Orange County Marshals Dept's Athletic Team
Third Annual Presentation
MOJAVE 250 MILE DEATH RACE
June 6 & 7, 1998
Welcome to the annual Mojave Desert Relay. This race is not
just another pretty race but 21 races withing one fun, challenging
and spectacular event. The Race organizers hope you enjoy
yourself and participate in a safe and sportsman like manner.
Please follow the rules and obey all laws. Remember to take
care of the race course and keep our desert free from damage.
Leave No Trace means that after we have gone past our desert
course should be in the same condition it was before we arrived.
The race organizers wish to thank the following groups for their
assistance in helping to make this funtastic event possible: The
National Parks Preserve, Bureau of Land Management;
California Highway Patrol, Nevada Highway Patrol, California
Dept. of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, Nevada Dept.
of Transportation, Buffalo Bill's Hotel Casino, Primadonna
Hotel Casino, Whiskey Pete's Hotel Casino, New York New
York Casino, the communities of Primm, Jean, Nipton, Ivanpah,
Kelso, Nevada and other individuals too numerous to name.
Participants in this race are encouraged to share in the many
scenic areas throughout the desert communities. Please
remember that we all are visitors here and wish to be welcomed
back. Participants should do their share to help protect the
surrounding desert areas, be civil and courteous to everyone and
assist others needing help.
The race will start and finish on the roadway along I-15
freeway, approximately 8 miles north of the Buffalo Bill Casino.
This race will begin at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning! Teams are
expected to finish between 20 and 25 hours.
Following is a list of hotels associated with the race and their
Start and Finish Line Area:
BUFFALO BILL'S HOTEL CASINO 800-386-7867
WHISKEY PETE'S HOTEL CASINO 800-386-7867
PRIMADONNA HOTEL CASINO 800-386-7867
NIPTON HOTES 760-856-2335
NEW YORK, NEW YORK CASINO 888-693-6763
ROY'S MOTEL & CAFE (gas station) 760-733-4236
R.V. sites along the race course:
Primadonna Casino RV Resort (start area) 800-386-7867
Hi Sahara Oasis / off I-40 near legs 7,8,9 760-733-4032
Pax's R.V. Campground (near leg #11) 760-733-4565
Full hookup on Route 66
Nipton Trading Post (near leg #3) 760-856-2335
Teams will consist of 12 participants, 9 members must complete
2 legs. 3 members must complete 1 leg and remain as alternates.
No participant may complete back to back legs.
Open: Anyone crazy enough to participate
Corporate: 10 of the participants must be employed by a specific company.
Law Enforcement: 10 members must be employed by the same department.
Fire: 10 members must be employed by the same department.
Military: 10 members must be assigned to the same company.
Women: All members must be Female.
Mixed: 6 Females and 6 Males.
Masters: All members must be over 40 years old on or before race day.
Entry into this race will cost $550 per team.
Make checks payable to Mojave 250 Relay and sent to 1000 N.
Parton St. Suite "E", Santa Ana, CA, 92701. Entries are limited
to the first 100 paid teams. O.C.M.D. Athletic Team reserves the
right to cancel the race at any time and refund all entry fees.
There will be 2 Team Captain meeting before
race day at the Country Harvest Buffet Restaurant, Banquet Room.
1008 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, California. Thur., April 30 and
Thru. May 28, 1998 / 6 p.m. Teams more than 90 minutes away please
call 714-953-4440 for alternate arrangements. 1 Team Meeting will
take place on June 6, 1998 at 7:30 p.m. (the night before race day)
in the desert area at the rear of the Primadonna Casino R.V. park.
Look for a flag pole with hanging balloons.
The following awards will be in place once there
are enough teams in the race to allow mug purchases. However,
award modifications will be made for fewer teams. "Big Mo"
will be the perpetual trophy for the winners to keep until the
following years race. the top 30% of the teams in each division
will receive decorated logo and numbered 16 oz. Beer mugs for
all team members. All remaining teams will receive one colored
souvenir mug for each member. The awards roundup will be held
between 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. The tentative location
is in the desert area behind the Primadonna Hotel R.V. campground.
This is a desert race so what can you expect??? Each leg of the
race is unique unto itself. This course challenges every team
from every aspect. Teamwork, Terrain, Temperature, Time of
day, Weather, Elevation, Road surfaces not to mention
teamwork again. Without a doubt this race will test every
organizations' unification and sportsmanship. Generally, the
course starts 3 miles south of the Gold Strike Casino on a road
that parallels Interstate 15
toward Whiskey Petes Casino. Then turns onto a dirt road along the
Union Pacific Railroad, passing the town of Tipton. Continues
following the railroad service road and transferring on to powerline
roads across the vast desert to the town of Ivanpah. The course
continues over the New York and Hackberry Mountains. Reaching
the town of Goff and approaching Interstate 40 towards Needles,
CA the course then turns onto old Route 66. After traveling along
the Route 66 passing through Essex, Danby and Cardiz for forty miles
the course loops back towards Las Vegas the long way up
Kellerbaker Rd. over Old Dad and Granite Mountains past Devil's
Playground arriving at the town of Kelso. The race proceeds along
Kelso Rd. to Cima Rd. through the Joshua Tree Forest over the
Ivanpah Mountains and crosses over Interstate 15. Then beyond the
freeway over Clark and Shadow Mountains the course passes by
the towns of Sandy and Goodsprings finally ending back at Jean,
Nevada and returning to the Start & Finish line. Simple enough???
Detailed maps and diagrams will be provided to all teams.
LEG DESCRIPTION AND CIPHERS:
GRADES: F=Flat; SU=Slightly Uphill; US=Uphill Steep;
DH=Downhill; DS= Downhill Steep; RD=Rolling Dips.
SURFACES: P=Pavement; D=Dirt; DG=Dirt and Gravel;
RS=Rough Surface; T=Treacherous.
Leg # / Distance / Type / Terrain / Surface / Nickname / Difficulty
1 /10.0/RUN /F-RS /2-P 8-D / Buffalo Bill's Get-A-Way /10
2 /10.0/RUN /F-RS-T /6.5-D 3-DG/ Union Pacific Trail / 8
3 /14.0/MTN BIKE /F-RS-T /DG / Nipton Turtle Terror / 3
4 / 6.0/RUN /US-RS /5.5P 2.5D / Ivanpah Goat Hill / 1
5 /12.0/MTN BIKE /F-RS /D / New York Mtn Plateau /15
6 / 6.0/RUN /F-DH-RS /DG / Barwell Town Trail /16
7 /19.5/MTN-RD BIKE/DH-RS /D / Lanfair-Grotto Gutbuster /13
8 /10.0/RUN /F-RS /P / Goffs Giddy-up 10 miler /12
9 /31.0/RD BIKE /F-P /27-F 4-DS / Route 66-31 MI Trek /11
10 / 6.0/RUN /F /P / Cadiz-Saltus Six Miler /20
11 / 6.5/RUN /UP /P / Bristol Mountain Boogie / 5
12 /20.5/RD BIKE /10-SU 5-RD 5.5-DH / Killer Kelbaker Climb / 4
13 / 8.5/RUN /DH /P / Devils Playground Pursuit /18
14 /12.0/RD BIKE /F-SU-RD /P / Kelso Cringe / 9
15 / 7.5/RUN /F-SU-RD /P / Railroad Rollercoaster Rd / 6
16 /19.5/RD BIKE /7-SU 10-DH 2.5-F / Joshua Forest Fury / 7
17 / 6.5/RUN /F /P / Shadow Mtn Shuffle /19
18 / 6.0/RUN /F /P / Kingston Rd Cruise /21
19 /20.5/MTN BIKE /U-US-D-DS-F-U-US/12-D 11.5-P/ Spring Struggle / 2
20 / 8.5/RUN /US-DS-DH/P / Wilson Passout Peak /14
21 / 8.5/RUN /DH-F /P / Goodsprings-Jean Jubilee /17
Athletes should wear proper clothing and shoes for the course
conditions they might encounter. Bicycles should be in good
working condition for the terrain.
The highly skilled Orange County C.A.R.E.S. Coastal Amateur Radio
Emergency Services will coordinate the communication services for
the race. We recommend all teams have an amateur radio operator
in their SAS Van. This should be mandatory and is highly recommended
for everyones safety. Each team will be required to establish their
own communications system. Contact your local Amateur Radio
organization for assistance. Cellular telephones may no work along
the course. It is highly recommended that cellular telephones be
tested along the course prior to race day.
Volunteers will be needed for each team in order to make this a
safe, fun and successful event. Requirements will be discussed at
the Team Captians meeting.
This type of race geographically and logistically is very difficult.
Everyone associated with the race: competitors, support personnel,
or spectators must lend a hand to keep this a safe event. we must
police each other to insure proper conduct. The law enforcement
agencies (California and Nevada Dept. of Transportation, Highway
Patrols, State and Federal Rangers and local police and authorities)
will be monitoring this event and their observations may determine
future races. We are guests of the desert and the many communities.
Please respect the residents and others using the roadways and obey
- Safety is of the utmost importance. Please think safety before,
during and after the race.
- Runners and bicyclists must read waiver and sign same if they
choose to run or bike.
- Runners and bicyclists should properly train to complete the
distances they have selected.
- Team numbers must be worn and visible on the front of each
runner and biker.
- Verbal altercations or unsportsmans like conduct with any official
or their representative will not be tolerated.
- Only official vehicles used by Race Marshals will be allowed in
exchange point areas. All other vehicles will park in authorized
areas. This means you might be walking up to 1/2 mile from where
you park to the exchange point.
- All items of trash will be removed by those persons responsible.
- No alcohol will be consumed by any participants during the race
or along the race course (runners, bicyclists, support crews and
spectators, this means everyone). Any violation of this rule will
cause immediate disqualification and removal of the offending team.
- Everyone must work together to leave the desert and it habitat
in the same condition it was when we arrived.
RUNNERS AND BICYCLIST RULES:
- Each competitor must check-in at his designated exchange point
in a reasonable amount of time before his anticipated tap-off. One
hour is recommended! (Remember there may be a crowd so don't be late).
- The same designated 12 team members that start the race are the
only persons to participate in the race.
- All competitors must use the right hand portion of the roadway
or shoulder. Do not short-cut the course!
- Competitors will not be allowed to draft on different teams
competitors. Proper distances in front, to the sides, and behind the
others should be used. However, all participants will be allowed to
have their own pacer. This means a friend, family or other team
members my keep competitors company along the course.
- Slower competitors must yield to passing competitors.
- Each competitor must have the official wristband provided.
Runners and bicyclist must carry the wrist band on their wrist at all
times. No person other than the designated competitor may wear
- Waiting competitors must take the tap-off within the marked
area. Not before, not after!
- No competitor will be physically assisted in forward movement
in any manner by any means, unless there exists a clear and present
dangerous health condition to the competitor.
- All competitors will wear an operable safety light visible to the
rear of the competitor at all times of day or night (approx. $10 at
local dept. stores, K-mart, Walmart bicycle sections).
- Bicycles used during darkness must be street legal and have
lights front and rear.
- Helmets are required to be worn by bicyclists.
- All competitors wanting to participate must fill out the medical
information on the back of their race bib number.
- Caution should be taken when using sun blocks! They may
keep the body heat in and boil the body and brain.
- No one is allowed to warm up, stretch, walk about, play,
dance, or loiter on any roadway along the race course at anytime.
- Delays caused by unforeseen reasons (traffic accident,
railroad crossings, road construction) should be noted on the
final team roster.
- All mile 4 of Leg #1 teams MUST have a support bicyclist
assist runners of Leg #1, Leg#2 and possibly Leg#3 (55 miles
of Mtn Bike).
- Optional - We recommend that teams replace the support
bicyclist at Leg#3. Since this is a Mtn Bike leg, the support
bicyclist may have difficulty keeping up with the competing
bicyclist. No competitor is allowed to proceed alone in any leg
of this race. They must be watched at all times.
- One competitor per log.
If a competitor cannot complete their leg the next competitor
may bike or run back to the disabled runner, tap-off and
complete the remainder of the leg. They must also complete his
entire next leg. The clock keeps running and any lost time will
apply to the total time of that leg and finish time of the team.
Teams are expected to compete in a fair, honest and spirited fashion
within our race rules and instructions. We ask that teams monitor
one another for violations and report them using the race protest
forms. Protests must be made within 30 minutes of the protesting
teams finishing time. Late protests will be considered invalid.
Our race committee will consider each protest and take appropriate
Loss of time penalties will be applied to teams violating the rules.
Cramps, Needles, IV's, Ambulance Rides, Medical bills,
Helicopter Rides. More Medical bills, Bruised egos, Terrible record
time and Possible DEATH!!! These can be yours if you do not
drink enough WATER. The desert is as magnificent as it is brutal.
Each person should be drinking water hours before they participate.
Drink 1 quart of water each half hour for five hours before you receive
the tap-off. Any less and you might be drinking it through a needle.
This is NOT a nice friendly 5K or 10K early some Sunday morning
at 8:00 o'clock. Also, the idea that you are not competing until
late in the evening or early morning at 2:30 am doesn't exempt
anyone. The desert doesn't case. The air is dry 24 hours a day. Ever
heard of freeze dried bodies laying along a lonely desert road?
There have been many well seasoned veteran marathon runners that
have fallen victim to the mighty Mojave. Usually their post
hospitalization statements are "I've never had something like this
happen to me before. It hit me in an instant and like a ton of bricks.
I really thought I drank enough water".
SAFETY AND SUPPORT VAN (SAS VAN):
Van must be in perfect working conditions. Plan for a back-up!
1. Mandatory equipment:
10 Gals. of water / snake bite kit / 2 gal. water sprayer / drink
water bottles / ice and ziplock bags or chemical ice pack / ace
bandage / first aid kit / two working flashlights with extra
batteries / flares or safety lights / strobe lights / stop watches /
clip board, pen & pencils / trash bags / red personal safety lights
for competitors / blanket / umbrella / chest full of ice.
2. Recommended equipment:
duct tape / white shoe polist / toilet paper / binoculars / snacks
and drinks / bicycle repair equipment / 5 gallons of gas in a
proper safety can / goggles / dust mask.
3. Team sign: Illuminated preferred
Must be made of durable material (able to withstand high winds
and driving speed), showing the team name and number,
mounted on the roof and should be readable from front and
4. Runner/Bicyclist sign:
Mounted on the rear of the vehicle. Should read "CAUTION!
RACE IN PROGRESS", large type.
5. Strobe light:
Yellow or amber light mounted on the roof or top of team sign.
6. All SAS vans will be required to pass an inspection on race
day. Any SAS van failing inspection will not be permitted to
participate. No team may run without an SAS van that has passed
7. It is highly recommended that Amateur radio operators be
used in the SAS vans for team communication and coordination.
SAS VAN RULES:
- SAS vans will follow runners and bicyclist starting at Leg#4.
The SAS crew members keep the competitors safe and record their
times. SAS vans must remain behind the competitors at all times
- SAS van crews should position themselves in a safe position
to keep the bicyclist safe as they proceed along the race course.
It may not be necessary to follow behind the bicyclist as closely
as it is for the runners.
- SAS van support crews must complete a time sheet for each
competitor. The time sheet must be placed in the time capsule and
be delivered to the time keepers approximately 3 miles beyond each
exchange point. Possible Runner/Bicyclist 1 and 5 miles logs.
- While following competitors SAS vans will drive to the far right
side of the roadway and use the shoulder of the road whenever possible.
- No vehicles other than official race vehicles will be allowed
within 100 yards of the start line or exchange points. There will be
parking a distance away from these areas so plan to do a little walking.
- No vehicles shall stop or park on the shoulder of any roadway
along the course. Vehicle drivers should look for existing parking
or roads that may be used for short term parking.
- SAS van crews may assist bicyclist to repair or replace their
bicycles during the race. A back-up bicycle may be used.
At this time motor homes or vehicles that can accommodate 7-10
competitors are recommended. Shuttle vehicles will be allowed
from Legs 4 through Leg 21. These vehicles will precede the
competitors to the exchange points with the next person receiving
We highly recommend that each team have an EMERGENCY
MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT) or CPR-First Aid trained
person as a member of their ASAS crew for this event.
The SAS van crew is responsible for the safety of their competitors.
Safety and Caution is the rule of the road. Each competitor should
be watched carefully for sign of dehydration, heat exhaustion,
fatigue, heart attack or any warning signs leading to problems. The
SAS crew should be aware of what action to take to render aid for
the medical problems. This is where communication becomes the
disabled persons lifeline. Establish a plan "NOW" before race day.
More information and discussion will be presented at the Team
RACE DIRECTORS HIGHLY RECOMMENDS AMATEUR
RADIOS AS A VALUABLE COMMUNICATIONS TOOL
Individual teams and participants are responsible for any and all
costs incurred for medical treatment and transportation. Each team
is responsible for obtaining their own medical insurance or making
sure that each of their members have their own medical insurance.
This medical insurance coverage information along with a copy of
the person's driver's license must be kept in the SAS van at all
Plan ahead now for a fun and exciting race. Plan to leave the desert
area in the same condition as when we arrive. Plan to be kind to the
many communities and people we will meet along the race course.
Plan to keep everyone safe and sane to return home in one piece.
Plan to bring lots of water. Plan to bring ice chests full of crushed ice.
Plan ahead for the worst that can happen in a 250 Mile death Race somewhere
in the middle of the desert.
Mojave 250-Mile Death Race / June 1997 Mens Records
LEG DIST TYPE TEAM NAME TIME AGE
1 10.0 Run So Ca Edision#2 Davis E 59:49 41
2 10.0 Run So Ca Edision#2 Crosswhite J 58:11 39
3 14.0 Bike Canables Ruffino J 1:06:24 42
4 6.0 Run Navy Seals Ryan P 40:39 30
5 12.0 Bike Dead Ringers Burgess J 44:39 42
6 6.0 Run Dead Ringers Loya R 37:17 24
7 19.0 Bike Canables Carillo C 48:49 42
8 10.0 Run Navy Seals 57:52
9 31.0 Bike So Ca Edision#2 Peneseyres P 1:09:04 54
10 6.0 Run So Ca Edision#2 Davis E 34:16 41
11 6.5 Run So Ca Edision#2 Irvine D 49:49 4_
12 21.5 Bike Canables Bernier M 1:03:41 37
13 7.5 Run So Ca Edision#2 Clemente T 47:28 3_
14 12.0 Bike Navy Seals Sanchez J 43:45
15 7.5 Run U S Border Patrol Fuler B 47:57 33
16 19.5 Bike U S Border Patrol Pena A 43:20 30
17 6.5 Run So Ca Edision#2 Jeppson S 37:09 29
18 6.0 Run So Ca Edision#2 Tickell D 37:01 34
19 21.5 Bike So Ca Edision#2 Peneseyres P 1:04:10 54
20 8.5 Run Navy Seals McClelland J 57:42 34
21 8.5 Run Navy Seals 52:03
Mojave 250-Mile Death Race / June 1997 Womens Records
LEG DIST TYPE TEAM NAME TIME AGE
1 10.0 Run
2 10.0 Run
3 14.0 Bike
4 6.0 Run
5 12.0 Bike
6 6.0 Run
7 19.0 Bike Dead Ringers Peak M 55:29 42
8 10.0 Run
9 31.0 Bike
10 6.0 Run U S Border Patrol Vargas H 40:39 30
11 6.5 Run
12 21.5 Bike
13 7.5 Run So Ca Edision#1 Peters K 59:02
14 12.0 Bike So Ca Edision#1 Harder R 1:06:17 41
15 7.5 Run Dead Ringers Rusallo K 1:00:13
16 19.5 Bike
17 6.5 Run
18 6.0 Run Dead Ringers Jui V 48:50
19 21.5 Bike OC Marshals Dept Peake M 1:27:56 42
20 8.5 Run
21 8.5 Run
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