Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs 50K, 50 Miler, 100 Miler
Carson City, NV
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  1. Jacob
    Jacob Wyatt  - July 24, 7:00 AM

    Hello George and other race volunteers:

    I don't do Facebook, so I can't respond on that site to the vitriol that seems to be going on there. But I felt compelled to convey my views of the 2014 race to you, so I'll do it here.

    Whatever the issues might have been with the timing system (I personally thought it performed reasonably well, given the weather nightmares), that's not why most of us run this race. Having spectators be able to track our progress might be a nice bonus, but I suspect most of those of us who are actually running care more about a well-marked course, well-stocked aid stations, and helpful volunteers. Your race has all of those things.

    There wasn't a single instance where I felt at risk of going off course, where an aid station was lacking some type of fuel or liquid I was looking for, or where there weren't multiple volunteers working to take quickly care of whatever I needed to get back out running. I'm extremely grateful to the many dozens (probably hundreds, actually...) of folks who unselfishly gave up their time and energy to help me get through this course.

    So what if it takes an extra few days or a week for things to get sorted out and accurate results to go online? Is that really going to be what someone takes away from the 2014 event? THAT'S going to be what they remember? Not the wonderful temps or spectacular views of Saturday morning? Not the adventure and uncertainty of the Saturday lightning and hailstorm? Not the joy of finishing after having gotten through the storm?

    George, if you chose to go back to "old school" timing, with no splits recorded and the final finish times simply written down with pen and paper as runners cross the finish, and the final results getting typed up and mailed out a week later -- that'd work for most of us. You'd still be able to sell out this event because it's something special.

    My deep thanks to everyone who helped make this event happen!
    1. Jennifer O'Connor  - July 24, 9:31 AM
      Wow, I had no idea people were riled up on Facebook. I'm going to go give 'em what for! Honestly, everything about the execution of this race was top-notch. Timing snafus? That happens ALL the time at races using automated systems, even in perfect weather, and you guys had to deal with TWO severe thunderstorms and flooding. I was very impressed with TRT and remain very glad I chose it for my 100 this year. I'm sure I'll be back! Although maybe for the 50 next time. ;)
    2. George Ruiz  - July 24, 1:10 PM
      Jacob and Jennifer, Thank you for this message, it's exactly how I feel, but yes people on Facebook are pretty riled up.
      Hearing this from you two really does make me feel better. Everyone with a smart phone wants information instantly now days and so many of them were not ultra running a few years ago when none of this information was available.
      Cheers you two I'm glad you had a good race.
    3. Jenelle Potvin  - July 25, 9:26 AM
      WOW, I am not on FB either and had no clue people were upset about the delay in results (seriously?)
      George, I don't know how many times in the days leading up to the event, and then at every aid station, vista, finish line, etc during the race, that I thought Nothing Compares to This Race. You put on a world-class event and I'm sorry anyone is finding critiques with it. I think they must be in the vast minority.
      Congrats again on another phenomenal year for the Tahoe Rim Trail races.
    4. Todd Vogel  - August 1, 2:14 PM
      I echo the other comments here. I felt very well taken care of and have only gratitude for all those who helped pull this run off - in trying conditions at times, no less. Truly a world class event!
  2. Stephen
    Stephen Lukey  - July 24, 7:40 PM
    Thank you George and all the volunteers for an amazing experience in this year's race. I came all the way from New Zealand on the recommendation of several Kiwi runners who did TRT before (Lisa, Rich, and Jamie) and I can see why they raved about it. The pre-race information was very clear and the support by the aid station volunteers was both very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I was too zonked at the 61 mile mark to realise I was talking to Gordy Ainsleigh! Of course the course itself was amazingly scenic and I loved running on the sandy trails with those stunning lake views. I'll certainly recommend this race to other Kiwi runners and I'm pretty tempted to trek back again next year. Regards Stephen
  3. Jenelle
    Jenelle Potvin  - July 21, 10:03 AM
    Such an awesome event, as usual. George always puts on a top-notch race weekend. Here's a race report I did for the TRT50 mile 2014. Love this course! http://jenellepotvin.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/tahoe-rim-trail-50-mile-race-recap/
  4. Stephen
    Stephen Lukey  - July 15, 8:24 PM
    Hi George, great to meet you on the course today. Very late notice but could you post on facebook seeing if anyone wants to pace me from 50 to 80 mile. Hoping for something around 33 hour finish. Regards Stephen
  5. Tina
    Tina Smilkstein  - July 15, 6:19 PM
    Is it legal to use poles this year? Specifically out of Diamond Peak.
  6. Rich
    Rich Lapachet  - July 14, 11:37 AM
    Greetings all:
    It anyone interested in carpooling from the Reno area?

  7. Marianne
    Marianne Paulson  - July 10, 5:23 PM
    Does anyone know the exact distance of TRT 100? The website says 101.6 but www.ultrasplits.com shows 100.4.
    1. Greg Durbin  - July 10, 5:59 PM
      They are both right. I've been told there are no exact distances in trail running. :))
    2. George Ruiz  - July 10, 6:07 PM
      Correct Greg, it depends on who's GPS watching your looking at. The 101.6 was measured by a Garmin 310xt last year.
  8. Daniel
    Daniel Kroeger  - June 19, 2:19 PM
    Is it possible to find splits of last year's 100mile race somewhere? I know the results are posted here on Ultrasignup, but it only shows me the finishing time. And I was wondering if I can get my hands on splits to better plan my race and my crew's time.
    1. Daniel Kroeger  - June 19, 2:23 PM
      Ha, a simple search often does wonders :) Answering my own question:
    2. George Ruiz  - June 19, 5:14 PM
      Hi Daniel also check out the cool site that Frank Schnekenburger developed for working out your splits.
    3. Marianne Paulson  - July 10, 5:21 PM
      Thank you George Ruiz. Very cool website. These splits show the total course to be 100.4 miles. Is the course 101.6 as listed on the website or 100.4?
  9. Remi
    Remi Delille  - July 2, 1:06 PM
    Hi All,
    I was wondering if my pacer can start at Tunnel Creek during the second lap (I'm guessing that's around mile 62). I initially had 2 pacers (one for 50-80 and one for 80-100) but one had to drop due to a torn hamstring. Just wondering!
    1. George Ruiz  - July 2, 5:18 PM
      Hi Remi - A pacer can pick up a runner out of Tunnel Creek one two conditions, 1st they sign out for their pacer bib at the Friday packet pick-up or the 50 mile or Diamond Peak aid stations on Saturday. We do not want runners out on the course that have not signed a release.
      Also the only way to Tunnel Creek is to hike 3.5 mile 1800 foot climb from the bottom of Tunnel Creek Rd in the dark. There is no transportation there.

      We generally discourage this because Tunnel Creek is very busy taking care of you runners and is not set up to for a pacer central.

      You should count on pacers at 50 mile or at Diamond Peak mile 80 if at all possible.
    2. Remi Delille  - July 7, 6:16 PM
      Thanks for the info, George. I appreciate it. See you on the 19th!
  10. Kyria
    Kyria Wilson  - July 1, 8:32 PM
    If anyone needs a hotel in South Lake Tahoe, I have one that I will not be using. It's booked for the night of the 18th and 19th. It's not super fancy; it's the Quality Inn & Suites, but it is a place to lay your head if need be! If you are interested or know anyone who is, let me know!
  11. John
    John Lacroix  - June 17, 2:05 PM
    Regarding pacers for the 100. I'm coming from the east coast and haven't had any luck finding one. I was wondering if you typically folks from the local area that come and and hang out to pace. It would be nice to have some company for the last 20 miles.
    1. George Ruiz  - June 17, 8:40 PM
      Hi John I'll post your message on our Facebook page. Normally we get a pretty good response.
  12. Ed
    Ed Ettinghausen  - May 14, 9:44 PM
    What is the total elevation gain for the 100 mile course?
    1. George Ruiz  - May 15, 11:50 AM
      Hi Ed - That has been a revolving debate for years. The GPS download I have of the whole 100 mile course at once showed 22,000 of gain. I've always estimated 20,000 so it's somewhere between those two.
    2. Nathan Leehman  - June 4, 11:23 AM
      Hey Ed! My 910xt gave me quite a bit less vertical gain, but I can attest it felt much closer to George's estimate. Here's a link to both parts of the race (first 85 miles, last 15 miles) so you can look for yourself. I would suggest you prepare for George's numbers (I know you love altitude!) Part 1: http://www.strava.com/activities/69191270 Part 2: http://www.strava.com/activities/69192283
  13. Ed
    Ed Ettinghausen  - May 14, 9:43 PM
    I've searched the website but can't find the total elevation gain for the 100 mile course. Thank you.
  14. Holly
    Holly Ratcliff  - May 11, 10:11 PM
    I am on the waitlist for the 50K... wondering how many entrants will be accepted... there are only 131 currently in... what will the final cut off be? I see 141 total last year...?
  15. Todd
    Todd Grover  - April 16, 6:45 PM
    Any recommendations for lodging in Carson City (or thereabouts) for the race weekend?
    1. George Ruiz  - April 23, 11:52 AM
      Hi Todd - Sorry about not checking this since last week. Unfortunately the host hotel is book but we have a speciall $99 per night rate at the Courtyard Marriott. Also the Wyndham Garden hotel is inside the Station Casino across from the Plaza Hotel which is where the bus pick area is race morning and I see you purchased a bus pass.
  16. Terry
    Terry Eldien  - January 15, 12:53 PM
    Any flatlanders care to share their experience with the altitude effect? Any ideas or tips on preparing for it other than going to the mountains or renting a hypoxic tent? I've heard I should go out a few days early to acclimate but I've also heard to go out right before the race before your body starts trying to adapt. I would love some advice from those with experience in this area. Thanks!!
    1. George Ruiz  - January 16, 8:38 PM
      Terry lots of flatlanders come up and just kill it during the race; and a lot come up and it's a suffer fest for them. Everyone's different. Any altitude training you can get it will be worth it. I know one person that used a hypxic tent and felt it really made a big difference for him.
      The effect of the altitude depend on the amount of time you are out in it. So for the 50K not a big deal, more so for the 50 mile and for the 100 mile it will eventually get to you you will probably end up puking your guts out in the middle of the night...
    2. Tina Smilkstein  - March 10, 12:36 AM
      hydrate hydrate hydrate
  17. Sarkis
    Sarkis Defterderian  - January 13, 9:52 PM
    Okay what's the deal my name is not on 100 mile run list or on the wait list. Is this the final pick list for Tahoe rim trail run You would think someone would have enough manners to notify you weather you got picked or not keeping you waiting without any notification.
    1. Angela Sullivan  - January 14, 9:19 AM
      i have looked at your order and I have sent you an email regarding your registration. Check your email. You were selected in the lottery and should have received an email regarding your registration. Angela Sullivan
  18. Thomas
    Thomas Burke  - January 9, 9:56 AM
    Is there a trail work requirement for the 100 mile race? If so, where is the link to the form?
    1. George Ruiz  - January 9, 10:10 AM
      Thomas if you are in the 100 mile yes there is. For the 50 mile and 50k no there isn't.
      The volunteer form can b downloaded on the TRT website under 100 mile under 100 mile qualifying standards.
      If you have done trail work since last July you can it to satisfy this requirement, if not you have until June 30th to complete the work and get us your form.
    2. Thomas Burke  - January 9, 10:48 AM
      Coolio. Thank you
  19. Laura
    Laura Greco  - January 6, 9:40 PM
    I noticed the registered names for the 50k are missing, but are there for the 50 and 100 milers. Did the names on the 50k list get wiped out?
    1. George Ruiz  - January 6, 10:31 PM
      Not wipped out, They're still alive...
      It's back up.
  20. Laura
    Laura Greco  - January 6, 9:39 PM
    I noticed the registered names for the 50k are missing, but are there for the 50 and 100 milers. I have the email confirm for the 50k. Did the names on the 50k list get wiped out?
  21. Jacob
    Jacob Wyatt  - January 6, 11:00 AM
    Hello All!
    I don't remember there being an option to sign up for a race morning shuttle bus from Carson City to the Start line - will there be a bus for the 2014 race?

    1. George Ruiz  - January 6, 2:08 PM
      Hi Jacob - Yes we neglected to add this option to the registration page. We will come up with a online option more than likely directly through the TRT website. I will make a announcement when we are ready to do that.
    2. Jacob Wyatt  - January 6, 4:23 PM
      Thanks for the quick response George, that's good news! I'm looking forward to letting my family sleep in a bit on race day (for once)!
  22. J.
    J. Wilkerson  - January 1, 9:23 PM
    I've checked both the 100 miler waitlist and registration and don't see my name? I've tried to re-registrar and it tells me that I have already registered? Not sure what to do?
    1. George Ruiz  - January 2, 7:32 AM
      Not sure, I'll need to check it out.
    2. George Ruiz  - January 2, 7:36 AM
      J Wilkerson I see you in the 100 mile entrants list.
  23. Allen
    Allen Scott  - January 1, 6:19 AM
    Did not receive any information about my status? Not on wait list.
    1. Brad Thompson  - January 1, 9:49 AM
      I don't see my name on the list at all, did I get in or not?
    2. Tina Smilkstein  - January 1, 10:44 AM
      Allen. Same as Brad. You need to click on your distance for the waitlist. You're on the 50K waitlist.
  24. Brad
    Brad Thompson  - January 1, 9:50 AM
    Please check on my status, it doesn't look like I'm in or on the wait list
    1. Tina Smilkstein  - January 1, 10:43 AM
      You're on the 50K waitlist. You have to select your distance.
  25. Jonathan
    Jonathan Lok  - December 31, 8:58 PM
    What is the limit for the 50k and 50 miler?
  26. Tina
    Tina Smilkstein  - December 31, 6:56 PM
    I missed the sign-up data (I thought it was still new year's and missed the announcements that it was a lottery this year) and hope to get on a waiting list. I heard that the waiting list starts on January 1st but I don't know how to get on it. Any advice?
  27. Tyler
    Tyler Tomasello  - December 31, 10:47 AM
    How many people get into the 100?
    1. George Ruiz  - December 31, 12:48 PM
      275 initially
    2. Tyler Tomasello  - December 31, 5:12 PM
      So 4 people won't get in?
  28. Tyler
    Tyler Tomasello  - August 26, 12:27 PM
    when does reg. open?
    1. George Ruiz  - November 19, 8:39 PM
      Tyler it opens 12/7/13 for 2 weeks, the lottery drawing will be on January 1st.