Foothills 50K Frenzy
Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 6:00 a.m.
Starting Time/Headlamps – The race starts at 6:00 a.m., and it will be dark for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. Therefore, you will need to wear a headlamp at the start of the race. The trail will be marked – and you will be able to shine your light to see the markings – but it is mighty dark out there before the sun comes up.
Green Event – The Frenzy is a “green” race, meaning that we are asking runners to bring their own cups to the event. Last year was our first year to go “cupless” at the aid stations, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Most of you will have water packs and/or handhelds, but for drinks like coke, Tailwind, etc., you will need to provide your own cup. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one at the Pulse Running & Fitness Shop – both locations – Boise & Meridian.
Course – The 2016 race will start in the parking lot by Fort Boise Community Center / Military Reserve / Dog park on Mountain Cover Rd. After a short run up Mountain Cove Road, the rest of the course is run on scenic single-track trails with 2 short segments on dirt forest service roads.
The course contains multiple uphill and downhill sections. The terrain is of moderate difficulty, providing a challenge to runners, but not too hard for first-timers.
- Approximate elevation gain: 5840 feet.
- Mininum elevation: 2743 feet
- Maximum elevation: 6010 feet
Fees – $75 until July 31, 2016; $85 August 1, 2015 through September 24, 2016. Registration closes at midnight on September 24, 2016. No race day registration. No refunds. Registration fee includes great swag and a special finisher mug handcrafted by local potter/artist/ultrarunner, Kevin Flynn. As is our custom, we do not give out race shirts. We will give the runners some cool item, but that is not determined yet.
Prices have not increased this year; however, so that you are aware, a processing fee will be added to your registration upon checkout. If you prefer to avoid paying the processing fee, you may register in person at The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop (either location).
Also, note that regular registration is shorter than in years past. Prices increase on August 1, 2016.
Transfers, Rollovers, and Complimentary Entries – In the past, we have done our best to accommodate all the runners and the special circumstances that arise. Most of the time, that has worked out well. However, beginning with 2016, we have new rules on transfers and rollovers. The no-refund rule applies as usual.
- Refunds – We do not issue refunds.
- Transfers – Because we do not issue refunds, we will allow runners to transfer their race entry to someone else. If you wish to transfer your entry, it MUST be done so before September 10, 2016. You must contact the Race Director with the name and email of the person to whom you wish to transfer the entry. We do not handle any of the entry fee transfer, so if you are going to sell your entry, you are responsible for the transfer of funds between you and your designated runner. There are NO exceptions to this transfer rule.
- Rollovers – We will no longer be issuing rollovers to the next year’s event. If you know that you are going to be unable to participate in the race, you may transfer your entry to someone else before September 10, 2016. Transfer rules apply.
- Comp Entries – Throughout the year, the Frenzy donates complimentary entries to charitable events or other causes. These entries are always transferrable. Any and all comp entries must be redeemed or transferred by September 10, 2016. No exceptions.
Age Limits – Runners under 18 are not allowed to register for the race, nor are they allowed to serve as pacers or companions. Runners who allow minors to run with them on the course will be disqualified and pulled from the course. This is strictly for runner safety.
Packet Pick-up – Before race day, you may pick up your race packets at (New Location this year) The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop, 5622 W State St, Boise, ID 83703. This will NOT include your race number. You will pick up your race number on the morning of the race. You may pick up your race packet, along with your number, on race morning.
- Friday, September 30 – 10 am – 6 pm
- Saturday, October 1 – Race day packet and race number pick-up 4:45 a.m – 5:45 a.m.
Pre-race Check-in – Runners must check in on the morning of the race beginning at 4:45 a.m. when you pick up your race number/timing chip. This is for the runners’ safety. We must know who is on the course.
Timing – This year, the race WILL BE chip timed. We will start at precisely 6:00 a.m., so if you are late, you may start the race, but the clock will already be running. In addition, the cutoff time of 2 pm (at mile 22) will be enforced even if you start late.
Awards – There will not be an official awards ceremony. We will present awards in the following categories. Winners of the overall awards will not be eligible for age group awards.
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male and Female
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male and Female in the following age groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Course Marking – Our goal is to keep everyone on the right path. The course will be clearly marked at every junction. We will use clothes pins with yellow flagging both along the course and at all turns. In the darkness, we will have LED lights to mark the trail. Additionally, volunteers will be present at some junctions that may be confusing. There will be no mile marker signs on the course.
Aid Stations/Drop Bags – There will be 6 aid stations – these mileages are approximate: 6.5 miles, 11.5 miles, 18 miles, 22 miles, 24 miles (same place as the 6.5 mile aid station), 27.5 miles. All of the aid stations will be fully stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and typical ultra food (potato chips, pretzels, candy, peanut butter/jelly sandwiches). There will be one bathroom (porta-potty) on the course at approximately 22 miles. You will hit one aid station twice – at approximately mile 6.5 and again at mile approximately mile 24. There will be no provisions for drop bags; therefore, runners will have to carry any gear they feel they may need. If you need to leave an item at an aid station, be sure you have it clearly marked with your name. Any items left at an aid station will be brought to the finish after all runners have passed through that aid station. We will do our best to transport all items left at aid stations back to the finish line when the aid station shuts down. If you leave before you can retrieve your items, you may pick them up at the Pulse for 2 weeks after the race. After 2 weeks, they will be donated to a charity. Runners are strongly encouraged to carry their own water and fuel supplies.
Spectator Viewing – Because this race is run on mostly single-track trails in the foothills, there will be limited spectator viewing. Spectators will be able to see their runners at the 2 aid stations on Rocky Canyon Road (which is accessible by car, bike, or foot). Spectators can also see their runners at the beginning and end of the race in the parking lot by Fort Boise Community Center and Military Reserve.
Crews/Pacers – In accordance with the rules of the Ridge to Rivers Trail System, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service, only a limited number of runners will be allowed on the trails in order to maintain the integrity of the trail and the wildlife in the area. Therefore, runners will not be allowed to have crew members or pacers on the trails. The only runners allowed to have “pacers” are those runners over 70 years old. Non-racers will be allowed at the aid stations on Rocky Canyon Road and at the start and finish of the race.
Cutoff Time – We will have one cutoff time in the race: You must reach the aid station at ~ mile 22 by 2:00 pm. Anyone who arrives after 2 pm cutoff can be transported to the finish line. If you miss the cutoff and need transportation to the finish line, you will have to wait until the aid station is taken down. You may call someone to pick you up if you do not wish to wait for the aid station workers to shut down the station. This is strictly for the safety of the runners.
DNFs – It is our hope that all the runners finish the race injury free and happy. However, should you decide 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 stay at the aid station until the aid station workers are finished or until we can send someone to pick you up.
Race Photography – Michael Lebowitz of Long Run Picture Company is the official Foothills 50K Frenzy photographer. Watermarked photos will be available at no cost to the runners. All images will be for sale on the Long Run Picture Company‘s website.
Contact – Race Director Jenny Stinson – jenny (at) foothills50kfrenzy (dot) com