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:
- Yellow landscape flags – These will mark the entire course
- Orange flagging tied to yellow landscape flags – Indicates a turn is coming up
- Orange spray chalk – Directional arrows, confidence markings
- Red DANGER tape – This tells you where NOT to go
- Written signage
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:
- 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
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!