FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Get answers to the questions most frequently asked about the Grit OCR event.
The 2018 Grit OCR race is set to take place on Saturday, February 17th, 2018.
OCR stands for Obstacle Course Racing, a sport in which a race participants must overcome various physical challenges on the course that is in the form of obstacles. The Grit OCR event is a trail running race combined with challenging obstacles throughout the course that are designed to physically and mentally test your strength, agility, endurance, with the outcome of you becoming a stronger and healthier person. Register for Grit OCR today take on the challenge!
Check-in is only available on the race day, Saturday, February 17th starting at 6:00 AM at the staging area.
Race staging area is located at the East Walker Ranch Open Space, 16723 Placerita Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Only VIP parking is available at East Walker Ranch, general event parking will be located at Sable Ranch. See details in "Where do I park?" FAQ below or the Directions & Parking page.
General event parking is located Sable Ranch. From this parking lot, participants will ride shuttle buses from the general parking at Sable Ranch to the event location at East Walker Ranch. Shuttle buses will be going back and forth during the event.
Location: Sable Ranch - 25933 Sand Canyon Rd. Santa Clarita, CA 91387
On-site parking fee: $5 (Cash only!)
A limited number of VIP parking spots will be available at the event staging area located at the East Walker Ranch Open Space. VIP parking MUST be purchased with registration in advance and is on a first-come-first-served basis, once sold out it will be gone. VIP Parking is not valid for RV's, buses, passenger van, or other commercial and oversized vehicles.
Location: East Walker Ranch Open Space - 16723 Placerita Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
VIP parking fee: $20 when registering in advance
- Pay attention to event parking monitors
- Do not park on Placerita Canyon Road, cars will be towed
- Do not block any driveways, cars will be towed
- Lock your car and do not leave any valuables visible (Gear drop is available at the start)
- Go to the designated bus pick up to catch the shuttle bus
- No public parking at East Walker Ranch on race day
Yes, carpooling with friends is the best! Parking space is limited, to help ensure there is enough parking, we encourage participants to carpool to the race. If you are doing the race with friends or family then hook up and ride in one car together. Besides, nothing beats carpooling with good friends and family!
Obstacle course race features multiple start waves to ensure there are no bottlenecks during the race when coming into the obstacles. We want to make sure that every participant is able to come into each obstacle and dive right in without having to wait for others to get through first.
When registering you can choose which start wave you wish to participate in at the race. Tell your friends and family so they can participate together in the same wave.
Start waves will be every 30 minutes with the first wave starting at 8:00 AM and the last wave at 2:00 PM. Grit OCR Kids will have 4-start times every hour starting at 9:15 AM.
Please arrive 2-hours before your start wave to allow for parking, bus, check-in, and getting ready.
Grit OCR reserves the right to adjust your start time, despite your "preferred" start time, based on team size and space availability.
*Note that final race day start times may vary.
- ENTRY INCLUDES:
- Run Grit OCR Course
- Official finisher shirt*
- Collectible finisher medal
- Official finisher certificate
- Volunteer support
- Course aid-station support
- Finish line water & food
- 1-FREE beer (21 & over)
- FREE race photos
- Event insurance
- An awesome race experience!
*Shirt not included with kids entry, optional to purchase.
Yes, every participant is required to turn in a completed and signed a release waiver and show your photo ID at the check-in to receive your bib and to participate in the race. You may download and print the waiver ahead of time and bring it with you to help expedite your check-in.
PICKING UP FOR A FRIEND?
If you are picking up for a friend they must complete and sign the waiver in advance and give it to you along with a picture of their photo ID.
We recommend arriving 2-hours before to your scheduled start time. This allows time for parking, shuttle bus to the event location, check-in, gear drop, and getting ready for the race.
Below you will find a list of mandatory and recommended items for participating the race.
- Completed and signed waiver
- Photo ID
- Trail running shoes
- Lightweight fitness apparel
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Personal medicine/salt capsules
- Garmin/GPS tracking
- Arrive 2-hours early
- Mind of a champion!
POST RACE ITEMS
- Recovery drink, we highly recommend coconut water!
- Refueling food or snacks
- Change of clothes
Yes. The minimum age requirement is 14-years old. As this is a challenging obstacle course race that requires heavy lifting and climbing walls combined with trail running young runners must be in good physical shape and regular fitness training to participate.
Younger runners can participate in the race with approval from the Race Director. Younger runners that wish to run the race need to be accompanied by an adult and must request approval from the Race Director. Please contact the Race Director.
We do have a Grit OCR Juniors race for kids ages 3 to 13-years old.
Yes. There will be a gear drop available at the event staging area so you can drop off your bag before the race and quickly access it after finishing the race.
Yes. The entire course will be clearly marked using a combination of colored flagging tape and directional signs at key turning points.
Yes. You can accomplish anything you want as long as you set your mind to do it and train for it. The race is planned for participants of all abilities. If you are new to obstacles and trail running or this is your first obstacle course race we suggest training as much as possible to prepare for an awesome race.
Trail running in general is can be more challenging as it consists of dirt pathways, uneven surfaces, hills to climb up and down, all of which require additional attention and focus while running. This race has some challenging hills to climb and a variety of obstacles that will challenge your physical strength and endurance. It is those risks and challenges that is part of the adventure that makes obstacle course racing so much fun!
Yes. There will be portable toilets by the event staging area. However, as this is an obstacle course race there will not be bathrooms available on the course.
Yes. There will be stations with water, electrolytes, gels, and basic first aid if needed. At the finish line there, will be water and food.
Proper hydration is essential when participating in any endurance sporting event. One of the greatest dangers for runners is completing the race in a dehydrated state. We encourage runners to hydrate extra the day before the race, the morning of the race and plan on being hydrated throughout the event.
February usually offers some of the best weather to run a race in Santa Clarita. The average high temperature is 66º with the average low at 37º. Plan for a cool morning starts with pleasant temperatures throughout the race. We recommend checking the weather forecast a week before the race so you can plan appropriately.
- Average temperature on race day: High 66º / Low 37º
- Average rainfall in February: 3.5 inches
- Sunrise: 7:38 am
- Sunset: 6:40 pm
As this is an endurance event you want to ensure you are fit for running a 10K trail race with hills and obstacle challenges. Our awesome leader Antonio Alletto has provided a great list of exercises with video examples to help guide you in the right direction focusing in 3-core areas: GRIP, CORE, and QUADS.
For your safety and the safety of all participants, we do not recommend wearing headphones while participating in a race. However, if you do, we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level so you can hear other runners and instructions from event personnel. It is important for you to be aware of other participants coming up behind you as well as being able to hear potential wildlife animals or even rattle snakes. The important thing is paying attention to everyone’s safety and maintaining basic race etiquette.
If you love to wear headphones while running then we can recommend using bone conducting headphones that do not cover your ears, these allow you to fully hear your surroundings while also listening to your favorite music or audio. To learn more take a look at Aftershokz Trek Titanium headphones from our vendor and sponsor Edrald Enterprises.
No. The event insurance policy does not allow dogs. We love dogs, but there are those who may not be comfortable around them and there are also dogs that are uncomfortable around hundreds of other people. We have no doubt that your dog is well behaved, but we simply have no way to be sure about all the other dogs and thus we have a “no dogs on course” policy.
No. Unless there is severe weather or a natural disaster on the days before or on the race day, the Grit OCR event will be held whether it’s sunny, raining, snowing or anything in between. The weather only adds to the adventure to make for an awesome race experience!
No. This is an all trail obstacle course. Unauthorized bicycles, motorized vehicles, wheelchairs, and strollers not permitted on the race course.
As this obstacle course race takes place on trails in nature there is always the risk of coming across wildlife including snakes, tarantulas, coyotes, deer, and even a rare mountain lion or bear.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A SNAKE
If you see a snake, do not panic! Back away slowly and carefully look for a way around. Also be sure to shout out "snake" and point out the location so other participants are aware and can carefully get around it. Snakes will generally leave you alone if they are not provoked. Simply left alone, snakes will continue on with their life, they do not actively seek out confrontations with any of their natural enemies, humans included. The number one reason people are bitten by venomous snakes throughout this country is because of the attempt to catch, kill, or tease them when we find them.
Grit OCR will be chip timed with a MyLaps timing system using a multisport ankle chip tag. Bib and timing chip will be provided when checking into the race. Participants must wear their bib and chip to ensure they are being tracked accurately. Final results will be posted on this website in approximately 24-hours after the race. After receiving your packet at check-in, follow these steps to prepare your chip:
- Wrap around ankle.
- Leave space between chip & ankle.
- Peel off and stick.
- Run race!
DO'S & DON'T:
- Always keep the chip visible; do not remove or cover for race
- Do not excessively bend or twist the chip
- Do not attach beside or under a zipper: metal has a negative impact on the chip
- Do not wear on your back or side, or around your arm
- Do not cover the chip with when crossing the finish line
- Always remember that the mat must 'see' the number when you cross the finish line
- Do not separate the chip from the start number
FREE BEER TICKET:
After the race, cutoff chip and turn in for 1-FREE beer in the beer garden (must be 21-years old).
If you are traveling from out of town there are several hotels within about 30 minutes of driving to the start line. Below are nearby lodging options, also check this Google search or on Airbnb for additional options.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Clarita
27513 Wayne Mills Pl, Valencia, CA 91355
Best Western Valencia Inn
27413 Wayne Mills Pl, Valencia, CA 91355
Hyatt Regency Valencia
24500 Town Center Dr, Valencia, CA 91355
La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Clarita
25201 The Old Rd, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
No. Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your entry to anyone else. Submit a cancellation request from the contact page.
No, it is not. While the parks and lands where races take place are typically open to the public. Those entering into the start/finish area or intentionally jumping into the race just after the start, using the marked course, racing against other participants, etc. are essentially freeloading off of the race and the other runners, regardless of whether they take aid station supplies, medals or other race supplies.
Permits, insurance and race materials for the event are obtained with set numbers of participants planned and accounted for. Costs for events are also planned, taking into account those numbers and sharing the race costs among all entrants.
When people “hijack” a race they jeopardize the race’s ability to come back, create a potential for problems for other runners trying to determine their place in the race and for support personnel to identify participants and (if necessary) provide emergency support. Like shoplifting, being a race bandit does not cost the person taking anything, but the cost ultimately goes to the people who follow the rules and pay to run the race.
EPIC RACE DATE
FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Obstacle course racing can be a very challenging and dangerous endurance sport. All participants are required to sign a full liability release waiver before they can participate. While we believe that anyone can overcome the challenging obstacles, it is important to properly train for the physical challenges before participating in the race. Training alone is not enough, it is also essential to be safe when you enter, overcome, and exit each obstacle. By training, following best safety practices, and proper race etiquette, you will have amazing at the race.
"I love that the challenges you'll face during an OCR are unlike any other race. Everyone has a reason why they race...and you can see that on the course. You'll see people band together to accomplish a goal and it's beautiful to be part of that and to witness it firsthand."
PERMITS & INSURANCE
Grit OCR is an insured and permitted event. Thank you to City of Santa Clarita for their support for permits.
Disclaimer: Please note that race information here represents what is planned for the Grit OCR event. Locations, course variations, and changes may apply depending on conditions, availability, and improvements. We strive to make the best race experience for participants. Thank you for understanding.
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