Registration will open on November 1st, 2017!
"Late" registration is March 18th - 23rd.
There is no opportunity to register after March 23rd.
The 2018 BMC 50-mile race is again a UTMB qualifier worth 4 points!
Friday morning schedule:
Pre-race Briefing: 6:40-7:00 AM
Race Start time: 7:00 AM - same time as the 100-milers.
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 (the short-sleeved race t-shirt is an additional $11). This 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, one pre-race meal with the 100 milers, post race meal, access to race photos, and a commemorative finishers medal!
Late registration is from 3/18-3/23 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 on the registration tab to sign up!
Pre-race dinner (for the 50 and 100 milers only, and their crew & families for an additional fee)
5:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday night. Location is at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland (1/2 mile from the start line!). This will be a good time to go over the course, answer questions, meet new friends, tell stories, and enjoy a good meal as a group.
This dinner is free for the 50 and 100 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 7:00pm. If you have a member of your party that's volunteering they need to attend this meeting, so please stick around and help!
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, and then continues on to the scenic Horse Heaven Hills. Because of a very recent DNR land sale, a major section of the course has been made inaccessible (Red Mountain, specifically). We have re-routed the course and new maps are posted below. It was our intent to make the revised course just as challenging and unique as the old route. The 50 mile course is now an out & back course utilizing some of the better parts of the original loop.
The 50 mile race starts at the same time as the 100 mile race and both are run concurrently. The 100 milers continue on for a second time. 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 and rock. 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.
Course Map: A link to the overall map of the 50 mile course is here.
Overall map 50 mile course:
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 has a very generous cut-off. In prior years we had no cut-off but that proved to be problematic for our volunteers. Although the course does not close until 3:00 pm on Saturday (which is the 100-mile race cut-off), it's recommended that all 50-mile entrants try their best to finish by 11:00 PM Friday. Please understand that if a runner is moving exceptionally slow aid stations may be shut down before they get there. We will make every effort to keep all aid stations open until each runner gets through, but if a 50-mile runner is moving slower than a 15-16 hour pace we may have to close aid stations. Remember you can also start an hour early!
Runners cannot leave the course and return. If a runner leaves the course they will be disqualified.
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 and inclement weather, or they will have a hard time and may not finish. There is no qualifying race for BMC so please do your homework and 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 captain 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. The pacers shall follow the same rules as the runners!
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 trail sections, but the weather is the main cause of our high DNF rate (in 2015 and 2016 our 100 miler finishing rate was just 34%). It can range from beautiful, sunny and 85 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 some 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. All finishers will receive a 50 mile finishers medal.
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 - 3.5 hours via I-84 to Hwy 395
Spokane WA - 2.25 hours via Hwy 395
Portland OR - 3.5 hours via I-84 to Hwy 395
Coeur D'Alene ID - 3.0 hours via Hwy 395
Boise ID - 4.5 hours via Hwy I-184 to Hwy I-84 to Hwy 395.