“To every (runner) there comes…that special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing uniquely fitted to their talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for the race which would be their finest hour” (Winston Churchill, paraphrased)
When a group of trail running buddies decided to host a race in their favorite local mountains, they knew it would have to be as unique as it is challenging. And from our first official ‘scouting visit’ right up until the securing our final sponsor, the process has exceeded all our expectations! Our objectives have been clear from the start:
1. Offer a top-notch event that would attract both elites and beginners alike.
2. Promote healthy relationships within the community and with nature.
3. Reward participants with tremendous organization, unparalleled scenery, and an unforgettable adventure!
|Moose 100||Big Elk Marathon|
|Grizzly 50||Big Elk 1/2 Marathon|
June & July: Stay tuned for info regarding course previews exclusively for registered racers. Take the opportunity to review key sections before you race.
Thursday, July 26 @6:00pm: 100-mile pre-race meeting & dinner for racers/volunteers.
Friday, July 27 @ 5 am: 100-mile race start (40 hour cut-off)
Friday, July 27 @6:00pm: 50-mile, 26.2, 13.1, 1 mile pre-race meeting & dinner for racers.
Friday, July 27 @7:30pm: 1 mile free Critter Kids Run (more info found here)
Saturday, July 28 @4:00am: 50-mile race start (19 hour cut-off)
Saturday, July 28 @7:00am: 26.2 race start (11 hour cut-off)
Saturday, July 28 @9:00am: 13.1 race start (6 hour cut-off)
Due to the extreme terrain covered in the P.U.T.S, pre-race meetings are not optional. Important safety issues will be reviewed as well as a pre-race dinner that is free for all racers and volunteers. All pre-race meetings will be held at the YMCA Big Elk Lodge in Irwin, ID.
100-mile pre-race meeting: Thursday, July 26 at 6pm.
50-mile, 26.2 mile, 13.1 mile, 1-mile Critter kids run pre-race meetings: Friday, July 27 at 6pm.
Verizon has the best coverage in the area. Coverage is almost non-existent at the start/finish area as the camp is tucked back into the canyon. Coverage is really good when you get closer to Alpine or Irwin. The other carriers perform worse. On course there is cell coverage on most of the ridges though we recommend leaving your phone in airplane mode to conserve battery.
Pets are not allowed on the course. You are welcome to bring them with you to the camp but they must be on a lash at all times and not left alone. No pets will be allowed in the bunkhouses.