Update 4: “Partially” Self-Supported: You will be coming back to camp every six miles so you are asked to supply your own favorite trail foods, sports drink, etc. The best way to succeed is to consume what works best for you. We will have plenty of water and ice, a few basic snack foods and we will be grilling some hot foods starting at 2:00 for finishers and continuers. If you make it to Sunday morning we’ll provide and do whatever we can for you (within reason) to keep you fueled and moving – including grocery store or pizza runs, etc.
Update 3: Packet Pick-up at Fleet Feet on Hilltop, Friday from 3:00- 6:00. You can also register there, but register online in advance to be guaranteed a t-shirt. If you are going to wait until race day, be sure and give yourself plenty of time in case others have the same idea.
Directions to Horse Camp: From the Whiskeytown Visitors Center on Hwy 299 (approx 10 miles east of Redding) go south on Kennedy. In 2 miles the road veers sharply right across the dam- do NOT go that way- instead continue straight (south) onto Paige Bar Road. In about 2 more miles the road cuts back sharply to the left (NEED camp is to the right). Make the sharp left turn (almost 180 degrees) and continue for 1/2 mile (the road becomes gravel) to Horse Camp. Parking will be on the north side only (left). We will direct you where to park and camp (I will be there from 3PM Friday on) (we don’t want cars and tents in the middle of the race area!). You can camp any or all of the three nights, if desired: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Update 2: Parking (and Camping, if desired!) are included. We also will be serving a hot meal from 2:00-3:00 pm and every three hours after that. It’s going to be Party-Time until the last biped comes home to roost! Sign up now- three options!
Update 1: Yes, there will be winners in the 18 mile and 36 mile categories. Everyone will start the final lap of these races at the same time, first one back is the winner. In the Unlimited Category, however, your time on the last lap does not matter, the winner is the person with the most total miles (see the rules below). If two people finish with the same # of miles it is a tie, if you want to win, you have to go farther! Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female in each distance, special awards for 1st place male and female in the unlimited category.
March 30 (and beyond?): This race is not to the swift…
Can you manage a 15 minute per mile pace on gently rolling single track trails? Of course you can! Most of you could do sub-10min/mile, some 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 nice gently rolling 6 mile long loop. Anything under 90 minutes counts as success! When you get back, you can sit down, eat and drink, visit with other runners, whatever…
When the 90 minutes are up, everyone who made it back on time gets to…
Do It Again!
90 minutes later… Do It Again!
The first time that you fail to make it back in 90 minutes, “Yerrrrr Outttt!”
And if you do make it, congratulations, you’re tied for first place!
How many laps 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! At a similar race back east in October 2012, the winner did 112 miles in 28 hours! If you are so inclined you can keep that 4MPH pace going for 36 hours (total mileage = 1 gross) right into April 1, Fool’s Day, which, if you did, would, in your case, be quite apropos.
This is a low key event. Bring a chair and whatever else you need including your own food (and a flashlight?). You’ll have access to it at the end of each lap. We’ll provide water and ice and grill up a few burgers or other goodies from time to time. Camping will be available Friday and Saturday night at the start/finish for those so inclined. We don’t have room for large RV’s but there are RV spaces in the park a few miles from the start/finish.
Location: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Start/Finish @ Horse Camp.
Pricing: Group C: One to three laps (up to 18M) prepaid: $30.
Group B: Four to six laps (36M- Ultramarathon!) prepaid: $40.
Group A: Unlimited laps prepaid: $50.
Group C begins at 10AM, Group B @ 8:30AM and Group A @ 7AM.
Registration: UltraSignup. Prices increase on March 1.
Special diabolical twist: You may begin each lap with an additional half-mile out and back for a 6.5 mile total per lap. You must do the out-and-back first and you must still finish the 6 mile loop by the 90 minute time limit or be eliminated. This could give you an edge over your competitors (more miles in the same amount of time) or could cause you to be eliminated early. Your call!
Map: The loop is 5.80 miles. We will do a 0.2 mile out-and-back (0.1 each way) at the beginning of each loop. Those who choose can then run the 0.5 mile extra (described above). The 0.2 mile will be on an abandoned road heading south from the Horse Camp outhouse. The 0.5 optional extra section will follow an improved (chip and seal) trail southwest to the Clear Creek overlook (0.25 each way).
How long can YOU keep it up?