Foothills 50K Frenzy
Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 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 2014 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 August 31, 2014; $85 September 1, 2014 through September 27, 2013. Registration closes at midnight on September 27, 2014. 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.
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.
- Thursday, October 2 – 12 pm – 6 pm
- Friday, October 3 – 12 pm – 6 pm
- Saturday, October 4 – 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 – and spray chalk to reassure you that you’re on the right path. We will also have red DANGER tape marking spur trails that you are to avoid. As long as you don’t run through flags, run through red DANGER tape, and follow the chalk markings, 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. In 2013, we had a 100% finish rate! 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