we live, work, and play!