The 12.5k, 25k and 50k course is a unique but challenging course that has something for every style of trail runner. The 50k is a two-loop course that starts and ends at the base of Kelly Canyon ski slopes.
The start is a half mile semi-flat beginning before a one mile steep climb to the backside of Buckskin-Morgan Ridge and turning into a double track section of trail we call "The Roller Coaster" for another 2 miles before entering the 218 gravel road. The trail is slightly uphill along side the road for just over one mile. Towards the top of Buckskin-Morgan Ridge the trail leaves the road and enters a single track trail that will slightly climb before descending down Buckskin-Morgan Ridge and back onto the 218 gravel road.
At this point is the initial aid station at the Y-Junction parking and restroom area. Family and friends can greet runners here, although parking is quite limited. Leaving the Y-Junction aid station, the course heads easterly down the 217 gravel road for an out and back for one mile to Table Rock campground and then back up to the Y-Junction aid station. From there the course goes southeast about a mile out the mostly flat 881 dirt road and then returns to the Y-Junction via a forest trail.
There is a short uphill run before heading back down on a nice cat track descent to the base of Kelly Canyon chairlifts three and four. This is where the work really begins as you start the biggest climb on the course up the ski mountain. The ascent winds up a trail through open side hills and wooded areas encountering switch backs along the way to the top where the Kelly Mountain aid station is located near the top of chairlift 4. Upon reaching the mountain top, the trail becomes a double track groomer road with moderate uphill and downhill terrain proceeding to the summit near the radio tower. From there the trail heads down a dirt groomer road with spectacular views to the Snake River valleys below in nearly every direction. The trail leaves the groomer road down a moderate descent (partly sage brush and partly wooded) trail before heading down a moderately steep ski run road known as Moose. The trail ends at the ski lodge thus completing the 25k loop and the halfway point of the 50k where music, food, and trail-running greatness will be waiting for you!
We are able to accommodate wishes to change race distance up through the racer meeting on Friday night before the Saturday race. Please submit any wishes to change to either of our race directors who will be on hand.
Suport Crews/Bag Drop
The course is a 25k loop starting and ending in front of the Kelly Canyon Ski Resort lodge. Crew support is allowed at three separate locations along the 25k loop. First is at the Y-Junction which is roughly 8k and then again at 11k (after the out and back on Road 217) and then again at roughly 15k (after the loop out and back along Road 881). Public parking is limited at the Y-Junction, but is great for spectator viewing with the out and back loops. Second is at the top of chairlift 4. This is roughly 19k into the race. The last and best spot is at the lodge (halfway point) 25k into the race.
A designated drop bag area will be provided at Kelly Canyon ski lodge. No pacers will be allowed for either distance.
Bag and Number Pick up
We will have the runner bag pick up at Kelly Canyon ski lodge from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday the night before the race. There will be a brief MANDATORY runner meeting at 6:30 pm at the lodge. Friday evening starting at 6:00 pm is the PASTA FEED (included in the registration fee) for runners and a guest. Swag giveaways will follow the mandatory runner meeting!
Runners with Benefits.....
We know what's on your mind...... What's in it for me?
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-A mind blowing beautiful course with spectacular views
-Access to pleasing trails on a ski mountain with open and wooded terrain for alternating shade and sunshine
-Hefty amount of on-course support, including medical trained ski patrollers, to make your day great
-Music and food as you start and finish
-Runner tech shirts, prizes, and swag