The Opening Act
Nestled quietly in the rolling wooded hills just 20 mins west on Interstate 44 of Greater St. Louis lies the wonders of the Beaumont Scout Reservation. Here we invite you to partake in a first-hand experience of these “rolling” hills where never before has the general public been allowed to traverse the multitude of trail systems within.
This is STL’s 1st 100-mile trail ultra!!
Introducing The Shippey Endurance Runs so rightly named based on the trail color system used by the Scouts, after Merle Shippey a well-respected cog in the growth of the early scouting communities, each of which takes you on an adventure each of its own with every trail offering a different aspect of the Reservation. The Shippey takes you through all aspects of this magnificent wonder by creating an extremely runner, crew and aide friendly race.
Imagine setting up camp 10-100 yds from the Start-Finish line, the ease of seeing your runner or your crew every 3-5.8 miles! Save the gas money as there is no need to chase runners over miles of back roads. Shippey is minutes from Valley Park and Eureka, allowing runners and their crews the ease of re-supply and convenience of the general commute as well!
Will it be warm, Nah probably scorching it is St Louis in August (or it could be 65 and raining...it's STL after all) but what better way to test the limits of your potential and/or prepare for that fall race! If you want to run on an amazing trail system that will only be open to the public during this event….well, come run with us at The Shippey Endurance Runs!
The course is set up as a clover leaf style with 5 small legs creating one large 20mi loop, each leg/loop being run in the clockwise direction. (5 for 100mi, 3 for 100k, 1 for 20mi) Each loop consists of a .25 road jaunt to begin before being gently thrown up a hill, with one other small section of road there should account for approx 2 mi of pavement over course of 100mi.
Each leg varies from the others offering steep climbs, ridgeline running, long descents as well as creek bottoms, pine floor, and jeep roads.
The mix of approx 75% single/double track, 25% jeep roads.
Every 20mi loop runs approx 2,600’ of ascent, 2,500’ of descent, or approx 14,000’ over 100mi.
There will be 2 aid station setup on the course. AS 1 and 2 are the same location but remote from AS 3/4/5 all being the Start/Finish area. Leg 2,3,4,5 will begin by heading back up the trail you came into the aid station on you turn around and go back the same path you came in on where it will split sending you clockwise on path each time. For a detailed description of each leg and the course visit www.facebook.com/ShippeyEndurance
The course has several existing trail markings, however, our designated markings will be the path to follow. Within a loop, the ribbons will always be on your right side of the trail. The exception will be every overlap between inbound/outbound of interloops where flagging will be on both sides.
Teams of 5 runners will tackle this event where it is at the team's discretion how much, when and order each team member will run.
For this event each team member will be required to at least run 1 leg total of the 25 total legs.
Each team will check in and check out of each aide station where bibs will be punched to clarify completion of a leg.
Teams can only exchange runners at the aide stations and not within the legs themselves. Upon completion of the full 100 mi the teams will need to have had a combined total of 25 punches amongst the team's bibs to be deemed complete and to be recorded with a time and official finish. Each team has the freedom to decide how they want to tackle the exchanges and/or distances that the runners of their team run throughout the day. So long as each runner completes at least one leg of the total 25 legs of the course.
This portion is meant for those wanting to add fun to the run and build that team spirit in a sport otherwise often done solo. There will be no awards for teams placing but bragging rights and course records will be recognized!
Start Times and Cutoffs
100 mile- Friday, Aug 2nd, 7am
100 mile relay - Friday, Aug 2nd, 7am
100k- Friday, Aug 2nd, 6pm
20mi- Saturday, Aug 3rd, 7am
5k- Saturday, Aug 3rd, 8am
Cutoffs for all races is 2pm Saturday, Aug 3rd
100 mile/100 mile relay 31 hours
100k - 20 hours
20 mile - 7 hours
Awards and Swag
Lodging and Amenities
On site camping will be allowed on the reservation with the hub being located in the field along the start/finish line. Open fires will not be permitted within the Scout ranch. There are Vault toilets located around the central race premise as well as periodically along parts of the route. Showers will be available on site as well.
Additional Lodging offsite can be found in Eureka, MO or Valley Park, MO both within 10mins of site.
Unfortunately there will be no refunds once registration has been received due to injury, illness or other reason for not being able to partake in the event. At this time we are not offering deferrals either. Runners can drop to lower distance up until 3 weeks prior to the race July 11th, however refund on differences will not be given.
Beaumont Scout Ranch
Local time: 10:37 PM
6480 Beaumont Reservation Drive
High Ridge, MO 63049
(at Highway 44 and Beaumont/Antire Road)