Race Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
60K Race Information
- Regular Start: 8:00 am (12.5 hours to finish)
- Early Start: 6:00 am (14.5 hours max to finish)
- Start Line: Park Creek Campground
- Finish Line: Star Hope Campground
25K Race Information
- Start: 10:00 am
- Start Line: Fall Creek Trailhead
- Finish Line: Star Hope Campground
- 25K runners have 10.5 hours to finish the course
- At Fall Creek, 25K runners will join the 60K course and begin the grueling climb into Surprise Valley and descend to Betty and Goat Lakes to the Finish.
- 16.9 miles with ~5800 feet of elevation gain
- All runners need to finish by 8:30 PM for an official finish.
Race Weekend Schedule:
- Trail marking begins. Please contact the RD if you are interested in helping.
- 9:00 AM: Mark the course from Park Creek Campground (Start) to Boulder Creek Trailhead (Mile 18.4). Plan on 6-7 hours for this section. FRIDAY MORNING AT 8 AM
- 9:00 AM: Mark the course from Fall Creek Trailhead (Mile 20.4) to the Finish. Plan on 7-8 hours for this section: FRIDAY MORNING AT 7 AM
- 10 AM to 2 PM: Packet Pickup at The Elephant’s Perch, 280 N East Ave, Ketchum, ID 83340: CANCELLED
- 4 PM to Lights Out: Packet Pickup at Star Hope Campground.
- 6 PM: Dinner is served! Star Hope Campground
- 6:15 PM: Pre-race brief and Q&A with RD Ben Blessing at Star Hope Campground.
- 7:30 PM: Shuttle ride for 25K departs Star Hope Campground for Fall Creek Trailhead. Please pack camping and sleeping gear. Please have your gear packed up in the morning before the race and left at the aid station. We will deliver it to the finish line.
- 5:30 AM: Late packet-pickup begins at Park Creek Campground
- 5:50 AM: National anthem and pre-race brief for early starters
- 6:00 AM: 60K early starters begin. 14:30:00 to finish race!
- 6:15 AM: Shuttle Bus for 60K regular start leaves Star Hope Campground (wait by the sign at the campground entrance that says “Standhope Shuttle Ride”). You must purchase a bus ticket via registration for this shuttle!
- 7:50 AM: National anthem and pre-race brief for regular starters begins
- 8:00 AM: 60K race begins!
- 9:00 AM: Shuttle Bus leaves Star Hope Campground for 25K Start (wait by the sign at the campground entrance that says “Standhope Shuttle Ride”). You must purchase a bus ticket via registration for this shuttle!
- 10:00 AM: 25K begins at Fall Creek Trailhead. 10:30:00 to finish!
- 8:30 PM: Final Cutoff at Star Hope Campground for an official finish
- 8:30 PM: Tear-down/clean-up of finish line area. Please come help if you can!
There are several different routes you can take to get to the race. All involve driving on dirt roads (obeying posted speed limits will save you a tire!). You can drive with a trailer up Trail Creek Road, but BE CAREFUL. It is a 10% grade in places and you will find yourself in a pickle if you don’t take your time. If you have a trailer, the drive to Mackay is the easier method.
- All runners will receive a unique award for their completion of the event. Last year we did engraved glasses and may do a similar one for this year.
- Age group awards: You won’t be eligible for age group/overall awards if you do the 60K early start (unless you are 70 or older). If you plan on being a contender for the win, you must start with the 60K regular start.
- This is a competitive event. The purpose of the 25K is for runners/hikers to enjoy the magnificent surroundings of the Pioneer Mountains without the added brutality of the ultramarathon distance. If you want to see how you “stack up” against other runners, please sign up for the 60K.
- Prize Purse:
- First Place: $500 each for first OA Male/Female ($1000 total, 60K only)
- Second Place: $250 gift card each from the Elephant’s Perch for second OA Male/Female (60K only)
- 3rd Place: $100 each for 3rd OA Male/Female ($200 total, 60K only)
- There are many campgrounds in the area, and lots of free dispersed camping areas in the there area too. Camping by the finish line or start line are your best options. The pre-race activities will be held at Star Hope Campground, which is located at the southern end of the Copper Basin. This is a large campground with many spots available. There is a good chance that when you arrive for the weekend, this campground will be completely full, as it is quite popular. You may camp outside of the campground, as there are areas for dispersed camping south of it. Broad Canyon is another good one. If you are doing the 25K, camping at Wildhorse Campground in Wildhorse Canyon would be another good spot. There should be spots available at the Start Line too, which is Park Creek Campground, right off Trail Creek Road.
- Camping will be on a first come, first served basis and will not be reserved for runners.
I am happy to announce we will be offering a shuttle this year. I am sorry it will not be for the entire race field, but getting full-sized busses up Trail Creek Road from Ketchum is very difficult. We will have a 15 passenger van that can shuttle 14 people to the 8:00 AM 60K start and 14 people to the 10:00 AM 25K start. Bus tickets are $20. If you really need a shuttle to make your logistics work, this is for you! We will have a shuttle for the 25K start Friday night. You will need your camping supplies.
- The aid stations on the course will be very well stocked. This is a race put on by seasoned ultramarathoners who know what foods are best appreciated during these races.
- Food we will have on the course this year: Bananas, boiled potatoes with salt, broth, cookies, fig newtons, gummy bears, PB & J sandwiches, M & Ms, turkey sandwiches, Nutella (at later aid stations), Omnibars, oranges, pickles, potato chips, pretzels, Ritz crackers, bite-sized candy bars and watermelon. We will have Coke, cold Pioneer Mountains water, and Hammer HEED. You can expect ice at Fall Creek, mile 20.
- If you are doing the 25K, we ask that you respect the supplies that are hiked in for the race. Please, only take what you need and no more.
- If you have friends or family that are interested in helping at one of our remote aid stations, feel free to direct them to the Race Director. We would love to have some extra help!
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 have a backup course ready if this happens.