Now a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc!
Pre-race Briefing: 6:40-7:00 AM
Race Start time: 7:00 AM
Early start time: 6:00 AM (let us know in advance if you need an early start)
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 3/6-3/21 and is $10 more. Registration is through Ultrasignup. Click here to sign up!
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 will be at the pre-race dinner on Thursday night at 5:00. If they're not picked up there they will be at the race start Friday morning. Please come early if you can't get your packet on Thursday.
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: 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.
(The updated 2014 aid station chart is now posted!)
Click HERE for updated 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 can access at miles 18, 31, 68 & 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.
Cut-off: the 100 mile race will end at 3:00 pm on Saturday which is a 32-hour cut-off. This is definitely not an easy course. It is strongly recommended that those who enter the 100 miler have completed at least one mountainous 50 miler and have trained properly 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, and eventually 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.
Pacers: Each runner can have one pacer at a time to help them complete the run. Pacers can enter the race 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, Highway 224, Sunset Rd., McBee Parking, or Orchard A/S). 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.
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 55%). It can range from a beautiful sunny and 65 degrees, then plunge to 35 degrees at night with 40 mph winds, rain, and white-out fog conditions. It's VERY important that you come prepared with proper clothing. 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. 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|
sub 24-hour buckle photo courtesy of Matt Hagen
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.
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