Marin Ultra Challenge

Posted by relhats in on Jan 31, 2012
Where:
Fort Baker
East Road & Sommerville Road
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA 94965
USA
Cost:
50 Mile: $115 / 50K: $85 / 35K: $60 / Half: $50
Contact:
Inside Trailwww.insidetrail.comE-mail

Results for the 2014 event are posted on the “Results” tab.
Our 2015 Marin Ultra Challenge is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015.


Race Information


Inside Trail is proud to showcase this event.  Meticulous effort went into the design of the 50k and 50 mile courses.  They are challenging (50 Mile has over 11,000 ft climb) and beautiful.  Every step of the race is run on fresh ground with very little overlapping.  Jim Vernon from The Endurables spent hours and weekends developing this custom, brand new course and we are super excited to show it off.  In fact, we’re so excited, we are offering a little chunk of prize money!!  In the 50 mile race:  Male/Female 1st-$250, 2nd-$150, 3rd-$100, along with special awards for both distances and age groups.

Starting just steps away from historic Fort Baker, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, runners may fill their lungs with fresh salt air before embarking on a journey through some of the best trails the Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais has to offer, including the beautiful views of Coastal Trail, the inland buffed single track of the Miwok, descend on the famous Dipsea Trail and tackle one of the toughest climbs around – Willow Camp. You’ll travel along the coast, by Pirate’s Cove, to Muir Beach. Fron there you will cross over to Mt. Tam, climbing to the top of Cardiac Hill then scream down the Dipsea to Stinson Beach. Depart Stinson Beach with the 1,800′ of vertical gain in 1.8 miles on Willow Camp and traverse Mt. Tam along the single-track Coastal Trail, back to the top of Cardiac. Enjoy the tall trees as you pass through Muir Woods, before you climb back into the Headlands on Miwok to the killer downhill of Dias Ridge back to Muir Beach. From there, you’ll quietly pass through the Zen center and up the incredible new Middle Green Gulch hill. Your journey will ultimately end with amazing vistas of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from the SCA and Coastal trails… all the way back to the finish at Cavallo Point. Aid stations will be packed with all the goodies you love, plus a generous helping of delicious Clif Products!

Location: Marin Headlands, GGNRA & Mt. Tamalpais State Park

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014

Events:Half Marathon, 35K, 50K & 50 Mile

Bib & Shirt Pickup: 5:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Start Times: 50 Mile 6:00 AM
50K 6:00 AM
35K 8:30 AM
Half Marathon 8:30 AM

 

Time Limit: There is a 14 hour time limit for the 50K and 50 Mile race.

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc


50 Mile – 2 points
50K – 1 point

Shirts & Awards



Shirts

Greenlayer SportsAll registered runners will receive a Greenlayer Sports Evolution technical fabric shirt. Your favorite training tee has been updated for the new season. Made from super soft moisture-wicking fabric, the Evolution Short Sleeve Tee offers the perfect blend of performance, fit and design at an exceptional price point. The Greenlayer logo is featured in a color popping contrast color on the left sleeve.

Fabric: 150g 50% recycled polyester 50% polyester

Greenlayer Helium - Female

Helium – Female

Greenlayer Helium - Male

Helium Shirt – Male

To be guaranteed your shirt size, you must register by March 1, 2014.


Awards

Overall winners of each race distance will receive a Suunto Ambit watch, medal, a custom glass Stein and an additional item from the Inside Trail Racing schwag bag. In addition, the 50 mile race will offer prize money to the top 3 male and female runners overall: 1st-$250, 2nd-$150, 3rd-$100.

All ultra-marathon distance finishers will receive a custom printed Pint Glass with the race logo.

The Dead Last Finisher (DLF) in each distance will receive a custom award.

Age-group medals (3 deep) will be awarded in the following categories, for both males and females:
     ● 19 and under
     ● 20 – 29
     ● 30 – 39
     ● 40 – 49
     ● 50 – 59
     ● 60 and over

50 Mile & 50K



Course Map

Course design by Jim Vernon/The Endurables.

Miles 1 – 15 & Miles 39 – 50 / GGNRA

Miles 15 – 39 / Mt. Tamalpais State Park

All courses are subject to change if the weather or park service demands it.

50 Mile – Course Description

50 Mile – Turn by Turn Directions | 50 Mile – Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs

50K – Turn by Turn Directions | 50K – Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs

Sunrise for Sausalito, CA: 7:21 AM
Sunset for Sausalito, CA: 7:17 PM

Drop Bags and Headlamps
With the sunrise on March 15 being at 7:21 AM, all runners should start the 50 Mile and 50K races with a headlamp. Headlamps can be left at any aid station after they are no longer needed, and will be delivered to the S/F area by 10:00 AM. Any runner who expects to be running beyond 7:00 PM should also plan on having a headlamp in one of their drop bags.

Drop bags will be available at 2 different aid stations (which the 50 Mile will pass a total of 4 times):
1) Tennessee Valley AS: Mile 9.8
2) Cardiac AS: Mile 19.1
3) Cardiac AS: Mile 27.7
4) Tennessee Valley AS: Mile 44.2

All drop bags must be left at the designated spot near the Finish line by 5:45 AM.

Crew/Pacer Information
Runner crew is able to reach every aid station.

Pacers may join runners on their second pass through Cardiac Aid Station, mile 27.7.

Elevation Charts

Aid Station Supplies

At Inside Trail Racing aid stations it’s like an all you can eat buffet, but this is a race, so don’t linger too long! Expect to find variety at our aid stations, including sweet and salty offerings like trail mix, pretzels, cookies, boiled potatoes with salt for dipping, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, PB&J finger sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, bananas, oranges, salt tablets, you get the idea. There will also be general first aid items but no anti-inflamatory medicine. We strongly encourage you to carry at least one 20oz water bottle to tide you over between aid stations.

Half & 35K


Course Map

All courses are subject to change if the weather or park service demands it.

Half Marathon – Turn by Turn Directions | 35K – Turn by Turn Directions

Half and 35K – Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs

Elevation Charts

Aid Station Supplies

At Inside Trail Racing aid stations it’s like an all you can eat buffet, but this is a race, so don’t linger too long! Expect to find variety at our aid stations, including sweet and salty offerings like trail mix, pretzels, cookies, boiled potatoes with salt for dipping, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, water, Tailwind Electrolyte Drink, PB&J finger sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, bananas, oranges, salt tablets, you get the idea. There will also be general first aid items but no anti-inflamatory medicine. We strongly encourage you to carry at least one 20oz water bottle to tide you over between aid stations.

Results


Records


Distance Name Age Year Time
50 Mile – Male Bob Shebest 39 2014 7:06:53
50 Mile – Female Tracy Bowling 34 2013 8:25:21
50K – Male Ryan Neely 23 2013 3:52:47
50K – Female Kimberly O’Donnell 23 2013 4:27:57
35K – Male Skip Crockett 33 2014 2:58:37
35K – Female Tyler Stewart 35K 2014 3:13:10
Half Marathon – Male Shawn Smith 25 2014 1:37:37
Half Marathon – Female Raleigh Harris 42 2014 1:50:45


  • Matt Galland

    Wicked cool route. I know all the trails like the back of my hand by have never dared stitch them all together like you have. Just might have to make it my goal to join you out there!
    Keep running!
    -Matt

  • Scott Sambucci

    Hello – I’ve been looking for info about a shuttle to the starting line. Is there one? Or do racers drive to the starting point. Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Participants drive to the start/finish area.

  • Mitch K.

    Will there be the ability for a drop bag for the 50 milers?

  • Adam

    Any rules on pacers or drop bags for the 50M?

  • Gabby Hayes

    Hi Guys, For those old timers doing the 50 K, I take it that they’ve got until the door closes for the 50 milers (14 hours)? Thanks. JR

    • Emily

      I wonder the same thing… This is my first ultra so I have no idea how I will do…

  • Anonymous

    Event page is updated with drop bag and pacer information.

  • Dejswa

    Is there a list of cutoffs?

  • Ken Zemach

    Hi, quick aid station question:

    For each race, where and how many aid stations are there? I’m trying to pre-plan what to carry, e.g. hydration vest or single water bottle. Knowing the aid station locations and distances between would be super, super helpful. In fact, super-imposing those on the elevation charts would do the trick. Thanks.

  • Emily

    Approximately how many participants are running the 50K or the 50 mile event?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Cifuentes/13004374 Nick Cifuentes

    Looks like great timing for a TRT 100 training run, I think this is happening, thanks Jim/Tim, nice work on this one!

  • Pon

    Are all aid stations accessible to crews? Specifically, is mile 31.4 accessible?

  • Brettselvy

    Where at Stinson Beach will the race run by at the 26 mile mark? I am a family member of one of the runners and am planning to be at Stinson Beach to watch him run by, but where should I be stationed by???? THANKS!

  • http://twitter.com/starchy starchy

    Thanks to you and all the enthusiastic volunteers for making my first 50 miler an amazing experience! My race report is online here: http://www.crustyuppers.com/

  • http://twitter.com/starchy starchy

    Thanks to you and all the enthusiastic volunteers for making my first 50 miler such an amazing experience! My race report is online here: http://www.crustyuppers.com/2012/07/some-days-theres-nothing-in-the-world-but-running-marin-ultra-challenge-50-miler/

  • Brian Ko

    Did you guys decide if you will be giving medals? This is my frist 50 miler and it’d be nice to have a finishers medal if I finish.

    • http://www.insidetrail.com/ Tim Stahler

      Brian – We are going to have medals, in addition to our “normal” branded pint glasses for all finishers. Lots of stuff to give away on race day! We’ll see you next week :) Best of luck on your first 50 miler!

      • Brian Ko

        Going back to that “if I finish” part….

        • http://www.insidetrail.com/ Tim Stahler

          Keep the faith, Brian! You’ll get it done.

  • Tina-Marie Freeman

    Has anyone else not gotten any sort of confiation email??

    • http://www.insidetrail.com/ Tim Stahler

      Tina-Marie – Race day instructions and information are scheduled to be sent out to all pre-registered runners at 12:00 PM today (Pacific Time). You should have them soon!

  • Ryan Witko

    Looking forward to Saturday’s race. If we leave a drop bag for the Tennessee Valley aid station, will it be returned to the finish area after the race? Or alternatively, will participants be able to drive up to TV after finishing to retrieve their bag? Thanks!

    • http://www.insidetrail.com/ Tim Stahler

      Ryan – All drop bags will be delivered back to the S/F area after the TV AS closes. You are welcome to drive out there and pick your bag up to save some time… The AS closes at 5:15 PM.

  • annathebee

    Could anyone tell me what the half marathon trail is like? It will be my sisters’ and my first half marathon and we’d like to know how hilly or flat it is. Thanks!

    • http://www.insidetrail.com/ Tim Stahler

      We will have the course map for the Half Marathon posted by the end of the week. As with most events in the Marin Headlands, it is going to be a pretty hilly course. You can take a look at our Rodeo Valley course to get an idea of what the course will look like – it won’t be exactly the same since the Start/Finish is in a different location, but it will be utilizing a number of the same trails. -Tim

      http://www.insidetrail.com/ai1ec_event/rodeo-valley-trail-run/

  • Erin

    Hi guys, Do we have total elevation gain info for the 50K? Also average temps this time of year? Is there cool tree cover? Mostly open sun? This will be my first attempt at a 50K so want to cover all of my bases! Thanks :D! Hope I can do this!

    • http://www.insidetrail.com/ Tim Stahler

      Erin – The 50k has around 7,000′ of elevation gain. A good amount of climbing… Temperatures can be all over the place in March in the Marin Headlands. Average highs are probably in the low 60s, but weather could be cold and rainy, or crystal clear and in the 70s. Running in Marin can be a fickle beast! The 50K course is about 60% exposed, 40% covered. Hope that helps.

      • Erin

        Thanks so much Tim! This is so helpful! 7,000′! I love hills but wow! Hope I can do this! Basically be prepared for anything it sounds like. ;)

  • David Binder

    Training has been limited, but I’m looking forward to a great day. Thanks ITR!