#TBT – SoCal Trail Running in the 1980s

While most trail runners are aware that our sport has been in existence for decades, records pre-dating the internet, digital photography and social media are not easily accessible. Thanks to Southern California trail runner and President of MPA Event Graphics Mike Plant, we get a peek into the way, way back machine to see trail running images from the 1980’s captured on black & white film.

This photo (above) was taken at the 1981 Balboa Park 4 mile race. Balboa Park is in San Diego, California. It is a sprawling outdoor destination and home to the city’s renowned zoo, 17 museums, gardens & miles of civilized trails.

This image (above) was taken in the Torrey Pines Recreation Area North of San Diego, California. Exact date unknown.

This image (above) was taken at the 1982 PCT 50 Mile race. This classic SoCal ultra features single-track on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cleveland National Forest. The race starts at an elevation of 3,000 feet and climbs to 6,000 feet, with changing eco-cultures and beautiful vistas.

For more historical photos and insights on the bygone days of endurance racing check out Mike’s website http://trihistory.com

Do you have old trail running from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s you’d like to share with us? Send them to richardbolt at trailrunner dot com.

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