This is how the 2019 weekend will generally progress. Specific directions will be detailed through pre-race correspondence.
Friday Sept 20th
Arrive at the venue anytime after noon. Come say hey at the cabin, lie/brag about how out-of-shape you are, and pour yourself a compensatory kombucha or beer. At some point, explore the 20 acre property and set up your tent at one of the many prepared campsites. The afternoon/evening will brim with unstructured chilling, lawn games, and the one pre-race task of making yourself a bib at the art table. Dinner will be served at 6, and will remain available until late to accommodate night time arrivals.
This 2017 map by Keiko Budech might help you get oriented.
Saturday Sept 21st
Race begins at 9AM, so breakfast will be available at 6:30AM. Coffee, toasted bagels, hard boiled eggs, and fruit. Here are a few of the runners getting fed and acquainted.
At 8AM, we’ll gather together to get pumped up and discuss all relevant race logistics (don’t try to run the first and only hill; eat at aid stations; ham for the cam).
We’ll then caravan a few miles up the road to the race start. Here’s Jon, channeling inspiration from his ass to the rest of the crowd, in 2017.
The course is pretty tough. It’s a big climb that, once it’s over, feels like having been launched into the high alpine.
There’s an aid station after just 4.5 miles, but it’s a great time to take stock of what you’ve already accomplished (~3000ft). It will look something like this, except by a lake, without a Suburban.
You’ll get to the top soon, and then there’s some nice running along the ridge with huge views of the valley. You’ll eventually get to the photographer, Julia Ruedig.
You’ll then descend through the wilderness, then on a logging road. You’ll end up back on the gravel road with just about a mile to go, plus a 100ft uphill finish that the 2017 crew really liked. Here’s Alex Pond, the first male finisher in 2017, going through the car wash on the way to the hot tub. He seems happy.
(And now as of 2018, we have a hot shower! Put together by the incomparable Max Owen.)
Emery Mitchem, of 2017 aid station fame, is pictured below in black with his assistants, Brad Markle, in blue, and rainbow, in the entire visible spectrum.
There are two aid stations and eight hours to complete the course. It’s like a work day, but instead of work, you play in the outer reaches of your mind, body, and world. We found that eight hours is ample time for people of various fitness levels and running experience to complete the course. The fastest finished in about three and a half hours.
Dinner begins at 3 and will roll throughout the evening until everyone has had their fill, and then leftovers will remain available throughout the night. There will be awards and toasts, like to the 2017 champions pictured here, Alex Pond and Anna McConnell.
There will be lots of prizes, like a pie for the final finisher, the gracious sweeper, Jon Loeffler.
Then a formerly professional dancer will lead a rhythmic stretch session that transitions to an exuberant dance party. The dancing and the party is kinda the point of the whole thing, the shared accomplishment infusing the festivities with a uniquely dreamy joy. Last year, some experienced runners credited the dancing for diminishing the soreness they usually feel the day after. Stay up as late as your body will let you.
Sunday September 22nd
Then we celebrate the equinox with a flapjack feast, coffee, and good feelings. Hang out for as long as you’re able and help finish any leftover food/beer/kombucha. Share stories and smiles until we bid adieux ’til next year.