Last weekend on Feb 4 was the fourth running of the Ordnance 100K on the grounds of old Fort Ord in Monterey, California. Inside Trail Running has a spectacular event in this 100K with panoramic views of the Monterey Bay area using one of the nation’s newest national monuments which has allowed much of the area to go back to a natural state that would have looked like home to coastal Native Americans and the first Spanish explorers to visit the area. The looping course makes great use of this park and recent rains have quashed the drought in this area and filled all the riparian ponds with water and wildlife. The aid stations are well supplied and the people managing them were fun to be with even as the sun set and the race became quite a slog. I was surprised at the finish with a special trophy for finishing all four of the 100Ks. There are other simultaneous races, by the way, called the Fort Ord 50K, 25K, and 10K. All were well attended and superb races in their own right. This is a great 100K if you’re looking for something in early February. Travel to the Monterey Bay area is rewarding all year round and you can’t get a better look at the rare Monterey oaks and the grassy hills of the area than from this park. Put this race on your bucket list!