This is a desert event for all types of off road vehicles, motorcycles, ATV'S, dune buggies, trucks and even such exotic vehicles as converted golf carts, motorcycles with side cars and even off road Lincoln's are o.k.. Each vehicle travels a track of about 20 - 25 miles stopping 5 times at checkpoints where the driver/rider receives a poker card. Five cards are drawn and the best poker hand wins. The driver/rider turns in the poker hand and then goes a second time free of charge.
The poker run concludes at 2:00 P.M. each day and prizes are awarded to the 10 best poker hands of the day.
This is a two-day event, and this year we return to our historic dates of the last full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each April and October. The April dates are April 25 & 26th and November will be the 7th & 8th 2015. Please mark your calendars. Any change of dates will be posted on this web site. Drivers/riders can enter either or both days and go as often as time (8:00 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.) permits.
Volunteers who enjoy the desert and the sport of 'off -roading' conduct the poker runs. We have contracted with a new group, Firehawk Protection Firefighters EMT's,to handle medical and fire emergencies. Our new safety team comes with six off duty firemen, a four wheel drive ambulance and a fire patrol vechicle equipped with both water and chemical extinguishers. This group also furnishes two quads and firemen to roam the courses in case of any emergencies. The group also works with the Adelanto Grand Prix and the races held at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. Checkpoint and registration personnel are all volunteers. No one receives any compensation.
A retired CHP officer who lives adjacent to Stoddard Valley furnishes the course layout. He knows the desert like "The Back of His Hand". We are hard at work laying out two new courses for the upcoming April event. Please remember, we are confined to just a part of the Stoddard Valley Open Area. We are doing our best to come up with new areas or at least, land we haven't traveled in a number of years. Again, this isn't easy, as we must stay within BLM boundaries. Family and friends, who give their time for the love of the desert, make up the rest of the volunteers. We are sorry to report that for the first time in our 29 year history, the local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been directed by Washington D. C. to charge fees for our event. In April of last year we were charged $5.00 per entry for our event. Thereafter, we were notified, starting last last October we would be charged $3475.00 for the event, which covers administrative and law enforcement costs that the BLM incur for our event. BLM will no longer honor charity events, but will be handled like the off road races held in this area! We have been told that if all the event fee is not used by the BLM we might get a refund. As a result of the BLM fees, we have been forced to raise our event fee to $35 entry. We know folks are not made of money, but we do not have a choice in the matter. I do want to tell you the local office of the BLM did evertything possible to get this fee waived. Their efforts apparently fell on deaf ears! Our Federal Government at work once again!