The following email was sent to all 2013 WS runners on 3/26/13.
Race day is fast approaching. We just passed the 100 days to go mark! I hope your training is going well. Race prep is going well from our end and it looks like this will be a normal course year unless we have a freaky spring. This second runner update is to answer a few questions I’ve been getting and to update you on a few things.
- Service Requirement - These signed forms are due to me by May 15, 2013. Please don’t wait until the last minute to send them in. Signed documents may be scanned and emailed to me so no need to spend $30 to overnight ship it. The WSER board instituted this requirement in 1998 to help the sport of ultrarunning. Trail work or volunteering at any organized race is accepted.
- General Information Form – We ask that each runner fill out a general information form so Tropical John Medinger doesn’t make stuff up about you as you run the last 250 meters around the Placer HS track. The form can be found here and either snail-mailed or emailed to me. He’ll say just about whatever you write so have fun. Always a good idea to list all the people who have supported you in your quest to get to the Placer HS track.
- Pacer Request Page – Thanks to Gary Wang, the creator of realendurance.com, and the WSER webmaster, Ian Doremus, the pacer request page has been up for a couple of weeks. There are many pacers offering their pacing services. Pacers are not required, but can be a real help in the middle of the night when your brain isn’t as sharp as it may normally be.
- Bus from Placer HS to Squaw – If you are without crew and need a ride back to Squaw Valley on Sunday after the race, we will have a bus that will leave Placer HS at 3pm on Sunday and take you back to Squaw Valley. Send $45 to me to reserve your spot. The bus is usually not full so you might be able to get on without a reservation but reserve a spot to guarantee a ride.
- Trail Work Days – The WSER Trail Crew has had two successful work days so far and there are three remaining. If you plan to work in April, May, or June you’ll need to fill out the volunteer form to work on federal land before the work day. Instructions for filling out the form and signing up to help are here. For those of you who have helped or will help, the WS community thanks you.
- GU Roctane Drink instead of GU Brew – Our longtime sponsor, GU Energy, is going to provide us with Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink and Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy gels. Roctane Ultra Endurance products are the premium energy source for committed endurance athletes who are experienced and competitive and undertake long (4+ hours) or intense (above lactate threshold) efforts.
- Memorial Weekend Training Runs - This weekend is going to be a lot of fun. The Saturday run capacity has been increased by one bus so sign up if you haven’t. If you want to arrange your own transportation and use the aid stations you can also sign up Saturday morning at Foresthill Elementary School beginning at 5:45am. The Sunday and Monday runs still have space available and you can signup at ultrasignup. We are really excited about the festivities we have lined up for Sunday evening in Auburn. First off, co-owner of Firetrail Pizza and four-time finisher Jed Tukman, will have his mobile wood-fired oven cooking pizzas to help you recover some of the calories you consumed the previous two days starting at 5pm. At 6pm we’re gonna show the 1983 WS race followed by a discussion with Jim Howard and Jim King, facilitated by Andy Jones-Wilkins. Whether you’ve never seen this Desperate Dreams video or watched it 25-times like I have, we are in for a treat. Everything will take place at the Canyon View Community Center at 471 Maidu Dr in Auburn. You’ll have to buy your pizza, but everything else is free.
Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions.
Craig Thornley, Race Director