33rd Annual Desert Run
Means Dry Lake, October 6, 2012
Weekend of October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2012
WHAT IS THE "DESERT RUN"?
The Desert Run is an off-road course between 15 and 20 miles long with 5 game playing stations along the way and the ½ waypoint has a porta-potty. You’ll encounter some rocks, sandy washes, hills and some extreme areas for the hardcore enthusiast. If you don’t feel comfortable with an obstacle, we’ll direct you to the easy way around. Our event is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and held at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, CA. Our event will have plenty of family fun at Base Camp and a course sure to please everyone. Over 450 vehicles participate annually, making the total attendance at approximately 1800 people. There will be a Balance Beam, Vehicle Articulation Ramp, Kids Games, Bounce House, Prize Drawings, Vendor Displays, Hot Food, 50/50 Drawing! This is not a race, so bring the whole family!!! 4X4, Motorcycles, Quads, Buggies and all other off road vehicles welcome!!!!!
WHO CAN ENTER?
Anyone who can legally drive his or her off-road vehicle in rough terrain. This is a family event and we encourage the whole family to participate. We offer a course designed to challenge everyone’s skills; whether it’s your first time out in your new sport utility or your hundredth in your reconditioned land rover, you’re sure to have a great time! We've included an easy way around tough obstacles. Entering allows you to play 5 different games and become eligible for the door prizes, given away after the event. This is a family event; not a race! So bring the kids and plan on a good time. Course length is between 20-30 miles through the desert, so be sure to bring plenty of water and gas for everyone in your vehicle.
There is open camping permitted. We provide port-o-johns, a first aid station, a chuck wagon and a trash dumpster at Base Camp. Trash bags are included with your entry packet. Hot food and drinks will be available on Friday till 7PM, Saturday 7AM till 7PM & Sunday 7AM till 10AM at Base Camp. It's 15 miles to the nearest town so bring plenty of water, ice, food and gas!
DIRECTIONS TO THE DESERT RUN
Base camp will be located at Mean’s Dry Lake. Take highway 247 (19 mi North from Yucca Valley, 26 mi South from Lucerne Valley) to Boone Rd. Boone Rd/247 UTM coordinates are 11S 0541861 over 3802948. Turn east on to Boone Road and follow the signs to base camp.
RULES & REGULATIONS
Motorcycles, quads, rails & ATV’s must have a current green or red Off-Road sticker. Helmets or seat belts must be worn at all times. No riding in the back of vehicles without proper restraints. Alcohol, firearms, or explosives (such as fireworks) are not allowed on the course. Pets must be on a leash at all times while at Base Camp. The speed limit is 10 MPH around Base Camp and all other campsites. Participants and campers must follow all BLM rules and regulations while on BLM land.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4 PM - 10 PM …Registration is open
4 PM - 7 PM …Vendor displays, T-shirt booth & food booth open
6 AM - 10 AM…Registration is open
7 AM - 7 PM …Food booth is open
7 AM…Driver’s Briefing at Base Camp stage
8 AM - 10 AM…Starting line is open
10 AM…Starting line closes. All vehicles must be on the course.
6 PM - 8 PM …Trophy Presentation and Prize Giveaway
7 AM …Cleanup camp & pack/load gear
7 AM – 10 AM … Food booth is open
HOW DO I ENTER?
You can enter at the event during registration hours or save $5 by Pre-registering. Credit cards and PayPal will be accepted for online registration only. We are not able to process credit cards by mail or at the event. You can print and mail a Pre-Registration Form before September 24, 2012 or Pre-Register Online before October 1, 2012. Pre-registration is $55 per card; Active Duty Military Discount is $30 pre-registration or at event (Active Military ID Required); minimum one card per vehicle.
PRE-REGISTRATION BY MAIL: Send completed registration forms and payment to:
Morongo Basin Search and Rescue
P.O. Box 982
Yucca Valley, CA 92286
Check or money order must be mailed in by September 10, 2011 to receive the discount. Due to the volume of entries, confirmation notices will not be mailed out. However, you may contact us at 760-365-8185, 760-366-4175 or use the Contact Form to confirm your entry has been received. If you are paying for more than one entry, be sure to include everyone’s name on the registration form or download additional forms from our web site.
REGISTRATION AT THE EVENT: Playing card price $60.00; minimum one card per vehicle. Check in at the Registration Booth at the times listed above.
WHERE DOES MY ENTRY MONEY GO?
Morongo Basin Search & Rescue is a non-profit volunteer organization with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept. The money is used to purchase new equipment and training for the unit.