The Chimera 100 K begins with a technical 9 mile loop out of Bluejay Campground. Then begins a series of climbs and
descents in over and around the Saddleback Mountains of the Cleveland National Forest. There are 12 well stocked Aid Stations,
each captained by a veteran ultrarunner, many of them RD's.
The views from the summit of Santiago peak can be spectacular
on a clear day. Included are the Queen Mary in Long Beach harbor, downtown Los Angeles, and the beach cities of the
OC. Those who will be on the course at night will receive a great light show too. As with any course in the national forest
the course can be modified at any time if so dictated by the Forest Service.
We are restricted to 150 runners (including pacers)
total for the combined 100K and 100 Mile races. Pacing in the 100K will only be allowed under extenuating circumstances - fear
is not an extenuating circumstance. Pacing in the 100 Mile will be determined on a runner by runner basis - preference
being given to the elderly (Bud), infirm, and distance virgins.
THIS RACE HAS A 34 HOUR TIME LIMIT. Cutoffs on the course
should not be an issue for runners in the 100K. However the Race Director, EMT's, or Aid Station Captains may pull a runner
at any time if, in their opinion, continuing would be unsafe for the runner. Discontinuing the race before the expiration of
34 hours is a possibility if deteriorating weather (like 2009) renders the course unsafe for competitors OR volunteers.
THERE WILL NOT BE A 100K Option in 2013
The Chimera is a beast from Greek mythology. According to Homer it is part goat, part lion, and part serpent. The
question remains, which is the Chimera - the ultra-runner or the mountain?