Race Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015
Registration will open on November 1st, 2014! "Late" registration begins March 8th.
Friday morning schedule:
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 for the 50 miler is $80, which includes entry for one entrant into the running of the Badger Mountain Challenge 50 Mile Endurance Run, one goody bag with an assortment of swag from event sponsors, access to fully stocked aid stations, drop bag transport, a long-sleeve race shirt, one pre-race meal with the 100 milers, and post race meal, access to race photos, and a commemorative finishers medal!
Late registration is from 3/6-3/21 and is $10 more. Late registrants may not receive a medal or a shirt at the event, and may have to have it mailed to them. 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 26th, 2015 from 12pm-7pm. If they're not picked up there they will be at the race start Friday morning. Please come to the start 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 50 mile race starts at the same time as the 100 mile race and both are run concurrently. The 50 mile course is a counter clockwise loop with a couple of out & back sections. The 100 milers continue on for a second loop. 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 50 mile course has approximately 7.5 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'. Several sustained climbs make the cumulative elevation gain near 7,000' per loop (since it's a loop course there's also 7,000' of elevation loss for a total of 14,000' of elevation change). 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. 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 the race director know and we 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 directions to the crew accessible aid stations.
Drop Bags: There is just one drop bag location available for the 50 miler, but you will pass by this location 2 times:
The "McBee Parking" area can be accessed at miles 18 and 31.
There will be a drop bag drop-off area at the start on race morning, and they will be transported to the A/S for the runner. Please make sure that your name, bib number and "aid station name" is clearly written on each drop bag.
Cut-off: The 50 mile race does not have a cut-off, however runners will need to finish by 3:00 pm on Saturday which is the 100-mile race cut-off. Also, runners cannot leave the course and return. If a runner leaves the course they will be DQ'd.
This is definitely not an easy course. It is strongly recommended that those who enter this 50 miler have completed at least one mountainous 50k race, or multiple marathons and a flatter 50k, and have trained properly for hills or they will have a hard time and may not 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. 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: The 50 mile runners can have one pacer at a time to help them complete the run. The pacer must join their runner at either the McBee Parking aid station, or the Jacobs Road aid station, and no where else. It is important to let the aid station volunteers or race director 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 still receive a medal for your accomplishment!
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 100 miler finishing rate was 56%). It can range from a beautiful sunny and 65 degrees, or it could be 35 degrees 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 Red Mtn. or McBee ridge.
Awards: Special awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female finishers to help signify their hard work, athleticism, and ability to endure. There are no placement awards given to those who run with a pacer. All finishers will receive a 50 mile medal.
Course Map: A link to the overall map of the 50 mile course is below. More detailed maps will be posted ASAP.
Overall map 50 mile course
Here's a link to a downloadable .gpx file for GPS users:
Downloadable .gpx file