Q&A

Q. Why is it called the Siskiyou Out Back?
A. 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.

Q. When will my drop bag be back at the finish?
A. Look, we encouraged 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.

Q. Those are some beautiful mountains.  Which one is Mt. Shasta?
A. The big one to the South is Shasta, the one to the East is McLoughlin.  (How could anyone confuse the two!?!)

Q. Can I camp at Mt Ashland?
A. Yes. But don’t camp next to the start finish if you’re planning on sleeping in. We like waking up to music early on race morning.  Hint-the back parking lot is large and quiet.

Q. Can I drop down in distance?
A. Yes but we need a note from your cardiologist and mother.  Yes, you can drop down an distance.  We’d prefer as much notice as possible but even prior to the race you can drop down. If you have paid for one of the two longer races and elect to run the 15K you can still enjoy the after race meal.  After all, you did pay for it.  You will need to see Susan upon completing the 15K for your meal ticket.

Q. How strict are your time limits?
A. 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. (especially the volunteers who have been out there since 5AM)

Q. I’m a gluten and wheat free vegan with a nut allergy.  Can you meet my A/S dietary needs?
A. Clearly you’re a local.  Plan your drop bags. Next question.

Q. Why did you move race day?
A. We got tired of shoveling snow.

Q. What is the Ashland running scene like?
A. Think lots of big hills, and beer, especially IPA, which adds to the conviviality of the locals.  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.

Q. How do you pronounce Koerner?
A. Start by not saying Corner. Anything else is either correct or entertainingly creative.

Q. How do I know when the post race parties over?
A. When you hear Paul Anka followed by Barry Manilow and the Captain and Tennile and realize its not a coincidence (sorry Muskrat love fans).  We typically do have a kegger on Sunday afternoon so plan on staying another day in our great town.

Q. What possessed you guys to RD?
A. Demons obviously!

Q. Is it true that you guys each won a race?
A. Yes. (*although Rob was beaten by a girl woman) (*and John had to go to South Dakota)

Q. I always confuse you guys. How do I tell you apart?
A. John is the fast one.  Rob looks like a runner.

Q. Is race directing lucrative?
A. No, but we do have a nice collection of mugs, old t-shirts and stale aid station food. Chips anyone?

Q. Are you guys bitter, crazy, or just plain senile?
A. Yes.  We think we’re funny and irreverent but not everyone agrees.