Next Race Date: Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Registration will open on November 1st, 2015! "Late" registration is March 3rd - 18th. There is no opportunity to register after the 18th.
The 2016 BMC 50K-mile race is now a UTMB qualifier worth 3 points!
Packet pick up: at Runner's Soul in Kennewick at 5020 W. Clearwater Ave. on Friday, March 25th, 2016 from 12pm-7pm.
Check in: 6:00-6:45am
Start time: 7:00am
Early start: 6:00am (contact race director ASAP if you want an early start)
Cut-off: there will be an 8 hour cut-off for this distance (9 hours for the early starters).
Entry fee: $55 for trail race only, or $65 for race and short-sleeve t-shirt. This also includes one goody bag with an assortment of swag from event sponsors, chip timing, access to fully stocked aid stations, drop bag transport, post race meal, access to race photos, and a commemorative finishers medal!
Late registration: is from 3/3 - 3/18 and is $5.00 more. We cannot guarantee a shirt for late entrants. After 3/18 there is no entry available.
Course: An updated, 2016 course map is posted below. The course consists of footpaths, multi-use trails, dirt roads, and short stretches of pavement on and around Badger, Candy and Red Mountains. The course is going to be an out and back on the same route. The surface is a rough jeep track and nice single track. There are several steep 600'-900' climbs with the low elevation around 550' and the highest is about 1500'. A few sustained climbs make the cumulative elevation gain near 5,500'. There are two short paved road sections in this race. One is 1/2 mile total and the other is 0.8 miles total. This region is unique in that there are very few native trees so a person can see for miles in all directions. Remember to dress properly as it can be very windy and wet on the ridges! (as runners from our 2015 race can attest to!) This is not be an easy course. It is recommended that those who enter the 50k race have completed at least a marathon and have trained properly for the hills and rough terrain, or they will have a hard time.
Aid: There will be aid stations at the following locations:
2. West Badger
3. Kennedy Road (water & gels only)
4. Highway 224
5. Sunset Road (the turnaround)
They're located every 3-6 miles and stocked with electrolyte drinks and water, and all the goodies you'll need. It's recommended that you carry either a 16-20 oz. handheld water bottle, or a hydration pack with you. It can be upwards of 90 minutes between aid stations.
Click here for the driving directions to crew-accessible aid stations.
Drop bags: If you need a drop bag for the 50K race, bring it to the race start early with your name clearly marked on it, and we will have it waiting for you at the Sunset Road aid station (at mile 15.8). You can use your drop bag to stash a coat that you wore from the start in case you get too warm, or to keep extra layers handy if the weather turns ugly. Early starters can drop their headlamps at their drop bags here, too.
Award: Special awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female finishers. All finishers will receive a commemorative finishers medal to help signify their hard work .
Course maps (click on image to view in full detail):