What should I bring?
How often are aid stations?
- Bring something to carry water in, and at least one gallon of water. Your favorite ultrarunning snacks. We will provide some snacks as well. Also, if you can, please contribute a snack for the grub table (chips, a box of gels, energy drink powder, cookies, M&Ms, whatever you'd like to share!).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, dust mask, goggles, headlamp (we're starting when it's still dark so you can avoid the worst heat of the day).
How can I help?
- There will be at least one official aid station. This is the start and finish!
- We also plan to have a basic mostly water aid station out in deep playa, with a few random snacks.
- AND "the playa provides." People set up basic stations with water, snacks, even alcohol to fuel you on your run! :)
- We need help, so please let us know if you want to help more! (see below.) Also, if you are conning your lover/significant other/sibling/friend/adoring fans to come and watch, they can watch while pouring other runners water, taking splits, fanning runners as they come in, hang out. We have beer and we love cheer!
Are you serious? A 50k in the desert? And at Burning Man?
- You want to volunteer? Awesome! We need people to help the runners by pouring water, distributing snacks, and cheering the runners on. Contact cherylish at yahoo dot com if you can volunteer. This is a great way to cheer on or crew a friend while helping others out as well.
- We're serious! Ultrarunners are a rare breed, and Burner Ultrarunners are even rarer. However, there's a few of us out there, so let's get together and do one of the most extreme 50ks out there.
Do I need a ticket?
- You sure do! Burning Man is an experience, so don't come just for the race. Everyone needs a ticket - even me!
What should I do in case of a dust storm?
- Runners should carry goggles and a dustmask at all times. If the dust bothers you, please ask help from our volunteers. If you have asthma, carry your inhaler. Luckily, the time of day makes the risk of dust storms less likely. B/c the race starts to early, and b/c dust storms tend to be later, we've been lucky every year. Cherie the RD runs with a bandanna around her neck and with face-fitting sunglasses, with a pair of goggles in her drop bag.
You ultrarunners are awesome. I can't get enough of you. What should I do?
- Everyone loves us. Feel free to stop by Camp Twin Bikini (TBD by placement) to check out the map, the race results, stick your head through a face cut out, attend the Librarian Cocktail Party, have a letter written, or more. We love you too!
50k is way too long, but I like to run.
Do you have any race reports? I'd like to read it from the perspective of someone who ran it.
- We'd love it if you help pace a tired 50k runner. You'll get to run slow, eat potato chips, and have a blast! OR you can ride your bike alongside someone willing if you really don't want to run.
I didn't get tickets this year. I want to run and I want to go. Can you help?
- I wish! We are actually quite sad because not all of our core members of the ultra planning group have tickets and are really hoping they all get tickets - because if not, putting on this ultra will be even more complicated. If you can help out and have extra tickets, please let us know. However, there are lots of extra tickets floating around, inc other runners posting on our Facebook page.
Is there a Facebook page?
- You bet! It's right here!
I'm really slow and I can't deal with the heat. Can I start earlier?
- You bet! Early starters should talk with Cherie ahead of time and be sure to provide their own water and snacks for the first lap. Note, we do take a pre-race photo every year, so if you want to participate in that, just get to the start a few minutes to 5:00 a.m. Oh, and you won't be eligible for top prizes, but don't worry, you'll get a medal and other things fabulous.