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, until 2019 the general public had not been allowed to crush the tough and beautiful trail systems within.
This is STL’s Original 100-mile trail ultra!! Year two of the event and we are running it in reverse. The Shippey will rotate directions on odd and even years. Those who joined us in 2019 are in for an entirely different course...maybe a bit easier in the CCW direction. You be the judge though!
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.
How does setting up camp indoors 10-100 yds from the Start-Finish line and the ease of seeing your runner or your crew every 3-5.8 miles sound? Save the gas money as there is no need to chase runners over miles of back roads. The Shippey is minutes from amenities, allowing runners and their crews the ease of re-supply and convenience of the general commute as well!
Will it be chilly in January...maybe. Come prepared for cold temps but also know that it could be 70 degrees. Weather in St. Louis can flip on a dime! 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! P.S. the Boy Scout's didn't believe in switchbacks when they built these trails! You have been properly warned!!
The course is set up as 20mi loop(run 1x for 20mi, 3x for 100k and 5x 100mi), the full 20mi loop is done in 5 counterclockwise legs. There is approx 1 mile 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.
approx 75% single/double track, 25% jeep roads.
Every 20mi loop runs approx 2,500 ascent, 2,500’ descent, or approx 12,500’ over 100mi.
There will be 2 aid station setup on the course. Video of the Start/Finish Aid Station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxK5s5z9uFA
Full Course - https://www.strava.com/activities/2783670484/segments/70128869966. More details to come on individual legs...stay tuned!
The course has several existing trail markings, however, our designated markings will be pink.
Friday January 8th 5pm-8pm, all events. We prefer all Saturday runners to pick up their packets Friday. Relay teams only need one member to pickup the teams packet
Saturday 6:30 am to 8:30am packet pickup. Saturday pickup will be at the start/finish aid station. Sunday January 10th 6:30am-7:45am (20mi and 20mile relay)
Stay tuned for Pre-race meeting and pre-race meal!
Start Times /Cutoffs/drops/pacers
100mi Saturday January 9th 6am start
100mi relay Saturday January 9th 8am
100k Saturday January 9th 10am
100k relay Saturday January 9th 11am
All distances cutoff at 4:00pm Sunday January 10th
20mi Sunday January 10th 8am start
20mi relay Sunday January 10th 8am start
Drop bags allowed at both Aid Stations for solo 100mi,100k, and 20 mile runners.
Pacers are allowed anytime after 40mi(2 loops) for solo 100k and after 60mi (3 loops) for the 100mi
100 Mile cutoff: 34 hours
100k cutoff: 32 hours
100 mile/100k/20 mile relays
100mi- teams of 5, 100k- teams of 5, and 20 mile teams of 5. Every runner must run AT LEAST 1 leg. Relay races will be chip timed in 2022!!
Relay races are fun runs with no awards other than bragging rights...come ready to send it to crushtown but more importantly to have a blast and cheer everyone else on! We believe our relay teams should take on the role of cheer squads or hype women and men for those 100 mile and 100k crushers on course!
Awards and Swag
Swag will be courtesy of Territory Run Co!
All relay participants will be going home with a 3/4 sleeve shirt and all 20/100k/100 mile runners will be going home with a lightweight sweat shirt. Both items are custom made by our friends over at Territory Run Co. Check them out here: https://territoryrun.co
100 Mile and 100k will receive custom belt buckles for their efforts. 20 mile and relay teams will receive finishers medals.
Ultraspire gear will be randomly drawn and awarded to participants in the solo divisions! https://ultraspire.com
Lodging and Amenities
On site camping will be allowed on the reservation with the hub being theEmerson Center indoors. 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 and bathrooms will be available on site as well in the Emerson Center.
Valley Park/Fenton, MO Lodging:
Drury Inns and Suites St. Louis Southwest
Hampton Inn St. Louis Southwest
Pear Tree Inn
Eureka, MO Lodging:
Both within 10 mins of start featuring a plethora of dining options from fast food to bar or fine dining
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 may drop to lower distance, however refund on differences will not be given.
Beaumont Scout Ranch
Local time: 1:55 PM
6480 Beaumont Reservation Drive
High Ridge, MO 63049
(at Highway 44 and Beaumont/Antire Road)