The course will be one or two 50K loops. Here’s a link to the route as it exists now. http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=488824. The water level of the Great Salt Lake has risen significantly over the past couple of years, so we will not be running on the beach, but don’t worry, I already have an alternate route for that area if we can’t run on the beach. The neat 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 isn’t allowed to go. 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. I’ll put a map up soon, I hope.
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 and go over to the switchbacks. You’ll go down the switchbacks, then backtrack towards the north until the Death Valley aid station. You’ll see it in the distance. This is another 4.5 miles. From Death Valley you’ll go out on to the beach. Once on the beach, you’ll follow the flags for roughly two miles. We have to stay on the beach along here due to the sensitive wildlife area up in the canyons in this area. Anyway, at some point the old ranch road comes right down on to the beach and you’ll pick it up here. Follow the old ranch road for the next few miles up the hillside. You gain about 1000’ along here. You’ll get to the north side of the Sentry trail. Guess what, there’ll be an aid station 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, only to go out and do it all again if you’re running the 100K.
Won’t that be fun!