Beaverhead 100K Trail Run

July 9th, 2016 at 5:00 am

Course Overview

The race starts at Bannock Pass (11 miles east of Leadore ID on Hwy ID-29, 56 miles south west of Dillon MT on Hwy MT-324).

The course from the start to mile 49 is on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT). The CDT is on or very near the Continental Divide from the start to mile 49. The length of Continental Divide covered in this event also represents the boarder between Idaho and Montana. At mile 49, runners will leave the official CDT for the remainder of the course, but will continue along the true Continental Divide border for another 5 miles (mile 54). FYI, at mile 49 the CDT dips into Montana then turns parallel to the Continental Divide in-order to divert away from a section of hard to navigate terrain consisting of high mountains, skree, and cliffs. We as masochistic trial running RD’s think you should experience some of the beautiful skree fields but not the cliffs, so we will drop off the Continental Divide at mile 54 and descend into the head waters of Bohannon Creek and onto the finish line.

Because you are following the Continental Divide [separation between drainage to the Pacific Ocean (Idaho side) and Atlantic Ocean (Montana side)] you will always be high in the mountains following the natural elevation changes along the divide and will not ascend or descend into the deep creek and river valleys that boarder the course, except when you drop off the divide to the finish. Because of this, the entire race is at a high elevation with respect to this part of Idaho and Montana. This course has a good mix of terrain, with a mix of climbs, descents, smooth trail and technical sections.

The course is easy to follow.  The first time we (the RD’s) covered the entire course on a reconnaissance run  we did not get lost.  The main reason for this is that there exists good official CDT signage.  The official signage consists of CDT signs on trees and posts, the “i” mark on trees (note the new and old variations), and Rock cairns. On some parts of the course they help mark the trail and the Continental Divide near the trail. Besides these abundant existing markings, we will use additional yellow flagging to ensure that the course is clearly marked.

Course Flyover/Preview

UTMB Qualifying Race – 4 Points

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Packet Pickup & Check In

The packet pick-up will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday July 8th at the Sacajawea Cultural and Interpretation Center (On Hwy 28 south of Salmon). A pre-race meeting will take place at 6:00 PM following packet pick-up at the same location. For those travelling in from Montana or camping in Leadore and cannot make it to the packet pick-up in Salmon, you can pick up your packet at the starting line starting at 4:00 AM.

All runners must check in at the starting line. You will receive your race bib at this time. This allows race management to know who is on the course. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes to check in before the race starts.

Aid Stations

See the the course map below for aid station locations. Aid stations will be well stocked with typical ultra-running food, water, and sports drink.

Drop Bags

Drop bag service will be available for the 100K runners at Lemhi Pass AS. We recommend that runners who are attending the Friday pre-race check-in drop off bags then, but for runners not able to make it to the check-in they can drop bags off at the 100K start on race morning as they check-in.

Pacers

This is a no pacer race. This is not big deal though, think of it this way: At most 100 mile events, you would not be picking up a pacer until around mile 60; by the time you reach mile 60 in this race you are almost done.

Cutoffs (3)

1. Cutout AS (mile 38) @ 3:30 PM (10.5 hrs); 2. Goldstone AS (mile 46) @ 6:00 PM (13 hrs); 3. Janke Lake AS (mile 50.5) @ 7:30 PM (14.5 hrs). Runners must check out of these aid stations before the cutoff time or they will be pulled from the course and taken to the finish line with the aid station personnel. The cutoffs are for the safety of the runners and will be strictly enforced. A head lamp and/or flash light is recommended for those who will be at the Janke Lake AS at 4PM and later. Picking up a light source in a drop bag or from crew at Lemhi Pass is advisable. There is no finish line cutoff, but runners must check out of the Janke Lake AS by 7:30 PM to finish.

Race Splits

Ultra Splits offers 100K split analysis based on past Beaverhead results, take a look at this cool tool!

Course, Topo, and Elevation Maps