If you’re looking for a couple of challenging races in the New Year, then look no further than Westlake, California. This picturesque California city straddling the Los Angeles and Ventura county line is home to two different races that will push your limits and force you to up your game.
While much of the country is freezing, you can be out in relatively mild weather pushing yourself through new boundaries at either of these two races near Westlake. If you’re up for a challenge, keep reading!
The Paramount Ranch Trail Runs
The Paramount Ranch Trail Runs races cover the entire gamut of pain and endurance. Hosted in Westlake, California, every year, this might be your favorite you ever run. It caters to runners of all ability and fitness levels with distances ranging from 10k, half marathon, 30k, marathon, and 50k. Since it’s set on a loop course, it’s a simple enough race to run. It’s just you versus the distance as you put foot after foot.
The scenic course covers 10k per look. You go once for the 10k, twice for the half, three times for the 30k, four times for the marathon, and five times for the 50k race.
With its dead simple course map, beautiful scenery, and great organization, the Paramount Ranch Trail Runs is the best place to dip your toes into ultra-ish distances in a safe, fun environment.
The face is set for Saturday, January 25, 2020.
The Sombrero Half Marathon
The Sombrero Half Marathon is now in its third year. This is a decidedly more relaxed race than the Paramount Ranch Trail Runs races. There’s an emphasis on fun, with each runner awarded a free glass of beer and plate of tacos at the post-run expo. (Of course, you can purchase many more glasses of beers and tacos there, as well!) Runners are also encouraged to dress up in costumes, especially sombrero-based attire, for the race. The course is known for being pretty flat, offering runners either an easy time or a great chance to hit a personal record for their desired race distance.
The Sombrero Half Marathon also has 10k and 5K races if the full 13.1 miles isn’t appealing. The theme of the event allows you to dress up if you like, and they have an amazing party. You and your friends will have fun partying when the race is over, and this might be the best way for you to close out your California vacation.
Plan Your Trip To Westlake Around The Race
When you are planning your trip, you should stay in a hotel near Westlake so that you have a home base for the trip. There are many great options. The Hyatt Regency Westlake is one popular choice. With comfortable rooms, tasty on-site dining, and a pool and fitness center, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to rest and recover after whichever race you choose. The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is another quality accommodation. With a resort-like atmosphere that includes a world-class spa, activity lawn, and an indoor and outdoor pool, you’ll get the ultimate treatment before and after your race.
Also, you need to ensure that you have planned a few activities in the days around the races. There are often parties associated with both events to account for, and you should also plan some day trips into the various nature trails if you’re up for it.
You can drive into Los Angeles if you want to, or you could tour amazing places in neighboring Thousand Oaks. Plus, you are very close to Venture County. You can ride up into the mountains, or you can drive to the coast to see sunny Santa Barbara. If you’re anything of an oenophile, you will enjoy seeing some of the many fine wineries that populate the valley.
The races that you want to run this year can also be a path to amazing vacations that will satisfy your soul. When you travel to Westlake, California this year for the Paramount Ranch Trail Runs Marathon or the Sombrero Half Marathon, you can be sure you’ll have a fun, challenging time. Either of these races will give you a reason to party, enjoy sunny California, and vacation with friends, family, or just yourself.