This race is not to the swift…
March 18-19, 2017 @ Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (Shasta County, CA)
Register here! (Online registration closes Wednesday 3/15 at midnight. You can also register at packet pickup or race day but it will be a bit more expensive. Packet pickup will be Friday 3-6 @ Fleet Feet, 7-8PM at the starting area at Oak Bottom or before the race on Saturday. Registered runners will receive an email with more details on Thursday).
Can you manage a 15 minute per mile pace on relatively benign trails? Of course you can! Most of you could do sub-10min/mile, many could do TWO miles in 15 minutes.
And in this race, that’s all you have to do! 15 minutes per mile. 4 MPH.
A fairly easy (one medium size hill) 6-mile point-to-point course from Oak Bottom to the historic Tower District (near the Camden House). 2.5 miles of lakeshore running and some great views at both ends of the course. Mostly single track with a half-mile section of road in the middle. Any time under 90 minutes counts as success! When you finish, you can sit down, eat and drink, visit with other runners, whatever.
When the 90 minutes are up, head back the same way to Oak Bottom.
Once again you have exactly 90 minutes to finish. And then…
You Get To Do It Again!
The first time that you fail to finish a 6 mile leg in 90 minutes, “Yerrrrr Outttt!”
And if you do make it, congratulations, you’re tied for first place!
How many legs can you do? How many miles?
How long can you keep up a 4MPH pace?
Since everyone starts every lap together and hangs out together between laps, this is a very social event. As for the race yourself, whether your goal is one lap or 20, your main competition is yourself. How far can you go? And will you be able to come back next year and go further? No time limit, I’ll stick around as long as you keep up the 4MPH pace! (I’m not worried, I know that sleep deprivation will catch up with you eventually).
Three tiers: You can sign up for:
Unlimited: Just what it says, as long as you can keep up the pace (current record is 114 miles (Garret Christensen, 2014). $60 until 2/28/17, $80 from 3/1 – 3/15, $100 race day.
Up to 36 miles: $36 until 2/28/17, $50 from 3/1- 3/15, $60 race day.
Up to 12 miles: $12 until 2/28/17, $20 from 3/1- 3/15, $30 race day.
Starting times: Groups A & B (Unlimited and up to 36 miles) start at 8:00 AM, Group C (up to 12 miles) starts at 9:30 AM.
Since many of you have TOO MANY t-shirts, we no longer include t-shirts, you may purchase them for only $10 (below cost!) when you register online, leftovers will be available for purchase at the race.
New for 2017: We will be providing aid stations at each end of the course (every 6 miles). You will still want to bring a chair for each end if you are planning to run further than 12 miles. We will provide basic aid station fare, you can bring drop bags for your personal dietary preferences. We can fix something hot and simple for runners who are still competing after the sun goes down (every six miles until the finish). We will have a microwave oven available beginning at sundown at Oak Bottom if you want to bring some microwaveable foods of your own for Saturday night or Sunday and beyond.
We will find you a ride back to the start if you have to drop at Tower.
AND… We now have a bridge over Mill Creek! No more wading! Thank you to the National Park Service with donations from Shasta Trail Runs and the Friends of Whiskeytown.
The course begins at the beach at Oak Bottom at 1225′ elevation. The trail runs between 1215 and 1250′ elevation for the first 3.7 miles then climbs switchbacks for almost 1/2 mile to 1450′. It remains at that elevation (great views, including the west side finish area) for one mile then descends during the last mile, first rapidly and then very gradually, to the turnaround (near Camden House) at 1275′. The return (west to east) is therefore a bit easier than the east to west route. Each 6 mile segment includes 1 mile of pavement and 5 miles of trails. There is approximately 500′ of total elevation gain per 6 miles (including all the speed bumps!) and the same amount of descending, approximately 80′ per mile up and 80′ down.
Camping will be available at Oak Bottom for only $11 per night.
(News Flash! Tell them you are coming for the 4MPH Challenge and they will give you a 50% discount!)
Click here for information on how to reserve a site or call 530-359-2269.
Loop D is closest (by foot, not by car) to the Start/Finish Area (next to the snack bar).
It’s going to be Party-Time until the last biped comes home to roost!
Parking for the weekend is $10 unless you have a Whiskeytown or National Parks pass.
Here is a most excellent 2016 race report by Jeremy Johnson.
How long can YOU keep it up?
Click here to see pictures of the course.
There are no prizes in the shorter “fun runs”, though there will be simple finisher’s awards for the 36M race. In the Unlimited Category your time on the last leg does not matter, the winner is the person with the most total miles. If two people finish with the same # of miles it is a tie, if you want to win, you have to go at least six miles farther (@15:00/mile or faster) than the other person! Prizes to the top 3 men and women (farthest distance).
“This was my FAVORITE event of 2013 (maybe ever)” Tanya Ziemer Trump
“This was an absolutely phenomenal event! I can see fewer road races in my future–I’m getting addicted to trail runs.” Denise Boehle
“Excellent day at 4MPH challenge; hung out with some of my favorite people and had a blast. Was thinking of 18 and ended up running 54miles for a new distance PR! Big thanks to Mark Swanson for a fantastic event … Two enthusiastic thumbs ups for 4MPH challenge 2014″ Stephanie Ksenzulak-French
“Thank you all for such a great time! Not a pr but a hilariously fun 42 miles! In my top 5 for the best running event. Will see you for sure next year.” Lynn Longan
“This event was so much fun!… I made it to 30. Made the time cut off by 1 minute… Farthest distance I’ve gone. Still my favorite event of the Year!” Abby Clester
“Thank you so so much for putting on this great race! My friends and I had a blast and plan on making this a tradition.” Jennifer Saavedra
“many Thanks for an Epic Event today. the weather was wonderful, the trail was beautiful and the company…..awesome. A perfect day.” Lee Ann Paul
“Thanks for an amazing day yesterday!! Will be back next year for sure!” Suzanne Wilson
“”I’m in awe. But the best part of this race format is being able to hang out together between legs & get to know and be inspired by such talent. And thanks for a 1st class race.” Denise Boehle
“It was a really great adventure! I loved it!… Fun way to test your limits without getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere.” Nicolette Amann
“Great event on Saturday…Fantastic. Well organized and very well thought out.” Joe Palubeski
2015 Results: Great new course, beautiful weather, perfect weekend, new course record!
2014: Five inches of rain the night before! This was not the event that I planned or that you signed up for, it was a whole ‘nuther absolutely epic day (and night)! Check out Cody’s Video Summary!
Great race report by First Place Jeremy!