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2011 Info

Date: Sunday September 25 2011

Place: Winthrop, Wa

Marathon: 8:00am (But you need to be checked in and on the bus to the start by 6:30am!--it's a point to point course so you'll be bussed to the start. Check in starts at 5am at the Winthrop Barn and the buses will start loading at 6:15am.)

Half Marathon: 10:00am (But you need to be checked in and on the bus to the start by 9:15am!--it's a point to point course so you'll be bussed to the start. Check in starts at 8:00am at the Winthrop Barn and the buses will start loading at 9:00am.)

$70 for the marathon and $50 for the half marathon. 
Prices go up $10 after 5 pm on September 1 2011. 
$25 extra for a Longsleeve Patagonia Capilene 1 tech shirt. (Shirt Deadline is Sept 8)
$10 extra adult meal ticket; $4 extra kids meal ticket.
Register at Databar Events until friday at 5pm or in person at the runner check-in on saturday 3pm to 8pm--no registration on Sunday morning!

Marathon Course Info:
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(the surface is a little loose and gravelly but it should not slow runners down very much and all the downhill will more than make up the difference) 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 is USATF certified 26.2 miles and can be used as a "Boston Qualifier". MAPS ELEVATION PROFILE All miles will be marked and the half will be marked too.

Half Marathon Course Info:
The half marathon course starts at the 13.1 mile mark of the marathon course at about 2200ft and finishes at 1800ft in downtown Winthrop following the marathon course the whole way. The half marathon has about 250 ft of elevation gain and about 650ft of loss for net loss of 400ft. The course will probably be USATF certified but it hasn't been done yet. The miles will be marked for the marathon only so you'll have to do some math while you run. Maps Elevation Profile

Transportation to the Start:

All runners must take the provided buses to the start. NO GETTING DROPPED OFF AT START. The buses will depart from the Winthrop Barn(2 blocks from the finish line) 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. Your warm clothes will be transported back to the finish line--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 for the marathon runners at the following distances: 3.3, 5.3, 8.1, 10.1, 13.1, 15.0, 17.0, 19.0, 21.4, and 24.0

There will be aid stations for the half marathon runners at the following distances: 1.9, 3.9, 5.9 8.3, and 10.9

All the aid stations will have water and Gatorade electrolyte replacement drink, succeed electrolyte capsules, toilet paper, vaseline, duct tape and band-aids.
Gels will be at every other aid station starting at the halfway mark of the marathon:mile 13.1, 17.0, 21.4.

Gels will be at every other aid station for the half marathon: mile 3.9 and 8.3

There will be portable toilets for the marathon at the start, mile 5.3, mi. 13.1, mi. 21.4 and the finish.

There will be portable toilets for the half marathon at the start, mile 8.3 and the finish.

Spectators and crew are only allowed at the designated spectator 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 to discuss it. Friends and family can run part of the course with you but they must not drive anywhere on the course to meet you except to the designated spectator locations(see below).

Runners who would like support in addition to what is to be provided by the race may ask the race director for approval.
This is not a very spectator friendly race, there are only 3 spots on the marathon course(and only 2 on the half marathon course) where your friends or family could see you during the race (mi 8.5 and 19 for the marathon and mile 6 for the half marathon and at the finish for both) 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 InnThe River Run Inn and Sun Mountain Lodge(Sun Mountain is offering runners $55 off their regular rates) are race sponsors and are good options. For other options check out the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce or Central Reservations

Camping:  There are lots of options for nice camping all over the place around here. The Forest Service has nice campgrounds on hwy 20 just west of Mazama--Early Winters Campgound is the closest to the race of those. A little closer the race are a couple of private campgrounds in Winthrop(KOA and Twin Lakes) and a state park(Pearrygin Lake), the River Bend Campground in Twisp is popular with some runners.

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 at the Mazama Community Center
Pre Race Pasta Dinner 5:30pm to 8pm Mazama Community Center
The address for the Mazama Community Center is 512 Goat Creek Rd., Mazama, WA 98833

Late Packet Pick-up(no registration) Sunday 5:00am to 6:00am for the marathon and 8:00am to 8:45am for the half marathon at the Winthrop Barn: on hwy 20 just one block west of the four way stop intersection in downtown Winthrop(and just 2 blocks from the finishline)

Buses depart 6:30 for the Marathon!!! DON'T BE LATE!!!
buses arrive at the Winthrop Barn at 6:15 to start loading runners.

Buses depart 9:15 for the Half Marathon!!! DON'T BE LATE!!!
buses arrive at the Winthrop Barn at 9:00 to start loading runners.

After the Race:
Music, food and drinks!!
Massage will 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.
Medals for ALL finishers(Marathon and Half Marathon)

Results will be posted online as soon as they're ready sunday afternoon/evening.