Now in its second year of a five to ten year run, the Ojai-based Coyote Two Moon ultra has opened up applications for the '09 version of the event (March 13 - 15, 2009). RD Chris Scott has put together a brutal and fun verse libre interpretation of the ultra-distance race. With 100 mile and 100 kilometer distances, runners leave at staggered starts based on projected finishing times, with the goal of bringing everyone home in a four hour window Sunday morning. This means things group together toward the end of the race (rather than becoming mind-numbingly bleak), and the 100k runners, often free from running in the dark, spend most of their run-time with their headlamps and flashlights. Add 25,000 feet of climbing for the 100m (19,000 for the 100k) as well as a wacky RD who gives "bonus" and "boner" minutes and likes to dress up in full Easter Bunny regalia, and you've got yourself one hell of an ultra under the warm So Cal sun.
Spots are limited and entrants must fill out an application and send in registration fees, which are pretty stiff but include some nice Patagonia bling. Rumor has it the 100k may not be offered in 2010, so this year may be the last chance to run something shorter than full 100 mile tamale.