2013 WINNERS: Robert Krar & Melanie Peters
Leona Divide, presented by Keira Henninger Races, is honored to announce it will now be part of the incredible Montrail Ultra Cup race series for 2012! Due to the extreme popularity of this trail race, and our limit on entries, the unavoidable decision has been made to discontinue the 30k race distance at Leona Divide. Please check out our other outstanding race series - Leona Valley Trail Races or Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon - which offer trail race events of a shorter distance. The Leona Divide is also a qualifying race giving points for every race of The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, not just for the UTMB®.
What is it that brings trail running athletes each year to run amazing Trail Running events like the Leona Divide 50 mile and 50km trail race? Is it the chance to conquer "Nasty Grade"? Maybe the chance to complete a dream of finishing a trail race or ultra race. Or maybe it's the opportunity to spend time with amazing friends and people out on some beautiful Southern California trails.
The stories and motivations from trail racing are as diverse as the athletes that compete over the 2 day weekend and as long lasting as the memories they create. Please join us and make your own memories at one of the greatest trail running events Southern California has to offer!
Prize money for top finishers in the 50 mile given by the race director:
1st place overall male & female: $750
2nd place overall male and female: $500
3rd place overall male & female: $150
The Leona Divide 50 was the brainchild of Bob Kimmerly who in late 1991 with his friends John Swallow and Don Hughes mapped out a 50 mile course through the beautiful Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes. A portion of the race traveled the Leona Divide Truck Trail and passed through Leona Divide twice, hence the name. Losing his battle with cancer in January of 1992, Bob never saw his dream, but his family and friends made sure it became a reality in April of 1992.
There is a 50k trail race option along as the well known 50 miler, and all runners will get to run on the historic Pacific Crest Trail. With incredible volunteers, well stocked aid stations, great swag, and a delicious finish line feast this is an event not to be missed!
The 21st annual Leona Divide 50 mile and 50km trail runs will once again take place at the Lake Hughes Community Center on Saturday April 27th, 2013.
2012 Leona Divide documentary is now available to buy online. Purchase here!