The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is a volunteer group with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and was formed in 1957. The thirty plus member team has the responsibility of covering the 5200 square miles of the Morongo Basin as well as a large part of the Mojave Desert. Members of the Search and Rescue Team are citizen volunteers from all walks of life who are dedicated to helping people and the community. Members must master extensive skills such as desert survival, tracking, land navigation, first aid/CPR, technical rock rescue and repelling. All the members are certified and meet requirements on a national level. The volunteers are on call 24 hours a day and must equip themselves with the personal survival gear necessary to accomplish their missions. Average cost is $300 to $600 per person for equipment, but most volunteers spend much more than that on specialized gear. The team is also equipped with the latest technology in search and rescue including rope, rigging gear, radios, GPS and laptop computers for mapping and coordinating a search.
The team sponsors an off road event every year at the Johnson Valley Off highway Vehicle Park in Johnson Valley. This will be our 33rd year for the event. Base camp will be located at the Means Dry Lake again this year, just off of Boone Road. Take State Route 247 (19 miles North from Yucca Valley at Highway 62 or 26 miles south from Lucerne Valley at HWY 18) to Boone Road. Then follow the signs to the base camp. THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT AND NOT A RACE. The Desert Run will be held over the weekend of October 5th 2012 and consists of a 15 to 20 mile course designed to meet a variety of off road challenges. You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to participate and the trail will be marked “easy” and “hard” so you can choose which course challenge you would like to take. Along the way you will encounter sandy washes and steep hills along with some beautiful scenery at 5 check points, where participants will stop and play a game. Halfway through the course, there will be a checkpoint with a port-a-potty for convenience of the participants. Vendors will set up displays at Base camp and we will have entertainment on Saturday night. The prizes will again be great and we will award trophies and cash to the first, second and third place game winners.
Activities begin on Friday, October 5th at 4:00 PM and conclude Sunday morning. Activities include the registration booth, a vehicle Teeter Totter and an Articulation ramp. The Official Event T-Shirt vendor and various other vendor displays will be on site as well. Hot food will also be available throughout the weekend with the actual run taking place on Saturday the 6th beginning at 8:00 AM.
All motorcycles, quads, buggies, 4×4’s and all other of road vehicle are welcome!
Tickets for the event are just $55 if you pre-register on line by October 2nd or $60 at the event. This year as a salute to our military family we are offering a half price of $30 to all active military with ID. For further information or to pre-register on-line go to www.desertrun.org our official website. You can also contact us at 760-365-8185.