Race Info

2018 Foothills 50K Frenzy FINALE

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 6:00 a.m.

Please Read this Special Note:

2018 marks the 8th and FINAL Foothills 50K Frenzy. We extend our love and gratitude to all of you who have been involved in any capacity with the Frenzy over the past 8 years. This event exemplifies the extent of your generosity, community, kindness, and service. Thank you – It has been an honor to serve all of you!

Special thanks also to Holly Finch and Beth Ahrend at The Pulse Running & Fitness Shop. They have been with us since the Frenzy began. Thank you – we love you. 

Fees – $125 (plus processing fee). No early bird registration. No incremental price increases.

We have decided to increase the price for our last year to make the 2018 Frenzy the best ever for everyone involved. We simply could not put this race on without the support of our dedicated volunteers. The bulk of the price increase is because we are planning a very special gift for our terrific volunteers. We feel certain that the community of runners will be happy to know that part of their registration fee will contribute to our “Thank You” gift to the volunteers.

In the spirit of full transparency (and for those who wonder what your registration fee covers), here is a partial list of items that are covered by your Frenzy registration fee:

  • Beautiful individually handcrafted finisher mug (by ultrarunner Kevin Flynn)
  • Awards (3 deep male and female overall and 6 age groups 3 deep male and female)
  • Runner swag (past swag has included things like running hats, buffs, beanie hats, arm sleeves, backpacks, headbands, gloves)
  • Finish line meal – Pepe’s Famous Tacos (for all runners and volunteers)
  • Aid station ultra food
  • Volunteer shirts
  • Volunteer gift
  • Porta-potties at start and on the course
  • USATF insurance
  • Timing chips
  • BLM permits
  • USFS permits
  • City of Boise permits
  • Generous donation to HAM radio team
  • Generous donation to Ridge to Rivers

No individual (including race directors, retail store owners, sponsors, partners, photographers, etc.) receives any compensation for their help with the Frenzy.

Registration closes at midnight on September 29, 2018. No race day registration. No refunds. As is our custom, we do not give out race shirts.

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 in Meridian.

SPECIAL NOTE:  We do not allow late registrations under any circumstances except ONE. Beginning on September 30 and continuing through October 5 (one day before the race), you may register LATE for a fee of $250. This will be a 100% donation to Ridge to Rivers. The only acceptable payment is a check made out to Ridge to Rivers. Please contact one of the race directors – either Jenny Stinson or Sheri LaMott – to make arrangements for late registration.

Runner Cap and Wait List – As this is our FINAL Frenzy, we anticipate a larger than usual field. In accordance with Ridge to Rivers rules, the Frenzy is capped at 200 runners. We will set up a wait list on Ultrasignup should we reach our cap before registration closes.

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. 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 in Meridian.

Course – The 2018 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 US 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

Transfers, Rollovers, and Complimentary Entries

  • 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 completed BEFORE September 15, 2018. September 14, 2018, is the LAST day to transfer your bib to another runner.

We have enabled bib transfers on the Ultrasignup site which allows you to transfer your registration to another participant if you cannot make the event. We do not make the transfer for you. You will see a “Transfer Registration” button on your order edit screen. The order edit screen can be accessed via the Edit link on your receipt or in your registration history (if you did not register as a guest). The original order is “removed” and a 100% credit is added to the system for the exact event under the transferee’s name and email. The transferee is also sent an invitation that will let them register for the event. There are NO exceptions to this transfer rule.

  • Rollovers – There are no rollover entries from last year.
  • 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 July 31, 2018. 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 – The Friday before race day, you may pick up your race packets at  The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop, 520 S Meridian Road, Meridian, ID. 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, October 5 – 10 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday, October 6 – Race day packet and race number pick-up 4:45 a.m – 5:45 a.m.
  • The race will start at exactly 6 am.

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. Our aid station workers are super efficient, but they have many tasks to perform. 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/Pets – 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.

We all love our pets, but for the safety of our runners, pets are not permitted on the Frenzy course. Registered runners who choose to run with their dogs at the Frenzy will be disqualified. No exceptions.

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. Once you make the cutoff at mile 22, you will be allowed to finish.

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.

Contact – Race Director Jenny Stinson – jenny (at) foothills50kfrenzy (dot) com







9 Responses to Race Info

  1. Tyler says:

    Is there a shirt included in the registration fee or one available to purchase?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Tyler. We don’t generally give shirts – we have something else, i.e., arm sleeves, hats, etc. Last year, we did Headsweats running hats. This year, our plan is to give runners a buff. We usually have some shirts to purchase for those who want them. We find that the sizes of shirts vary so much that it is hard to find a shirt that everyone likes. We haven’t opened registration yet, but we plan to in the next couple of months. Thanks! – Jenny

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  3. Aaron says:

    Any camping/car camping near the start?

    • Jenny says:

      Hey Aaron,
      There is no camping at the start – it’s in the middle of the city very close to downtown Boise. Boise Hotel and Conference Center near the airport (about 10 minutes from the start) is offering rooms for $69 to Frenzy runners. Hope that helps.

  4. Jeff says:

    Will there typically be enough natural light @ 6am to run without a headlamp or flashlight or is one needed? I kind of assume that one would be needed. Thanks!

    • Jenny says:

      Hey Jeff,
      You’ll need a headlamp for at least the first hour…maybe a little more. You can drop it at the first aid station (6.5 miles) if you want. Just be sure to have your name on it. It will be returned at the end of the race … or since you hit that aid station again at mile 24, you could pick it back up and put it in your pack.

  5. Peggy Fischer says:

    Will there be a cap on the number of runners allowed on the trail?

    • Jenny says:

      Hey Peggy – Yes, we have a cap of 200. That is a rule of Ridge to Rivers organization and Bureau of Land Management. Since they are single-track, we must maintain the integrity of the trails.

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