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2011 General Info

Date:
Sunday May 22 2011

Place:
Sun Mountain Trail System, Winthrop, Wa

Time:
50m 7am (6am early start)
kids 1k 9:45
50k and 25k 10am (no early start)

Fees:
50m-- $65 or $75 after 10pm on May 1 2011
50k-- $45 or $55 after 10pm on May 1 2011
25k-- $25 or $35 after 10pm on May 1 2011
1k-- the kids only race is FREE!

Registration will be at www.databarevents.com soon


A commerative Patagonia Capilene1 short-sleeved shirt can be purchased for an additional $23. (These shirts tend to be smaller than average but in my opinion the average shirt is oversized so plan accordingly)
Sorry but the deadline to sign up and get a shirt was on june 3rd

Atleast $5 from each entry fee will be set aside to be donated to the Twisp Valley Grange.

Course Info:
All of these courses are on the trails at Sun Mountain (the 50 miler also runs on the trails and dirt roads between Sun Mountain and the town of Twsip). For the most part the trails are well maintained no too technical and fast. And most of the climbs are gradual. The 50 miler has about 7000ft of elevation gain so it'll be a pretty fast course(for a mountain trail 50m), the 50k has about 6000ft elevation and will still be a semi-fast course (not super fast but not slow either) thanks to the smooth trails and the 25k just has one big climb and only 2500ft of gain so once that's done it'll be a fast 2nd half. Kids 1k is a little hilly but won't be too hard. More details: 50m, 50k, 25k, 1k

Drop Bags:
Runners can have their own gear transported by race volunteers to all of the aid stations(except aid 1 and 2 for the 50 miler). Please label your drop bags with your name and bib number.

Carpooling:
Please consider all the benefits(financial, social, environmental, etc.) of carpooling and try to find buddies to share the drive with to and from the race. You can let it be known you are looking to carpool and look for others in your area to share the ride with by going to this link: http://sunmountaintrailraces.blogspot.com/2010/12/2011-carpooling.html

Driving Directions:
If you're coming from Seattle/Bellingham/Vancouver you'll probably take Hwy 20(North Cascades Hwy) East from I-5 to get to Winthrop. If you're coming from Tacoma or South of there(Olympia/Portland/Etc.) you'll probably want to take Hwy 18 East to I-90 and go over Snoqualmie Pass, Blewett Pass(Hwy 97) and follow the Columbia River North to the Methow Valley which means you'll get to Sun Mountain via Twsip(but you can always go over the North Cascades Hwy instead if you want but you risk hitting Seattle traffic). If you're coming from anywhere East of the mountains(Eastern BC, Spokane, Tri-cities, ID, MT, Yakima, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, etc.) you'll get to Sun Mountain via Twsip.

driving directions from winthrop:
from the four-way stop sign in downtown winthrop go east on hwy 20 about a half mile and turn right after crossing the bridge onto twin lakes rd. follow twin lakes road about 3 miles to patterson lake rd and turn right. follow patterson lake rd about 5 1/4 miles to chickadee trailhead/thompson ridge rd and turn left twice into the parking lot. chickadee trailhead is the finish for the 50 miler and the start/finish for all the other races. allow 20-25 minutes for drive time and watch out for deer!

directions from twisp:
from twisp river pub in downtown twisp head west on hwy 20 for about 5.5 miles and turn left onto twin lakes rd. follow twin lakes about 2 miles and turn left onto patterson lake rd. follow patterson lake rd about 5 1/4 miles to chickadee trailhead/thompson ridge rd and turn left twice into the parking lot. chickadee trailhead is the finish for the 50 miler and the start/finish for all the other races. allow 25-30 minutes for drive time and watch out for deer!

Camping:
There are lots of options for nice tent camping all over the place around here. The Forest Service has nice campgrounds on hwy 20 just west of Mazama--Early Winters Campgound is the closest to the race of those. A little closer the race are a couple of private campgrounds and a state park(Pearrygin Lake), the River Bend Campground in Twisp is popular with some runners. You could also camp at the Thompson Pass aid station for free but it's not an official site and there's no water or bathrooms or anything.

Weather:
Located on the sunny and dry side of the state there's a good chance the sky will be clear and blue. The average temperatures for the start are in high 40s for the 50m and in the 60s or 70s for the other races and by midday it'll likely be in the 70's or low 80's-- perfect running weather! But this is the mountains so anything is possible...


Post Race Meal/Party:
We'll agian have yummy local food(East 20 Pizza) and drinks(including beer from Methow Valley Brewing Company)after the race for everyone(including friends and family). We'll also do some random prize drawings. And we'll have live bluegrass music from the Blackberry Bushes String Band!