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Medals for Half & 50K finishers:
Half-Marathon & 50K finishers get large finisher's medals.
All entrants get a
shirt, and post-race meal.
This race is an important fundraiser for the Kansas Trails
Council to support THIS TRAIL'S maintenance and ongoing improvement.
Please try to arrive an hour prior
to your event’s starting time.
Packet Pickup starts at 7:00 AM.
Remember your start time: ALL DISTANCES START
AT 8:00 AM.
If you want to change your distance, please do so at packet pickup and be assigned a new bib. You must
have the proper color bib for your distance. Note: There is no way to switch distances, during the event.
Directions to Event:
Here's a map to Branded B Ranch.
Directions to Branded B Ranch:
From 24 highway (between Lawrence and Topeka), turn north on 237
Take 237 Hwy North for about 7 miles.
Look for the “Branded B Ranch” sign and “Trail
Race” sign, and take a right.
Park in the field marked “Event Parking”. Please try to carpool!
Note: this race is on the west side of Lake Perry off of 237 Highway. There will be more than one road
that will be labeled “Lake Perry” or “Perry,” that you might encounter on 24 highway. Don’t
go down them, or you will be 40 minutes from the race.
Also, don’t set your GPS unit for downtown Meriden, Kansas;
you will be at least 20 minutes from the start of the race if you do that.
Camping or Lodging at
Branded B Ranch
For May, 2016: There is another event at the ranch on
Friday, so there will not be any camping at the race site on Friday night. However, there will be camping or
bunks available for Saturday night, at Branded B Ranch. Rod Brown, the owner of Branded B Ranch, works a very busy day job,
so it sometimes takes him a while to get back to you. It’s best to contact him via email. Rod Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you want to camp on Friday night, the Rock Creek camp site, at Perry State Park is just 3 miles south of the race location.
Special Course, due to recent
A lot of work goes into preparing this trail for this event. De-weeding, chainsawing fallen trees,
and erosion mitigation. A special thank you to Lyle Riedy (Kansas Trails Council President & Trail Steward), Keith
Dowell, and Coco Tieghi, for all of the hard work, this past two weeks. We want to keep the trails in good condition.
Due to the 3 inches of rain that we got on Tuesday, and a little bit of expected rain on Friday, we have switched to
a "rain course" for this Saturday, to stay out of the "brick making shoe-sucking" muddy areas. The
Trail Steward (Lyle Riedy) and I have agreed on a special "rain course" that's divided into a 3-loop 50K, a
2-loop half, and a one-loop 5K. There will be additional signage (on the course), and course monitors to keep folks
going in the right direction. Please pay attention to the signs!
50K: 31.8 (three 10.6-mile loops)
Half: 13.2 (two 6.6-mile loops)
5K: 3.1 (one loop)
Note: Your GPS device or phone app may measure the distances shorter, due to device sample rate, tree cover, trail switch-backs,
and elevation changes. If you somehow do not understand this, please research this online, instead of bugging the race
staff. (My device measured the big-loop course slightly long...but I was walking slowly, while marking the
course, ergo: more data points).
May 14, 2016 (Saturday's) Weather:
Sunny, with a low
of 45F and a high of 62F. 37% humidity. High UV index (mitigated by the trees in the woods).
The trails will have a few slippery spots and some additional (not normal) stream crossings. At
all stream crossings you can avoid getting your feet wet by jumping over them or stepping on rocks to cross, but it can be
slippery near them. This is where a shoe with decent tread can keep you upright. If conditions stay the same,
you won't be picking up mud on your shoes on race day.
50K and Half Marathon Maps.
We want your split times for the Half and 50K folks' loop-run
throughs, at the finish location.
50K and Half-marathoners Please Note: Please run over
the timing mat on the finish line for each loop so that we can record your loop split times. Just to clarify, you'll cross over the same line (the finish line) after each loop, regardless of the distance
you are doing.
Other than the Main (well-stocked) Aid Station near
the start finish area, there won't be another staffed aid station, and there'll be four unstaffed water-only stations
out on the course on the 50K loop, with two on the half-marathon loop, and one on the 5K loop.
For the 50K and Half: Carry a hydration device or water bottle with you. Your unstaffed water stations will
not have cups, so you’ll need something to put the water into. The longest distance between water locations will
be 3 miles.
50K Cutoff Time:
for the last 50K loop will be 2:00 PM. You must leave the main aid
station by that time, or you won’t be allowed to continue.
The cutoff for the last Half-Marathon loop will be Noon.
The course will be marked with bright pink ground flags. The longest
distance between flags will be about 200 feet. (If you haven't seen a flag for a few minutes or are all of a sudden
breaking through spider webs, you are off course). All trail intersections and important diversions will be marked with
directional arrow signs, and “Wrong Way” warning signs. There will also be an attempt made to mark all overhead
obstructions with bright pink tape.
The road going down the hill
from the start/finish area will not be staffed. Please watch for automobiles on the road.
on the course will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the race and the results. This is a park, after
all. Carry your gel packs, etcetera with you and throw them away in the trash cans at the next aid station, into the
trash. Do not leave trash at the unstaffed water stations, unless you want to tangle with a racoon on your next loop
Passing runners on the trail:
There will be plenty of opportunity to pass, prior
to entering any trail sections of the race. There might be a "conga line" of runners as you enter the trail.
Be patient when you are part of this crowd of runners, as it will disperse soon enough. Don't follow the runner
in front of you too closely, since you won't have time to see obstacles, and may trip.
To pass a runner
on a narrow, single-track trail: Let them know you are approaching. Yell out, “On your left.” If it is unsafe
to pass, be patient, a space will open-up, soon enough. If you are the slower runner, find a spot to step to the right to
make it easier for the faster runner to pass you.
Be courteous but
assertive, consistent, and loud, when passing.
WILL BE ALLOWED in this race, but the use of two earbuds or headphones is NOT, for safety reasons. Again…for your own safety, you should only have one ear engaged in your music.
You are not the
only runner in this race...tuning-out everybody around you is just RUDE, for the reasons above (of passing on narrow trails).
There are multiple race distances happening in this event, and there will be some VERY FAST RUNNERS approaching from behind
you at certain points on the trail. Please don't inhibit both of your ears by using both earbuds or headphones
to cover your ears, unless you want to be pulled from the race.
Drop bags are only allowed for the 50-Kilometer race. At the morning check-in you will be given the opportunity to leave your
drop bag at the Main Aid Station area on tables labeled, “Drop Bags”, within sight of the finish line.
your name, and bib number onto each bag. This location will give you access to your bag once per 10.6-mile loop, which should
be about perfect. Please pick-up your drop bag after the race, or it will be donated to a needy local runner or recycled.
Special Weather-related Safety Information
Your safety is our primary concern. In the event
of severe weather (lightning, flooding, winds above 45 MPH, or tornado), we will shut the race down. In the event of a tornado
siren sounding, please find your way to a substantial shelter and wait for the sirens and danger to subside. Or, if severe
winds suddenly hit your location, lay down in a ditch or low spot (that hasn’t yet filled with water), and put your
hands over your head. After the danger has passed, make your way to a paved road crossing or to a staffed aid station, so
that we can get you back to your car or civilization.
Spiders, and Ticks, oh-my!
Unless you are leading the race, you won’t have to contend with breaking through
spider webs, and the front-runners scare away any snakes that might be hanging out on the course. Please thank them
for their service!
When someone asks me, “what’s the most dangerous animal on the course,”
I’ll invariably say, “Ticks,” due to the diseases that they can carry. Please do a tick-check when you get
home after the race. If a tick is removed within 24 hours, there is really no concern. Once again, the frontrunners
will pick up any ticks encountered on the trail; but if you wander "off-trail" and into the woods, you more than
likely will pick up a few.
Dropping-out of the race:
During the 50K or Half-Marathon race,
if you've bit-off more than you can chew, you can always drop out, but you will also need to notify our timer, so we know
you are dropping out. It will be counted as a DNF, since there is no way to switch distances, during the event.
50K and Half-marathoners Please Note:
If you plan to drop out of the race, please let us know at the
finish area so that we aren't arranging a search & rescue team.
Post-race Food and beverages:
There will be food and beverages inside in the building, after the event.
There will also be soda pop and beer (outside),
just after the finish line. We are not your parents...please imbibe responsibly.
Race Photos and
Mile 90 photos and results will be available for download, sometime on Sunday. Mile 90 is a business started by Rick and Kristi Mayo, themselves very accomplished UltraRunners (and accomplished photographers).
Results will be available as soon as possible at RaceDayTimingSolutions.com. Please contact our timing company for any issues.