This information is the same as what you received in an email on Monday, September 26 – It’s rather long, but it has everything you need to know for Saturday’s event.
Dear Foothills 50K Frenzy Runners,
Thank you for registering to run the 2015 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.
We have 140 registered runners for this year’s Frenzy!! Looks like we will have a beautiful day for running in the foothills. As of today, Saturday’s low is 44, and the high is 67.
The race will start at 6 am sharp. We are using chip timing, so if you arrive late, you can still run, but the intermediate cutoff of 2 pm at mile 22 remains in effect.
You must pick up your race number – with your chip – 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. Check-in is from 445 am –545 am.
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. If you don’t have one, you may purchase one at The PULSE when you pick up your packet.
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.
You may pick up your race packet at PULSE Running & Fitness Shop (520 S Meridian Rd, Meridian, ID), on Friday, September 30, 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 BUFF ear warmer/headband, a pair of Frenzy running gloves, and other great swag.
You may also pick up your packet on race morning between 445am – 545 am when you get your bib number.
The course will be well marked. You will see confidence markers approximately every 1/4 mile. The following types of markings will be used:
- Clothespins with yellow flagging
- Written signage – Right, Left, Straight, Turnaround
- LED lights for the morning – approx. the first 6.5 miles
There will also be a few 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 ignore flagging and live people giving instructions. Please be mindful and watch where you’re going.
There is a set of written turn-by-turn directions on the Frenzy website, along with the elevation profile, map, and the same information that is in this note.
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.
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, Hammer Endurolytes, and Hammer gels.
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 /13.5 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. If you are not out of the aid station by 2 pm, 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 3 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.
If you have any medical issues which require you to have inhalers, meds, etc., please bring them with you.
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. However, for the safety of the runners – because most of the trails are singletrack – 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 finishers’ award – a mug individually handcrafted by local artist and ultrarunner, Kevin Flynn. 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. This year we are SO excited to 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 will be able to purchase food from Pepe’s for $6 each.
Michael Lebowitz of Long Run Picture Company will be on the course taking photos. After the event, we will send you a link to download free watermarked race photos. You may also purchase larger images from the Long RunPicture Company website.
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!