The following information will serve as the race briefing for all distances. Please read all the information in the next few pages and also revisit the race website for general event information.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Thursday May 23 5am 200 mile check in
6am 200 mile start
1pm hot dogs
9pm cheese quesadillas and soup (Chicken Noodle and
Friday May 24 5am 150 mile check in
6am 150 mile start
9am possible pancakes and sausage for breakfast
1pm hot dogs
6 pm pizza
9 pm cheese quesadillas and soup
Saturday May 25 5am 100 mile check in
6am 100 mile start
1pm sandwiches and hot dogs
9 pm cheese quesadillas and soup
Sunday May 26 6am Cut off for 200 mile race (72 hrs)
2pm Cut off for 150 mile (56 hrs) and 100 mile (32 hrs)
There will be of course the usual aid station food and drinks at all hours.
Available at the main aid station at the start of each loop:
Water, Power drink, Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Mountain Dew, coffee at times, First aid box (including Epipen), Vaseline, sunscreen, bug spray, spare batteries, PB & J, Ham and turkey ham sandwiches, chips, peanut butter filled pretzels, gummi bears, fig newtons, Reese’s cups, M & Ms, Snickers, Pay Day bars, cookies, bananas, oranges, gels, Power gels and chews, Rice Krispie treats (pre-packaged), potatoes and salt, Succeed! caps, Hammer Endurolytes, Cup-a-Noodle. If you want something in particular, please supply your own. Cups only at main aid station.
Available at the middle aid station (about half way). This will be unmanned/self serve on Thursday and Friday:
All foods on Thursday and Friday will be packaged such as Payday, Snickers, Reese’s cups, PNB crackers, small bags of chips, and cookies. There will be a First Aid box with Epipen. There are 10 oz Gatorade bottles. Otherwise, water only. This aid station will be manned on the weekend and we will add a few more items, but the main real food will be at the start finish. No cups to limit trash.
I do not have pre-race or post race meals. Here is a list of food places at Fairwood Shopping center. Get on the main Petrovitsky drag and take a left. Drive about half a mile. On the Albertson’s side there is Ezell’s fried chicken (sinfully good), Thai Destination restaurtant, Chinese food, Little Caesars, and teriyaki. On the LA Fitness side, there is Subway sandwiches, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Taco Time, teriyaki, Round Table Pizza, Baskin Robbins, Panda Express, Vietnamese food, and Safeway (back left corner).
Please deposit all trash at the aid stations! No trash on trails including toilet paper!
I had hoped to create a 10 mile loop to make it easy for runners to keep track of their mileage. The actual Lake Youngs loop from where the concrete sidewalk becomes trail is only 9.4 miles. I was unable to get permission to do a short out and back on the road to make the loop 10 miles, as King County requires a certified course monitor at all times on this short 0.25 mile section. Not possible. I spent many hours working on this to no avail. That’s many hours of my life I won’t get back. So, here is how it is going to shake down:
200 milers: You will need to run a short out and back (1.3 mile out, 1.3 back) before starting 21 full loops.
150 milers: We will walk about 1/8 mile on the course to your start and from there you will run 16 full loops. No out and back for you.
100 milers: You will start like the 200 milers where the concrete sidewalk ends, do an out and back (3 mile out, 3 back) before starting 10 full loops.
I apologize for these little alterations. But I didn’t want to shortchange you on the distances. Besides, what’s a little more suffering? Each distance is certified. The out and back for the 200 and 100 milers will be marked. You will run this in the clockwise direction. When you start your first full loop, it will be in the clockwise direction (odd loops), then counterclockwise, (even loops). I will have a sign to remind you which way. You must always come back to the start/finish at the completion of each loop and the initial out and back.
Here is a link that Jonathan Symmes provided me. Thanks!
I found this nice USATF map of the trail and it gives a nice elevation profile and everything. I thought you might find it useful. http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=7628
Please leave the 4 parking spaces that are to the right of the park bathrooms and closest to the trailhead for the race van and parking for the race director, co-race director, and volunteer coordinators. This will allow the supplies to be near the aid station. Please have crew, friends, and family park at the Renton Christian Center across from the park. We will have use of this parking lot until 7:30am Sunday. They have service at 9am Sunday. All cars need to be moved to the Lake Youngs Trail parking lot by then if there is room or on the street. This is important! The church has been generous and I do not want to take advantage of their hospitality. On the street, please park on the far side away from the park only, not on both sides.
King County Parks is only allowing small tents during daylight hours on the grass behind the park bathrooms. They must be taken down at night. Please don't ask me what the reasoning behind this is. Your crew and pacers can take them down for you while you are running. I am hoping only 200 and 150 milers will take this opportunity. I expect 100 milers can push through without resting. The tents should be small, like 2 person tents. I don’t want a tent city situation. Absolutely no camping Wednesday night before the race at the park trailhead. If you, your crew, family, or friends do so, you will be disqualified. The church across the street is allowing tents on a grassy area at the far left end of the parking lot. It will probably fit 5-6 tents. The rest will need to set up a tent on the gravel parking lot in an area that I will designate. Not ideal. But better than nothing. Again, all tents have to be removed by 7:30am on Sunday along with the cars. Pop up campers may be parked at the trailhead parking lot or at the church. No trailers or large RVs please. I will also have a couple cots at the main aid station at the start/finish in our race canopies if you need to lay down for a bit but do not have a tent. Last year, a few runners put up enclosed canopies and rested in there. I thought it was a good idea and you might consider this. There's lots of room for a bunch of people to do this.
There are two park bathrooms with running water. There will also be two honeybuckets on the back side of the park bathrooms. This year I will be putting two honeybuckets at the aid station at the halfway mark. Otherwise, use the trail and clean up after yourself. The trail will be next to a road or near houses at times. Please be discreet!
Finishers will receive a buckle unique to their distance for their accomplishment. I do not have sub 24 hour buckles for the 100 mile. Top three male and female winners of each distance will get a commemorative award.
Fleece pullover for all entrants.
If the size you chose does not fit perfectly, sorry. You are stuck with that size. I don’t have extras of anything.
Your time will be marked off for each full completed loop. We will time the out and back separate. Please make sure you show the lap timer your bib so we can record your splits. Each distance bib is color coded. Red-200 milers. Blue-150 milers. Yellow-100 milers.
Absolutely no running on the road. The race is on the trail all around the watershed. Please stay on this for your own safety. I expect park officials will be around during this holiday weekend and if we screw up, it could jeopardize future races on this trail. You only cross pavement once where there is a break in the fence when you run across the watershed entrance, but it is not on the road. Run straight across and hook up with the trail again.