The 50K will start on an old mining road near the town of Bourne. lt continues on the dirt road climbing roughly 2400 ft in the first 5.4 miles on your way to Cracker Creek Aid Station (AS #1). From AS #1 you will travel 1.4 miles to Lost Lake Trail. You will then do a 2mile out-n-back to Lost Lake. After returning to North Powder Road, you will travel through the "The Gauntlet" section - a half mile of extremely rocky terrain - and continue to drop 1000ft to Summit Lake Trail. You will continue on Summit Lake Trail passing Summit Lake as you climb back up to the Crest. You will reach Cracker Creek Aid Station (AS #2) at mile 14.5.
The course then returns to the Elkhorn Crest Trail (the trail you just came from) veering right this time for roughly 7 miles before turning onto Pole Creek Trail. Descend 1000 ft to Pole Creek Aid Station (AS #3). From there you will continue descending 2300 ft over the next 6.5 miles to the finish in Sumpter on a mix of two track and forest service roads.
Due to the mountain environment, the following gear must be carried by every runner at all times during the race (no exceptions):
Ability to carry 1.5 liters of fluid.
Headlamp with extra batteries (no Petzel e+lite...something you can actually see with)
The following gear is recommended, but not required.
Jacket (i.e. Houdini)
NO DROP BAGS FOR THE 50K
We expect runners to be leaving AS2 (mile 14.5) by Noon - 5 hours into the race.
There will be 3 fully stocked aid stations (see below). Aid Stations will be stocked with typical aid station fare- PB & Js, chips, Muir gels, bananas, sweet & salty snacks, coke, ginger ale, etc.