Race Date & Time
Saturday, August 9, 2014. Race start is 8:00 am with an available 6:00 am start too. This will give runners 14 hours max to finish the race.
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.
- 9:00 AM: Mark the course from Fall Creek Trailhead (Mile 20.4) to the Finish. Plan on 7-8 hours for this section.
- 10 AM to 2 PM: Packet Pickup at The Elephant’s Perch. 280 N East Ave, Ketchum, ID 83340
- 4 PM-lights out: Packet Pickup at Broad Canyon Recreation Site.
- 6 PM: Dinner is served! Broad Canyon Recreation Site
- 6:15 PM: Pre-race brief and Q&A with RD Ben Blessing at Broad Canyon Recreation Site.
- 5:30 AM: Late packet-pickup begins at Park Creek Campground.
- 6:15 AM: Shuttle from Broad Canyon leaves. Runners shuttling need to be ready to leave at this time. The shuttle will stop by Wild Horse Creek Ranch (~6:45 AM) and Phi Kappa Campground at ~7:00 AM. Contact the RD (trailthrasher at gmail dot com) if you want to do the early start.
- 5:50 AM: National anthem and pre-race brief for early starters
- 6:00 AM: Early Starters begin. 14:00:00 to finish race!
- 7:50 AM: National anthem and pre-race brief for regular starters begins
- 8:00 AM: Regular race begins!
- 8:00 PM: Final Cutoff at Broad Canyon Recreation Site for an official finish
- 8:00 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!). Camping will be on a first come, first served basis. 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.
Shuttle service is in negotiations for 2014. Stay tuned for more details.
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/
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.