Aid Stations & Drop Bags

Aid Station Segment Splits

Aid Station
Mile
Split
60km Total
Distance
100km Total
Distance
Aid
Drop Bags
Crew Access
Lat/Long
Michigan Ditch
11.4
11.4
11.4
Full
Yes
No
 
Diamond
5.8
17.2
17.2
Full
Yes
Yes
40.503195, -105.899856
Montgomery
6.0
23.2
23.2
Full
Yes
No
 
Ruby Jewel
6.2
29.4
Full
Yes
Hike In Only
40.584300, -105.963285
Clearly Canadian 1
8.3
37.7
Full
Yes
No
 
Clearly Canadian 2
6.3
44.0
Full
Yes
No
 
Crew Rally Point
1.3
45.3
Water Only
No
Hike In Only
40.630321, -105.999570
Bockman Road
7.4 / 4.9
28.1
52.7
Full
Yes
Yes
40,559134, -105.971943
Finish
8.3
36.4
61.0
  Yes    

Expect slower service at aid stations as we all navigate the new guidelines

  • Masks are required in aid stations.  Boundaries will be set between the service area (wear masks) and eating/drinking area (mask removal is fine with 6’ distancing)
  • No communal food bowls.  Runners will not have direct access to the food.  A masked/gloved volunteer will distribute individual servings in individual plates/bowls/cups and sanitize the serving table between each runner
  • Fluid service is no-touch.  Runners must open their own bottles/bladders, and a masked/gloved volunteer pours into their container.  If contact is made, serving pitchers will be sanitized
  • Warming tents and blankets are only for true medical situations. Entering a warming tent means the runner is dropping.  Maximum occupancy of 4 in a warming tent.  Blankets are limited and will not be reused between runners
  • Menus will be posted 1/2mi before each aid station to encourage runners to consider their requests ahead of time and not linger
  • A hand-sanitizer station will be set up at the entrance to each aid station
  • The food selection will be simplified.  Priority will be given to foods runners are unable to provide in their drop bags (hot soup, quesadillas, ice, popsicles, fruit). A full menu list will be published pre-race
  • Volunteers will NOT provide personal, one-on-one service.  Contact minimization is the goal. Runners should be self-sufficient as much as possible
  • Safety and Medical Personnel on course will be staffed to full (or beyond) levels. Overall volunteer numbers will be reduced with the elimination of roles for personal runner service and simplification of food service

The longest stretch without aid is from the start to Michigan Ditch (11.4 miles); however, the hardest stretch comes between the Ruby Jewel aid station and the Clearly Canadian aid station. Runners should be sure to stock up at Ruby Jewel with the necessary supplies to meet their nutrition and hydration needs. This section is over 8 miles, and occurs at high altitude, with lots of climbing on rough terrain during the heat of the day. It could take as long as 4 hours to get between aid stations.

We will have a first responder and a radio volunteer stationed at Kelly Lake for added safety. They will have a limited supply of water treated from the lake but will not have any additional aid supplies. This is intended to be used by runners who truly need it.

All full service aid stations will stock the following items:

  • Vfuel gel and sports drink
  • Water and Ice

*Aid stations will not provide water cups. All runners are required to carry their own water bottle or hydration pack.

Drop Bags

If you have any specific personal nutrition or gear needs, you can leave drop bags to be taken to the designated drop bag aid stations. Drop bags can be left at the start during Friday check in or on race morning (except for Michigan Ditch and Montgomery).

  • Please keep your bags to a reasonable size (small duffel bag or stuff sack – no coolers, buckets, hard luggage, or hard plastic bins).
  • Do not pack breakable glass or valuables in your drop bags.

Runners can place drop bags at every full aid station.  We want runners to have this extra resource, to help make up for more limited crews & aid.  Runners can also use their drop bags to avoid high risk areas in aid stations by self-aiding.

  • Drop bags for Michigan Ditch (mile 11.4) and Montgomery (mile 23.2) are strongly discouraged due to space constraints, and cannot be dropped off race morning
  • Drop bags need to be a reasonable size (small duffle bag / gallon ziplock), soft-sided, and contain no breakable items or valuables
  • Drop bags need to be clearly labeled with runner Name, Bib Number and Location
  • Drop bags cannot be protected if rain/hail occurs.  Prepare accordingly
  • Sanitizing spray/wipes will be available for runners & volunteers who handle drop bags

Drop bags from Clearly Canadian and Bockman Road will not be returned to the finish area until early Sunday morning and will be available at the post-race breakfast/awards. Drop bags from Michigan Ditch, Diamond, Montgomery and Ruby Jewel will be available at the finish at the end of the day Saturday.

Runners will start in waves of 10 every 5 minutes, beginning at 3:00a.  Each set of 50 runners is a Wave Group.  Cut-Offs will be enforced by Wave Group at the following aid stations:

Group Diamond Ruby Jewel Clearly Canadian 2 Bockman
1 9:45a 2:30p 8:45p 1:00a
2 10:15a 3:00p 9:15p 1:30a
3 10:45a 3:30p 9:45p 2:00a
4 11:15a 4:00p 10:15p 2:30a
5 11:45a 4:30p 10:45p 3:00a
6 12:15p     3:30a

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