Date: October 5, 2013
Time: 6:00 a.m.
Place: Fort Boise / Military Reserve
Distance: ~32 miles
Join the gang this Saturday as we kick off the Foothills 50K Frenzy training season. This week we’ll run the first and last parts of the course. All the mileages on our Group Training Calendar are approximate, and you’re welcome to run all or part of the distance. Everyone is welcome – all ages, all speeds, experienced and novice trail runners. Leading the group this week will be experienced trail runners Sparkle Paterson and Holly Finch.
Meet at the parking lot of the dog park by Fort Boise/Military Reserve a little before 7 am on Saturday, May 11. We’ll take off at 7 am. See you then!
Regular registration opens Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Ultrasignup.com. See you on April 16!
Thanks to Jeff Black who wrote the race report for the 2012 Foothills 50K Frenzy! Originally, Jeff wrote a report for his blog, but it was so good that I sent it to Ultrarunning magazine. I scanned the page in UR magazine – complete with printed results! Click here to download the pdf.
The Foothills 50K Frenzy has been approved for 2013. The date is Saturday, October 5, 2013. Earlier, we had advertised the date as Oct 12; however, concerns from several of the wildlife management agencies have prompted us to change the date. It is always our desire to work with the management agencies to ensure that all environmental issues are handled with regard to safety of runners, animals, and other wildlife.
So mark your calendars for October 5, 2013! See you there!
Dear Foothills 50K Frenzy Runners,
A couple of days ago, I sent you an email with important race information. This is a reprint of that email just in case some of you didn’t receive the email.
Thank you for registering to run the inaugural Foothills 50K Frenzy! The race is 2 days away, and because you are all in your taper, you’ll have some free time to read this post which contains important event information.
Start Time: The race will start at 6am sharp. We are not using chip timing, so if you arrive late, you can still run, but the clock will already be running.
Pre-race Check-in: 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.
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 put your name on it. Anything left at an aid station will be brought to the finish line after the race.
Packet Pickup: You may pick up your race packet at PULSE Running & Fitness Shop, 3100 E Florence in Meridian (shopping center at Fairview and Eagle behind the Starbucks and Wendy’s) on Friday, October 19 from 12pm – 6pm. This is only your packet – not your race number. You may also pick up your packet on race morning when you get your bib number.
Course Marking: The course will be well marked. You will see confidence markers approximately every ¼ – ½ mile. The following types of markings will be used:
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 red DANGER tape, and ignore chalk directional arrows.
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 sticker to stick on your bib number. This will indicate that you made it through that checkpoint.
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, pretzels, candy, water, peanut butter/jelly sandwiches, Heed sports drink, regular Coke, ginger ale, Hammer Endurolytes, 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:
Cutoff Time: We only have one cutoff time: You must be out of AS 4 (22 miles) 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.
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 we can send someone to pick you up.
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. 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, Raffles 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.
We will also have a few special raffle drawings. Check the white board by the medical tent for your bib number to see if you won a raffle prize.
Finish Line: Finish line food is for the runners. We will have fresh sandwiches from Paul’s Market, chips, drinks, and cookies from Great Harvest.
We will have 2 special folks at the finish line to work on your sore muscles – sponsors Russ Freestone, a Schulman therapist (deep tissue body work) and a chiropractor from Therapeutic Associates.
Race Photos: 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 Run Picture 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 – dark and early!
It’s finally here – the Frenzy is only 11 days away – tomorrow, we will be able to check the 10-day weather forecast! This Saturday will be our last “official” group run – a short ~10-12 mile run beginning at the dog park by Military Reserve at 7 am. We will run the first 5 miles of the course, turn around, and run back. At the junction of Shanes/Central Ridge/Bucktail, we will then follow Bucktail, Ridge Crest, Cottonwood, Eagle Ridge to the finish.
Thanks to everyone who has trained with us, supported us on and off the trails, led groups to show new runners the way, and participated in any of our race-related events. We are so fortunate to have such a terrific trail system and the BEST community of trail runners anywhere. Thanks to all!
Join us on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for a talk by Dennis Ahern, Boise ultrarunner, who recently completed a fastpacking trip along the John Muir Trail. Dennis will be at the Golite store in Downtown Boise (906 Main Street) on Oct 2 at 6 pm. He will bring all the gear he took with him on his 215+ mile, 5-day adventure and giving tips on how to successfully complete this type of undertaking.
Dennis will also be signing copies of the current issue of Marathon & Beyond – he is on the cover! Thanks to Golite, one of the Frenzy sponsors, for hosting this event.
Thanks to Roxanne Wojan and her staff at the Golite store in downtown Boise for joining our team of terrific sponsors of the Foothills 50K Frenzy. You may remember that some time ago, Golite opened a pop-up store in Boise. But the good news is – Golite is a permanent business in Boise – they are here to stay. And, they are the newest sponsor of the Foothills 50K Frenzy.
Golite will be hosting an pre-Frenzy event at their store in downtown Boise in early October. But, if you get a chance to stop in the store before then, be sure to thank them for their support of our trailrunning community.
Golite is located at 906 Main Street in downtown Boise.
It’s the time of year to enjoy the cool mornings – Finally! We’re meeting at the trailhead of Corrals Saturday, Sept 8, at 7 am. We’ll run up Corrals to Hard Guy to Ridge Road and back. That’s about 24 miles. You can turn around at any point for a different distance. We’ll have all distances, paces, and personalities.