|Date:||Saturday, July 13, 2019|
|Time:||7:00 am (no early start)|
|Location:||Mount Ashland, Oregon|
|Cost:||$75 before March 31st, $90 thereafter|
|Qualifiers:||SOB 50k = 2 UTMB points
|Registration:||Registration is available on-line only through ultrasignup.com beginning November 30th at 7 am. Registration will close on July 12, though we expect the event to fill well before then. There are no refunds, transfers or postponements.|
|Packet Pickup:||We don’t have traditional race packets. If you ordered a t-shirt you may pick it up Friday at Rogue Valley Runners in Ashland between 3 and 6PM. It is a great place to hang out with other runners and get pumped for Saturday’s event. We start signing in 50K runners at 6:15, providing race numbers and chips for timing. If you didn’t pick up the shirt you ordered on Friday it must be picked up before your race. There is a separate line for shirt and mug pick up. We encourage you to drop by our friends at Rogue Valley Runners on Friday to pick up last minute racing needs and running advice from Oregon’s finest running store. Don’t worry, the traditional SWAG will be provided as you cross the finish line!|
|Directions to the Start:||Take the Interstate 5 Mount Ashland exit (exit #6), located 10 miles south of Ashland and 5 miles north of the California/Oregon border. Follow the signs to the ski area located about 8 miles from the Interstate. If driving from Ashland, please allow at least 40 minutes driving time to get there.|
|Awards:||Cowbells will be awarded to the top three in each age division as well as to the first man and woman overall. Results will be posted near the finish line. Complete results will be available on the SOB website by the end of race weekend.|
|Drop Bag:||Drop bags will be available at Siskiyou Gap Aid Station which you will pass twice at mile 9 and mile 22. We will gather drop bags before the start on race morning under the Siskiyou sign. Be advised that the drop bags will be picked up for the return to the finish area at approximately 12:30 pm.|
|Age Divisions:||Men and Women, 29 and under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.|
|Cutoffs:||The following cut-offs are in effect for the 50K course. Runners must exit the aid station by the cut-off times listed below or they will be pulled from the event by the aid station captains. Aid station captains have the final word. Runners crossing the finish line after the final cut-off will not be scored in the results. Cut off times apply to the return course after the turnaround:|
|Pacers:||No pacers are allowed however family and friends are welcome to join the runners for the last mile which begins once the runners exit the Pacific Crest Trail for the last time.|
From the start at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area parking lot, the course heads west to a junction with fire road 40S15 (.4 miles) before intersecting with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The course then heads along the PCT to the Willamette Meridian aid station. From the aid station, the trail climbs to a saddle with views of beautiful Mt. Shasta, the peaks of the Marble Mountain wilderness and Mt. Eddy. The trail continues to another gap and then descends through Long John Saddle to the Siskiyou Gap aid station. If you left a drop bag for delivery, this is where you will find it.
The next 3.4 miles will climb on Road 20 (dirt/gravel) to Wrangle Gap, then back on the PCT and on to the Jackson Gap aid station which is now located where the PCT crosses road 40S01. From here it’s a short distance up the road to the intersection with Road 20 and the actual Jackson Gap, the highest point on the course at 7100 feet. Prominent peaks at this gap include Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ashland, Preston Peak (Siskiyou Wilderness), Red Buttes, and Mt. McLoughlin and the Crater Lake rim to the north.
Leaving Jackson Gap, the course heads due north on Road 20 for 2.1 miles to Wrangle Gap, meets with the PCT and follows the trail around Big Red Mountain to the Siskiyou Gap aid station (3.4 miles). From Siskiyou Gap, the return is the same route as going out.
AID STATION DESCRIPTION
Most aid stations will be stocked with electrolyte drink, gels, water, potatoes, chips, cookies, pretzels, candy, and other ultra goodies. Willamette Meridian, Siskiyou Gap, and Jackson Gap are full service aid stations. Wrangle and Grouse Gap are water only.
POST-RACE SNACKS AND OPTIONAL LUNCH
Awaiting you at the finish line will be plenty of refreshments plus a hot lunch.
RULES AND TRAIL ETIQUETTE
|1.||The 50k begins at 7:00 am (no early start).|
|2.||Numbers must be worn on the front and remain visible at all times.|
|3.||Drop bags for the Siskiyou Gap aid station can be left in the designated area near runner check-in. Drop bags will be returned to the start area by 1:30 pm.|
|4.||This is mountain running – the morning may be cool with warm afternoon temperatures – come prepared for anything and you should carry at least one water bottle.|
|5.||The course is marked with pink ribbon. You should never go more than 1/4 mile without seeing the flagging.|
|6.||If you drop from the run, you must notify the aid station captain. If we have no record of you either finishing or dropping, we will be forced to call search and rescue.|
|7.||No pacers are allowed, however, family and friends are welcome to join their runners, on their return, from the junction of the PCT and Road 20S15 back to the finish line.|
|8.||Dogs are not allowed on the course. Leashed dogs are only allowed in the Mount Ashland parking area.|
|9.||Crews are not permitted to drive on the course.|
|10.||Please NO littering. Help us maintain the beauty of this course. Pack your garbage to the nearest aid station.|
|11.||NO exchanging of bib numbers. Registered runners only. This is critical to the safe tracking of all participants.|
|12.||For course safety reasons, no runners will be permitted to start after 7:15 AM.|
|13.||We would like to minimize our use of plastic bottles after the race. We will gladly serve post race beverages into your water bottles.|
|Start line to Willamette Meridian Aid Station||5.6||5.6|
|Willamette Meridian Aid Station to Siskiyou Gap Aid Station||3.5||9.1||Yes|
|Siskiyou Gap Aid Station to Jackson Gap Aid Station||6.5||15.6||Leave Siskiyou Gap by 11:30 am|
|Jackson Gap Aid Station to Siskiyou Gap Aid Station||6.4||22.0||Yes||Leave Jackson Gap by 1:30 pm|
|Siskiyou Gap Aid Station to Willamette Meridian Aid Station||3.5||25.5||Leave Willamette Meridian by 2:30 pm|
|Willamette Meridian Aid Station to Finish||5.6||31.0||Finish by 3:30 pm|
* Note: Siskiyou Gap is the designated drop bag aid station in both directions.