“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
March 21, 2015 (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, 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).
This is a low-cost, low-key event: You are responsible to provide 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 Sunday. You can bring two drop bags (and two chairs), one for the start/finish at Oak Bottom and one for the turnaround (we will transport them for you).
We will find you a ride back to the start if you have to drop at Tower.
The course begins at the campground at Oak Bottom at 1225′ elevation. The trail runs between 1215 and 1250′ elevation for the first 3.7 miles (2.75 to 3.35 are on paved road) 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.
Camping will be available at Oak Bottom for only $11 per night.
Click here for information on how to reserve a site. Race central will be in loop A.
(Note: In the winter they only answer the phones Wed-Fri, 9:00- Noon.)
It’s going to be Party-Time until the last biped comes home to roost!
Division C: Up to 18M (9:30 AM start) $12!
Division B: Up to 36M- (Ultramarathon!) (8:00 AM start) $36
Division A: Unlimited Fun! (8:00 AM start) $50
(Prices go up a bit after March 15, t-shirts are extra).
Parking is $5 unless you have a Whiskeytown or National Parks pass.
How long can YOU keep it up?
Click here to see pictures of the new course for 2015.
There are no prizes in the 6-18 mile fun run. In the 36 mile division, the 3 men and 3 women who finish the last leg in the shortest amount of time will receive prizes. 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!
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!