SOB Brand Mark

Frequent Questions and their Answers

Joseph  from  Zigzag, Oregon, asks:

Why is it called Siskiyou Out Back?

Answer from RD:

Actually as race co-founder Mel Bailey will tell you it’s really the Siskiyou out n’back, but we have trouble with apostrophes. We like SOB. And yes, the race is more or less out and back.

Julie  from  Bat Cave, North Carolina, asks:

When will my drop bag be back at the finish?

Answer from RD:

Look, we encourage you not to even bother. We told you all your needs would be met, yet last year you made us take an extra pair of shoes and socks out to Jackson Gap, to say nothing of the Jelly Beans, vaseline and assorted, high priced, “endurance fuels”. Sheesh. Save yourself (and us) some aggravation, and leave that, ah, stuff, at home. We will take good care of you.

Bob  from  Chicken, Alaska, asks:

Can I drop down in distance?

Answer from RD:

Yes but we need a note from your cardiologist and mother. Yes, you can drop down a distance. You just need to inform us race morning swinging by registration 45 minutes before the start of the race you want to run.

Robert  from  Weed, California, asks:

How can I tell the difference between Hal and Rob?

Answer from RD:


Torsten  from  Wankers Corner, Oregon, asks:

What type of teeth whitener does Hal use?

Answer from RD:

I’m not at liberty to say

John  from  Blunt, California, asks:

Wasn’t HK the guy who won some race a few years back?

Answer from RD:

Yeah. Pretty much all the big ones, possibly more than once, although it was before Instagram got big so who knows for sure.

Torsten  from  Wankers Corner, Oregon, asks:

Will whiter teeth make me faster?

Answer from RD:

No. But, we will see you coming.

Mark  from  Vas Deferens, Nevada, asks:

Is there vaseline at each aid station?

Answer from RD:

Yes. We are big believers in lube.

Pat  from  Timid Deer, California, asks:

Can I get a selfie with Hal at the finish?

Answer from RD:

Yes. But please don’t ask him if he still runs.

Eric  from  Big Bottom, Washington, asks:

How strict are your time limits?

Answer from RD:

The older we get the less strict we are. Stop the hand wringing already. Seriously, if you’re reasonably fit and not walking every step of the way you can easily make the 50k. The 50 mile is a little more challenging but we really don’t want anyone out after dark. The 100K has a 18 hour cut-off.

Alison  from  Bacon, Washington, asks:

I’m a gluten and wheat free vegan with a nut allergy. Can you meet my A/S dietary needs?

Answer from RD:

Clearly you should be a local. Plan your drop bags. Next question.

Camille  from  Skyhigh, California, asks:

Why did you move race day?

Answer from RD:

First, we got tired of shoveling snow. Then came what we now unaffectionately refer to as “fire season.” Sigh. We’re simply trying to hit the seasonal sweet spot but we’ve noticed it seems to be getting hotter for some reason.

Jenn  from  Boring, Oregon, asks:

What is the Ashland running scene like?

Answer from RD:

Think lots of big hills, and beer, especially IPA, which adds to the conviviality of the locals. We like beer. Do you like beer, senator? We’re also quite fond of our Shakespeare. This race is put on by the local running community. The staff of most of the aid stations are local ultra runners that have had the SOBs teach them everything they know about ultrarunning. It took about ten minutes. Make sure you thank the folks generously for their time. Trust us, they’d rather be running.

Justin  from  Ding Dong, Texas, asks:

How do you pronounce Koerner?

Answer from RD:

Start by not saying Corner. Anything else is either correct or entertainingly creative.

Mike  from  Bitter End, Tennessee, asks:

How do I know when the post race party’s over?

Answer from RD:

When you hear our Party Killer playlist featuring Paul Anka followed by Barry Manilow and the Captain and Tennile and realize it’s not a coincidence (sorry Muskrat love fans).

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