The course will be one 50K loop. Here’s a link to the route as it exists now. Click Here. The water level of the Great Salt Lake has dropped significantly over the past couple of years, so we will be running 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 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, only to go out and do it all again if you’re running the 100K.
Won’t that be fun!
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