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RunStrong – It May Be Your Only Hope! RONR 2014.
With a start and finish in Challis, Idaho, the River of No Return (RONR) Endurance Runs offer runners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Idaho’s remote beauty.
Choose between distances of 25k, 50k, or 100k, where you’ll be challenged by varying terrain and awed by gorgeous scenery.
Designed to be tough and beautiful, the courses tour some big mountain climbs over 8-9000 feet. Elk, deer, eagles, bears and wolves add to the mystique of the River of No Return, as do the forgotten mines and mining communities, old Idaho traditions – all surrounded by the very supportive community of Challis.
Runners will be treated to a fast finish down Main Street Challis and onto the classic dirt track of the Challis High School.
The course is crew-friendly with multiple aid stations that are support team-accessible without the use of four-wheel drive vehicles.
Pacers: Pacers are allowed in the 100K race beginning from Squaw Creek TH (Mile 30) to the finish. Pacers are not allowed in the 50K and 25K races.
100k: 6:00 AM
50k: 7:30 AM
25k: 9:00 AM
The 100k has a finish line cutoff of 3:00 am (21 hours).
Please visit the website for full information on cutoffs.
Age Limits - Minors
Those under 18 years old must get written consent from the race directors. If you feel you are able to run 10 or more miles through the mountains of Idaho and you are under 18, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before registering. We will go over your resume and determine if you are capable of safely finishing the race. We may require a parent to stay with you throughout the race if you are very young. Parents...ask first, then proceed. We reserve the right to remove anyone under 18 from the course at any time, if you fail to get approval for your child.
ALL RACES START AND FINISH ON THE TRACK AT CHALLIS HIGH SCHOOL.
Starting with a 3/4 lap taking runners out of the stadium, across Main Street - Challis, and onto an ATV trail, all runners will quickly be guided into remote country by mile 2.5 and all races will traverse the initial 9 miles along the same route. Spectators and fans will see runners barrel the final mile down Main Street - Challis before entering the stadium and finishing on the track after a 3/4 lap. Runners are allowed to have crew and fans complete the final run down Main Street to the Finish with them.
100K has about 16,000' elevation gain and 9 aid stations. It is a large, single-loop course that has five significant climbs, two of which will take runners over 9000'. The majority of the course is on two-track (meaning ATV width trail), with a few miles of dirt road, about 8 miles of single track trail, and a little pavement at the finish coming into Challis. Start is 6:00 am, and you have 21 hours to complete the course, with some intermediate cutoffs along the way.
50K has about 7800' elevation gain and 5 aid stations. It has two major climbs that take runners over 8000' and is mostly narrow ATV trail, some dirt road and some pavement that will bring runners to the finish in Challis. It is a large loop, with a 3.5 mile down and back from Keystone Aid Station to the old Ghost Town of Bayhorse, which will allow runners to see crew members and also see where they stand against the field at that point. Start is 7:30 am.
25K has about 3500' elevation gain and 1 aid station. The race is also a large loop that has a large climb early on and a short out and back to the one and only aid station at Birch Creek Saddle near mile 9 before a fast descent to the Finish. The Start is 9:00 am.
The River of No Return Endurance Runs are presented by Saucony, Bill's Bike and Run in Idaho Falls, and the Idaho Wilderness Company, with timing provided by Vector Timing.
Changing Races / Refunds
Registered entrants may change race distances by contacting race management prior to June 1st. Racers moving "up" in distance must send a check for the race price difference. Racers moving "down" a distance will not be refunded the difference. No race changes after June 1st.
Registered runners withdrawing from the RONR Endurance Runs prior to May 1st will be given a refund, less $20. No refunds will be issued after May 1st.
RONR highly encourages the use of support crews, especially in the 50K and 100K races. Although we will have fully stocked and top-notch aid stations that will make each runner feel like an 'elite' competitor, we want your family and friends to get to experience some of Idaho's beauty too. Crews will be treated to gorgeous drives along the Salmon River as they make their way to the various aid stations.
Crews in the 50K will be able to support their runners at Bayhorse (Mile 16) and at the Custer Motorway (Mile 25), as well as running with their runners down Main Street Challis and onto the Track. No pacing, though, for 50k runners at any other point along the course.
Crews in the 100K will be able to catch their runners at Bayhorse (16M), Squaw Creek TH (30M), McKay Creek (38M), Fanny's Hole (45M), and Custer Motorway (57M), as well as running with them down Main Street. 100K runners may pick up a pacer after mile 30, Squaw Creek TH.
Crews in the 25K - force your crew to register and run the 25K with you !!!!!
Idaho Trail Ultra Series
This race is part of the Scott Sports Idaho Trail Ultra Series! www.idahotrailultraseries.com
Local time: 6:42 AM