FAQ

When is the Badger Mountain Challenge?
The 100 mile and 50 mile events start simultaneously on Fri., March 27th, 2015 at 7:00 am. The 50k event starts at 7:00 am on Sat, March 28th and the 15k starts at 8:00 am on Saturday.  All events (except the 15k) have a 1-hour early start, contact the Race Director ASAP if you want an early start.

How much does it cost?
If you enter before the late registration period the fee is $25 for the 15k, $55 for the 50k, $75 for the 50 mile, and $135 for the 100 mile Endurance Run.  Fees go up March 6th.  The shirt is included in the 100-mile race fee, but the other races have an additional fee for the optional shirt.  There is also a small fee for online processing thru Ultrasignup.com.  Check the individual race tabs for actual pricing as costs may change.
 
How do I enter?
You can only enter online via Ultrasignup beginning in November. There is no paper mail-in registration.  Online registration starts November 1, 2014.  The "Late" registration period starts March 6th and ends March 21st, 2015.  Late registrants may not get a shirt!

Where do I pick up my race number and packet?
All packets for the 100 and 50 mile race can be picked up on Thursday at Runner's Soul during their business hours.  Packets that are not picked up on Thursday will be brought to the race start on Friday morning. Please come to the race start an hour before your event to claim your packet!  
The 50k and 15k runners can pick up their packets on Friday at Runner's Soul during their business hours.  If they can't make it they can get their packets on Saturday morning before the race (show up early!!!)  Please come to the race start an hour before your event to claim your packet!

When does the course close?
The course closes at 3:00pm on Saturday.  See the "rules and regulations" page for details.

Can I volunteer if I don't want to race this year?
YES PLEASE!!!!!  Please fill out this form to volunteer (the link has been removed but will be fixed shortly). Go to the "Volunteering" page for more details.  Volunteers who sign up before March 8th get a free shirt, free food at the finish line, 4 million "Thank You's" and either a free entry into next years 15k, or a reduced entry fee for an ultra-distance event. 
Plus, they get the RD's never-ending gratitude (which may or may not include a hug), and also, helping out runners is fun! 

Is there late registration?
Late online registration is available March 6th through March 21st.  There is an additional fee for registering during the "late" period.  Registration closes March 21st, no exceptions.

Do I get a shirt when I enter? 
The 100-miler race fee includes a shirt, but the other races don't.  The shirts are $18.00 additional and can purchased when you register. The cut-off for getting a shirt is March 6th. There may be extra shirts for sale at the finish in the park for $20.

Where is the nearest airport to fly into?
The Pasco (PSC) airport is only 15 minutes away. There are runners coming from Spokane (a 2.5 hour drive) and the Seattle area (3.5 hours away).  Carpooling is a great way to save costs!

Where does the race start?
The start and finish for the 100 and 50 mile races will be at Trailhead Park on the Northeast side of Badger Mt. Click here for a map of the location. The address is 525 Queensgate Drive, Richland, WA.  The 50k and 15k runners start well downhill of Trailhead Park so that they can get thinned out into a single stream of runners before hitting the single track trail (thus avoiding a bottleneck).
 
Where can I park?
    Parking is limited so please carpool if possible. There will be parking assistants helping you find a place to park in the Bethel Church parking area and along Shockley Rd. at the bottom of the hill.  Please do not block anyone's driveway!!!  Also follow all rules of the road.  Remember that the park at the start/finish is adjacent to residences!

Can someone pick up my race number for me?
Yes, but they need to have your name (the exact name used to enter), and birthdate. If you pick up a number for someone else, make sure he/she knows you're doing so.

I'm a hiker. Do you accept hikers?
Yes! Many of the 15k Challengers are hikers.  Hikers will have a difficult time finishing the longer races within the allotted time.

How do I find lodging information?
For Tri-Cities lodging info, click here.

Is there camping at the start/finish?
Yes, we have permission to camp at Trailhead Park for a $10 fee per tent or RV. The fees will be collected by the City of Richland Parks Dep't before the start on race day.

Where are the porta-potties?
There will be several porta-potties at the start for last minute emergencies. There is also a nice men's and women's restroom at Trailhead Park. There will also be a porta-potty at: A/S#2 (mile 3.5 for the 50k, 50 and 100 milers), and the Sunset Road A/S (mile 15.5 for the 50k, 50 and 100 milers), and also at the McBee Parking A/S.

Are there directions to the crew-accessible aid stations for the 50 and 100 milers? Click HERE.

What if a runner needs medical help?
There will be first-aid kits at 50k, 50 mile and 100 mile aid stations for those runners that need minor first aid assistance on the course. There will also be a medical tent at the finish to take care of any needs.  Nearly the entire course has cell service so call 911 if it's an emergency!

Is there food available after the race? 
Yes, there will be food for the runners such as soup, chili, quesadillas, fruit, water, doughnuts, and cookies free for all entrants.

Where do race proceeds go?
The proceeds from the BMC go to local non-profit groups that help maintain our trails and conserve the outdoors for recreation.

Any other Questions?
If your questions have not been answered here (or in the rest of this website) you can email your questions directly to the BMC Race Director at Jasonreathaford@gmail.com