Vision Quest and Counting Coup Course Update – Pre-Registration Begins This Friday, February 25th

In this Vision Quest and Counting Coup update:

1. Pre-registration for the Vision Quest and Counting Coup starts this Saturday

2. Upper Holy Jim Trail update – yes, it will be part of the course

3. Snow on the course

4. Counting Coup course stats posted on Geoladders

5. Core Chiropractic to offer massage at the event

6. An Adventure Pass needed for spectators to enter the Forest

1. PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE VISION QUEST AND COUNTING COUP STARTS THIS SATURDAY

Pre-Registration will be begin at Switchback Cyclery from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning this Saturday, February 25th and ending on Friday, March 3rd. Registration for those from out of town who are camping out at O’Neill Park will begin at 8:00 p.m. Friday night and end at 9:00 p.m.

Early 5:00 a.m. starters MUST PRE-REGISTER and are responsible for their transportation to the start at the end of Black Star Canyon Road. There is no charge to participate in the early start and we encourage anyone concerned about making the cut-off times to participate in the early start.

Vision Quest participants can have their own supplies transported to Aid Station 2 – we must be able to throw away any left over contents and the CLEARLY MARKED BAG they are in. WE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY NON-DISPOSALBE ITEMS PLACED IN THE BAGS ONCE THEY ARE TRANSPORTED TO AID STATION 2. We will only allow disposable personal supply bags to be taken out to Aid Station 2.

Those participating in the regular start and taking the shuttle from O’Neill can also pre-register at Switchback Cyclery to save themselves time the morning of the event; but allow at least 30 minutes for parking and the loading of your bikes at O’Neill Park Saturday morning. Be sure and drop off your VISION QUEST aid station #2 bag at Switchback if you intend on pre-registering.

If you are participating in the regular 6:00 a.m. start, and are taking the shuttle from the finish at O’Neill Park to the start at Black Star, you can drop off your VISION QUEST Aid Station 2 bag at the registration table at O’Neill Park when you register Saturday morning. Registration at O’Neill Park for those that do not pre-register and are taking the shuttle from O’Neill to the start at Black Star begins at 4:00 A.M.

2. UPPER HOLY JIM TRAIL UPDATE – YES, IT WILL BE PART OF THE COURSE

Last Sunday, in freezing conditions, Ken Rands, Mike Caffrey, Bob McCarter, Matthew Nourmohamadian, Jeff Parrish, Treve Misemer and Dale Zeh finished the rehabilitation of Upper Holy Jim and reroute of the lower section of this trail. Ken Rands and Bob McCarter will be going up this Saturday to place new trail signs and put some finishing touches on the trail.

Many of you remember “tumbling” down the last 300 feet of this trail last year due to the terrible condition it was in. But that’s in the past and the new reroute of the lower section of the trail will be a blast to ride on (see attached pictures). The new reroute does take you about .3 of a mile south of the where the old trail met Lower Holy Jim but those who are familiar with the trail will agree it is a big improvement.

We will also be including the four miles of Trabuco Creek Road from Aid Station #2 to the pavement of Trabuco Canyon Road east of O’Neill Park.

3. SNOW ON THE COURSE

About 3 to 4 inches of snow fell on the course from four corners 2/3rds of the way up Saddle Back Peak (where Maple Springs connects to the Main Divide Road) to just above the trail head of Upper Holy Jim. If we do not get any more cold storms some of this snow will be melted off by the day of the event, but be prepared, as in past years, for some snow and ice to remain on the back side (north side) of Saddleback Peak.

4. COUNTING COUP COURSE STATS POSTED ON GEOLADDERS

Here’s the Counting Coup course stats link:

http://www.geoladders.com/gmap_display.php?route_id=69&walk_thru=1

We will be providing the stats on the Vision Quest once they are posted on Geoladders

5. CORE CHIROPRACTIC TO OFFER MASSAGE AT THE EVENT

Core chiropractic will be present at every single Warriors Society event this year, including the upcoming Vision Quest on March 4th. We are providing massage for post race recovery with the popular DMS (deep muscle stimulator). Check it out on our website, www.choosechiro.com.

In addition to being present at the race, our office is offering a pre-race massage and adjustments at 50% of our regular prices. A 30 min. DMS session is only $20, regularly $40. Our Adjustment is also only $20, regularly $40.

Call us (949) 837 7463 to make your appointments. Vision Quest is a long, hard race, taking care of your body both before and after the race is vital to optimal performance.

6. AN ADVENTURE PASS NEEDED FOR THOSE SPECTATORS ENTERING THE FOREST

The officials of the Forest Service have asked us to mention that any vehicle without an Adventure Pass will be cited if they park in the National Forest.

Both Aid Station #1 and #2 are in the National Forest so if you have family or friends who are intending to go out to these aids stations be sure they purchase and adventure pass.

We also ask that you please be courteous to the nearby residents and do not park illegally and don’t litter.

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