Race Date & Time
Saturday, September 21, 2013. Race start is 8:00 am with an early 6:30 am start too.
If you are driving without a trailer, drive through Sun Valley to Phi Kappa Campground. Camping will be on a first come, first served basis. DO NOT drive with a trailer up Trail Creek Road. It is very steep and you will find yourself in a pickle if you do. If you have a trailer, drive to Mackay, Idaho first, then head south on Trail Creek Road.
With the state of the road to Trail Creek Summit/Phi Kappa Campground being a true mountain road, the ability for race staff to charter a bus is out of the question. A shuttle service will be available if you want to pay for it. What we recommend to you is this: find some friends or family that want to come to the race with you. Have them crew you during the race and camp at Broad Canyon Recreation Site or Star Hope Campground when you finish. Many of the aid stations are crew accessible, and easy to get to as you traverse the northern side of the Pioneer Range.
Training on the Course
Please wait until all the snow has melted off the course before attempting any running on it. Reports from locals say “these mountains are wolves in sheep’s clothing” when it comes to passing through the Pioneers during winter. Please use discretion when training, and know when to turn back if conditions are bad. With much of the course being above 9,000 feet, the potential for a bad storm to blow in and change a nice day into a scary one is not totally out of the picture. The course is very difficult as well, with some “trails” being rough and unmaintained, especially as you enter Surprise Valley and traverse the saddle above Betty Lake. On race day, the Race Director holds the final say if the weather turns sour. We will have a backup course ready if this happens.