2018 Foothills 50K Frenzy

  • Date:  October 6, 2018
  • Time:  6:00 a.m.
  • Place:  Fort Boise / Military Reserve 
  • Distance:  ~32 miles
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2018 Foothills 50K Frenzy FINALE

2018 marks the 8th and FINAL Foothills 50K Frenzy. We extend our love and gratitude to all of you who have been involved in any capacity with the Frenzy over the past 8 years. This event exemplifies the extent of your generosity, community, kindness, and service. Thank you – It has been an honor to serve all of you!

Special thanks also to Holly Finch and Beth Ahrend at The Pulse Running & Fitness Shop. They have been with us since the Frenzy began. Thank you – we love you. 

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2017 Frenzy Information

Thank you for registering to run the 2017 Foothills 50K Frenzy! The race is less than a week away. Please read this carefully as it contains important event information.

VERY IMPORTANT TRAFFIC / PARKING INFORMATION: There is A LOT of construction going on around St. Luke’s near our start / finish line. You will need to come via Washington or Fort Street. Washington turns into Robbins when you cross Fort St. You will come into the park on Robbins and then take a RIGHT at the end of Robbins. We will have some traffic monitors as you get closer to direct you where to park.

  • Start / Finish Line: We will start and finish in the parking lot at Military Reserve / Dog Park off Mountain Cove Rd, just north of St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise. There will be 2 porta-potties at the start.
  • Start Time: The race will start at 6am sharp. We are using chip timing. Intermediate time cutoff is at mile 22 at 2 pm. Considering the construction, please allow a little extra time to get there.
  • Pre-race Check-in: You must pick up your race number – with your chip – ON RACE MORNING before you start the race. Check-in is from 445 am– 545 am.
  • GREEN Event: The Frenzy is a GREEN race – there will be no paper cups at the aid stations, so if you want drinks other than what is in your handheld or pack, you will need to bring your own personal collapsible cup.
  • Headlamps: It will be dark when the race starts. You will need to bring a light to use for about 1.5 hours. If you drop off your light (or anything else) at an aid station, please have your name on it. Anything left at an aid station will be brought to the finish line after the race, after the aid station has shut down. If you leave the finish line area before your items are returned, they will be held at The Pulse Running Store for 2 weeks. We do not mail items to you; you must pick them up, or they will be donated to a local charity.
  • Packet Pickup: You may pick up your race packet at PULSE Running & Fitness Shop, on Friday, October 6, from 10am – 6pm. This is only your packet – not your race number. As is tradition with the Frenzy, we do not give race shirts to runners. This year, you will receive a Brooks beanie. You may also pick up your packet on race morning between 445 am – 545 am when you get your bib number.
  • Course Marking: The course will be well marked. You will see confidence markers approximately every 1/4 mile. We will use pink, orange, and yellow flagging; written directional signs; LED lights for the morning for approx. the first 6.5 miles
  • Trail Guides. Live people (experienced ultrarunners) will be stationed at key junctions to help keep you on the right path.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: When you get up to Ridge Road around mile 11.5, you will turn left and run a mile out and back. There is a checkpoint at the turnaround. At the turnaround, you will pick up an item which you will give back to an aid station worker at mile 13.5. This will indicate that you made it through that checkpoint. If you do not pick up this item, you will be asked to go back and get one.
  • Aid Stations: You will have 6 aid stations (mileage listed for these aid stations is approximate). All aid stations will be stocked with potato chips, corn chips, peanut butter pretzels, candy, peanut butter/jelly tortillas,water, orange-flavored Tailwind sports drink, regular Coke, ginger ale, electrolytepills, various brands of gels. Aid stations will be at mile 6.5, 11.5 / 13.5,18, 22, 24, 27.5.
  • Runner Safety: Our goal is to keep the runners safe and on the right course. We will have medical personnel, trail guides, and 2 sweeps on the course. The sweeps will follow the last runners. The race course is not closed to the public, so please be mindful that other trail users might be on the course. If you have to drop from the race, you should make every effort to make it to an aid station. If it is not a medical emergency, you may have to wait at the aid station until the aid station workers are finished or until someone can pick you up.
  • Medical Issues: If you have any medical issues which require you to have inhalers, meds, etc., please bring them with you.
  • Spectator Viewing: Family and friends are encouraged to come out to the start/finish line and cheer for you. They may also drive up Rocky Canyon Road to the designated spectator viewing areas at the aid stations at miles 18 and 22. Parking is limited.
  • Awards and Finisher Mugs: When you finish the race, you will receive a unique commemorative finishers’ award – a mug individually handcrafted by local artist and ultrarunner, Kevin Flynn. Because of the widerange of finishing times, overall and age group winners will receive their awards as they finish rather than at an awards ceremony. We will present awards in real time as soon as we have the results calculated.
  • Finish Line Food: Finish line food is for the runners. This year we have a food truck for the runners – Pepe’s Taco Truck. Each runner will receive a food ticket when they cross the finish line. There will be meat and veggie options. Spectators may purchase food from Pepe’s for $6 each.
  • Race Photos: Jeff Black – trail guide at mile 9.5 – will be taking photos. These photos will be available a few days after the event free of charge.

This is going to be a TERRIFIC day! If this is your first 50K, there is no need to stress about the time cutoff at 2 pm (22 miles). If you keep moving forward and are efficient at the aid stations, you should have no problem with the cutoff.

Enjoy your week of rest! See you on Saturday!

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2017 Frenzy Registration – Early Bird April 1, 2017

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARegistration for the 2017 Foothills 50K Frenzy officially opens Saturday, April 1 with an early bird, one-day, in-person registration day. Save $10 on Frenzy registration by coming out to The Pulse Running & Fitness Shop in Meridian and signing up. The first 15 people to register will receive a long-sleeved Frenzy t-shirt. 

Regular registration opens Sunday, April 2, on Ultrasignup.com. Regular registration starts at $75.

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Foothills 50K Frenzy – Flash 50-minute Registration

  • FrenzymagnetTuesday, April 5, 2016
  • 6 – 650 pm 
  • BOISE State Street Store (5622 W State St)

Attention Frenzy Runners! It’s that time again – We will have a one-night only Early Bird Flash Registration for the 2016 Foothills 50K Frenzy.

Registration is live in-person at the State Street PULSE Store for 50 minutes on Tuesday, April 5 from 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm. Price is $65 (cash, check, or credit card).

Regular registration begins April 6 at midnight on Ultrasignup for $75.

Everyone who signs up on Tuesday night receives a FREE custom, hand-crafted Kevin Flynn frig magnet. In addition, anyone who signs up on Tuesday night will receive 20% off a pair of shoes (regular-priced / in-stock / Tuesday night only).

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2015 Frenzy Registration is now closed

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the 2015 Foothills 50K Frenzy. Registration is now closed. Registered runners will receive an email with important race details this week. Please be sure to check your email as it may contain some last minute instructions. See you all next week!

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U S Coast Guard joins Frenzy team

CG-logo-225Strong%20copyWe are thrilled to have a new member of the Frenzy family. Kelly Johnson, a recruiter for the US Coast Guard, has teamed up with the Frenzy and will be bringing some of his own team with him. This year, the aid station at Ridge Road and Five Mile Gulch (miles 11.5 and 13.5) will be the USCG station. 2015 marks the 225th anniversary of the USCG, and we are honored that they have decided to join the Frenzy family.

For the past 4 years, we have been so fortunate to have two super aid station captains up on Ridge Road – first Mike Blessing and then Wayne Ebenroth. Mike took a couple of years off to run the Frenzy, and Wayne is “retiring” as AS captain to focus on his leadership of Final Kick Events. Mike will be taking over the duties at the Three Bears station while AS captain Emily Berriochoa is out of the country. Five-year Frenzy AS captain, Jerry Garcia, will be returning to his station at Rocky Canyon Road and Orchard Gulch (18 miles). We’re finalizing the other stations and will be reporting on those stations as soon as we have more details.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the duties of the US Coast Guard, the USCG is a unique branch of the military responsible for an array of maritime duties, from ensuring safe and lawful commerce to performing rescue missions in severe conditions. Nearly 42,000 men and women are actively serving in the Coast Guard to defend America’s borders and protect the maritime environment.

On an average day, the Coast Guard:

  • Conducts 48 search and rescue cases
  • Saves 9 lives
  • Assists 73 people in distress
  • Saves over $132,000 in property
  • Seizes 297 pounds of marijuana and 549 pounds of cocaine worth $8.2 million
  • Services 134 buoys and fixed aids to navigation
  • Interdicts 6 illegal migrants
  • Conducts 24 security boardings in and around U.S. ports
  • Escorts 5 high-capacity passenger vessels
  • Conducts 54 waterborne patrols of critical maritime infrastructure
  • Investigates 24 pollution incidents
  • Inspects 127 vessels, containers and marine facilities
  • Issues 173 credentials to merchant mariners
  • Facilitates movement of $8.7 billion worth of goods and commodities through the Nations marine transportation system.

If you would like to volunteer at the Frenzy this year, please send an email to jenny@foothills50Kfrenzy.com, and we can certainly find a spot that’s right for you.

Happy Running!

Jenny Stinson

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THANK YOU – 2014 Foothills 50K Frenzy

Foothills 50K Frenzy 2011Thank you for running the 2014 Foothills 50K Frenzy!

Congratulations to all of you. What a spectacular day we had this year. It was so fun to see many familiar faces and to meet new friends. Once you have entered the Frenzy, you are a lifetime member of the Frenzy family.

This year, when you registered, a processing fee was added to your registration upon checkout. Every bit of that fee is going to our beneficiary, Ridge to Rivers. Because of your generosity in online donations combined with the processing fees added to your registration, we are donating $760 to the Ridge to Rivers trail system – this will go directly to maintaining the beautiful trails we use everyday. My sincere thanks to you all.

The results are up on Ultrasignup. Go to this link: https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=28262. Thanks to our most excellent timing genius, Rich Marion!

Thanks to our photographer, Michael Lebowitz, for being on the course taking pictures of every runner. You can download free photos at http://gallery.longrunpictures.com/TrailRaces-2/Foothills-50K-Frenzy-2014/ .

If you left anything at an aid station and were unable to pick it up at the finish line before you left, it is at The Pulse Running & Fitness Shop in Meridian – 520 S Meridian Rd. Additionally, if you forgot to pick up your finisher mug, let me know and we’ll be sure you get one.

No one puts on an event like this alone. We owe our success to everyone who helped make this happen: runners, volunteers (including our HAM radio team), spectators, sponsors, partners, government agencies, families, and friends. Extra special thanks go to Holly Finch and Beth Ahrend at The Pulse and our awesome sweeps, Joan Filipowski and Joann Grether, who hung in there all day long and cleaned up the course.

I hope that you’ll come back next year – either as a runner or a volunteer. Thanks again for helping us make the 2014 Foothills 50K Frenzy a success for all of us!

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2014 Frenzy Results

Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Foothills 50K Frenzy a huge success!

Thanks to the expert skills of Rich Marion, the results are ready. Click here to go to Ultrasignup.com.


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Frenzy Group Run – Sept 13, 2014

  • IMG_0557Saturday, September 13, 2014
  • 6:30 am
  • Meet at the Frenzy Start / Dog Park
  • ~ 15-16 miles

This weekend is only 3 weeks away from the Frenzy! You’ve trained hard, and you’re all ready – I’m sure. Here’s your chance to get in one last run with the group. We’re going out for a 15-16 mile run.

Our friend Jayk Reynolds will be leading the charge. Starting at the dog park, we’ll run the first 6.5 miles of the Frenzy. When we get to the junction of Three Bears/Femrites, we’ll take a left on Femrites to Freestone. Here’s where we deviate from the Frenzy course for a little variety and some fun. From Freestone, we’ll take Fat Tire Traverse to Trail 4 to Sidewinder. A fun run down Sidewinder takes you to Crestline and on to the Military Reserve connector – where you run down some more – then a short run down Mt. Cove Rd and back to the dog park.

Here are the written instructions in case you want to print them:

  • START – Parking lot by Fort Boise Community Center and Military Reserve
  • Turn LEFT on Mountain Cove Road
  • Run up Mountain Cove Road to first trailhead on right
  • Take RIGHT off Mountain Cove Road and take #27A Toll Road
  • Run #27A Toll Road to junction with #20 Ridge Crest
  • Go LEFT on #20 Ridge Crest
  • Run short segment on #20 Ridge Crest to #22 Central Ridge
  • Go RIGHT on #22 Central Ridge
  • Run #22 Central Ridge to junction with Shane’s Loop #26A
  • Go RIGHT on #26A Shane’s Loop
  • Ignore junction with Rocky Canyon Rd
  • Stay LEFT on #26A Shane’s Loop
  • At next junction go RIGHT on #26 Three Bears
  • Run on #26 Three Bears to first junction
  • Stay straight / LEFT and continue uphill on #26 Three Bears to junction (This is the first aid station in the race ~ 6.5 miles; you will come to this same aid station at ~24 miles.)
  • Take LEFT on #6 Femrite’s Patrol
  • Follow #6 Femrite’s Patrol to #5 Freestone Ridge
  • Go LEFT on #5 Freestone Ridge
  • While you’re running on Freestone, you will see a trailhead sign to the RIGHT for Fat Tire Traverse. Take it. (In the Frenzy, we don’t run on Fat Tire, but it’s such a fun trail that I thought it would be a fun diversion.)
  • You’ll run the entire length of Fat Tire
  • At the end of Fat Tire, you’ll be at the junction of Trail 4 going up to the right or straight. Stay STRAIGHT. It’s just a short run to the next junction.
  • You’ll come to a junction of Trail 4 and Sidewinder. You’ll have 2 choices: keep going straight or go LEFT on Sidewinder. Go LEFT.
  • Sidewinder is a fun run down. Stay on Sidewinder until you come to the junction of Sidewinder and Crestline.
  • Go LEFT on Crestline
  • Stay on Crestline.
  • Ignore the junction with Red Cliffs.
  • Ignore the junction with Kestrel.
  • Stay straight.
  • It looks like the trail is coming to an end. You will see a sign for Military Reserve Connector.
  • Go LEFT on Military Reserve Connector. This is a FUN run down also. You will end up on Mountain Cove Road.
  • Go RIGHT on Mountain Cove Road. This will take you back to the dog park.

This is a fun run with a lot of downhill. Enjoy! After that, see you at the FRENZY!

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