- Date: October 3, 2015
- Time: 6:00 a.m.
- Place: Fort Boise / Military Reserve
- Distance: ~32 miles
We 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:
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.
Mark your calendars: Sunday, February 8, 2 pm – 4 pm. Join us at The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop in Meridian on Sunday, February 8, for the Early Bird registration / Frenzy Kickoff. For one day only, you can register in person at The PULSE for $65 – that’s $10 off the regular registration fee.
Beginning at 2 pm, we’ll have food, fun, friends, and prize giveaways! Stay and play “Frenzy Taboo” where one lucky runner will win a comp entry into the Frenzy.
In addition to “Frenzy Taboo,” we will have lots of fun prize drawings (must be present to win). One lucky person will win a 60-minute float session from our newest sponsor, Stillwater Float Center at 213 N. 10th St. in downtown Boise.
Anyone who registers for the Frenzy will get a 20% discount on anything in the store – including NEW trail shoes for your spring training.
This is a ONE DAY ONLY, in-person event! See you on Feb 8.
**Regular registration opens on Monday, February 9. Registration fee beginning on February 9 is $75.
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!
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.
This information is the same as the email that was sent out to runners this morning.
Thank you for registering to run the 2014 Foothills 50K Frenzy! The race is less than a week away, and because you are all in your taper, you’ll have some free time to read this email, which contains important event information.
The race will start at 6am sharp. This year we ARE using chip timing – thank you, Rich Marion. While you will get an accurate time if you are running late at the start, the time cutoffs are based on the clock time.
BIBS: You must pick up your race number ON RACE MORNING before you start the race. We need to know who is on the course. There will be a check-in table at the start/finish line.
CHIPS: You will pick up your chip ON RACE MORNING also. No chip, no time, no official finish.
REUSABLE CUPS: New this year! As part of your race package, we are giving each runner a reusable, collapsible cup to carry with you during the race. You will use this cup during the race instead of paper cups. Using the cups is part of our green effort to help the planet.
It will be dark when the race starts. You will need to bring a light to use for about 1.5 hours. If you plan to drop off your light (or anything else) at an aid station, please put your name on it. Anything left at an aid station will be brought to the finish line after the race. If you don’t pick it up at the finish line, it will be taken to The Pulse Running & Fitness Shop in Meridian where it will be kept for a couple of weeks and then donated. The Pulse phone number is 208-884-1141.
You may pick up your race packet at the PULSE Running & Fitness Shop, 520 S. Meridian Rd. in Meridian on Friday, Oct 3 between 10 am – 6 pm. Thank you Holly & Beth! This is only your race swag – which includes a Frenzy neck gaiter, a copy of the Sept/Oct issue of Marathon & Beyond magazine, and other offers and coupons. You will not pick up your race bib or collapsible cup at this time. You may also pick up your packet on race morning.
The course will be well marked. You will see confidence markers approximately every ¼ – ½ mile. The following types of markings will be used:
LED lights – These will be on ~ the first 6 miles of the course.
Yellow landscape flags – These will be throughout the course.
Orange flagging tied to yellow landscape flags – Indicates a turn is coming up
Orange spray chalk – Directional arrows on the grass, confidence markings
Green printed signage – Watch for these as they tell you “Turn Left,” “Turn Right,” “Stay Straight.”
There will also be trail guides stationed at key junctions to help keep you on the right path. It will be very hard for you to get lost on this course – you’ll have to run through flags, jump over directional signage, and ignore the orange chalk markings. Thanks to Lynette McDougal and Dennis Ahern who are going to be marking the course!
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 be given a puzzle piece. You will return your puzzle piece to an aid station worker at the13.5 mile mark.
You will have 6 aid stations (mileage listed for these aid stations is approximate). All aid stations will be stocked with potato chips,pretzels, cheddar goldfish, animal crackers, candy, water, peanut butter/jelly sandwiches, mandarin orange flavored Tailwind sports drink, regular Coke, ginger ale, Hammer gels, and Hammer Endurolytes.
For the first ½ of the course, the aid stations are rather far apart, so you will need to bring plenty of fluids and any fuel you will need between stations.
Please be sure that you announce your number at each aid station so that we can keep track of where you are on the course.
Here is a list of aid stations:
AS 1 – 6.5 miles –Three Bears/Femrite’s Patrol/Watchman
AS 2 – 11.5 miles–Five Mile Gulch and Ridge Road
AS 3 – 18 miles – Rocky Canyon Road and Orchard Gulch
AS 4 – 22 miles –Rocky Canyon Road and Five Mile Gulch(There will be a porta-potty at this Aid Station)
AS 5 – 24 miles –Three Bears/Femrite’s Patrol/Watchman (This is the 2nd time through this station)
AS 6 – 27.5 miles –Freestone Ridge and Three Bears
We only have one cutoff time: You must be out of AS 4 (22miles) before 2pm. That is 8 hours. If you are not out of the aid station by 2pm, you will not be allowed to continue. This is a very generous cutoff time,and it will be strictly enforced. You will be transported to the finish line when the aid station is closed down, OR since Rocky Canyon Road is accessible by car, you will have the option to call someone to pick you up.
Our goal is to keep the runners safe and on the right course. We will have medical personnel, trail guides, and 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 you can get someone to pick you up.
If you have any medical issues which require you to have inhalers, meds, etc., please bring them with you. Additionally, if you have any medical issues, please notify me before the race so that I can be sure our medical personnel are aware of your condition.
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 very limited on Rocky Canyon Road. However, for the safety of the runners – because most of the trails are single track – we are asking that you keep your spectators at the designated spectator viewing areas and not have family and friends on the course on foot or on a bike.
Awards and Finisher Mugs
When you finish the race, you will receive a unique commemorative finisher’s award – a mug individually handcrafted by local artist and ultrarunner, Kevin Flynn. Kevin will be on hand at the finish line to present the mugs to you. Because of the wide range 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 is for the runners. We will have fresh sandwiches from Paul’s Market, chips, drinks, and cookies.
This is going to be a TERRIFIC day! If this is your first 50K, don’t 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!
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:
This is a fun run with a lot of downhill. Enjoy! After that, see you at the FRENZY!
It’s time for another group run. We’re going to run the first section and the last section of the course this weekend. You can add or subtract miles based on where you are in your training. We’re starting at 6 am so you can see (sort of) what it will be like to start at 6 am. It’s going to be delightfully cool on Saturday. (You might need a headlamp.) Feel free to go as much or little as you want. All are welcome – all speeds, all ages, all everything
Join us for a Frenzy group run on Saturday, July 19. We will leave the dog park / Military Reserve parking lot at 6 am SHARP to carpool up to the trail head at Five Mile Gulch. The early start is our attempt to beat the heat We will begin gathering at the dog park around 5:45 am. We will need to take enough cars to accommodate all runners back to the dog park.
There are a few mileage options for this training run:
From the parking area at Five Mile,
Then you will follow these directions for the Frenzy. Note: during the race, there will be an 1-mile out/1-mile back on Ridge Road at the top of Five Mile. That is optional on this run. Most of us will not be running the out/back in this training run.
Bring plenty of water and fuel if you’re planning to do the whole run. You may want to print out these instructions. We never know if we’re going to have 3 or 13 runners join us on these group runs, nor do we know what paces people will be running. I know that I will be running the shorter 6-mile option b/c I have a marathon the next weekend See y’all there!!
Foothills 50K Frenzy Kickoff! Join us on Tues, May 13, at The Pulse Running and Fitness Shop for the ONE DAY Early Bird registration for the 2014 Frenzy. Register for the Frenzy at the PULSE on May 13, and get $10 off regular registration. Snacks, raffle prizes, massage, and more. The highlight of the evening is the May Frenzy Trivia Playoff game. One lucky (trivia-smart) runner will win a free entry into the Frenzy! Festivities start at 6 pm – “May Frenzy” game starts at 630 pm.
You’ve heard of “March Madness”? At the Frenzy kickoff event, we’ve created our own version called “May Frenzy.” We’ll set up a 64-player bracket to test your knowledge of running (and other) trivia. Players who advance to the Final 4 will win a special prize. The player who finishes on top will win an entry into the 2014 Frenzy!
Regular registration for the Foothills 50K Frenzy opens May 14!