Webcast


Internet Access

The interactive web page you will be using to report runner times and status has a very small footprint. The form will download quickly and will upload your entries with very little delay, provided that your Internet connection has minimal bandwidth and remains stable. You can test your connection’s upload and download speeds HERE.

If your checkpoint is NOT equipped with an Ethernet or WiFi connection during the event (see below),you will need to access to the Internet via a cellular phonecard or smartphone. If you do not have one of these cellular accounts, contact the webmaster in advance of event weekend. We may be able to come up with a loaner.

Scroll down to view detailed notes about your assigned Checkpoint…

Robinson Flat

Location: Near the intersection where the Foresthill Divide Road T’s into Forest Service Road 43.

Set Up: by 8am — first runner expected about 9:45am.

Tear Down: after 1:40pm cutoff, when released by NCS.

Web Connection: Direct connect via smartphone or via cellcard in your laptop. If cellular coverage is not available, checkpoint coverage will not be possible other than by HAM radio.

What to bring:

  • Smartphone (iPhone or the like) or Laptop with cell card.
  • Current Firefox browser version highly encouraged (Mac or PC).
  • DC charger — you may need to recharge from your vehicle.
  • AC charger — AC power may be available from a generator.
  • Ethernet cable or WiFi capability, if using a laptop.
  • Small folding table and chair (keep in reserve if needed)
  • Some means of shading your screen from bright light.
  • Water and munchies.

Remarks:

  • Allow 45 min travel time from Foresthill (1.5 hrs from Auburn). The road beyond Foresthill is narrow, but paved all the way to Robinson Flat.
  • You may want to drive into Robinson the night before and camp out.
  • Best location for laptop is close to the IN timers if wifi signal is good. Definitely need a spot that is out of the sun.
  • Best location for cellphone WiFi router is on the elevated flat around the corner to your left as you reach the end of the pavement at Robinson. Work with Radio crew to assure you have adequate power to run the router box, if used.
  • Depending on where you are set up, timer sheets will have to be brought to you by a runner from the IN timers and/or the OUT timers.
  • Cellphone service in the Robinson Flat area is medium on Verizon and only in certain places.
  • If stable coverage is not available, check in with the webmaster via HAM radio. You will be reassigned to another checkpoint further down trail.

Michigan Bluff

Location: Downtown Michigan Bluff, just short of where the road ends in a cul-de-sac.

Set Up: by Noon — first runner expected about 1:40pm.

Tear Down: after 9:30pm cutoff, when released by NCS.

Web Connection:
Personal cellcard hotspot or smartphone. Verizon coverage is good.

WiFi at the Hall residence: Ethernet cable connection also available. WiFi password is provided separately.

Members of the press are allowed to use the connections to upload their stories and photos on a non-interference basis. Request to sight their WS-issued credential before providing them access.

DO NOT share your signon with members of the public!
What to bring:

  • Laptop
  • Current Firefox browser version highly encouraged (Mac or PC).
  • DC charger — you may need to recharge from your vehicle.
  • AC charger — AC power available at Hall residence
  • Ethernet cable or WiFi capability

Remarks:

  • The Hall’s home phone is 530-367-2135.
  • Allow 15 min travel time from Foresthill (1 hr from Auburn).
  • Parking in MB is at a premium. Be cooperative. Be prepared to walk a bit from where you have to park.
  • Best location for laptop reporting (out of the sun) is across street from the IN timers, on the front porch of the Hall residence or in their garage at side of house.
  • Timer sheets will have to be brought to you by runner. Work with Timer volunteers to arrange this.
  • The webcam that was viewable on the webcast MB page last year will not be used this year. Maybe back in 2011.
  • Cellphone service in Michigan Bluff is good on Verizon.

Foresthill

Location: Parking lot of the Foresthill Elementary School, 24750 Main Street (north end of town.)

Set Up: by 1:00pm — first runner expected about 2:25pm.

Tear Down: after 11:45pm cutoff, when released by NCS.

Web Connection:
Personal cellcard hotspot or smartphone.

FH Middle School LAN: There are two WiFi access points that are password protected (PW provided separately); use whichever works best at your setup location.

DO NOT share these signons with members of the public!

Members of the press are allowed to use the connections to upload their stories and photos on a non-interference basis. Request to sight their WS-issued credential before providing them access.

Backup WiFi is available at the Pizza Factory, lower end of town.
What to bring:

  • Laptop
  • Current Firefox browser version highly encouraged (Mac or PC).
  • DC charger — you may need to recharge from your vehicle.
  • AC charger — AC power may be available at School site.
  • Ethernet cable or WiFi capability
  • Small folding table and chair (keep in reserve if needed)
  • Some means of shading your screen from bright light if setup location is not well shaded.
  • Water and munchies.

Remarks:

  • Allow 45 min travel time from Auburn.
  • Best location for laptop is close to the IN timers, at the upper end of the parking lot area. Definitely need a spot that is out of the sun.
  • Depending on where you are set up, timer sheets may have to be brought to you by runner from the IN- or OUT-timers, or both.
  • Cellphone service in Foresthill is reliably good for all providers.
  • If you have network access problems, call one of our Middle School contacts: Lisa at 530-367-3392 or Chris at 530-401-8549.

Rucky Chuck (aka, “RC near”)

Location: Near the campground at the bottom of Drivers Flat Road. Take Foresthill Divide Road from I-80 for about 8 miles to the turnoff. Use caution when driving this graded dirt road; it is very steep and rough in places. 4WD strongly recommended.

Set Up: by 3:00pm — first runner expected about 4:10pm.

Tear Down: after 5:00am cutoff, when released by NCS.

Web Connection: WiFi via cellular datacard in Franciscos meadow area, about 100yds uphill from checkpoint.

What to bring:

  • Laptop with WiFi capability
  • Current Firefox browser version highly encouraged (Mac or PC).
  • DC charger — you may need to recharge from your vehicle.
  • AC charger — AC power may be available if generator is set up.
  • Small folding table and chair (keep in reserve if needed)
  • Tent gazebo or some such means of shading your screen from bright light.
  • Water and munchies.

Remarks:

  • Allow 1 hour travel time from Auburn; enter via Drivers Flat access road. Road is steep and very rough. Take your time.
  • Best location for laptop is close to the IN timers, depending on signal strength. Definitely need a spot that is out of the sun.
  • Depending on where you are set up, timer sheets may have to be brought to you by runner.
  • Cellphone service in the Rucky Chuck area is marginal to poor, depending on location.

Auburn Lake Trails

Location: Checkpoint is partway into the American River canyon, downhill from the Auburn Lake Trails gated community, a few miles east of Cool, CA.

Set Up: by 4:30pm — first runner expected about 6:00pm.

Tear Down: after 7:00am cutoff, when released by NCS.

Web Connection: WiFi to DSL router at private home, about 100yds uphill from checkpoint.

What to bring:

  • Laptop with WiFi capability
  • Current Firefox browser version highly encouraged (Mac or PC).
  • DC charger — you may need to recharge from your vehicle.
  • AC charger — AC power may be available from a generator
  • Small folding table and chair (keep in reserve if needed)
  • Water and munchies.

Remarks:

  • Allow 45 min travel time from Auburn; enter via ALT Gate 1.
  • Best location for laptop is close to the timers, depending on signal strength.
  • Depending on where you are set up, timer sheets may have to be brought to you by runner.
  • ALT contact for DSL line is Frank Lieberman: 530-886-0890. Or Kevin Lundy at 530-889-2519 (or) kevlarkowboy@comcast.net. Kevin knows Frank and can follow-up if you can’t reach Frank.
  • Cellphone service in the ALT checkpoint area is marginal to good.

Hwy 49 Crossing

Location: Checkpoint is on the west side of Hwy 49, opposite the Cool Cave Quarry (Teichert Aggregates) entrance. Parking is limited strictly to those authorized in advance; no spectator parking.

Set Up: by 6:00pm — first runner expected about 7:30pm.

Tear Down: after 9:15am cutoff, when released by NCS.

Web Connection: WiFi to cellcard router. Backup is WiFi to router attached to land line at weigh station in Teichert quarry area, about 100yds from checkpoint.

What to bring:

  • Laptop with WiFi capability
  • Current Firefox browser version highly encouraged (Mac or PC).
  • DC charger — you may need to recharge from your vehicle.
  • AC charger — AC power may be available from a generator
  • Small folding table and chair (keep in reserve if needed)
  • Water and munchies.

Remarks:

  • Allow 30 min travel time from Auburn; check with CP Captain about parking.
  • Best location for laptop is close to the timers, depending on signal strength.
  • Depending on where you are set up, timer sheets may have to be brought to you by runner.
  • Cellphone service in the Hwy 49 Crossing checkpoint area is marginal to good.

Robie Point

Location: Checkpoint is at a cul-de-sac at the bottom of Robie Drive, about one mile via surface streets from the Finish Line.

Set Up: by 7:30pm — first runner expected about 8:40pm.

Tear Down: after 11:00am cutoff, or when released by NCS.

Web Connection: Smartphone, using phone-friendly web page. (Link to be provided separately.)

What to bring:

  • Smartphone, such as an iPhone or Droid.
  • DC charger — you may need to recharge from your vehicle.
  • Small folding table and chair (keep in reserve if needed)
  • Flashlight to read Bib#’s when dark.
  • Water and munchies.

Remarks:

  • Allow 10 min travel time from Auburn.
  • Timer sheets may not be the best approach in this situation. Runners will pass you on their way toward the Finish, about a mile away on surface streets. Get their Bib# and note the time. Make your smartphone update at once. The Announcer at the Stadium will be monitoring your entries as a “heads up” for approaching finishers.
  • Cellphone service in the Robie checkpoint area is medium strength.

Finish Line

Location: Finish Line is on the south side of the LeFebvre Stadium track at Placer High School. The entire stadium is used during the weekend of the WS Run.

Set Up: by 7:00pm — first runner expected about 8:50pm.

Tear Down: after 11:00am cutoff, when released by NCS.

Web Connection:
WiFi to Placer High School LAN. Bandwidth should be in excess of 10Mb download and 5Mb upload. Signon information provided separately.

DO NOT share signon info with members of the public!

Members of the press are allowed to use the WiFi to upload their stories and photos.
What to bring:

  • Laptop, with WiFi capability.
  • Current Firefox browser version highly encouraged (Mac or PC).
  • AC charger — AC power is available at the base of the announcer’s booth above the bleachers and at various locations down on the field.
  • Water and munchies.

Remarks:

  • Wifi coverage at the Finish Line is excellent. Signon information will be provided separately.
  • Cellphone service in the Finish Line area is excellent.
  • Official times are logged automatically via a chip timer mat on the finish line. Laptop reports of finishers are independent of the chip times and, although unofficial, are necessary to assure a full accounting of runners who are no longer “On Trail.”
  • You may not be in a good position to view the Finish Line’s countdown time display. Take advantage of the Elapsed Time displayed on your input form. It will be synchronized to within a second or two of the official clock.

Net Control Station (NCS)

Location: NCS operates out of the Auburn Parks & Rec building adjacent to the parking lot for the American River Canyon Overlook, 855 Pacific Ave, Auburn. This is an off-trail loacation, about 1/2 mile from the Run Finish Line. Its location is optimum for line-of-sight HAM Radio communications with the various Run checkpoints in the American River canyon.

Set Up: First shift in place by 6:00am, Saturday — first runner reports expected from Lyon Ridge by about 6:30am.

Tear Down: Last shift, after 11:00am, Sunday, after all runners are safely off the course.

Web Connection:
DSL router with WiFi and cable connections.

DO NOT share signon info with members of the public!

Members of the press are allowed to use the WiFi to upload their stories and photos.
What to bring:

  • Laptop
  • Current Firefox browser version highly encouraged (Mac or PC).
  • Ethernet cable or WiFi capability
  • AC charger — AC wall outlets are available.

Remarks:

  • Many of the checkpoints do not have internet access. Their reports are sent via HAM radio to NCS. Laptop reports are made at NCS to capture this voice-based data feed.
  • Some checkpoints may use a method of transmitting runner reports over HAM radio that converts the reports into an email. In this case the data needs to be extracted from the emails and loaded to the server. Exact procedure will be provided on site by the webmaster.
  • Reporting conflicts that crop up during the event must be resolved by the NCS webcast crew, if possible.
  • All runners must be accounted for as safely Off Trail at the 11am Finish Cutoff, or as soon as possible thereafter. Full NCS capability must be maintained until the accounting is complete, regardless of the extra time required. Failure to account for all runners can trigger a Search & Rescue situation.
  • Soft drinks and munchies provided by event.
  • Cellphone service in the NCS area is excellent.