Tahoe Dirt & Vert Series
The Tahoe Dirt & Vert Series is just that, trail running to summits overlooking Lake Tahoe with lots of vert to get there! The series consists of 3 runs in 3 months. The Genoa Peak Madathon on June 10th is race #1, is 24.5 miles long, consists of over 6700' of elevation gain, starts in downtown Genoa at 4806' and summits Genoa Peak at 9150'. The second event, Creek2Peak, is July 8th and is approximately 21 miles long with over 5000' of climbing. The start/finish is at Davis Creek Campground and climbs to the summit of Slide Mountain at 9698'. The third and last run of the series is Capital Climb on August 5th and also has over 5000' of climbing. This event starts and finishes downtown Carson City and summits the top of Snow Valley Peak at 9218'. Awards will be given to top 3 overall M&F finishers and age division winners based on a point system through Ultrasignup. More information will be available soon on www.ascentruns.com.
Event registration for the 24.5M is $75, $85 after May20th. The 8M is $40, $50 after May 20th. Online registration closes at midnight Wednesday June 7th. Onsite registration at packet pick up or race day is $95 for the 24.5M and $55 for the 8M. Registration with a shirt is an additional $35. Event Shirts will be a short sleeve Patagonia technical tee. The deadline to order a shirt is May 21st. There will not be any extra shirts available for purchase on race day. 24.5M race day registration and runner check-in is from 5:00AM-5:45AM with race start is 6:00AM, 8M race day registration and runner check-in is from 5:00AM-6:45AM with race start is 7:00AM.
New for 2017
The Madness is back! This time in two new forms. There will be a 24.5 mile run, 6700' of climbing, to the summit of Genoa Peak and an 8 mile loop, 1800' of climbing, along the Discovery Trail above Genoa. The 24.5 miler will follow the same route as the previously held marathon except runners will head straight up Sierra Canyon Trail from Snowshoe Lane instead of entering at the north trailhead by the water tank.
24.5M: Start time is 6am
Genoa Peak A/S 2nd pass: 5 hr clock time or 11am
Junction A/S 2nd pass: 7 hr clock time or 1pm
Finish: 9 hr clock time or 3pm
8M: start time 7am
finish line: 3 hr clock time or 10am
cut-off times are tentative and may change due to trail and snow conditions
I was able to make it to the summit of Genoa Peak yesterday. There is still some significant snow from the saddle to treeline. Below the saddle there were still some sections of snow but manageable. This should only improve with the warm temperatures we have been having and I expect it to barely be an issue for race day. However, I do recommend carrying traction devices for the quarter to half mile from the saddle to above treeline toward the summit. That snow will be around for a while.
2276 Main St.
Genoa, NV 89411
24.5M: There will be 2 aid stations out on the course that every runner will go through twice. The lower A/S at the junction will be water only. The upper A/S will be ultra style.
8M: There will be one A/S on this loop. It will be the same lower A/S as the 24.5M.
Race Day Check-in
All runners must check in prior to the race start on race morning even if you have already picked up your bib# at packet pick-up. This is to ensure an accurate headcount to how many and who is out on the course. If you don't check-in you don't officially start which means you don't officially finish and I would hate for you not to get any credit for enduring and completing this challenge!. 24.5M runner check-in is from 5:00AM-5:45AM, pre-race briefing at 5:50AM, race start at 6:00AM. 8M runner check-in 5AM-6:45AM, pre-race briefing 6:50AM, race start 7AM.
Packet Pick Up/Onsite Registration
Friday evening June 9th packet pick up and onsite registration will take place at Trimmer Outpost from 5-7pm out back at the barn.
There will be awards for top 3 overall M&F finishers and age division winners only. Age divisions are M&F: <13, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
Currently working on finisher awards for all runners. Will most likely be a professionally taken photo from out on the course. All those 21 or older will also get a free beer at Nevada's Oldest Thirst Parlor, The Genoa Bar!
Local time: 4:20 PM
The course starts and finishes in the historic Town of Genoa, Nevada. Runners will head north on Foothill Rd. for a half mile before turning left onto Centennial Rd.This road quickly turns into dirt and bends north. In approximately another half mile the course turns left onto Snowshoe Lane that quickly dead ends into the trailhead for Sierra Canyon Trail. From here the climbing madness begins with over 5000' of ascent to Genoa Peak. Two miles up Sierra Canyon Trail runners will be greeted with the first aid station at the junction of the Discovery Trail. The course turns right along this trail for .3 of a mile before turning left and continuing up Sierra Canyon Trail again. Runners will be greeted by an another aid station 8 miles up the trail at the junction of a dirt road. From this aid station there is 750' of climbing in 3/4 of a mile to the summit of Genoa Peak(9150"). At the top, runners will be treated to spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the valley to the east. They will also receive their token for a free beer at Nevada's Oldest Thirst Parlor the Genoa Bar! After carefully securing this token, the descent begins by retracing the course back down Sierra Canyon Trail to the Discovery Trail.The course then continues south on the Discovery Trail for 3 miles before dropping into Genoa Canyon Trail which descends 1200 feet in 2 miles on narrow single track trail with tight switchbacks and steep drop offs, leading everyone back to the Town of Genoa. Once down to ground zero and onto Carson Street (dirt), they will turn left on Genoa Road (dirt) for their last few tenths of a mile to the FINISH LINE.
This course also starts and finishes in the historic Town of Genoa, Nevada. Runners will head north on Foothill Rd. for a half mile before turning left onto Centennial Rd.This road quickly turns into dirt and bends north. In approximately another half mile the course turns left onto Snowshoe Lane that quickly dead ends into the trailhead for Sierra Canyon Trail. Two miles up Sierra Canyon trail runners will be greeted with the first aid station at the junction of the Discovery Trail. 8 milers will turn left onto the Discovery Trail. The course then continues south on the Discovery Trail for 3 miles before dropping into Genoa Canyon Trail which descends 1200 feet in 2 miles on narrow single track trail with tight switchbacks and steep drop offs, leading everyone back to the Town of Genoa. Once down to ground zero and onto Carson Street (dirt), they will turn left on Genoa Road (dirt) for their last few tenths of a mile to the FINISH LINE.
Please visit www.ascentruns.com for more information.