2016 Brown Mountain Sporadically Annual Christmas Run

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Please join the JPL running club for a return of the Not Really Annual Christmas run:

When: Friday December 16, 2016, starting at 11:45am, bring your own water
Where: Meet at the JPL East Gate starting at 11:30
What: 5 possible distances and elevation gains to choose from (see below).
Who: JPL runners, old and new.
Questions: contact Run Coordinator (aka "race director") Melora Larson

The Brown Mountain Christmas Run is held almost entirely on dirt roads in the hills northeast of the Lab. You can run as far as you want, depending on where you decide to turn back. There is more than 2000 ft of elevation gain and loss if run the entire course, but there are much shorter and easier options for less gung-ho runners. There is no water, shade or bathrooms along the route, and it can be cold, windy or rainy - so prepare accordingly. Meet at the JPL East Gate by 10:15 am and bring some water. The course starts just outside the gate and stays entirely off-Lab, so you don't need to be a JPLer to join in. Mountain bikers and walkers are welcome to tag along, as are well-behaved dogs or other four-legged friends. All (human) participants should register in advance and sign a waiver to comply with JPL's insurance rules. Download waiver here.

Choose from 5 possible turn around points / run options:

Brown Mountain Road (the traditional Christmas Run challenge) note RT distances are 1.4 miles shorter than last year due to starting at the East Gate, and we have added an option to run to the top of Brown Mountain Road since the trail is finally open again (only 5 years after the Station Fire...):

Turnaround Point R/T Distance from East Gate R/T Distance on Brown Mtn Rd R/T Elevation Gain/Loss
The Antenna
2.9 mi
1.5 mi
500 ft
Hairpin Curve at Powerlines
4.0 mi
2.6 mi
800 ft
The Saddle
6.8 mi
5.4 mi
1300 ft
Millard Campground
11 mi
9.6 mi
1900 ft
Top of Chaney Trail
12 mi
10.6 mi
2200 ft
Top Of Brown Mnt Rd 12+ mi ~10.7 mi 2000+ ft ("all" up)

There is no water, shade or bathrooms along the route, and it can be very cold, windy or rainy - so prepare accordingly.

Meet at the East Gate by 10:15 am and bring some water. Mountain bikers, walkers and early starters are welcome to tag along.

The Logistics:

This is a run, not a race. You won't have the usual amenities, such as water, timing, or Running Club volunteers at the finish or along the course.

Unattended operation:

Registration and sign-in

Trail Sweep and other safety issues