4MPH Challenge!

“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

“This event was so much fun!  I’m proud to say I ran 2 laps. That’s my farthest distance to date and next year I will definitely be doing more!!” Abby Clester

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!

Results, Pictures, Reports and More (2014)

Next year: New course (still in Whiskeytown Park) with drier trails, better scenery, only one creek crossing, faster course (less hilly and less technical but still plenty interesting).  Start/Finish at Oak Bottom Campground- with hot showers!

RESULTS! (2013)

March 21 or 28, 2014 (TBD) (and beyond?):  This race is not to the swift…

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, 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 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 one 0.7M section of road in the middle.  Anything 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).

This is a low-cost, low-key event: You are responsible to provide all of your own aid (food, chairs, etc). We will provide water and ice only at both ends of the course but we will fire up the grill at 7:00PM and offer hot food (usually quesadillas and soup) every three hours after that (Oak Bottom) and full meals on Sunda).  You can bring two drop bags, one for the start/finish at Oak Bottom and one for the turnaround (we will transport it for you).

We will find you a ride back to the start if you have to drop at Tower.

Camping will be available at Oak Bottom for only $10 per night.  We plan to reserve a big section of campsites and give you the option of reserving a site when you sign up online.

 It’s going to be Party-Time until the last biped comes home to roost!

Three options!
Division C: Up to 12M
Division B: Up to 36M- (Ultramarathon!)
Division A: Unlimited Fun!

Group A begins at 7:30 AM, Groups B&C at 9:00 AM
If you are entering Division B or C, you may take a later start (10:30 or Noon) but you will not be eligible for prizes if you take a late start and you must stop when the last runner from the 7:30AM group stops (presumably sometime Sunday).

Parking is $5 unless you have a Whiskeytown or National Parks pass.

How long can YOU keep it up?

4mphmap

Yes, there will be winners in the 12 mile and 36 mile categories.  Everyone will start the final leg of these races at the same time, first one back is the winner.  In the Unlimited Category, however, your time on the last leg 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!  Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female in each distance, special awards for 1st place male and female in the unlimited category.

19 thoughts on “4MPH Challenge!

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  2. This sounds like a lot of fun! I’d love to do this challenge- but my kids would fire me for not being home (or not being awake) for easter morning. :-( Hoping next year its not the sat before easter
    Thanks for putting on (not-for-profit) races in northern CA!!

    Linda

    • Thanks, Linda. I normally wouldn’t have scheduled it Easter weekend but I didn’t think to check for that when I picked the date. I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again!

      • Thanks. I can see how that could happen – Easter is so early this year. Love to run this and see how far I would make it. Haven’t run more than about 50k so far. Hope to see you next year — or even better, at one of your races before then. :-)

  3. Hey Shasta Trail Runs,

    This race sounds so unique and fun! I’m just curious about how long this race typically runs? How many laps do most people do, on average? What’s the course record?

    • We don’t have any “typical” yet. Last year was the first time and we kept it small. The winner was 84 miles. This year we expect some of them to be out there more than 24 hours but I would be very surprised if anyone went more than 150 miles.

  4. This is also under the “2013 results” but since no one looks there I thought I would post it here for everyone to see.
    This is an awesome event!!!

    Race Report

    This is first time I have ever finished 1st place in a sporting event ever!
    Thank you Mark Swanson and the crew for putting on an amazing event. Maintaining 4mph was tough but for some reason, that day it just got easier with each passing lap. I hit a huge wall after coming in from mile 60. I wasn’t able to get my heart rate down and wasn’t able to eat. After sitting for 10 minutes my body was all of a sudden cold and I just did not feel like going on.

    My wife never gave up on me and told me to get my butt out there and just slow down and I’ll get through it. I never would have made it past that lap without her. From then on, I slowed down enough that I had less than 9 minutes between each lap (except the last 2 laps).
    It also got cooler after that lap and each lap after just seemed to become redundant and get easier.
    At night, it seemed we went from 7 to 4 all too quickly. It was completely understanding at that point you just wanted the pace to slow down and be able to walk and let your body settle down or at least be able to have enough time to get down a real meal.

    I am not a fast runner and it was so much fun the entire day with everyone just being chilled out just maintaining the necessary pace. This is by far the best asset of this run and what makes it so unique.
    Thank you Kent Dozier for keeping us going and huge thank you to Tim Larson.
    He PR’d his longest distance ever by 22 miles and through lap after lap of pouring rain.
    On miles 78 – 84 the skies really started opening up and everything became soaked. This was Tims last lap. He missed a turn a ran almost an extra mile on the lap before and I kew he was beat. Just lining up for that last lap took guts. I know Tim knew that I only had about 8 minutes between each lap so right from the start I took the lead and wanted Tim to think that the pace I was keeping was my normal pace.
    Just before the first mile I was a few hundred yards in front of TIm and I heard him let out this big sigh. I knew he was done and it seemed as if right there, he stopped keeping a 4mph pace. That gave me a huge boost and right there I put the throttle down. For some reason, that day, I still had so much left in me a could have gone for several more laps. It helped to have zero problems with my legs or feet and with the cooler temps it all just seemed so easy.
    I didn’t see Tim’s headlamp for the longest time and thought, this just may be my last lap. It was so wet that lap and over half the corse had become a 4-6″ deep stream or puddles running down the trail. it was wet wet wet.
    Then on the long switchbacks during the last 2 miles, there was his light only about 4 minutes behind me and it was obvious that he was going to make the time cutoff.

    Back in camp Tim said the words I so wanted to hear, (he was done) which still met one more lap for me.
    At the start my headlamp was fading to the point that I could barely see. I picked up another headlamp and fresh batteries while at camp so I changed them out on the out and back. Nothing. Stupid crapy headlamp. On top of that I dropped my watch that I had in the same front pocket in my pack as my headlamp. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t have time to look for my other headlamp batteries and now I had no way of knowing my time left.
    I’d had enough and just went with the dying headlamp and started to head out on a pace that I would have no problems finishing in time.
    I thought it was wet the last lap, this lap was insane. I just didn’t care about trying to stay on the outside of the puddles. At least 4 1/2 miles of the trail was covered in water and I was in it. None of that seed to matter though. Everything was for the last time. I tore through the flat first few miles and even managed to kept a 4mph pace up most of the hills. On top of the water, I was completely soaked and had the lining in my shorts chaffing me raw.
    Knowing that I would make it in plenty of time, I hit what was know a completely flooded Buck Hollow with a huge smile knowing that I was home free. With very little light I managed to run most of the last hilly mile and a half and when I came out of the trail to the road, there was Mark in his truck.
    Time to put the hammer down, I ran all the way in completing the last lap in 1:15 which was not only my 2nd fastest lap but would have been my fastest with the 3+ minutes I spent messing with the headlamp.

    Thanks again Tim for keeping it real and making me run that last lap.

    And thank you everyone for coming out and making the 4mph challenge such a great event.

  5. Is there a charity involved for this year (2014)?? Are there bathrooms along the trail somewhere?? Is there a way to sign up a group??

    • No charity, it’s a small race with low entry fees so we just want to break even. If there’s any extra it will go into the race equipment fund. Our next race, the Me-Ow Marathons raises funds for Friends of Whiskeytown. There are bathrooms at the start/finish and a ports-potty at approx the midpoint of the loop. Email me about the group sign up, I”m not sure what you have in mind. runalong at mac dot com.

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