Speedgoat 50K 2014

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THE REGISTRATION DATE FOR THE 2015 SPEEDGOAT FESTIVAL RACES WILL BE JANUARY 5 AT 7AM MST. 

First off, keep in mind, I will have more info on the Vertical Mile and the Quadbanger soon. Today’s date is November 17, 2014. 

Enter here to register for the Speedgoat Festival Races 2015.  Registration will be $100 for the 50k, $45 for the Speedgoat Vertical Mile, and $55 for the Speedgoat Quadbanger, and will go online at 7am  Mountain Standard Time on January 5, 2015.

Please read below first.

The 50k is limited to 500 runners.  The Vertical Mile and Quadbanger are limited to 200 runners each.  We will start a waitlist after it fills up….and it will fill up.

The start line is now at ENTRY 1 at Snowbird Ski Resort for the Vertical Mile and 50k.  This is the first Snowbird entrance driving up Little Cottonwood Canyon. If you are staying at Snowbird, be aware it’s a 10 minute walk or a quick car ride from the hotel. ! The course is  THE SAME AS LAST YEAR , so go watch the flyover and check it out one more time.

The Quadbanger starts on Hidden Peak, the summit of Snowbird Ski Resort, access will be from the Snowbird Tram at entry 2 on Sunday July 26 at 1030am..

Entry 1 is the first Snowbird entrance driving up Little Cottonwood Canyon. If you are staying at Snowbird, be aware it’s a 10 minute walk or a quick car ride from the hotel. ! The course is  THE SAME AS LAST YEAR , so go watch the flyover and check it out one more time.

The prize purse for the 50k is currently 10k , however history tells me that it’ll likely go above last year, somewhere in the 15k-20k range.  We WILL have the $1000 premium for the first man and women to reach Hidden Peak at mile 8.9 regardless.

Any non-US citizens that earn money at this race will be subject to immediate tax payment on earnings.  The current deduction is a whopping 28%.   So for example if you kill it and win, and are from Italy, You would win $3000  - 28%.  Total payout would be $2160.   This does stink , but I don’t want to pay your taxes….:-)

REGISTER HERE

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MORNING REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 50K:

Check in is at the Creekside Building (Entry 1 at Snowbird) on the deck. Please come early as we have more runners than ever before. Registration starts at 5am.

Snowbird will reserve a block of rooms for Speedgoat entrants at about 118 bucks a night. It would be foolish not to stay 400 yards from the start line for this price. Book it soon, as Snowbird also has many other things going on this time of year and often sells out of rooms. Call 1-800-453-3000 and ask for the Cliff Lodge Front Desk. They’ll take care of ya from there.

Keep in mind folks, that CAMPING AT THE START LINE is NOT PERMITTED AT SNOWBIRD! Don’t bother trying to be sneaky, cuz’ you will get kicked out. May I suggest the Tanners Flat Campground 2 miles down Canyon, or the Albion Basin Campground, 4 miles up Canyon. Both are sweet…if you choose to camp.

If interested in Corporate Sponsorship, please email me at speedgoatkarl@gmail.com for info. I’ll fill you in with all the details. I am hoping to create a race where we have a large prize purse, but at the same time, we have a super cool feel with great food, great drink, and a ton of great prizes for everyone.

Remember that this race is HARD!


THE COURSE:

Runners will be required to check OUT of aid stations, there will be someone there to record you’re number. If you do not do this, we may send out Search and Rescue, which could cost you a fortune! Please help us out with this so we can keep track of you’re hooves.


DROP BAGS:

Drop bags are only doable at the “Hidden Peak aid station, mile 8 and 26. No other drop bag service is permitted.

DROPPING OUT

You must inform the aid station if you plan to drop out. Remember that NO CREW ACCESS is allowed at the Pacific Mine. It’s a long drive to get there anyway. DROPPING OUT AT PACIFIC MINE IS NOT AN OPTION. We will NOT be able to drive you back to Snowbird. It’s so far, you could walk it faster!

If you choose to drop out at “Larry’s Hole” aid station, you WILL NOT be allowed to walk to the peak.  You MUST ride the chair out. Runners that wanting to walk out, causes confusion to runners on the course.  Please don’t argue this decision.  The Mineral Basin lift will be running after noontime on race day to evacuate those that don’t make the cutoff at Larry’s Hole, which is 2pm sharp, no exceptions.


AID STATIONS:

  • FOR THE RECORD, WE’VE ELIMINATED THE SELF SERVE AID STATION AT MILE 4.2 AND MILE 29 ISH.
  • Mile 8.3 “Hidden Peak” Drop Bags, Full Service Aid Station
  • Mile 10.2 “Mineral Basin 1″ Full Service Aid Station, NO drop bags
  • Mile 14.8 “Pacific Mine” Full Service Aid Station, NO Drop bags.
  • Mile 19.4 “Mineral Basin 2″ Full Service Aid Station, NO Drop bags.
  • Mile 22.3 “Tunnel” Full Service Aid Station, NO drop bags. Crew is allowed. Cutoff is 3pm.
  • Mile 26.0 “Hidden Peak 2″ Drop Bags, Full Service Aid Station,
  • Mile 31.2 “The Finish” Beer (your own) and Pizza, Ultragen Recovery Drink too!

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • No stepping on any revegetated areas, Snowbird is very pristine and violating this policy could affect the future of this race.
  • All runners must respect decisions of aid personnel on Baldy Mountain to ensure the safety of other runners.
  • Headphones ARE permitted, but please use respect when entering aid stations and especially on MT. Baldy where it would be best to take them off temporarily. Not being able to hear when a rock is falling could be fatal.
  • There will be a CUTOFF at LARRY’S HOLE LAP 2 (mile 20ish) AT 2PM, AND AT THE TUNNEL AT 315PM, (mile 22.1) , and will be strictly enforced! Runners will be able to take the Peruvian Express lift down to the finish line.
  • Dropping out at the Pacific Mine Aid station will be difficult as there is no transportation home from there. You are responsible for your own actions and ride if you drop out here. It’s a 3 hour drive back to Snowbird.
  • Unfortunately, there are NO DOGS ALLOWED IN LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON. If you choose to bring your dog, you MUST find a home for him/her. It is NOT POSSIBLE TO LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR either, as that is also illegal in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Chances are, if you risk it, a random employee may report it, so please leave them at home. And for the record the fine is 500 smackers! And could also risk the future of this event.
  • No aid between aid stations, that would be cheating.
  • No littering anywhere on course, it’s a freakin’ forest.
  • If you choose to drop, you must report to the aid station captain.
  • If you must relieve yourself, please use bathrooms, or use common sense.
  • All runners must carry a water bottle.
  • NO CUTTING SWITCHBACKS!!  Here in America, we follow the course as marked.  Going in any direction away from the “obviously marked trail” will result in a Disqualification.  This is a standard rule in all National Parks, National Forests and State Parks in the United States.
  •  Disqualification includes any points potentially earned for the World Skyrunning Series.  You will not receive any World Skyrunning series points if you are found cutting switchbacks. No exceptions, and there are NO “time penalties”
  • Disqualification includes any prize money potentially earned.
  • Disqualification includes any prizes awarded randomly.
  • Disqualification DOES NOT include eating pizza at the finish line.
  • Please do not step on revegetated areas, RESPECT OUR MOUNTAIN

COURSE MARKING:

The course is marked with FAT BLUE HOKA ribbon, and BLUE HOKA PIN FLAGS, and some flour in certain areas. There will also be signs in certain locations.  Flour is the ultimate rule if there is a turn in question. We have wrong way ribbons, those say CAUTION and are yellow.


AID STATION FOOD:

Aid station food is of the standard ultra variety. We will have EFS from First Endurance, EFS gel to fill gel flasks, Water for drinks, and a bunch of other random stuff.  Red Bull to give you wiiiings..


RACE CHECK IN PROCEDURES:

  • Pick up number and goodies
  • Keep in mind if you have a crew or spectators they may ride the tram at 6:30am, and again at 650am . Once the initial 3 trams go up to accomodate the race  the tram will not run again until 11am.  We are working on having a tram run at 9am, so stay tuned to any further instructions regarding this.
  • If you have crew that chooses to ride the early tram, be prepared. It can be a long day on Hidden Peak, and the weather can change to hail at any moment…we are in the mountains.
  • There are NO REFRESHMENTS on Hidden Peak for spectators or crew, aid station food is for runners only.
  • Please come as early as possible, this will ensure a 6:30 start, we wouldn’t want to start late.

DIRECTIONS:

From Salt Lake International Airport or anywhere else on this planet:

Use your gadget and google it. “Snowbird Ski Resort, Utah” If you have questions on directions, email me at speedgoatkarl@gmail.com. and I’ll set you up with some old school details.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE FOR A LOOK AT THE COURSE. THAT’S ALL YOU’RE GONNA NEED.

 


Start training now……cuz’ it’s gonna hurt!