Q. What is the exact mileage for the 2 races?
A. We measure this course using various GPS instruments. The routes are not certified distances (which is the case for the great majority of trail events). That said, our best estimation is the marathon will be approximately 28 miles and the 50k approximately 32 miles.
Q. Can my family and friends come and watch along the course?
A. Yes, just check out the parking directions and be sure to only park in legal spaces and do not ask the aide station volunteers for food and/or drinks. The course does pass over a number of roads which are difficult to park along so spectators should be extremely careful.
Q. Can my family and friends come to the picnic at the end?
Yes, but please be aware that we will reserve some of the special food/beverages for runners or volunteers ONLY. The spectator foods will be of a lighter snack quality.
Q. I cannot volunteer on race day, can I help in some other way?
A. Absolutely, there are many pre race and post race opportunities.
Q. What happens if the sweepers catch me? Will they really pull me from the race?
A. If you won’t be able to make the 8.5 hr time limit, then yes, and please do not argue with them. Argue with the Race Director. We have a rented pavilion which we must clean up and vacate before 5pm.
Q. Can I get hurt, lost, cold, wet, or muddy?
A. Of course.
Q. Is it easy to get lost or go off course?
A. There are no guarantees but the trail will be flagged in BRIGHT BLUE and the park service also has blue and red blazes all along the route. We will have maps at the aid stations you’ll pass through as well.
Q. Why can’t the volunteers stop traffic when runners approach one of the rural road crossings?
A. It is against the law. The police have told us absolutely under no circumstances stop traffic.
Q. I have never run a trail marathon before, can I do this?
A. You’ll only know if you try! But, if you have done a road marathon (or marathons) in 4-5 hours, are trained and are comfortable on trails, probably. A typical trail pace will be about 1-2 min per mile (depending on conditions, maybe more) to your road pace so plan for that in the cut-off times.
Q. What are the hazards?
A. If it is snowy, icy or has just rained, the stream crossings can be tricky. Probably the biggest hazards on the trail are the wooden bridges which can become slick on the surface. It is best to walk across these bridges. There are rocks and roots that sometimes cannot be seen. There are no big animals to worry about.
Q. If I have to drop will I get a ride back to my car at the finish?
A. Yes. However, please make sure to follow our DNF policy and come to one of the aid stations to be picked up. We don’t want to have our sweepers out searching for someone who’s dropped & found their way home without letting anyone know!