Hello goat fans! Welcome to the SECOND annual Run With The Goats!
The rules are as follows:
There are now three divisions: "Beers", “Lights”, and "Sobers". When the race starts at 10:00 AM the “beers” must drink a 16 oz. beer and then complete a 4.5-mile trail run (the “Lights” must drink a 12 oz. beer). After the first 4.5 miles you have the option of either having another beer and continuing on for another 4.5 miles, or dropping out. Only those entrants that complete all 7 laps (and drink 1 beer before each lap) for a total of 31 miles and 7 beers will be granted an official "finish". All others will receive a "DNF" (did not finish). The “sobers” follow the same rules but they shall drink 12 oz. of a fizzy non-alcoholic beverage of their choice before each lap. There are some that maintain that the “sobers” have it rougher than the beer drinkers.
Last year we had several requests for a “Light” category for those runners that either don’t weigh much, or can’t drink a lot. After much consternation and obfuscation, it was decided to give this a shot in 2019. “Light” entrants will still pay the same entry fee as the “beers” entrants but are only required to drink 12 oz. per lap. They will be tracked separately from the “beers” and “sobers”, so we will now have 3 separate finishing categories.
Unlike most races DNF's are encouraged! Don't feel bad about dropping out in this race, just hang around and enjoy some food, drink and friendship, and heckle those that are silly enough to press on!
The race is being held entirely on the single track trails located in Reata Canyon just outside of Richland city limits. There is an easement over the trails so we are allowed to use them, but please remember to be respectful as the trails are located entirely on private property. Be unfailingly nice to the property owners should you meet one. Other people and/or their horses may be using the trails that day too. Please be nice and warn other hikers and their horses if you are running up behind them. Horses do NOT like to be surprised.
This is not an “easy” route either. The full 50K distance has 4,280’ of climbing! That’s over 600’ per lap.
More Important stuff, keep reading!
Since the whole race is on single track trails and we are expecting 50 runners, stay to the right when you meet a fellow runner head on, and also pass on the left after announcing "on your left". Proper trail etiquette will earn you bonus points! Granted these points are completely worthless, but it’s nice to have them.
Local time: 8:00 AM
The start/finish is located on private property (“Joel’s house”). That's where the beer and potluck will be. Joel and his lovely wife have graciously and foolishly allowed us to use his front & back yard for our start/finish and beer drinking needs. Please be respectful, be clean, and offer to help clean up the mess afterwards!
We will have porta-potties at the start and a fire pit too. If the weather is nasty we will set up a wall tent with a fire pit inside it. If you have a wall tent feel free to bring it too. The more warmth we have the longer runners will stick around.
Yes, Joel does have two lovely goats that live in his backyard and if everyone follows the rules he will let them out for a while to visit with all of us. However, given that they are herd animals they can’t participate in the race itself. That many strange people going that many directions will confuse and upset them. They’re used to having these trails to themselves.
All entrants will receive a custom pint glass!
All "beer" entrants should have a designated driver, an Uber, or carpool with a "sober" entrant. Don’t be dumb. Dumb people will not be allowed to participate in future Nomad events.
This race is potluck-style, so please sign up on the spreadsheet to bring something yummy to share for all. You can get to the spreadsheet by clicking this link, or copy and paste it to your browser: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10D-_GnQ1h04uozeb85hXWhLxUsUcLUXyLdZaYDbyQdk
The cost for "beer" entrants will be just $24 and includes all beer and a custom pint glass. "Sober" entrants only pay $6. “Sobers” will also get a pint glass to keep but need to bring their own fizzy non-alcoholic beverages.
Nomad Trail Runner members in good standing are eligible for a discount code and can enter the "beer" division for just $14.
Let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for signing up.
Remember, the race will be capped at 50 entrants so don’t dilly dally!
Bonus! If you sign up for the Snake River Island Hop before you sign up for this race, contact me for a discount code that will get you into this event for a BIG FAT DISCOUNT! (the Snake River Island Hop is the following weekend and you can use this race as a taper run!)
Happy runnin!! Jason