10 Mile Course
The concept: The 10 mile distance is a Man vs Horse event and is open to walkers, runners and riders competing head-to-head (there is a slightly staggered start). Dogs are welcome in the 10 miler and water will be available on course for them as welll. Dogs must remain on leashes at all times.
There are water stations every 3-4 miles and full aid every ~5-6 miles.
You begin your journey at the base of Indian Wells Canyon (at Indian Wells Brewing CO.) The first 2 miles are easy going with a little sand and rock, the next two miles get gradually steeper and many will be reduced to a walk by the time you hit the first full aid station. After that it is an easy uphill grade to the highest point ~1100 feet above the start and a quick downhill four mile finish. This 10 miler is open to walkers, joggers, and speed demons alike. There are some moderate hill climbs that will not exactly help you log a new PR, but if you're looking for a 10 mile experience in a laid-back environment with plenty of aid, this is for you!
Participants will be rewarded with an ice cold beverage of their choice; made on-site and served in a 'Man vs Horse' souvenir pint glass. Choose from an 'Indian Wells Brewing Co' micro-brewed beer, locally crafted 'Rocket Fizz' soda, or delicious spring water from local artesian wells. Participants will also receive lunch after the race and a custom t-shirt (Must be registered by March 14th for a T-shirt). All finishers will be adorned with a custom crafted finishers medal to commemorate their experience.
50K Ultra Marathon
The concept: The ~30-mile distance is a Man vs Horse event and is open to walkers, runners and riders competing head-to-head (there is a slightly staggered start) with a 10-hour time limit for completion for Runners, and a 6 hour cut-off for Riders
Sorry but no dogs allowed at this distance (just too far).
There are water stations every 3-4 miles and full aid every ~6 miles.
Course Description: ~4,500’ of elevation gain
Starts the same as the 10-mile description above. After that you head up Sand Canyon to a pond filled from spring water, and then off to Short Canyon. Here you spend the next 5 miles on single track heading into some one of kind scenery filled with color, a small creek, and interesting wildlife. You'll cross over into Indian Wells Canyon where the trails consists primarily of fire roads and Jeep trails. The terrain on this loop varies wildly and if you're doing it on horseback; shoes or hoof boots are required. If you're a barefoot runner, foot placement is key through about a mile of this leg as some loose rock will try to get to know you better. Once you hit the aid station, say hi to the crew, refuel, take in the view, and make a B-line through the final 8 miles back down the mountain, there will be a cold one waiting for you back at the brewery!
Your finish times are determined two ways:
Runners: Your time stops when you cross the finish line.
Riders: You have to do more than just cross the finish line.
Your time stops when your horse's pulse rate is 60 bpm (you have 30 minutes after finishing to pulse down).
1 hold @16 mile mark. 20 minute hold. Time starts when your mount's Pulse Rate is 60 bpm.
If something came up and you just can't make it let us know... you may defer your entry to the next year or transfer your entry to someone else.
50 Mile Course
Local time: 3:41 PM
Aid every 6 miles and will be stocked according to the distance on the course.
Course Description: 8,347' of elevation gain.
This 50 mile is for Runners and Riders. The first half of the 30 miles is the same course as the 50K with a 20-mile repeat for loop two that covers much of the same course as loop 1. There is a 14-hour time limit with an option to drop to the 50k for runners if your legs or the clock runs out (as long as you’ve made it past the 50K check-in).
Riders special rules. Riders, there is no option for you to drop distances, so take good care of your partner, you're in it for the long haul :)... and worth every minute! Riders are allowed 12 hours to finish this (including vet-check holds)
Hold 1: 16 mile mark. 20 minute hold. Time starts when your mount's Pulse Rate is 60 bpm.
Hold 2: 30 mile mark. 60 minute hold. Time starts as soon as your mounts Pulse Rate is 60 bpm
Finish: Horses have 30 minutes to meet pulse requirements after finishing.
(Must be registered by March 14th for a T-shirt).