Island View Trail Race Takes Off RunningPosted by Marque on Sep 25, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments
In the early morning hours of September 11th over 100 runners made their final preparations for the Island View Trail Race. Both the 4-mile and 10-mile race began at 7:30am from the parking lot at Carpinteria High School. After the shotgun start the runners gradually spread apart as they sped past the narrow gateway to the Franklin Trail.
We did not have to wait long for Carpinteria's Victor Centina to finish first in the 4-mile event. He completed the grueling course in 27:43 minutes. Over 30 people participated in the 4-mile race to Franks Bench and back. The 10-mile course also followed the single track section of the Franklin Trail and then continued three more miles along the trails winding dirt road to the five-mile turnaround point at the edge of the Los Padres National Forest.
Ramiro Guillen of Goleta established the time to beat for a future 10-mile race at 1:10:59. He arrived at the finish line ten minutes ahead of the second place finisher. Race statistics are posted on the UltraSignup site.
The overcast sky obscured the promised magnificent island views, however the cool temperature was appreciated by the runners. The field was balanced between men and women with the ages ranging from 10 to 75. Notably, the race attracted many runners who traveled over 100 miles to be part of the first trail race on the Franklin Trail.
Special thanks to race director Nancy Kaplan for organizing all aspects of the race. Nancy was ably assisted by 20 volunteers including Kristi KirkPatrick who designed the event logo and poster. Photographers Dylan Rief, Mike Epler and Dorothy Littlejohn captured the spirit of the event. Check out the photos in the image gallery and on Facebook.
Event sponsors included Santa Barbara Running, Rabbit Running Apparel, Physiophyx, White Ledge Outdoor Journal, Friends of Franklin Trail, Funk Zone Fashion and others for material support and donations of raffle items and giveaways for the race. We are grateful for Carpinteria Unified School District granting us permission us use their facilities.
Race proceeds benefit the Franklin Trail Fund managed by Santa Barbara County Trails Council. The Trails Council is working to complete 2.7 miles of single track trail (with a 2000 foot elevation gain) through the Los Padres National Forest to the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains. When completed, the trail will connect with Santa Barbara back country trails.
Photos by Dylan Rief
Photos by Dylan Rief