Today's deal is $85 registration for $42.50 for the Marine Corps League Volkslauf Ultimate Challenge on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Must register online with discount voucher by 10/4/13.
Early in 1997, a small group of Marines designed a 10K run which would be out of the ordinary: challenging, motivating and fun for all ages. Considering the membership of the VOLKSLAUF Committee, it almost goes without saying that incorporating the traditional Marine Corps obstacle course into the run was a given.
The first Bakersfield VOLKSLAUF was constructed south of Arvin, California in late 1997. The 1997 and 1998 runs were held there. The Arvin property was no longer available for use by 1998. By invitation from the Sheriff and former Marine, Carl Sparks, the course was moved to the Sheriff's Lerdo Jail property north of Bakersfield. On the new course, the first Jr. VOLKSLAUF course was constructed. The Jr. course, shorter with kid-sized obstacles, was a huge hit with the youngsters and their parents. It remains popular today.
At the end of the 2008 season, the course had to move again due to the planned construction at the Lerdo site. There was no 2009 running of the VOLKSLAUF because there was no course constructed on the new property. VOLKSLAUF now has a multi-year lease with the County of Kern for use of property adjacent to and north of the County Airport, Meadows Field, on the north side of Merle Haggard Drive. Construction began on the new course during the summer of 2010 and continued even unto the starting gun of VOLKSLAUF XIV on October 2, 2010.
2013 represents the 17th year for VOLKSLAUF. Favorite obstacles such as Iwo Jima Landing, Chu Lai, Stairway to Heaven, Devil Dog's Ditch, and Tenaru River Crossing remain, as well as the over-riding favorite, The Wall. 2013 will carry on the tradition of VOLKSLAUF in bringing the biggest, most challenging, most demanding 10K/5K run in the Southern half of the Central Valley.