READING THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS IS A REQUIREMENT TO RECEIVE YOUR NUMBER WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOU. REPEAT, MAILED TO YOU. NO MORNING PICKUP!! RESPECT THE REASON FOR THIS. WE ARE PRACTICING PROPER DISTANCING.
1) CHECK IN and DROP BAG DROP OFF is 5:30 to 6:00 a.m. at the Sam Owen Fire Station, Hope ID
From Sandpoint take Hwy. 200 East past Hope approx. 2 miles. You will see the Sam Owen Fire Station on your left. (Old Sam Owen Road). From Montana come up Hwy 200 through Clark Fork towards Hope and in approx. 8 miles you will see the Fire Station on your right.
Volunteers will check you in and take your drop bag. Drop bags should have the food you like for the event as we will have limited items at the Aid Station. I suggest a 2 ½ gallon or gallon zip lock bag clearly marked with NAME AND RACE NUMBER.
CHECK IN VOLUNTEERS WILL THEN DIRECT YOU TO THE START.
CHECK IN CLOSES AT 6:00 a.m. SHARP!!! AND THEY WILL BE LEAVING to head to the Aid Station with your drop bag. Don’t be late to Check In!!!
2) START: 6:30 a.m.
Location: Trailhead of 120 footbridge at the end of WEST SPRING CREEK ROAD.
Directions: From Fire Station proceed up road and across Railroad Bridge to Stop sign.
Go across Denton Road and proceed up West Spring Creek Road. Stay on this road, do not take any side turns. Go 4.5 miles to the parking area. It is a very small area so I encourage riding with a fellow friend/racer or getting dropped off. You can park in the center, clearly marked with cones, or on the right side of the road leading in and out. This is a dead end road and very obvious you are at the right place
There will be 2 porta potties with sanitizer
There will be pink pin flags spaced 6-8 feet apart behind the start line with your race number written on it. Line up accordingly.
An air horn will blow twice 5 minutes before the start to alert you.We will start with another air horn blast. NUMBERS MUST BE VISIBLY WORN ON THE FRONT.
There is no crewing or pacing on the course and no dogs with the exception of one runner with an Approved Service Dog.
There are no viewpoints for family and friends except at the finish. No one is allowed at the Aid Station per USFS Permitting Requirements.
From the start you are on a single track the entire race following pink flagging tape on Trail 120. THIS IS THE ONLY TRAIL YOU ARE ON!! It is a climb of 5.25 miles (3200 feet of climbing) to your water drop which will be very well marked with a sign at that location. Each runner has been allotted 4x16oz. bottles of water. I suggest using two from there to the Aid Station and pick up two on your way back to the finish. TAKE THEM WITH YOU!! Squish them down and drop at the aid station.
TIP: DO NOT BLOW YOUR GASKET ON THIS CLIMB YOU WILL DIG AN EARLY GRAVE AND PAY FOR IT LATER!)
IT WILL BE HOT AND EXPOSED – DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE YOUR HYDRATION AND CALORIC NEEDS. THE TRAIL IS ROCKY AND ROOTY IN PLACES AND HAS SMALL TRIPPERS, IF YOU ARE DAYDREAMING YOU WILL GO DOWN. Guaranteed…
Pay attention and you’ll stay upright.
The pink flagging tape will be spaced approx ¼ mile apart, in some places much closer. In spots where game trails join the trail you will see lots of tape to keep you on course.
PAY ATTENTION! Do not go out of your way to get lost. This is an out and back course on one trail which does not require flagging it every 100 meters.
If you don’t see the lake on your left going out and right coming back you are probably in Canada and will have to quarantine.
Runners on the return have the right away so let’s all be courteous out there.
You may encounter horses, unlikely but possible. Announce your presence and give right away or pass slowly if allowed. Mountain Bikers? Possible but highly unlikely.
NO LITTERING! We all know that. Nuff said.
4) AID STATION (13.0) You must check in and out VERBALIZING your race number to our volunteer.
CUTOFF TIME IS 11:30 (5 hours)
You must be OUT of the Aid Station going to Roundtop by this 11:30!!
If you miss the cutoff, no worries you will be turned around and directed back to the finish, still completing 26 miles minus Roundtop.
Should you choose to abandon notify our volunteers and you will have to wait till the sweeper passes through and then return with the volunteers via vehicle.
We will provide Water, Orange Tailwind, Coke and ginger ale. Chips, pretzels, cold m&m’s and bananas that will be handed to you. Volunteers will direct you to your drop bag.
Masked and rubber gloved volunteers will pour fluids into your bladder or bottles while you hold them.
There will be a trash bag for you to drop your bottles and trash. There are no Facilities.
You are at approx. 13 miles at this point and will continue on from the Aid Station following PINK FLAGGING AND PINK PIN FLAGS and do a short 1 ½ mile clockwise loop that takes you through a scree field and up to the summit of Roundtop. At the top you will find a PURPLE CROWN ROYAL WHISKEY BAG WITH COINS. Take one coin and carry it to the finish. From the summit follow pink flagging and pin flags clockwise BACK TO THE AID STATION and again check in and out.
From there you return back the way you came to the start/finish following the markings and pick up your two bottles of water with 5.25 miles to go. It is all downhill from there. By this time of the day it will be cooking and you will be tired, so do not bypass readily available fluids!!
Cross the bridge and you are done. CONGRATS! 27 bonus miles and 5600 feet of ascent!First 3 Male/Female earn awards
Collect your hoodie and spade, grab a cold beverage and popsicle and come back next year!!