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The JPL Running Club's 45th Annual Arroyo Seco Freako Microthon (Charles Voge Memorial Run) will be run on April 1st, 2019, finally, after many years, on its traditional date. This race has been run every year since 1975 on a course that runs alongside and across the wash south of JPL. This year we will be debuting a new couse since the on going construction near the Devil's gate dam precludes us using the more traditional course. Start and finish will be where they usually are, but the new course will be a 2 lobed lollipop course:
2019 Arroyo Seco Freako running route
(note link on picture takes you to a Google map showing the run segments, and the link on text takes you to a map with distances)
When: Monday, April 1st, race start at noon.
Please arrive no later than 11:45 am to sign in (pre-registration is STRONGLY encouraged).
Where: Hahamonga Park, lower parking lot
Distance: ~3.4 miles
All (human) participants should register in advance and sign a waiver to comply with JPL's insurance rules. Download waiver here.
Scanned waivers, registrations, and questions: email Melora Larson before Monday
Race course is as shown above, starting on roads, and then moving on to trails behind the Forest Service Fire Station. The race will be run on pavement and trails and is well marked, so this is a good opportunity to do a short run on a soft surface, maybe to help recover from last week's LA Marathon. Water will be provided for all participants at the finish line. We will use the East Gate bridge to cross the Arroyo. No stream crossings should be necessary.
Getting to the Start:
Exit the JPL Main Gate and turn left at the Foothill Blvd traffic signal. Follow the road as it turns parallel to Oak Grove Drive. Opposite the high school, turn left (down the hill) into lower Hahamongna Park, then at the bottom turn right to the lower parking lot near the baseball diamonds.
Alternatively, on foot, you can exit the South Gate and take an immediate left onto the bridle trail just outside the gate. Turn right at the "T" intersection then follow the paved road past the Forest Service station (you will be covering the start of the race route from the "T" on. Continue on the road and bear left at the "Y" (don't go uphill). Look for the start in the lower parking lot near the baseball diamonds on your right.
It takes about 10 minutes to get to the start area if you jog or walk briskly. Please arrive by 11:45 am to register and/or sign in.
Volunteers are also wanted. Please let either Sam or Melora know if you can help out with the registration, photographs, or finish line.