Congratulations to all racers in the 2017 edition!
— Soon we will announce details for the November 2018 edition —
35K | 60K TRAIL RUN
START: 7AM – EL CAJONCITO, BCS, MÉXICO
The DON DIABLO TRAIL RUN is a highly demanding 35/60 kilometer (21.75-mile) trail run, 100% single dirt track, which crosses the Sierra Cacachilas mountain range in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Starting from the outskirts of La Paz (Cajoncito) and finishing in El Sargento on La Ventana Bay, the course traverses many deep canyons and climbs three mountain passes. The trail scenery is stunningly beautiful, with large white granite boulders and hidden oases with water holes and tall native palm trees called palmillas. As the race reaches the highest mountain pass of Portesuelo de Caballos, a spectacular view opens of the Sea of Cortez and the Isla Cerralvo (Jacques Cousteau Island). This view accompanies the runners, on and off, for the last 20 kilometers of the race. Contestants cross the finish line at the Agua Caliente Beach on the Sea of Cortez on the northern side of El Sargento. Runners can look forward to refreshing themselves in the sea and in the natural hot spring that is just meters away on the beach. This will become a legendary race for its beauty and its difficulty. Come and join us for the 2nd edition on November, 2018.
DON DIABLO, THE MAN
The DON DIABLO TRAIL RUN… a legend is born. Follow the steps of Don Victor, known locally as Don Diablo due to his wily escape from the La Paz jail many years ago when he fled into the Cacachilas Mountains. In this wilderness setting, he defied the policemen with his vaquero (cowboy) creativity more than once, switching his shoes backwards to confuse the trackers, climbing on a cow to avoid leaving footsteps, hiding in a palm tree as his pursuers passed below, and even stealing the policemen’s lunch as they rested, exhausted from the hours of unsuccessfully trying to catch the crafty Don Diablo. He remained in the Sierra Cacachilas for the rest of his life and became a famous cowboy managing cattle for the neighboring communities of Los Robles, Los Encinos, El Sargento and La Ventana. He knew the location of every trail, spring and cave like the back of his hand. He and his horse had special resting sites—Don Victor’s coffee shops—that usually consisted of a shaded spot under a tree, sometimes near a spring, and with a beaten metal pot and a water bottle hanging in the branches, often nothing more. He could survive on sweet coffee and water for days but he always welcomed when an occasional mountain visitor would offer him something extra to eat or drink.
Race headquarters in 2017 were at the City Express Hotel in La Paz.
November 2018 details will be announced shortly.