BARSTOW — of all the races put on by the Barstow-based Mojave Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), perhaps the most popular, and the most famous, is the annual Powder Puff Race Toward A Cure.
It's an all-female event that attracts seasoned racers and amateurs who only compete in this one event a year. They put on a show for the fans to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment, with the profits from entry fees, souvenir sales and raffles all going to the fight.
This year's running of the event took place Saturday with more than 50 entries competing in two heats. Some classes ran in the morning and some in the afternoon over a 12-mile course in the Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area just outside Barstow near the Outlet Mall.
Unlike most off-road races, which are run over a specified distance, this race was timed. The morning heat lasted 3 hours and the afternoon heat went 4 hours, with the idea being to run as many laps as possible in the allotted time. The short course assured that the racers would pass through the spectator area more times than in previous years.
The overall winner of the morning race was Jennifer Jeffers, who completed nine laps in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 37 seconds to take the overall win and the Class 1350 win over Raeann Munoz, who finished a close second place in class and overall with nine laps completed in 3:04:59. Third overall and first in Class 1900 was Tammy Faulkner with a time of 3:06:04. They were the only racers to complete nine laps.
Katie Fogle completed eight laps in 2:56:52 to capture the Class 1300 win over a Hesperia-based team Robin Kardos and Christy Sizelove. The Class 2000 win went to Marissa Leichtfuss; Maggie Dague won Class 3000; Jonra Cross took top honors in Class 5 / 1600 (1600cc Baja bugs); and Julie Pierce won in the popular Class 11 stock VW bugs.
The afternoon heat featured the bigger and faster pro classes and Kali Nguyen was the overall and Class 10 buggy winner, completing 14 laps in 4:02:49. Lauren Swift also completed 14 laps in 4:11:59 for second overall and first in Class 1. Jennifer Chrisman took the win in Class 6100, Emilee Layne won Class 1400 and Oak Hills’ Julie Meehan got first place in Class 1600.
MORE’s final event of 2016 will be the McKenzie’s Performance Product Rage at the River, a co-production with Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts in Laughlin, Nevada. For more information see www.moreracing.net.