We are still finalizing the drop bag plans but there will be at least one drop bag beyond the S/F area. Being a roughly 15 mile loop means that you wont be very far from your gear at any point in the race.
Start time and Cut Offs
The course is hard but the race directors are magnanimous. The race will begin at 4am Saturday. You weren’t really sleeping that well anyway. The runners will be given until 8PM Sunday evening to finish providing 40 hours for the full 200km . There will be additional cutoffs for the 50K (9hrs – 1pm), 100k (20hrs – 12AM), and 150k (33hrs – 1PM). Runner who come in after those cutoffs will be given a finish but not allowed to proceed unless a race director indicates otherwise.
Pacers and Dogs
Human pacers may join their runners after the 50K mark. We ask that human pacers wear a pacer-bib on the front of their shirts/shorts so they can be easily identified as pacers and the timing crew don’t try to chase them down to record their lap times.
Canine pacers are welcome from the start but we ask that runners with dogs start at the back and keep their canine pacer on a short leash until the crowd is much thinner. We’ve had no issues with this at prior races so we ask that everyone who wishes to bring their dog along please be respectful and recognize that not all runners enjoy dogs. Please keep a respectable distance and respect people’s personal bubbles. 🙂
Since the trails are so wide, we decided to run each loop in an alternating direction. We call this “washing machine style” racing. We’ll have signs up directing you which way to go ….it won’t be too tricky, we promise. We decided to do this because otherwise ultras can get pretty lonely! This way you’ll see your friends regardless of whether they are ahead of or behind you! Do not feel obligated to say “good job” to everyone you pass…that is purely optional!