50K, Half Marathon Plus a Free 5k Family Fun Run!

Old West Trails event is hosted by Shelter Valley Citizens’ Corporation and its race director, Matthew Meiklejohn.  We pledge a fun, exciting, and memorable experience for every runner!  The desert in spring displays its scenic wonders at their finest, and brings the most comfortable weather for running, camping, and other fun activities which are planned for you, your friends, and your family.  All courses lead you through Anza Borrego Desert’s most diverse and pristine lands.  Temperatures range from the low 40's overnight, to daytime highs in the low 70's. The nearby heights of the Laguna and Cuyamaca mountains often stop spring rains from reaching the sheltered basin of our event. Mountain rain makes desert rainbows!

Your adventure includes sharing ancient trails with the ghosts of the Kumeyaay People, this region's earliest known residents.  Travelers and adventurers of yesteryear also included: Spanish colonials, explorers & settlers from Mexico, Kearney's Army of the West (guided by the legendary old west scout, Kit Carson), and the Mormon Battalion.  During the famous gold rush era, prospectors and settlers often chose this southern overland route to reach California and its fortunes!  Many came via the Birch or Butterfield Stage lines, from St. Louis via Santa Fe, and El Paso!   "Catch the Spirit", come run in their tracks and enjoy the lands which gave them all renewed hope and shelter.

Old West Trails Fest  courses are welcoming and runner friendly.  Many Old West runners achieve new personal records. Throughout the entire 50K course, runners will experience only 2500 feet of gain & loss!  The  1/2 Marathon course is considerably less “daunting”, with only 670 feet of elevation gain & loss.   Generous time allowances are provided to encourage runners who are new to trails, and older geezers  to come on down and join the fun!  All participants will receive a ‘magic’ trophy shirt.  All finishers receive a completion award.  Placement winners in both races receive awards as follows: Grand Champion, Women's Champion, & Men's Champion.  The age group awards for both races are...1st Woman, and 1st Man in each of the following age groups:  Under 30 yrs., Over 30& under 40yrs., Over 40 & under 50yrs., Over 50 & under 60yrs.,Over 60 & under 70yrs., Over 70 & under 80yrs (Geezer Division). Overall winners are excluded from age group awards.  More age groups will be added if we are fortunate enough to need them!


The race begins at STAGECOACH TRAILS RV RESORT & CAMPGROUND.  Plenty of room for all runners, families, friends, and even your horses!  Dogs are allowed in camp,  but NOT permitted on state park trails.  Make Old West Trails your fun, weekend long festival.   See our fun activities schedule so you don't miss out!   Reserve a room at STAGECOACH INN, a modular western cabin, or campsite (all sites have FULL HOOKUPS).  Numerous restrooms and hot showers are conveniently located throughout this spacious campground.   Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and free Wi-Fi access.  The resort has over 200 campsites, but ROOMS & CABINS WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY!    CALL Right Now  TO RESERVE YOURS!      Phone 760-765-2197 TO RESERVE YOUR ACCOMODATIONS & TELL THEM YOU ARE WITH OLD WEST.  Visit their website at:   However, reserve by phone!

       Click here for trail photos.

Your event host, the Shelter Valley Citizens' Corporation, provides many free public services to local residents.  This organization  is made up of civic minded folks who devote much time to maintaining children's programs, senior activities, food assistance programs, a Red Cross approved emergency center, and countless other activities to assist others when the "chips are down".  All funds remaining after paying costs associated with Old West Trails 50K Ultra & Half Marathon will be applied to enhancing our host's ability to serve others in need.  Shelter Valley Citizens' Corporation is an IRS approved 501C3, non-profit.  Your support and donations are greatly appreciated.  We look forward to you & your family & friends being our honored guest!

Old West Trails Fest will receive its event permit approval from Anza Borrego Desert State Park!   Our local supervising ranger continues to be enthusiastic and supportive of our offering to each of you.  Click here for STATE PARK RULES.    United States Track and Field has sanctioned our event and will be satisfying state park's requirement for indemnification. State park fees are paid by Old West!