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Dirty December Poker Run Half Marathon & 10K

  • Half Marathon Trail Run:- Run 13.1 Miles
  • 10K Trail Run:- Run 6.2 Miles
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Sycamore Canyon
Ridge Trail

 - The Dirty December Run is our holiday themed poker trail run!  There will be a prize awarded for best costume.

Distances will be 10k and Half Marathon.

This race will be located at Sycamore Canyon Preserve in San Diego, CA

How does the poker run work??

Essentially, you may get bonus time based on your poker hand. See the race details page for more information.


Date: December 17th, 2015
Time: 9:00AM (Half Marathon), 9AM (10K)

Elevation Gain 10k: Approx 1,000′
Elevation Gain Half: Approx 2,300′

Cutoff times (Half Marathon):
11:30AM @ Finish (3.5 hours total)

Registration rates are as follows (10k/Half):
July 15 – Nov 8: $45/$60
Nov 9 – Race Day: $60/$90 Late Reg
(no online Registration after Dec 10th, 2016) : 

2016 Prizes:
1st Male & Female overall (each distance): Free race in 2017
All entrants receive a tech shirt
All finishers receive a finishers medal
Special prize will be awarded for best costume


  • Runners in each race will play 5 card poker
  • 10k runners will get 2 cards when they start, 1 each time they pass the Martha’s Grove aid station (2 total), and one card when they finish (5 total)
  • Half Marathon runners will get o cards when they start, 1 each time they pass the Martha’s Grove aid station (4 total), and one card when the finish (5 total)
  • Runners wearing a costume will get ONE bonus card at the end of the race (6 total – use 5 best cards for their hand)
  • Final hands will give runners bonus (or penalty times) as follows:
    • High card only (with no face cards): +10% to finishing time
    • One Pair: -3% to finishing time
    • Two Pair: -8% to finishing tim
    • Three of a kind: -12% to finishing time
    • Straight: -15% to finishing time
    • Flush: -18% to finishing time
    • Full House: -21% to finishing time
    • Four of a Kind: -25% to finishing time
    • Straight Flush: -30% to finishing time
    • Royal Flush: -33% to finishing time
  • All bonus times will be rounded (up or down) if they don’t end in 0 or .5

Example 1:  Runner finishes in 1:30 minutes (90 minutes) with a Straight.  90*.15 = 13.5 bonus minutes.  Adjusted finishing time = 90 minutes – 13.5 = 76:30 (1:16:30)
Example 2: Runner finishes in 55 minutes with two pair.  55*.08 = 4.4 bonus minutes.  Adjusted finishing time = 55 minutes – 4 (rounded down) = 51 minutes


Race Rules:
1. Have fun!
2. Be Safe. There are many hazards along the course including (but not limited to), mountain lions, rough terrain, rattle snakes, sharp cliffs and drop offs, etc. It is your responsibility to run safe and stay alert.
3. Except in case of medical emergency, runners may accept no aid nor assistance in any form from anyone between aid stations.
4. Each runner must carry all of his own food, fluids, clothing, and other supplies needed for use between aid stations and must carry one water bottle.
5. Littering of any kind is strictly prohibited. Littering will result in the immediate disqualification of the runner in this year’s race, and for all future races.
6. Participants must follow the marked trail at all times. Any runner departing from the official trail must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing.
7. Each runner must be checked IN at EVERY aid station. Runners not checked at each aid station may not be credited with officially finishing the Run.
8. Any entrant who is unable to finish the Race must personally inform personal at the nearest aid station of his or her decision to withdraw. You MUST turn in your race bib at this time. Runners who leave the course without turning in their bibs will be classified as “lost,” and may be billed for charges incurred in any search and rescue operation.
9. Headphones are not recommended or encouraged. Use at your own risk.

Other Info

2017 race registration is open

Registration Information


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