Course and Bus Transportation
|Ascent: 3,474 ft
|Decent: 2,139 ft
The race begins approximately one mile south of the Guy West Bridge in Sacramento on the American River Parkway. The American River Parkway is the nation's longest, continuous wild and scenic riparian parkway in a major metropolitan area and the jewel of the Sacramento region.
Runners will follow the American River Parkway for the first 19 miles to the Hazel Bluffs. This first part of the race is on pavement. However, the shoulder of the bike trail has decomposed granite for a softer running surface. After crossing the Hazel Avenue Bridge, runners will ascend on a single track trail to the Hazel Bluffs. Upon descending from the Hazel Bluffs, the course will re-connect with the bike trail and intermix with fire roads and single track trails through mile 22. From mile 22 to mile 27, the course re-joins the pavement. After reaching Beal's Point at mile 27, runners will enjoy single track trails for the duration of the run to Auburn. At mile 46, runners will climb the infamous "Dam Wall." Runners will be greeted at the summit by the Last Gasp aid station. With 3 miles to go, motivational mile mark signs, will boost your spirits as you tackle the last climb. The "Party at Mile 49" with cheering enthusiasts, an inflatable frog and ice cold cokes will send you off on your victory mile to Auburn.
Runners have the option of arranging for a bus ride to the start or from the finish back to the start. Bus transportation is arranged several months in advance, therefore, we ask for your cooperation with the following:
You must pre-register for the bus.
Deadline is Friday, March 28th, 2013
No race day sign-up's.
Bus tickets are non-refundable.
The cost is $20.
Sign up at:
The morning bus leaves the Auburn Overlook (finish line) on Pacific St. at 4:10 A.M. and takes runners to the start. For online directions and map, go to www.maps.google.com and type in 855 Pacific Avenue, Auburn, CA.
The evening bus leaves the finish area at 7:00 P.M. to transport runners back to the start at Guy West Bridge.
If you are leaving your vehicle at the start, we recommend leaving warm clothes in your finish line drop bag.
All drop bags must be taken to the start line and will be transported to the appropriate locations. (Beal's Point, Rattlesnake Bar and the Finish line)
Have FUN on your RUN!
Tips on how to train for your first and best 50 miler!
-Julie Fingar, Ultra Endurance Coach, athlete and race director.
Train by time on your feet instead of total miles. Focus on quality workouts versus quantity. Your goal is to arrive at the start line of the race healthy and injury free. This is 50% of the battle in getting to the start line of any endurance race.
Train on the race course if possible and or simulate race terrain. Do one long trail run each weekend leading to the event. This helps to simulate what the body and mind will feel in the final miles of the race.
Your approximate mileage will vary by runner. Everyone is different. Some can handle a higher volume, however, beginners should err on the conservative side and not over train.
A 50K training run or practice race is great preparation for a 50 miler.
Cross training activities such as cycling, swimming, elliptical, yoga, strength and core work should be incorporated in to the training. The key is to keep your program balanced.
Practice hydration and fueling on every run even your short, recovery runs during the week. Fill your body with good fuel and eat balanced healthy meals.
Primal Calm is a great recovery product to be used post workouts, this will help you get back out there quicker and stronger. Check it out at: http://bradventures.com.
Train with others that have similar goals. Explore the camaraderie, support and motivation with other trail runners. Looking for a training group?
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Visualize and prepare yourself mentally. Imagine coping with the extremes. "If you believe, you can achieve."
Schedule bi-weekly or monthly massages. Body care and stretching are essential when preparing for an endurance event -Lily Brantley 916.390.1035