Overall Rating
Overall Rating (72 Reviews)
4.8
(72 Ratings)(72 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.3
SCENERY
4.9
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.3
Southern California features a diverse range of nature and terrain, giving runners a wide variety of spectacular trails and running experiences. Located north of Los Angeles up against the California State park boundaries is Valencia, a suburban community that is surrounded by classic hills and mountains featuring awesome trails that … MORE
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    gangsterick REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It’s a difficult race due to the hills but the scenery makes up for it. Definitely come trained, and by that I mean hill training. Great Race. MORE

    It’s a difficult race due to the hills but the scenery makes up for it. Definitely come trained, and by that I mean hill training. Great Race.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    I changed from 10 k to 1/2 and I’m glad I did. I used this as a training day for Spartan Race in Big Bear. I felt challenged and was … MORE

    I changed from 10 k to 1/2 and I’m glad I did. I used this as a training day for Spartan Race in Big Bear. I felt challenged and was surprised at how beautiful the course was. The shirt ran small so that was a bummer but one of the coolest medal I have earned.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    NewGlobalAdventures Apr 11, 2019 at 7:09am

    Hey William, sorry to hear about the shirt issue, we have a few extra shirts left over, we can send you one if you like, just email us the size… MORE

    Hey William, sorry to hear about the shirt issue, we have a few extra shirts left over, we can send you one if you like, just email us the size you got so we can send the next size up. Email us to [email protected] to confirm. Thank you! LESS

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    markrebennack FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was an incredible experience for my first ultramarathon! Not only was the lead up to the race well organized, but come race day everything from parking to aid stations … MORE

    This was an incredible experience for my first ultramarathon! Not only was the lead up to the race well organized, but come race day everything from parking to aid stations to the finish line festivities, all were amazing. This was a challenging course with serious elevation and some KILLER HILLS! Every step of the course was beautiful with incredible views, well-marked single tracks and plenty of aid stations. I’ll definitely be back for years to come!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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    BananaSplits FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my very first trail race (my first trail RUN) and I could not have had a better time. This course was way harder than I anticipated (1600 feet … MORE

    This was my very first trail race (my first trail RUN) and I could not have had a better time. This course was way harder than I anticipated (1600 feet elevation gains), way more beautiful, and WAY more fun! I had a smile on my face for almost the whole course and couldn’t help laughing going down those insane drops.
    I will definitely return next year!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    rowdyredjen FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great race with amazing scenery. I found some of the steep downhills harder than the steep uphill sections. I hiked the course with trekking poles and took my time, taking … MORE

    Great race with amazing scenery. I found some of the steep downhills harder than the steep uphill sections. I hiked the course with trekking poles and took my time, taking lots of pictures along the way. Once you climb the hills, you have 360 degree views of valleys and of Santa Clarita. The swag was awesome with a great Viking theme. Best shirt I have gotten with a race. Wish they had the option of women’s specific shirts, though.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    dawnl_17 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a great course. There were enough hills to make it a challenge but not so many that you felt utterly defeated. The course support was wonderful. The aid … MORE

    This was a great course. There were enough hills to make it a challenge but not so many that you felt utterly defeated. The course support was wonderful. The aid stations had a variety of snacks and everyone was very supportive, willing to help fill your hydration pack or offer a word of encouragement. It was especially encouraging on the way back to the finish line, as the runners get spread out and you don’t see anyone else for a while, to have the volunteers watching for returning runners and offering motivation to keep going.

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    3
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
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    4

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    runthrudajungle REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s beautiful! It’s fun because it well run, small enough to be intimate but big enough to be a party. Best supported trail race I’ve … MORE

    It’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s beautiful! It’s fun because it well run, small enough to be intimate but big enough to be a party. Best supported trail race I’ve ever participated in (last year and this) will friendly helpful volunteers and good supply at the aid stations.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    jmbrietzke FIRST-TIMER '19

    -Very well organized race -beautiful scenery and nice weather -lots of aid stations -Lots of big climbs and descent but in general mostly all runnable. MORE

    -Very well organized race
    -beautiful scenery and nice weather
    -lots of aid stations
    -Lots of big climbs and descent but in general mostly all runnable.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    tink_lovr FIRST-TIMER '19

    My first 10k race ever and would do it again in a heartbeat! The production was better than expected and the aid stations had so many goodies. They really took … MORE

    My first 10k race ever and would do it again in a heartbeat! The production was better than expected and the aid stations had so many goodies. They really took care of you and you get to keep all the pictures they took at the end! So pretty would definitely recommend

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    msmuffintop FIRST-TIMER '19

    The first 5k are a series of killer hills, very steep up and so steep on the way down for some of the time I had to slide. About 1k … MORE

    The first 5k are a series of killer hills, very steep up and so steep on the way down for some of the time I had to slide. About 1k of this race is single track on the top of the ridge. I get vertigo real bad so I was terrified. Gosh in the ads all I saw were the happy people running through meadows, oops! I had to remind myself that even though I was scared out of my wits, going a single kilometer couldn’t take more than a couple minutes, right? Worst 20 minutes of my life hahaha. After the first 5k the course mellows out considerably. Still this was the most challenging race I’ve ever done. I look forward to doing better next year! Support staff was fantastic, encouraging, caring, helpful and kind

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Beautiful experience in every way! Very difficult course with lots of hills , but worth every moment. Gorgeous green sights all around you. Incredible support and aid stations. I couldn't … MORE

    Beautiful experience in every way! Very difficult course with lots of hills , but worth every moment. Gorgeous green sights all around you. Incredible support and aid stations. I couldn’t stop smiling I was so happy to be out there!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    davehuckle FIRST-TIMER '19

    Tons of well stocked aid stations & awesome volunteers! Beautiful views on a gnarly hilly course. Ridges, ravines, riverbeds, hills, and more hills this race had it all. MORE

    Tons of well stocked aid stations & awesome volunteers! Beautiful views on a gnarly hilly course. Ridges, ravines, riverbeds, hills, and more hills this race had it all.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    jvaldov REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The aid stations are always my favorite at this race. They have coke, pickles, chips, all kinds of yummy snacks! The shirt this year has been my favorite and the … MORE

    The aid stations are always my favorite at this race. They have coke, pickles, chips, all kinds of yummy snacks!
    The shirt this year has been my favorite and the medals are awesome!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    sruizperez FIRST-TIMER '18

    Amazing aide side stations.....snacks...wine....what?! Definitely motivating volunteers at just the right spot. Clearly marked trail with awesome views. Can't wait to do it again! MORE

    Amazing aide side stations…..snacks…wine….what?! Definitely motivating volunteers at just the right spot. Clearly marked trail with awesome views. Can’t wait to do it again!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    jcostello REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is my second go-around at Valencia; in 2017 I did the 50K, which was a fun course but I opted for the half-marathon this year on account of a … MORE

    This is my second go-around at Valencia; in 2017 I did the 50K, which was a fun course but I opted for the half-marathon this year on account of a lazy training schedule. To be honest, you see the best parts of the course doing the half while the 50K allows you to stretch your legs a little bit more and test your endurance. Still a good time doing the half and I wasn’t mad to make the last turn home after only 12 miles. 🙂

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    BobbyD FIRST-TIMER '18

    VTR is an awesome race from the beginning to the end andeverywhere in between. Race directors are laid back and very helpful andappreciative. The volunteers are enthusiastic and the aid … MORE

    VTR is an awesome race from the beginning to the end andeverywhere in between. Race directors are laid back and very helpful andappreciative. The volunteers are enthusiastic and the aid stations are stocked with a large variety of stuff. The course was as challenging as you would want and gives you all aspects of Trail running and racing. This race will test you and would suggest don’t head in without training.
    One of those races that after you do it, you know your coming back.
    Thank you to the race directors and all the volunteers that made this event such ASICS was for everyone involved.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    4
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    kraniumman REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this race. Ok, maybe not the first hill but everything else. Packet pick up was easy. Race start was staggered and efficient. The views … MORE

    I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this race. Ok, maybe not the first hill but everything else. Packet pick up was easy. Race start was staggered and efficient. The views from the trails were beautiful. Post race was a great way to wind down. The only recommendation I have is to give walkers a separate starting wave or remind them to stay to the right. The trail at the beginning is narrow and challenging to pass.

    One of my favorites races, I will continue to run this as long as they continue to offer it.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    h.yajaira FIRST-TIMER '18

    In 2017, I volunteered at station 3 and it was so much fun cheering everyone on. The half marathon I’m 2018 was awesome , the views were spectacular and the … MORE

    In 2017, I volunteered at station 3 and it was so much fun cheering everyone on. The half marathon I’m 2018 was awesome , the views were spectacular and the organizers are the best!!!! This was a wonderful race altogether and looking forward to running it in 2019. It was my 15 year old son’ first trail race and he said he wants to do it again next year. Whoohoo!!!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5
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    megabeth91 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I did the 10K run in 2017 and it kicked my butt. I finished, but not after sitting in a 1st aid tent for 15 minutes to regain my strength. … MORE

    I did the 10K run in 2017 and it kicked my butt. I finished, but not after sitting in a 1st aid tent for 15 minutes to regain my strength. I came back in 2018 just to prove to myself that I could do it, and I did. I only did the 10K, and have no idea how other folks can finish the half or the 50K. It is a tough course. The tagline “Killer Hills” is no joke. However, the scenery is amazing. The course is well planned out and flagged. There are lots of refreshment stations throughout the course. Most importantly, the joy of actually finishing is unmeasurable.

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    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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    young5941 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first 50k and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Overall this was a great race to run with hills that will test your body to the limits. … MORE

    This was my first 50k and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Overall this was a great race to run with hills that will test your body to the limits. The volunteers were amazing and the medal is crazy cool. Will be back again for more!!

    DIFFICULTY
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    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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