Red Feather Trail Jamboree: September 20-22, 2024

Registration 2024

  • Start: Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
  • Distances: 50 Mile (8,500′ gain), 50K (4,200′ gain), Half Marathon (1,700′ gain)
  • Min/Max Elevations: 7,350′ / 8,500′ (50K/Half), 7,350′ / 10,828′ (50mi)
  • Average Elevations: 8,700′ (50mi), 7,800′ (50K/Half)
  • Terrain: 70-80% singletrack, 20-30% dirt road
  • Fauna: Moose, raptors, elk, mule deer, black bears, mountain lions
  • Registration Caps: 500 total
  • Time Allowance: 16 Hours (50Mi), 11 Hours (50K), 6 Hours (Half)
  • Dates: September 20-22, 2024
  • Start Times: 6:00a (50mi), 7:00a (50K), 8:30a (Half Marathon)
  • Kids Race:: FREE, 1mi, Sunday @ 11:30a

Welcome to the Red Feather Trail Jamboree, a three-day trail running weekend put on by trail runners for trail runners.

Come enjoy the clean air and wild spaces of the Red Feather Lakes region in Northern Colorado! Take advantage of the opportunity to explore some new trails on the private land of the Ben Delatour Scout Camp and surrounding national forest.

The half marathon courses is mostly smooth dirt with moderate climbs and no on-course cut-offs. The 50km course takes in some more technical terrain over its first 10 miles before connecting with the flowing and runnable trails within the National Forest Service system. Like the half marathon, there is no time cut-off. The 50 mile route combines 5 different trail systems within the National Forest and Boy Scout property with a high point just under Middle Bald Mountain in the Laramie Mountains. There is a single cut-off at the 50K point.

With miles through moose-heavy forest and fields, streams and rocks, this route has something for everyone. Facilities at the race venue include campgrounds and cabins for rent, a community dinner in the dining hall and an on-site shower house. We want to make this a fun, family-friendly weekend for all!

We aspire to not only offer a first class trail racing experience on a scenic and impeccably marked course, but also a top-notch event experience that will leave your bellies full and the stories flowing.


Registration

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Current Entrant Lists


50K Race Fees:
Jan 15 – April 30: $105
May 1 – July 31: $120
Aug 1 – Sept 20: $130
Packet Pickup: $150

50 Mile Race Fees:
Jan 15 – April 30: $115
May 1 – July 31: $130
Aug 1 – Sept 20: $140
Packet Pickup: $160

Half Marathon Race Fees:
Jan 15 – April 30: $90
May 1 – July 31: $100
Aug 1 – Sept 20: $110
Packet Pickup: $120

3-Day Challenge Race Fees:
Jan 15 – April 30: $240
May 1 – July 31: $260
Aug 1 – Sept 20: $300
Packet Pickup: $325

What You Get in Return for Your Registration Fee:

  • Beautiful, well-marked and challenging courses
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable race and race staff & volunteers
  • Gender specific race T-shirt
  • Finisher award
  • Free race photos
  • Post-race BBQ
    • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and non-alcoholic options are available as part of our standard race fare
  • Medical & emergency communications coverage

Waiting List

If the race fills, a waitlist will be established. If you are selected from the waitlist, you are given the opportunity to accept/decline the invitation. Your credit card will not be charged until you accept. Your fellow runners in line appreciate your prompt response.

Transfer Credit & Distance Change Policy

If you are not able to race, we will be able to offer a race transfer credit that can be applied to any future Gnar Runners race (valid for 12 months). Credit deadlines are as follows:

Until April 30: 100% credit of registration (excluding UltraSignup fees).
May 1 – July 31: 75% credit of registration (excluding UltraSignup fees).
August 1 – September 15: 50% credit of registration (excluding UltraSignup fees).

** In order to receive your credit, you must cancel your registration through the UltraSignup registration platform. You can cancel your registration by clicking the link at the bottom of your registration receipt or by logging into your UltraSignup account

The credit will be valid for one year from the event date, and will be tied to your account. It will apply automatically the next time you register for a Gnar Runners event.

Registered runners may also switch between race distances. Runners stepping up in distance can pay the additional registration fee to upgrade; there is no charge for dropping down in distance. This process is self managed through your registration receipt and/or Ultrasignup account. The transfer deadline is Wednesday (9/20) at midnight.

Cancellation Policy

With the exception of waitlist transfers, entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event the race is cancelled due to extreme weather, fire, disease or for some other unforeseeable event, we cannot offer refunds or credits.


Course & Aid Stations

The 50K course will have approximately 4,200ft of vertical gain.
The 50 Mile course will have approximately 8,500ft of vertical gain.
The Half Marathon course will have approximately 1,700ft of vertical gain.

Course Maps

Red Feather Trail Jamboree 50K Map

 

Red Feather Trail Jamboree 50 Mile Map

 

Red Feather Trail Jamboree Half Marathon Map

Interactive Map

Course GPX File

Red Feather Trail Jamboree Camping Map

Facility Map of the Ben Delatour Scout Camp

Trail Map of the Ben Delatour Scout Camp

Course Profiles

Red Feather Trail Jamboree 50K Elevation Profile Red Feather Trail Jamboree 50 Mile Elevation Profile Red Feather Trail Jamboree Half Marathon Elevation Profile

Aid Stations – 50K

Aid Station Mile Split Total Gain Descent Cut-Off
High Adventure 5.3 5.3 1190 1150
Elkhorn 7.3 12.6 810 880
Lady Moon 6.6 19.2 960 790
Lady Moon 6.7 25.9 640 640
Elkhorn 2.7 28.6 500 270
Finish 2.6 31.2 160 470 6:00p

Aid Stations – 50 Mile

Aid Station Mile Split Total Gain Descent Cut-Off
Goodell 4.8 4.8 720 800
Unmanned (Water Only) 5.1 9.9 1400 350
Baldy 4.4 14.3 1400 100
Deadman 4.6 18.9 300 1500
Baldy 7.1 26.0 1900 600
Granite Ridge 6.4 32.4 400 1800 4:30p
Elkhorn 4.9 37.3 350 800
High Adventure 7.3 44.6 880 810
Finish 5.3 49.9 1150 1190 10:00p

Aid Stations – Half Marathon

Aid Station Mile Split Total Gain Descent Cut-Off
Elkhorn 2.6 2.6 260 90
Lady Moon 6.5 9.1 960 790
Elkhorn 2.6 11.7 390 190
Finish 2.6 14.3 90 280 2:30p

All full service aid stations will stock the following items:

  • VFuel gel and sports drink.
  • Water and ice
  • Salty snacks: Pretzels, potato chips, corn chips
  • Fruit: Oranges and Bananas plus additional variety depending on what might be available
  • Sweets: Cookies, M&M’s, Gummy bears
  • Soda: Coke, Ginger Ale

Time Cut-Offs

The 50K and Half Marathon distances have no intermediate cut-off times. Anyone who completes the full course is recognized as a finisher. Recommended pace to finish:

  • 50K: 21:20 min/mi
  • Half: 22:50 min/mi

The 50 Mile distance has one cut-off, which is in place to help ensure all runners are back to camp before darkness falls, while still allowing all to achieve at least a 50K distance for the day:

  • Granite Ridge Aid Station (Mile 32.4) at 4:30pm. 10:30 Total time (19:27min/mi).

Drop Bags

If you have any specific personal needs, drop bags will be allowed during the 50mi race at the Deadman (mile 18.9) and Granite Ridge (mile 32.4) aid stations. No drop bags for the 50K or Half Marathon.

Drop Bags can be dropped off either at Thursday night’s packet pickup or on Friday morning any time up until the race start.

Please keep your drop bag to a reasonable size (small duffel bag or stuff sack). They should be clearly labeled with your name and bib number. Please do not leave any valuable items in your drop bags – volunteers are not responsible for lost items.

Drop bags will not be returned to the start until each aid station shuts down and packs up at the end of the day (likely Noon or after for Deadman, 5p or after for Granite Ridge). If you finish early and need your drop bags before heading home, you are welcome to drive around to the aid stations to pick up your drop bag. Unclaimed bags will be transported to Altitude Running post-race, available in the race’s lost & found box for two weeks before being donated.

Course Marking

The course will be well marked with pink flagging and pink pin flags. Important intersections will be supplemented with flour ground markings and directional arrows. On longer stretches of trail without intersections, confidence flagging will be placed approximately every quarter mile. Turns will be marked heavily.

Toilets

Restrooms are available at the Start/Finish as well as various locations around camp, the Elkhorn Trailhead/Aid, the Lady Moon Trailhead/Aid and the Granite Ridge Trailhead/Aid.

Crew Access

Family and friends can meet their runners at the Elkhorn, Lady Moon, Granite Ridge & Deadman Trailheads as well as at Goodell Corner. Carpooling is highly recommended to limit traffic and parking congestion at the trailheads.

All trails are open to the public, so family and friends are allowed to run, hike, or bike on the course; however, pacing or crewing outside designated aid stations is not allowed and will result in the disqualification of your runner.

Training

There will likely be organized training runs in August/September for Red Feather, including a course preview & trail work weekend centered on Friday/Saturday, August 16-17. See the Fort Collins Trail Runners Facebook Group for group run postings, as well as our Events Section of our Facebook page for more info.

Detailed Course Directions – 50K

Start to High Adventure Aid Station (Mile 5.3):

From the Coral Rock Dining Hall, head south on the main park road to the T-junction with the Gregg Boundary / Zimmerman Trails. Turn Left (east) and follow the internal camp trails for roughly 4.5mi through varied terrain, heading generally (but not exclusively) east and north to the road crossing of Larimer County Road 68C. The High Adventure aid station is located on the south side of the road, immediately across from the camp High Adventure Base.

High Adventure (Mile 5.6) to Elkhorn Aid Station – 1st Visit (Mile 11.2):

Cross the road and continue following the Gregg Boundary Trail for about 3.5mi through the High Adventure Base north/west to its junction with the Box Hollow Trail. Continue west on the Box Hollow Trail for roughly 2mi to its junction with the Lady Moon Trail. Turn left onto the Lady Moon Trail and follow it south for just over a mile to the Elkhorn Trailhead and aid station.

Elkhorn Aid Station – 1st Visit (Mile 12.6) to Lady Moon Aid Station – 1st Visit (Mile 19.2):

Turn around back north for a short 100 yards from the Elkhorn Aid Station back to the first trail junction, and turn left (west) onto the Elkhorn Creek Trail. Follow it for 2 miles, then turn north. There are numerous social trails crossing throughout this section; pay attention to course markings! At the T-intersection with the Granite Ridge Trail, turn left (west) for a half mile, then right at the big 4-way intersection to head north on the Molly Moon Trail. Follow Molly Moon as it curves east and junctions with the Lady Moon Trail after a couple miles. Turn left (north) on the Lady Moon Trail up to the Lady Moon Trailhead and aid station.

Lady Moon Aid Station – 1st Visit (Mile 19.2) to Lady Moon Aid Station – 2nd Visit (Mile 25.9):

Continue north on from the Lady Moon Aid Station through the parking area and cross the paved Red Feather Lakes Road (CR74E) into the Mount Margaret Trailhead. Take the Mt Margaret Trail northwest to the intersection with the Dowdy Trail Link. Turn left at the link for 100 yards, then right onto the Dowdy Trail heading north. Follow the Dowdy Trail until it rejoins the Mt Margaret Trail at the big 5-way intersection, and turn left (west) onto the Frog Pond Trail. After a quarter mile, turn right (north) onto the North Loop Trail and follow its loop north-turning-east-turning-south back around to the Mt Margaret Trail. Turn right (SW) on the Mt Margaret Trail and follow it back through previously visited intersections, always staying on the Mt Margaret Trail heading generally south, back to the Mount Margaret Trailhead. Cross the paved CR74E into the Lady Moon Trailhead and aid station.

Lady Moon Aid Station – 2nd Visit (Mile 25.9) to Elkhorn Aid Station – 2nd Visit (Mile 28.6):

Follow the Lady Moon Trail south to the Elkhorn Trailhead and Aid Station. Really, that’s it.

Elkhorn Aid Station – 2nd Visit (Mile 28.6) to Finish (Mile 31.2):

Head SE out of the trailhead back to CR68C, and turn left (east) onto the road. Follow the road 1.4 miles and turn right (south) back down the camp road past the horse corral and archery range to the main camp road. Take a quick right at the junction and follow the flags past the parking lot, to the right, up everyone’s favorite stairs to the finish at the Coral Rock Dining Hall.

Detailed Course Directions – 50 Mile

Full Course Details Coming Soon!

In addition to the Boy Scout, Elkhorn and Lady Moon trails enjoyed on parts of the 50km and half marathon courses, the 50 mile route takes in the Lone Pine and Killpecker trail systems within the Laramie Mountains. The route tops out just below 11,000 feet between Middle and North Bald Mountains, taking in sweeping views in all directions of the Mummy Range, the Never Summer Range and the Medicine Bow Mountains.

The course offers a wonderful mix of terrain, from buttery Colorado singletrack to technical Red Feather hardscrabble with linkages on rugged Forest Service jeep tracks. The 50 mile course offers a full taste of the unique Red Feather Lakes landscape.

Detailed Course Directions – Half Marathon

Start to Elkhorn Aid Station – 1st Visit (Mile 2.6):

From the Coral Rock Dining Hall, head north on the main camp road for a half mile, then take a sharp left onto the camp road heading toward the Archery Range and Horse Corral. Follow this road for two-thirds of a mile until it junctions with Larimer County Road 68C. Turn left (west) on CR68C and follow it 1.4mi to the sign for the Elkhorn Trailhead. Turn right into the trailhead and the aid station.

Elkhorn Aid Station – 1st Visit (Mile 2.6) to Lady Moon Aid Station (Mile 9.1):

Hop onto the single track Elkhorn Creek Trail heading west for 2 miles, then turning north. There are numerous social trails crossing throughout this section; pay attention to course markings! At the T-intersection with the Granite Ridge Trail, turn left (west) for a half mile, then right at the big 4-way intersection to head north on the Molly Moon Trail. Follow Molly Moon as it curves east and junctions with the Lady Moon Trail after a couple miles. Turn left (north) on the Lady Moon Trail up to the Lady Moon Trailhead and aid station.

Lady Moon Aid Station (Mile 9.1) to Elkhorn Aid Station – 2nd Visit (Mile 11.7):

Follow the Lady Moon Trail south to the Elkhorn Trailhead and Aid Station. Really, that’s it.

Elkhorn Aid Station – 2nd Visit (Mile 11.7) to Finish (Mile 14.3):

Retrace your steps from the initial leg back to the finish. Head SE out of the trailhead back to CR68C, and turn left (east) onto the road. Follow the road 1.4 miles and turn right (south) back down the camp road past the horse corral and archery range to the main camp road. Take a quick right at the junction and follow the flags past the parking lot, to the right, up everyone’s favorite stairs to the finish at the Coral Rock Dining Hall.


Race Rules

Race rules are designed to provide a safe and fair experience for everyone involved and to help ensure our ability to produce the race again next year. Major rule infractions by racers will result in immediate disqualification of the racer. Please do not argue with or harass our volunteers. Please direct any questions and feedback to us here.

  1. The 50K will be limited to 11 hours. The 50 Mile will be limited to 14 hours. The Half Marathon will be limited to 6 hours. 50 Mile runners must also comply with the intermediate cut-off at Granite Ridge Aid Station (Mile 32.4) at 4:30p.
  2. At each aid station, volunteers will record runner bib numbers. Runners are responsible for making sure that aid station volunteers record their number. Please make sure that your bib number is visible from the front and call out and confirm your number when passing through an aid station. This is important so that we can keep track of runners and know that you are not lost or injured.
  3. If you need to drop out of the race for any reason, you must check out with the nearest aid station or course volunteer.
  4. Purposeful littering is prohibited and will result in an immediate disqualification.
  5. Stay on the trail. No bushwhacking or short cutting. In case of wet trail conditions, please run through any muddy sections to avoid widening the trail. Yield to pedestrian and horses. Mountain bikers should yield to runners, but please use common sense in all circumstances.
  6. Pacers are not allowed. Crewing is allowed at designated aid stations only.
  7. No mechanical aid (poles, traction devices, etc.) unless approved by race staff prior to the race for a specific reason.
  8. Dogs are not allowed on the course with runners.

Schedule

Thursday 9/19:

4:00-7:00p: Optional Packet Pickup at the Boy Scout Ranch – Coral Rock Dining Hall

 

Friday 9/20:

5:00a Camp gates open
5:00-5:45a: Check-In & Packet Pickup
5:55a: 50 Mile Pre-Race Briefing
6:00a: 50 Mile Race Start
2:00p: Lead 50 Mile Runners Finish
2:00p: Post-Race BBQ Begins
4:30p: Granite Ridge Aid (mile 32.4) Cut-Off
4:00-8:00p: Optional Packet Pickup at the Boy Scout Ranch – Coral Rock Dining Hall
5:00p: 50 Mile Awards
10:00p: Finish Cut-Off

 

Saturday 9/21:

5:30a Camp gates open
5:30-6:45a: Check-In & Packet Pickup
6:55a: 50K Pre-Race Briefing
7:00a: 50K Race Start
11:30a: Lead 50K Runners Finish
11:30a: Post-Race BBQ Begins
2:00p: 50K Awards
4:00-7:00p: Optional Packet Pickup at the Boy Scout Ranch – Coral Rock Dining Hall
6:00p: Finish Cut-Off

 

Sunday 9/22:

7:00a Camp gates open
7:00-8:15a: Check-In & Packet Pickup
8:25a: Half Marathon Pre-Race Briefing
8:30a: Half Marathon Race Start
10:00a: Lead Half Marathon Runners Finish
10:00a: Post-Race BBQ Begins
11:30a: Kids Race
11:45a: Half Marathon & Stage Race Awards
2:30p: Finish Cut-Off
4:30p: Camp Closes, All campers must have departed

Parking & Directions

Parking will be available at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch beginning at 4:00p on Thursday.

Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Museum Lot will be the primary location (next to the start/finish), and additional details may be added prior to race weekend.

Runners are highly encouraged to come camp! A plethora of campsites and a few cabins are available. We will be offering dinner Thursday-Saturday in the camp dining hall, as well as brunch on Sunday, a community campfire each evening, and want to make this a fun, family-friendly weekend outing for all!

We ask runners to instruct any family & friends arriving while races are ongoing Friday, Saturday or Sunday to be mindful of runner traffic as they enter the camp.

Carpooling is encouraged, as parking is limited.

Driving Directions

2331 County Rd 68C, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

Cell coverage is limited to non-existent once you leave the Fort Collins area. Have directions loaded/printed before you start driving!