The course will be one 50K loop. Here’s a link to the route as it exists now. Click Here. The cool thing about this race is that you will get to go out on the west side of the island and run where the general public rarely goes.
There will be only one drop bag location at the Nine Mile Gate aid station. If you want other info on the race, there's plenty on the race website.
For those of you familiar with the Buffalo Run course, you’ll be able to follow along. For those who have never run the Buffalo run, most of this stuff will make absolutely no sense without a map. Oh, and the race start is at 8am sharp.
Basically the course goes like this. Start at White Rock Bay, just like the Buffalo Run. Go out and up the hillside, once you get to the switchback you go left. Then you keep running out to the Elephant Head aid station. This will be about 5.5 miles. Once past Elephant Head, you'll stay on the bench level until the top of the switchbacks. Go down the switchbacks and follow the trail to the Death Valley aid station. From there you'll go out on to the lake bed and run south for about 3 miles. You'll then get back on the trail and follow it uphill until you reach the North Sentry aid station. You gain about 1000’ along here. From here you’ll go behind Sentry peak, then down the dirt road to the ranch. We’ll have an aid station beyond the ranch at a place called 9-mile gate. From the ranch you’ll follow the Mountain View Trail north. You’ll also find an aid station at the Lower Frary parking lot. Once you get to the north fence, you’ll bushwhack up along the fence to the dirt road, then follow the road back to the start/finish area. Anyway, eventually you end up back at the White Rock Bay trailhead and the finish line.
Won’t that be fun!
I don’t do them….period…..don’t ask….I think they’re stupid…..everyone pays the same price unless you register late, then you’ll pay more than your buddy because you procrastinated.
Refunds and Rollovers
Not doing refunds or rollovers for this race. Transfers ain't happening either. Here's the deal, the race is fairly small and inexpensive (as far as 50K's go), entry fees stay with this year's event, transfers are a pain in the butt.
We'll have a few aid stations set up for you. The first one will be at Elephant head, roughly 5.5 miles into the race. The next will be North Sentry. This one is just short of 14 miles, so almost 9 from Elephant Head. The next one is Nine Mile Gate, a bit over 20 miles in. You can have a drop bag here. The final aid station is Lower Frary at about 23 miles. After that it's the finish line. Stuff will be the typical ultra fare, junk food, water, sports drink of some sort, maybe some gels, fruit.
Stuff You Get
What do you get for running the race? Well, you get free entry on to the island. We'll toss in some sort of tech shirt with the really cool race logo on it. Last year we gave away a little statue to the top male and female. We'll have some random prizes to give away as well, like $100 gift certs for Altra shoes. We'll also have some buffalo chili for runners and family (family costs a little bit extra, like $5 each).
Your bib is your pass on to the island this year. If you carpool with your friends with the family planning coming out later, the family will have to pay the entrance fee. The park makes up these rules, not me.
Local time: 4:46 AM