Saturday, Jan 22, 2011

Wilson Creek Frozen 50K

Hwy 78/Wilson Creek Rd

Melba, ID 10 Miler, 20 Miler, 50K

This Event Took Place Sat. Jan 22, 2011

Cancelled Event



November 7, 2021: We have decided to not hold the 2022 Wilson Creek Frozen 50k and will be reevaluating our plans going forward. We are sorry to everyone who was looking forward to it. Look for info on a possible 2023 race in Sept 2022.

If you are looking for an epic adventure on the trails in January, you will not be disappointed. We could be treated to anything from temps in the 40s with egregious mud to pouring rain to sub-zero conditions with wind and ice like the arctic. Come prepared for anything and bring your good attitude and sense of adventure. You should carry at least two water bottles or a hydration pack. This is not your fall road marathon that has fully stocked aid stations every mile. 50k and 20 mile runners are advised to bring traction devices and/or trekking poles if conditions warrant, an emergency whistle, space blanket, headlamp, outer shell layer, and knowledge of the course. Please read through the information on the website to be fully informed.


Wilson Creek is located about 30 minutes south of Nampa, Idaho at the main trailhead on Wilson Creek Road off Hwy 78 between Marsing and Melba. Take Wilson Creek Road south off Hwy 78 and go past the Wilson Creek Cattle Feeders. 50k and 20 Mile start at 7:30 am; 10 mile starts at 9:00 am.

Age Limits

Wilson Creek Frozen 50k reserves the right to deny entry into the race based on age (youth). To enter the 10 Mile, kids 18 and under must have parental approval (and possibly supervision if young or inexperienced enough); as a rule, we are not allowing kids under 18 to register for the 50k or 20 Mile. We know there are kids who could be exceptions to this exclusion. If you are one of those kids who wants to run the longer distances, let's talk.

Runner Check In

Packet pickup will be held the week of the race (check the race website for dates and times) at The Pulse in Meridian. Race morning packet pickup will be available at the race trailhead starting at 6:30 am. Your race numbers will not be included in your race packets. We will hand them out with timing chips on race morning when you check in at the start.


50k runners will complete an epic 20.3 mile loop, followed by the 10.8 mile loop.

  • Start Time: 7:30 AM

  • ****All races will be run in a clockwise direction.****

  • The 20.3 mile loop has ~4900′ elev. gain and 10.8 mile loop has ~2200′ elev. gain for a total of ~7100′ elev. gain in the 50k run.

  • Low of 2565′ and high of 5340′

  • 43% singletrack and 57% road/doubletrack

  • There is a 7.5 hour (3:00 pm) cutoff at mile 20.3

20 Mile

  • Start time: 8:00 AM

  • ****The course will be run in a clockwise direction for 2019.****

  • ~4900′ elev. gain for 20.3 miles.

  • Low of 2714′ and high of 5340′

  • 69% (14 miles) of road or doubletrack; 31% (~6.3 miles) singletrack

10 Mile

  • Start time: 9:00 AM

  • This course will be run in a clockwise direction.

  • The 10.8 Mile contains ~2200′ elev. gain

  • Low of 2565′ and high of 3689′

  • 83% singletrack and 17% road/doubletrack

Changing Races/Refunds/Transfers

Refunds: Neither Ultrasignup nor Wilson Creek will issue refunds for this race! Consider carefully before signing up.
Seriously, no refunds. This is a cheap entry fee. We’ll use your money for good stuff. We will not ever under any circumstances issue full refunds in the case of last minute race cancellation due to extreme weather or COVID or other Acts of Nature out of our control.

Transfers: We don’t have any other races you can transfer your fee to. Sorry.

Roll Overs: We will not roll your entry over to the following year. That’s too much for our feeble minds to keep track of, and it’s also a loss because we’ve probably already bought your stuff for this year.

Distance Changes: You can change race distances via email through the close of online registration; after that, change distances early on race morning. You will not be refunded the difference of a higher price. Email to change races. You are welcome to increase in distance before the race start by paying the difference with a check and letting the race directors know of your awesome decision.

Changing Races Mid-Event: If you sign up for the 50k race and choose to not continue at the 20.3 mile point, this will be considered a DNF. You may not drop down to a 20 mile finish mid-race. If you start the race as a 50k participant and do not finish 50k, you will not be listed as a finisher at any distance. If you are signed up for the 20 mile and are having a good day and want to continue, you may alert the aid station that you want to bump up to the 50k during the race.

Things to Consider

Things to Consider: Herds of wild horses have historically populate(d) the hills in the Wilson Creek area. Admire but steer clear of them. If you see horses and they appear to be alarmingly interested in your presence, you should make whooping Indian war cries, which has proven to dissuade parading horses. Don't ask how we know that. (Most horses were relocated after the Soda Fire of 2015). If you are lucky, you will see deer or foxes in the early morning hours. Bikers, hikers, hunters, horse riders, ATV enthusiasts - these are the people you may encounter on the trails on a Saturday. Some of the grades especially on the descent from Wilson Peak can be very steep and especially hazardous if icy and/or muddy. Be cautious. We would feel very badly if anyone injured themselves. This run is a VOLUNTARY, predominantly self-supported, possibly solitary venture chosen by you. Do not participate if you are not 100 percent responsible and capable of taking care of yourself for an extended period of time (1-12 hours) in variable weather conditions in rugged terrain. Do not participate in this run if you are not in reasonable physical condition to spend hours on the trail climbing and descending; likewise, know when to quit. If you are not in the proper physical condition to undertake the 50k, please check your ego at the trailhead and sign up for the 10 mile race instead. Remember, we are warning you that this is a very tough run, and you are making the choice to participate. There is a possibility that the trails and roads will be aggravatingly and unrunnably slick, muddy, and treacherous. We (Pickled Feet Ultra Running, race organizers, volunteers) are not responsible for costs associated with search and rescue or any costs associated with your injuries or death. Be smart, use common sense, and be safe out there. Bring your sense of adventure and your good attitude, and leave your whining at home!

Aid Stations/Drop Bags

Aid summary:
10 Mile -- aid at miles 5, 7, and finish
20 Mile --aid at miles 2.5, 13, and finish
50k -- aid at miles 2.5, 13, 20.3, 25.3, 27.3, and finish.

Aid stations will serve soup or broth, salty stuff, sweet stuff, energy products, water.
Drop Bags will not be taken to any aid stations on the course. 50k runners may have a drop bag at mile 20.3, where you come through the start/finish mid-race.

Local time: 12:12 PM


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