Saturday, Mar 14, 2020

Marin Ultra Challenge

11050 Mitchell Road

Sausalito, CA 50 Miler, 50K, 25K

Registration closes: Wed, Mar 11 @ 5:00PM

Race Description

The Marin Ultra Challenge, our premier Marin County long distance trail race, delivers ample hills and sweeping descents. This year marks the 9th edition of this tour of some of Marin’s best trails. Meticulous effort went into the design of each course for the MUC; all three distances are physically demanding (the 50 Mile has just about 11,000 feet of elevation gain) and exceptionally beautiful. The journey begins at the black sand of Rodeo Beach, then traverses the Marin Headlands, Stinson-facing Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods, exhibiting a range of terrain, from exposed fire-roads with incredible coastal and inland views to tight, technical single-track with redwood canopies. There is very little trail overlap, and Jim Vernon, from The Endurables and Hydrapak, spent hours and weekends developing these spectacular custom courses–we are super excited to show it off. You’ll quickly realize why Marin County has become the ultimate trail runner’s destination.

Race Information

Location: Marin Headlands, Muir Woods & Mt. Tamalpais State Park

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Events: 25K, 50K & 50 Mile

Bib & Shirt Pickup: 5:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Start Times:50 Mile6:30 AM
50K6:30 AM
25K8:00 AM


Time Limit: There is a 14.5 hour time limit for the 50K and 50 Mile race.

Parking: Free parking is available in the surrounding areas to the Start/Finish at Rodeo Beach. Runners may utilize the pullouts along Mitchell Road, along the beach, the annex lot below the Marine Mammal Center, and the Smith Road Parking Lot (Gerbode Valley Trailhead) along Bunker Road. The walk from the Marine Mammal Center lot to the Start/Finish is about 1/3 mile. In addition, we will have shuttles running between Smith Road and Rodeo Beach all day. 25K runners should expect to park in the Smith Road lot, so please plan your arrival time accordingly.

Race Capacity: The Marin Ultra Challenge will have a capacity of 600 runners, across all distances.

Volunteer

Without the support of enthusiastic and caring volunteers producing our races would not be possible. Volunteers of all ages and abilities help with setup, check-in, aid stations, course marshaling, timing, and post-race food.

Volunteering is a fun, novel way to experience races, play in the outdoors, and spend time with friendly people. All volunteers receive a free race T-shirt, free food, and the ability to earn credit toward a future Inside Trail Racing event, commensurate to the amount of time worked. Five hours of assisting an event results in a free race credit or Inside Trail merchandise.

To volunteer for this year’s event, please submit our online volunteer form.

Course Information

50 Mile & 50K

50K and 50 Mile Course Map - GGNRA | 50K and 50 Mile Course Map - Mt. Tam

50 Mile - Turn by Turn Directions | 50 Mile - Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs | 50 Mile Elevation Charts

50K - Turn by Turn Directions | 50K - Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs | 50K Elevation Charts

Sunrise for Sausalito, CA: 6:25 AM
Sunset for Sausalito, CA: 6:15 PM

Drop Bags and Headlamps
With the sunrise on March 9 being at 6:25 AM, all runners should be able to start the 50 Mile and 50K races without a headlamp. If starting with a headlamp, they can be left at any aid station after they are no longer needed, and will be delivered to the S/F area by 10:00 AM. Any runner who expects to be running beyond 6:30 PM should also plan on having a headlamp in one of their drop bags.

Drop bags will be available at 2 different aid stations (which the 50 Mile will pass a total of 4 times, 50K runners will pass 2 times):
1) Tennessee Valley AS: Mile 10.5
2) Cardiac AS: Mile 19.8 (50 Mile Only)
3) Cardiac AS: Mile 29.3 (50 Mile Only)
4) Tennessee Valley AS: Mile 45.8

25K

25K Course Map | 25K Turn by Turn Directions | 25K Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs | 25K Elevation Profiles

Aid Stations

Inside Trail Racing aid stations are replete with an optimal variety of glycogen-replenishing, electrolyte-replacing products. The following is a list of some of the foods and beverages each aid station may provide: Gu Energy gels, chews, and Stroopwafels, trail mix, pretzels, potato chips, Oreo cookies, Pop Tarts, boiled potatoes with salt, Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, PB&J sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, salt tablets, bananas, watermelon, and tangerines. Aid stations are also equipped with general first aid items, including Salt-Stick tablets, but no anti-inflammatory medicine.

Tailwind is mixed so that it contains 180 – 200 calories per 20 fluid ounces.

As distances between aid station vary, we strongly encourage all runners to carry at least one 20oz bottle during their run.

Volunteer

Without the support of enthusiastic and caring volunteers producing our races would not be possible. Volunteers of all ages and abilities help with setup, check-in, aid stations, course marshaling, timing, and post-race food.

Volunteering is a fun, novel way to experience races, play in the outdoors, and spend time with friendly people. All volunteers receive a free race T-shirt, free food, and the ability to earn credit toward a future Inside Trail Racing event, commensurate to the amount of time worked. Five hours of assisting an event results in a free race credit or Inside Trail merchandise.

To volunteer for this year’s event, please submit our online volunteer form.

Shirts

All registered runners will receive a District Perfect-Tri tri-blend fabric shirt. This tee is made with top-of-the-line sportswear technology to heighten performance during your toughest workouts. With sun defense, moisture-wicking technology, quick stain release, and comfortable fit, this tri-blend performance crew serves the needs of every athlete. It’s the perfect year-round choice for outdoor sports and exercise. Get the most out of your workout with this tough, hardworking tee.

Features:
     ● 4.5-ounce, 50/25/25 poly/combed ring spun cotton/rayon, 32 singles
     ● 1X1 rib knit neck
     ● Shoulder to shoulder taping
     ● UPF 30

To be guaranteed your shirt size, you must register by February 29, 2020.

Awards

Overall winners of each race distance will receive a custom MUC award.

The top 3, male and female, finishers in the 50 Mile event will receive a custom trophy, a pair of La Sportiva Mountain Running shoes as well as the following cash awards:
     ● 1st - $500
     ● 2nd - $250
     ● 3rd - $150

The top 3, male and female, finishers in the 50K event will receive a custom trophy, and a pair of La Sportiva Mountain Running shoes.

The top 3, male and female, finishers in the 25K event will receive a custom trophy, and pair of La Sportiva Mountain Running shoes.

All ultra-marathon distance finishers will receive a medal and a custom printed drinking glass with the race logo.

All other finishers will receive a custom medal with the race logo.

The Dead Last Finisher (DLF) in each even will receive a custom award.

Age-group medals (3 deep) will be awarded in the following categories, for both males and females:
     ● 13 and under
     ● 14 – 19
     ● 20 – 29
     ● 30 – 39
     ● 40 – 49
     ● 50 – 59
     ● 60 – 69
     ● 70 and over

The Fine Print

Entry fees to our trail runs are non-refundable, and we do not offer transfers or deferrals to future races. However, with advanced notice, we are happy to credit part of your entry fee to a future Inside Trail Racing event. A credit worth 75% of paid entry fee will be awarded up to two weeks of the event time; a credit worth 50% is provided when a cancellation is made between 2 weeks and up to 72 hours of the event. There will be no credits issued if a cancellation is declared within 72 hours of the race. Credits will be available for 1 full year from the date of the race.

Only registered runners can participate, and you may not exchange your entry with another individual.

We do not cancel races due to rain or heat. An act of God, such as earthquake, fire, or other natural disaster, which causes the area of a race to be closed may force cancellation or relocation of the event. If a race location is changed due to park closures, we will automatically transfer the registration over to the new venue, or we will issue credits in accordance with our cancellation policy. In the event a race is completely cancelled, or needs to be rescheduled, we will transfer a portion of your entry fee to another ITR event. Again, credits will be valid for 1 year.

Due to trail work, closures, or for myriad other reasons, permitting agencies may require changes to the publicized courses at any time prior to an event. This is out of our control, and we therefore will not offer refunds or credits in such a situation.

Hosting a trail running event is an expensive and risky endeavor. All race costs are paid for well in advance of race day, so there is no financial gain to be made if a person does not show up on race day. We want all of our registered runners to show up, run, and have fun. While we understand that injuries, conflicts, emergencies, deaths, and other unfortunate events happen and may impact your plans for participation, we must adhere to our cancellation policies.

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