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Latest Bulldog 25/50 Info


August 24, 2016

 To All Bulldoggers!


Please take the time to read this entire message. Your race may be negatively impacted by failure to read everything below. In 25 years, the race has grown to epic proportions and things change but the challenges and rewards of this great race remain the same. Have a safe run everyone!


RACE DAY is Saturday, August 27.



1925 Las Virgenes Road




From the Ventura Freeway (Hwy 101):

·      Exit Las Virgenes Road - go south.

·      Continue approximately 3 miles, past Mulholland Drive. 

·      Turn right into Malibu Creek State Park.

·      If you hit Piuma Rd., youve gone too far.


From Pacific Coast Hwy:                                                                              

·      Go North on Malibu Canyon (directly south of Pepperdine University).  

·      Continue approximately 5 miles, past Piuma Rd (past Tapia Park).  

·      Turn left into Malibu Creek State Park.  

·      If you hit Mulholland Dr., youve gone too far. 

DRIVING: Observe the speed limit; the CHP knows about this event.


TRAFFIC DELAYS are expected on the 101 North between Valley Circle and Las Virgenes Road due to nighttime construction lane closures. Please factor this into your drivetime.





We have more runners than parking spaces! CARPOOLING IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST! (Read below for additional info on parking). 

Please use the BULLDOG TRAIL RUNS FACEBOOK GROUP to work out CARPOOL arrangements.


A good meeting spot for carpooling is the Albertson’s parking lot on Agoura Road at Las Virgenes Road. FYI, the Starbucks located here (2755 Agoura Rd.) opens at 4:30am!


WEATHER: Temperatures are forecast to be in the high 70s on race day with no cloud cover. With the high temperatures we have had in recent weeks, most of you should be comfortable on race day.




Parking in MCSP is $12/vehicle. Please have exact change in hand when you approach the kiosk. Annual parking passes are not allowed for special events.


Please do not enter the park before your designated time.


·      Volunteers enter at 4:00am

·      Aid Station vehicles at 4:30am

·      50K Runners may enter at 5:00am

·      25K Runners may enter at 6:00am

·      If you arrive before your designated time, please park outside on one of the corners.

·      Please remember to display your parking placard visibly on your dashboard. 

·      Please follow the Parking Volunteers’ instructions to avoid parking citations.



·      On the north side of Las Virgenes Road (this is before Mulholland Hwy when you are driving from the 101). Look for the large sign that says SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATION AREA. If coming from the 101, sign will be on your RIGHT just before you come to the traffic light at Mulholland Hwy. Turn into the large parking area and PARK HEAD IN; there is enough room here for a couple of rows of vehicles; about 40 total.


·      There is limited parking on two corners of Las Virgenes and Mulholland. NOTE: The NW corner of Las Virgenes/Mulholland is newly posted NO PARKING.


·      There is some curbside parking on Mulholland just north of Las Virgenes.




·      50K bibs from 5:00am – 6:25am

·      25K bibs from 6:30am – 7:25am (25K bibs may not be picked up before 6:30am)

·      Please bring proof of registration for bib pickup.

·      You may not pick up bibs for other runners.

·      If you pick up a bib, you are expected to run! Please tell the timer if you do not start the race; we need to be able to account for all runners on the race course.

·      Please wear your bib on your shirt front or shorts front; DO NOT FOLD your bib; we need to tear the pull tag at the finish line.

·      Please do not remove the pull tab from your race bib.



50K start 6:30 AM -- (9-hour time limit for 50K)  No early starts: Course closes at 3:30PM.                

25K start 7:30 AM -- (8-hour time limit for 25K)  No early starts: Course closes at 3:30 PM.




There will be a Race Briefing before each start. Please be prepared to head to the start line approximately 15-minutes before start time. Please Note there is a new start/finish route; please pay attention to the briefing!




·      All runners at Bulldog are “solo” runners. We will have a “zero tolerance” policy toward crewing and pacing of runners. You may only receive aid from official volunteers at aid stations and you may only use one drop bag at Station 4.


·      Spectators and Cheering sections will only be allowed on Crags Road at Station 4 in MCSP; spectators may not gather on Park Entrance Road. All spectating must be done from inside the fire gate, from the opposite side of the street from the aid station/drop bag area. Spectators may not enter the aid stations and may not assist the runner in any way.




·      All runners are required to carry a minimum of 20oz of fluids.

·      50K runners are encouraged to carry 40oz, especially if they plan to be on the race course for more than 5-hours.



50K runners have the option to drop down just before Station 4 in MCSP. Drop downs will receive the 25K finisher medal but will not be eligible for awards.



·      We will be tracking all 50K runners on the second loop.

·      At Station 4, all 50K runners must have their race bib marked by the Volunteer.

·      Beginning at Station 4, all 50K runners must call out their bib number as they exit each aid station.


MUSIC: We have a one-bud rule per RRCA requirements; please remove ear buds for the pre race briefing.


RACE DROPS: If you drop from the race, you are responsible to notify the nearest checkpoint captain and you will be driven back to base camp after the station breaks down. When you return to your vehicle at the finish line, please bring your bib tag to the race timers so we can account for your safety. Runners who fail to compy with this rule will assume all financial responsibility for search and rescue expenses.


50K DROP BAGS are permitted at Station 4 only. No boxes or coolers please. Please label your bag with your bib # and bring it to the drop bag vehicle by the Pensketruck. Drop bags will be returned to the finish line at approximately 11:30am. Unclaimed drop bags will be trashed or donated.


RACE SHIRTS: Runners who signed up on or before July 20 must pick up their race shirt before the start of the race. Runners who signed up after July 20 will pick uptheir shirts after they finish the race. There will probably be a good choice of sizes left from the "no shows".



Station 1/5 – Bulldog Lateral

·     Full Station/Medical: Water, ice,Gatorade, Coke, crackers/PNB, Oreos, GummyBears, fruit, salt

·     Crews/Spectators not permitted

·     Station 5 cutoff time is 11:45am (mile 19)


Castro Peak– Top of Bulldog Motorway

·     Emergency Water Stop/Medical


Station 2/6– Corral Canyon

·     Full Station/Medical: Water, ice,Gatorade, Coke, crackers/PNB, Oreos, GummyBears, fruit, salt, Hammer Gel

·     Crews/Spectators not permitted

·     Station 6 cutoff time is 1:00pm (mile 22.5)

Mesa Peak Motorway near Puerco




Emergency Water Stop/Medical

Station 3/7-- Tapia Park

·     Full Station/Medical: Water, ice,Gatorade, Code, crackers/PNB, Oreos, GummyBears, fruit, salt

·     Crews/Spectators not permitted

·     Station 7 cutoff time is 2:45pm (mile 28.1)


Station 4 –MCSP/Crags Road (50K only)

·     Full Station/Medical: Water, ice,Gatorade, Coke, crackers/PNB, Oreos, GummyBears, fruit, salt, Hammer Gel

·     No Crews; no outside aid may be given


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