The Baja 1000, also sometimes known as the Score 1000, is a world-famous off-road race that takes place in Baja Mexico and draws in visitors from around the globe. Because of its close proximity to both the United States border and San Diego, a large number of Americans venture down to take in the action every single year. The race is always held in November.
This year, in 2012 the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Ensenada to La Paz), also known as the Peninsula Run is held November 14-17, 2012
The off-road race takes place in the middle of the Baja Peninsula and the desert-like conditions test the participants to their limits. Because of its extreme length, participants often take longer than 10 hours to finish. In fact, 10 hours is right around the time that it takes a world-class expert to finish the course. Many other participants are at it for nearly 24 hours in total.
The Baja 1000 comes in many forms. There are both point-to-point races (such as the one from Ensenada to La Paz) and loop races that both start and finish in Ensenada. In addition to the two different forms, there are a variety of racing classes that are first broken down by type of vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, ATV) and then broken down further by engine size, wheelbase, operator’s age and experience, and a variety of other factors.
Though the event it called the Baja 1000, its name can be misleading for first-time spectators. The event is usually not exactly 1,000 miles in length. For instance, in 2011 the loop race was right around 650 miles and the point-to-point race, sometimes called the Peninsula Run, was just over 1,000 miles. Even though the name and specifics of the event don’t match exactly, this does nothing to diminish its appeal for spectators.
Seriously, if you are a fan of off-road racing, adventure sports, or motorsports, then chances are that you will absolutely love the Baja 1000. With hundreds of people competing, world-class equipment prepped and tuned into top condition, and thousands of spectators filling out the desert course, the event is unbelievable to watch. If you’re in Mexico during November, the Baja 1000 is definitely worth a look. And, hey, you could even venture down just for the race – that’s what most of the other spectators do anyway.