Race Info

Foothills 50K Frenzy

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 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.

Course – The 2015 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, 2015; $85 August 1, 2015 through September 26, 2015. Registration closes at midnight on September 26, 2015. 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 all registered runners some other cool swag which we will post at some point.

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 in Meridian, ID.

Also, note that regular registration is shorter than in years past. Prices increase on August 1, 2015.

Packet Pick-up – Before race day, you may pick up your race packets at The PULSE Running & Fitness Shop, 520 S. Meridian Road, Suite 60, in Meridian. 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 2 – 10 pm – 6 pm
  • Saturday, October 3 – 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. 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 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 bright yellow landscape flags both along the course and at all turns. We will also have red DANGER tape marking spur trails that you are to avoid. As long as you don’t run through flags or through red DANGER tape, you will be fine. 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. 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. 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 will 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. 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. Michael is also the official photographer for the Idaho Trail Ultra Series and the Oregon Trail Series. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Michael has worked with Nike, Newsweek, The Eugene Marathon, Marathon & Beyond magazine, Woman’s Runner, The Sydney Parks Commission, The Royal Victoria Marathon, The Dick Beardsley Marathon Running Camp, The Joe Henderson Marathon Training Team, The Eugene Running Company, The Eugene Register Guard,The Oregon Urology Institute, Team In Training.

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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