The following was sent out to all registered runners on Friday June 21.
We are just about there. Hopefully you are feeling rested, healthy, and ready to rock and roll on June 29. Just a few remaining items I’d like to convey to you before you arrive in Squaw Valley. A race program with many of these details was mailed to you this week if you live in North America and should be at your house or will be soon. You will want to bring that to the race to give to your crew. No need to print anything out from the website. It’s also available online as a PDF (37MB). We will have extra copies at Squaw if yours didn’t arrive in the mail.
Please show up at Squaw prepared for any type of weather. As we get closer to the race the weather forecast gets more accurate. The current forecast from accuweather.com is for rain in the beginning of race week, with a warming trend and highs close to 100 in Auburn on race day. That’s an historically warm day.
Friday from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. you must check-in. You will pick up your swag, sign some waivers, have your picture taken for the webcast, have baseline vitals taken and recorded on your wrist band. On Saturday morning, between 4:00 a.m. and 4:50 a.m., you must pick up your bib number and chip. If for whatever reason you decide not to run but have picked up your bib and chip, please report back so we know you didn’t start and are not lost.
These must be placed in their appropriate pile between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday. There will be drop bag service at the finish line so place warm and dry clothes in a bag for the finish if you don’t have a crew.
On The Trail
You will be following yellow Montrail ribbons the whole way. If you see any other color or combination of ribbons we did not put them there. For the night sections we will be using reflective ribbons instead of glo-sticks. These are reusable, can be put up the day before the race, and are much easier to manage. You still might see limited glo-sticks at some aid stations and at the river crossing. The WS course is very well marked and if you haven’t seen ribbons then stop and figure out where you are.
Cutting switchbacks is not allowed. Littering is not tolerated. While we realize you may inadvertently drop something from your pack, please be very careful. Our continued use of the trail is not a given and it is incumbent on all of us to be respectful stewards of the trail. If you see something in the trail please take the time to pick it up – or better yet, have your pacer pick it up. If you have to relieve yourself please be sure to step off the trail and cover your deposit. This should be obvious but we’ve had issues in the past with people not getting completely off the trail. For everybody’s sake, please be respectful. If you need a little guidance, refer to this flowchart on how to poop in the woods.
If you are close to the cutoffs coming into an aid station, we will be utilizing the following protocol to help you manage your time.
30 minutes—-3 short blasts on air horn
20 minutes—-2 short blasts on air horn
10 minutes—-1 short blast on air horn
5 minutes—-Verbal warning to all those still in the aid station
Aid station closed—-one long blast on air horn
You must leave the aid station before the cutoff.
If for whatever reason you decide to drop from the race, please be sure you have your wristband cut off by an aid station captain and give them your chip. If you are unaccounted for we will attempt to contact you and/or your emergency contact. And if we are not successful in these attempts, we will need to contact Search and Rescue (at your cost). So it is imperative that we get your wristband and chip to make sure you are accounted for.
Crews and Shuttles
Please share these details with your crew if you have one. Crew parking at most of the aid stations is very limited. Consolidate your crew into one car per aid station, max. If you have multiple crew vehicles either split up the aid stations that they visit or park at the finish at Placer HS and take one car to the aid stations. Working cooperatively with other crews will make everything better. If we overload our parking/shuttle infrastructure with too many cars it will just make it more likely that some crews will not see their runner. We will utilize four different shuttles this year.
Cars will be parked at Sailor Flat which is about 1.5 miles from Robinson Flat. We will run two shuttles to the top where the crews will be dropped off. Once that parking area is full, cars will be instructed to follow a bus up, turn around at the top, and then asked to park on the side of the road coming back down. If yours is one of the cars that is allowed to go up, you can walk the remaining distance to the aid station. In order to get everybody up there as efficiently as possible you may be asked to get in the car of another crew going to the top. It is a narrow road and buses can pass each other in only a couple of places. Do not pass another car or bus. The people doing this are very skilled and have been doing it for 30 years. Please follow the directions of all the monitors, be patient and courteous, and we’ll get everybody up to the aid station in time to see their runners.
As you drive into the town of Michigan Bluff you will be turned around at Chicken Hawk Rd and asked to park on the right hand side of the road going out of Michigan Bluff. There will be a short 1/2 mile walk or shuttle from Chicken Hawk Rd to the aid station. The shuttle will run from noon to 7:30 p.m.
Near Side Rucky Chucky
There will be two vans shuttling crews to the river from the north side of the highway above Driver’s Flat Rd. Please do not walk across the highway unless you plan to walk the 2.5 miles down.
You can pick up the shuttle in the town of Cool in the paved parking area south of the Fire Station. No stopping at the aid station; this is a very busy highway. There will be a CHP officer on site to control traffic.
In the rare instance that you might need to be evacuated from the course, CALSTAR, a non-profit, community service air ambulance, provides rapid air transportation and advanced life support to victims of trauma and illness. CALSTAR has 9 bases of operation in central and northern California and each base is staffed 24 hours a day with two critical care RN’s and a pilot. CALSTAR understands that a medical crisis can cause financial hardships, therefore they offer an annual membership program. For only $50 per year a family household can become CALSTAR members. If a member suffers a medical emergency, and 911 responders/dispatch deem it appropriate to be flown by air ambulance, then members are not billed for air medical transportation by CALSTAR. For more information on CALSTAR’s membership program, please visit www.calstar.org or contact Sonja Vargas at CALSTAR 3-Auburn, 530-887-0569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSER has no financial interest in CALSTAR.
You can provide to your friends and families the following direct link to the ultralive.net race day webcast:
Facebook integration and email/SMS notifications are also available. You will need to register with the email address you used with us.
Placer HS track. This is the destination you’ve been looking forward to reaching for some time. All your family, friends, and fans will be there celebrating with you. There will be food, coffee, cold drinks all night and day long, and a full breakfast served at 8:00 a.m. Whether this is your first finish or your 20th, I encourage you to stick around and enjoy the finishes of others.
Be smart this final week, safe travels, and we’ll #seeyouinsquaw.
Craig Thornley, Race Director