100 miler

For those who love the challenge and are tough enough to endure! 

Date: Friday, March 29th - Saturday, March 30th, 2019.  Race starts at 7:00 AM Friday, course closes at 3:00 PM Saturday (32 hours).

Registration will open on November 1st, 2018!
"Late" registration is March 16th - 23rd. 
There is no opportunity to register after the 23rd.
The 2019 BMC 100-mile race is a UTMB qualifier worth 5 points!
Entry: The entry fee is still just $140, which includes entry for one entrant into the running of the Badger Mountain Challenge 100 Mile Endurance Run, a race t-shirt, a limited edition 100-miler hoodie sweatshirt, one goody bag with an assortment of swag from event sponsors (while supplies last), access to fully stocked aid stations, drop bag transport, lots of high-fives & hugs, and a custom belt buckle for all finishers!, one pre- and post-race meal, and access to free race photos.  Late registration is from 3/16-3/23 and is $15 more ($155).  There is no opportunity to sign up after 3/23/2017.  Pick the size of your t-shirt and hoodie during registration. 

Pre-race dinner: For the 50 and 100 milers only! (and their crews and families for an additional $7 fee)
Dinner is from 5:00pm-6:30pm on Thursday night the 28th.  Location is at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland, just a 1/2 mile from the start.  This will be a good time to go over the course, answer questions, meet new friends, tell stories, and enjoy dinner as a group. This dinner is free for the 100 mile & 50 mile runners and $7 for others.  If you are bringing a pacer, crew or family to the dinner please pay for the additional dinners when you get there.
The volunteer meeting / aid station gear pick-up will happen immediately after the dinner at 6:30pm.  If you have a member of your party that's volunteering they need to attend this short meeting, so please stick around and help!

Friday morning schedule:
Check in / Drop bag drop-off: 5:30-6:30 AM at the Badger Mtn. Trailhead Park parking lot located at the corner of Queensgate Drive and White Bluffs St. (1294 White Bluffs St., Richland, WA) or (46.238506, -119.306361)
Pre-race Briefing: 6:40-7:00 AM (shut up and listen)
Race Start time: 7:00 AM
Early start time: 6:00 AM (let us know in advance if you need an early start)

Packet pick up: at Runner's Soul at 5020 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick on Thursday, March 28th, 2018 from 12pm-5pm. Any packets that were not picked up will be at the pre-race dinner that night after 5:00.  If they're not picked up there they will be at the race start Friday morning.  Please come an hour early if you can't get your packet on Thursday.

The course: The course consists of footpaths, multi-use trails, rocky and rolling jeep trails, dirt roads, and short stretches of pavement on and around Badger and Candy Mountains, and then heads out to the scenic Horse Heaven Hills.
The 100 mile course is the same as the 50 mile course but done twice, and the 50-milers start at the same time as you.  
The route has some rough jeep roads and also some nice single track trail, and also some steep, challenging climbs. There are a few short paved road sections but good aid station (A/S) and crew access.  The entire 100 mile course has approximately 15 total miles of pavement, but the rest is on dirt or rock. There are several steep 800'-1000' climbs with the lowest elevation around 500' and the highest at 2000'. This region is unique in that there are very few native trees so a person can see for miles in all directions, but that also means that it can also be very windy on the ridges. Several sustained climbs make the cumulative elevation gain near 6,500' per loop, or 13,000' for the 100 miler (since it's a loop course there's also 13,000' of elevation loss for a total of 26,000' of elevation change). The course will be well marked with flagging and reflective tape at night.

Aid Stations: Located every 3-7 miles and stocked with electrolyte drink, warm food, and all the goodies you'll need. There will be all the supplies that you need to keep you on the trail. If there is anything specific that you will need let me know and I will try to make sure we have it. There will also be a few specified A/S's where your drop bags will be waiting for you.
To see a chart with detailed info about each aid station, please click HERE

Click HERE for updated driving directions to the crew accessible aid stations.

Drop Bags: There are two drop bag locations available for the 100 miler, but you will pass by these locations 5 times:
  • The "Start/finish" area (which is also the 50-mile turnaround), 
  • And "McBee Parking" (which you will access 4 times at miles 18, 31, 68 and 80). 
There will be a drop bag drop-off area at the start on race morning, and they will be transported to the designated A/S for the runner. Please make sure that the runners name, bib number and aid station name is clearly written on each drop bag ("McBee Parking" or "start/finish").
We will do our best to get drop bags back to the finish line ASAP but we can't guarantee how long it will take. If you drop to the 50-mile race you may have to wait a while for your bag to come back from McBee.

Cut-off: the 100 mile race will end at 3:00 pm on Saturday (a 32-hour cut-off).  This is definitely not an easy course and is frequently underestimated.  It is strongly recommended that those who enter the 100 miler have completed at least one difficult, mountainous 50 miler and have trained properly for the hills and weather, or they will have a hard time and not likely finish.  There is no qualifying race for BMC so please be prepared.  When a runner gets to an A/S and feels that going further is not an option it is best to just sit down, eat, and drink.  Having a pacer that runs the second half of the race with you increases your chance of completing the race. As a last resort a runner always has the option to DNF and can catch a ride back to the finish from an A/S volunteer but you will likely regret it.  If a runner does end up dropping from the race it is extremely important that the runner informs the A/S volunteers.

Pacers: Each runner can have one pacer at a time to help them complete the run. Pacers can enter the race only after their runner has reached the 50 mile turnaround at Trailhead Park. They may also join their runner at any of the crew-accessible aid stations after 50 miles (Badger West, Jacobs Road, Field Road, or McBee Parking).  It is important to let the aid station volunteers know where the pacer is meeting the runner and for how long the pacer will be with the runner so we can keep track of all of those on the course.  Pacers may eat from the aid stations, but remember it's not a free buffet, the food is there for the paid entrants.  Please plan on bringing some of your own food too!

Dogs?  Yes, dogs are allowed to accompany 100 mile runners provided the runner takes responsibility for their dogs actions, and the dog is well-mannered and does not interfere with other runners or other dogs.  Please be aware that it's the policy of the "Friends of Badger Mountain" that all dogs on Badger Mt. be on leashes.  Please also be aware that there are sections of the course where cars are present.

Weather:  Suffice it to say, the weather during the Badger Mtn. Challenge is anything but predictable.  It's true that the course is quite hilly with rugged sections, but the weather is the main cause of our high DNF rate (in 2014 our finish rate was 56%, in 2015 and 2016 and 2017 it was just 34%).  It can range from a beautiful sunny and 75 degrees, then plunge to 35 degrees at night with 40 mph winds, rain, hail, and white-out fog conditions.  It's VERY important that you come prepared with proper clothing and attitude.  It's not uncommon for runners to experience hypothermia during this event, especially up on McBee ridge.

Awards: Special awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female finishers and a custom belt buckle for all sub 24 hour finishers to help signify their hard work, athleticism, and ability to endure. There is a custom 5 year buckle for those who are up for the challenge.  All finishers will receive a custom 100-mile belt buckle.

Course Map: The race is 2 trips on a 50-mile course.  A link to the overall map of the 100 mile course that can be zoomed in on or downloaded is here:

Profile is below (remember, you're doing this TWICE).  For a downloadable copy click here:
For a copy of the 50-mile course .gpx file, click here

sub 24-hour buckle photo courtesy of Matt Hagen
Photo of each year's buckle courtesy of Brian Meyers. Yes he earned each!
(5-year buckle in the center)

Accommodations: Click here for a list of hotels in the area. The closest airport is in Pasco (PSC).
 Drive Times to Richland:
Seattle WA- 3.5 hours via I-90 to I-82
Tacoma WA - 3.75 hours via I-90 to I-82
Vancouver WA - 3.25 hours via I-84 to Hwy 395
Spokane WA - 2.25 hours via Hwy 395
Portland OR - 3.25 hours via I-84 to Hwy 395
Coeur D'Alene ID - 2.5 hours via Hwy 395
Boise ID - 4.5 hours via Hwy I-184 to Hwy I-84 to Hwy 395.

"For those of you who do make it, you will cross that finish line as a different person.  You will be forever changed by the experience.  You will learn more about yourself in the next day than you have previously known in an entire lifetime."

"Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one"  -Bruce Lee

"Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of spaceships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. Ultrarunners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being -- a call that asks who they are ..."

"If you can't run, then walk.  And if you can't walk, then crawl.  Do what you have to do.  Just keep moving forward and never, ever give up."

"Courage isn't the absence of fear — it's knowing that you are afraid and doing it anyway. Don't spend your days avoiding risk, being fearful. Act. Live your life on your own terms. Life is precious; spend it without regrets in your own precious voice."

"You're not puking and nothing's broken, so get going." - B. Lott

"There will come a day when you can no longer do this. Today is NOT that day.  Now get up and run or I'll bust a foot off in your ass you pansy" - J. Reathaford


Train harder. Go further.