Place: Winthrop, Wa
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Starting on the edge of the of the Pasayten Wilderness in the Okanogan National Forest at an altitude of 3300ft the course loses 1000ft in the first 10 miles as it follows the wild Chewuch River to the "western" town of Winthrop. In all the race loses 1800ft and gains just 250 for a net loss of 1550ft. The first three miles are on packed dirt road and the remainder is on asphalt and the entire route even when approaching town has very little vehicle traffic. The first 18 miles are in the national forest, the next seven are on rural county roads and the final mile makes it way to downtown on town streets. The Course will be USATF certified 26.2 miles and can be used as a "Boston Qualifier". MAPS ELEVATION PROFILE
Transportation to the Start:
All runners must take the provided buses to the start. NO GETTING DROPED OFF AT START. The buses will depart from the Winthrop Barn 1/4 mile west of downtown Winthrop on Hwy 20 within walking distance from all the Winthrop motels. Parking is limited so please walk or carpool. Departure time to be determined--stay tuned. Your warm clothes will be transported back to the finishline--please bring a bag labeled with your name and bib number to keep things tidy and so you don't lose your favorite jacket or whatever.
Course Support and Rules:
There will be aid stations every 2-3 miles starting at mile 3. All the aid stations will have water and nuun electrolyte replacement drink, toilet paper, vaseline, and band-aids and there will be toilets at a few aid stations as well as the start and finish. Gels will be at every other aid station after the halfway mark. Spectators and crew are only alllowed at the designated specator locations(see below)--runners getting support from anyone other than volunteers or race staff outside of those spectator areas will be disqualified. No baby joggers allowed on the course. The course is planned to be open for only 7 hours--if you think you'll take more than 7 hours please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss it.
This is not a very spectator friendly race, there are only 3 spots on the course where your friends or family could see you during the race (mi ~12, ~19, and the finish) and they must follow these directions exactly. Winthrop and the Methow valley are however full of things for your friends and family to do while you run. One great option for them is to volunteer at an aid station--they get see you on the course and get a free ticket for the pre and post race meals and you get to run for free!
The Chewuch Inn and Sun Mountain Lodge are two good options. For other options check out the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce or Central Reservations
Located on the sunny and dry side of the state there's a good chance the sky will be clear and blue. The average temperatures for the start are 35-40 degrees and by midday it'll likely be in the high 60's or low 70's-- perfect running weather! But this is the mountains so anything is possible...
Before the Race:
Packet Pick-up and late registration Saturday 3pm to 8pm (NO REGISTRATION ON RACE MORNING).
Pre Race Pasta Dinner 5:30pm to 8pm (location TBD)
Late Packet Pick-up 6:00am to 6:45am race morning at the Winthrop Barn
Buses arrive and begin loading 6:30am
Buses depart 7am!!! DON'T BE LATE!!!
After the Race:
Live music, food and drinks!!
Showers and massage will probably be provided.
Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall for men and women plus 1st male and female in the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
Results will be posted online as soon as they're ready sunday afternoon/evening.