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Santa Fe Dam Dec 2022


December 18, 2022


Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale


Classic courses for COOL League and the general public

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Starts 10:00am to Noon


Flat flood control basin with a combination of picnic areas, trails, and off trail opportunities.


Classic courses for COOL League and the general public

Map and Course Notes

Map: 1:10,000  2.5m contours with form lines

White: 3.3km, 10 controls, 5m climb

Yellow: 4.4km, 11 controls, 7.5m climb

Orange: 3.8km, 12 controls, 12.5m climb

Brown: 3.9km, 11 controls, 25m climb

Green: 5.4km, 13 controls, 40m climb

Red: 6.8km, 16 controls, 40m climb

Course Setter Notes:

Much of the area experienced fires in recent years and is faster running than the map indicates. Accuracy of vegetation mapping was only verified where relevant to control placement; assume mapped vegetation unrelated to controls is inaccurate.

Many unmapped paths were found. Some of these were created by earth movers and are very noticeable, but most are smaller footpaths, likely used to access homeless camps. Most of the homeless camps appear to have been abandoned and no controls were placed close to tents. There are however homeless camps dotted around the area so it is possible that your route choice will take you close to tents; especially those not seen when course setting (or that have moved, possibly due to the recent rain). While we have not had altercations in the past please be aware of your surroundings. You may choose to run with a buddy for safety.

Some of the advanced courses use the drainage area and associated stone walls – please be careful when traversing this area as it is easy to slip on the rounded boulders. Also, access to the wash may require crossing an embankment – again exercise care especially when descending and look for previously used paths or navigate to a lower section.

Long pants and gaiters are recommended for Orange level courses and above. 

Additional Information

This event is being held in cooperation with the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation under a community partnership agreement.

Special COOL scoring note:

For safety, COOL league participants will have the option of running in pairs during the league event at Santa Fe Dam without a scoring penalty. Teams that run as pairs will receive points for each runner as if they had run the race as an individual. The scores will then jump down a step for the next team or individual. If the first place finisher is a team, both will get 50 points. The 47 point spot will be skipped and then the next placing individual or team will receive 45 points, etc. Runners that run in pairs should be of near equal skill level if possible. 

It is recommended that you register as individuals and then run with your own estick, punching start and finish as closely together as possible. We will be able to tell from the similar times and winsplits that you went as a team for scoring purposes. If there is evidence in the splits that you did not stay together, then you may be scored separately. Please check with the race volunteers if you have questions.

COVID Mitigation

To protect the safety of our volunteers and participants, the following protocols will be in place at this event:

  • Attendance by Pre-registration only. No day of event registration.

  • Prepayment encouraged. This will enable non-contact pick-up of materials.

  • Assigned start times to ensure that large crowds do not gather

  • Maintain social distancing while waiting for your start

  • Bring your own water and snacks. No water will be placed on the course. We will have water available at the start and finish.

  • Online pre-event beginner clinic information. While you are welcome to ask questions at the event, we will not gather people together for beginner instruction on Sunday.

  • Please do not attend if you are sick. Refunds will be made if you prepay and cannot attend.

Registration and Pricing

Registration is now closed

Registration List

Standard LAOC fees:

  • Adult $13

  • Youth (20 and under) $10

  • Member discount $5

  • Children under 10 free (one free child per paying adult, additional children at the youth rate)

  • Additional $2 estick rental if you don't own your own

Prepayment is encouraged and is the only way to pay with a credit card. The online preregistration system uses Paypal as the payment portal. Only cash or checks are accepted at the event site.

Liability Waiver - Everyone must have a waiver on file. The registration system gives you an opportunity to accept the waiver for yourself or your family members. Minors whose registration is not handled by a parent/guardian must print out the form and bring it with them with a parent/guardian signature.


Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area - Parking Area 6

15501 E Arrow Highway, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Google Map to event parking   Park Website

Note: There is a $12.00 park entrance fee per car

Race Management
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Event Director: Clare Durand

Course Setters: John Phillips and Darren Robinson

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