For those who love the challenge and are tough enough to endure the pain!
Now a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc!
Pre-race Meeting: 6:30-6:50AM
Race Start time: 7:00AM
Entry: The entry fee is $135, which includes entry for one entrant into the running of the Badger Mountain Challenge 100 Mile Endurance Run, one goody bag with an assortment of swag from event sponsors, access to fully stocked aid stations, drop bag transport, a custom belt buckle for all finishers!, a long-sleeve race shirt, one pre and post race meal, and access to race photos. Late registration is from 3/8-3/22 and is $10 more.
Packet pick up: at Runner's Soul at 5020 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 from 12pm-7pm. Any packets that were not picked up at dinner on Thursday night will be at the race start Friday morning.
The Trail: The course consists of footpaths, multi-use trails, dirt roads, and short stretches of pavement on and around Badger, Candy and Red Mountains. The 100 mile course is a 50 mile two-loop course with a couple of out & back sections. Both loops are run in the same direction. 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 miler has approximately 15 miles of pavement but the rest is on dirt. 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 means that it can also be very windy on the ridges. Several sustained climbs make the cumulative elevation gain near 7,000' per loop, or 14,000' for the 100 miler (since it's a loop course there's also 14,000' of elevation loss for a total of 28,000' of elevation change). The course will be well marked with flagging and reflective tape at night. Updated maps will be posted VERY soon.
Aid Stations: Every 3-9 miles 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 drop bags can be transported for you.
To see a chart with detailed info about each aid station, please click HERE.*
(*NOTE! An updated aid station chart will be posted soon)
Click HERE for updated directions to the crew accessible aid stations.
Drop Bags: Drops bags can be left at the start and will be transported to the designated A/S for the runner. Please make sure that the runners name and number is on each bag.
Pacers: Each runner can have one pacer at a time to help them complete the run and these pacers can enter the race at any aid station. 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. Running with a pacer at anytime will take you out of the competition for a prize for first, second, or third place but you will most definitely receive a buckle for your accomplishment.
Cut-off: the 100 mile race will end at 3:00 pm on Saturday with a 32 hour cut-off. This is definitely not an easy course. It is recommended that those who run the 100 miler have completed at least a 50 miler and have trained properly or they will have a hard time and not likely finish. There is no qualifying race 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 and hopefully the runner will be revitalized. 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.
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. There are no placement awards given to those who run with a pacer. All finishers will receive a custom buckle.
Course Map: A link to the overall map of the 100 mile course is below. More detailed maps will be posted ASAP.
Overall map 100 mile course
Here's a link to a downloadable .gpx file for GPS users:
Downloadable .gpx file
|Elevation chart of 50-mile loop|
|Higher resolution copy available for download, click link above|
"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."
"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."
"Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships 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. The ultra runners 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 ..."
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