July 29th, 2017
Tushar 100K, Marathon, and 1/2 marathon
The Tushar mountain range is a hidden treasure of 12,000ft peaks not far from Bryce Canyon. This is one of the most challenging courses in the “Grand Circle Trail Series”. Runners will summit peaks and run ridgelines among a thriving mountain goat herd then drop down singletrack into vast, glaciated valleys spattered with abandoned mining ruins from the wild west. The race starts and finishes at Eagle Point Ski Resort at an elevation of over 10,000ft.
The 100K begins by climbing out of the ski resort and links into some pristine singletrack at the base of Mt. Holly. The trail skirts around the side of the mountain and around mile four peers off a high point along the ridge into the backside of Mt. Delano. After dropping down into and traversing a vast valley, you'll climb up to the Alunite Ridge Aid Station, located near some old mining ruins around mile 8. When the trail peaks out the top of the ridge at 11,400ft, you'll be rewarded with a view of several more peaks, including Copper Belt Peak, which you'll climb later in the day. You'll then drop down into the south side of the rugged Bullion Canyon, made famous by a mining community which transformed the canyon into one of the "wildest and wooliest places on earth." Over the next 4 miles the singletrack will take you by abandoned mine shafts and cabins that leave one wondering how they got their equipment into these areas and how they survived in this steep, unforgiving country.
After a 2,000ft climb you'll reach the summit of Mt. Delano, the high point of the course and then descend nearly the same distance before hitting the doubletrack that you'll follow downhill for less than a mile down to Skyline aid station at mile 15.5. You'll then descend another mile down to a trailhead and climb 5 miles of singletrack up to Mud Lake aid stationat mile 21.5. After a quick out-and-back to the aid station, you'll climb over a pass that opens up views of the towering Mt. Baldy and Mt. Belknap. You'll descend 5 miles and 2,000ft to the aptly named Blue Lake, followed by a 2,000ft climb on a forest service access road to the Bullion Pasture Aid Station at mile 28.5. From here you'll descend the famous Paiute ATV trail 3 miles and 1,500+ feet down to the Copper Belt Peak Aid Station at mile 31.5 where you'll check in and continue on to tackle Copper Belt Peak. After summiting and returning to the aid station at mile 38, you'll climb back up to the Bullion Pasture Aid Station at mile 41 and then will drop down Bullion Canyon, descending nearly 4,000ft to the Miner's Park aid station and passing by the gorgeous Bullion Falls en route.
From just past the mining ruins at mile 48, you'll climb back up the 4,000ft that you just lost, this time on the south side of the canyon, all the way up to Edna Peak just before reaching the Alunite Ridge Aid Station to complete the loop at mile 55 and then will return to the starting line via the same 8 mile trail that they started the day off running.
The trail marathon will follow the 100k route up to Mud Lake Aid Station at mile 21.5. They'll then turn left at a junction and will run about 2.5 miles of doubletrack and stop by the Skyline Trail Aid Station for a second time, then will finish the last 4 miles running at the western foot of Mt. Delano and Mt. Holly before reaching the finish line.
The half marathon takes the Skyline trail to the aid station, then does an out-and-back climb up to the summit of Mt. Delano at 12,170ft then returns the way they came to the finish line.
4pm-8pm- Runner check in at the Eagle Point Ski Resort.
8:00pm - 100k, Marathon and Half Marathon drop bag cut off (they need to be dropped off before this time to allow us time to distribute them to Aid Stations)
5am- 100K race begins at the Skyline Lodge.
7am- Marathon begins at the Skyline Lodge.
7:30am- Half Marathon begins
100k, Overall cutoff- 24 hours
Sky Marathon, Overall cutoff- 12 hours
Half Marathon, Overall cutoff- 6 hours
Aid Station Info:
-All bags must be labeled with name, bib # (in large print), aid station, and race distance. Optional, but a good idea if your label comes off, is a card inside with the same information and contact information. Please label your bags the day before the race on your own or at check in.
-No valuables or fragile items in your drop bags. We are not responsible for any lost/stolen items.
-All drop bags must be left in designated drop off location by 8PM the night before race day.
-Watch the weather forecast. If there is any chance of rain, place your items in zip lock bags inside of your drop bag.
-Minimum size: Gallon size freezer zip lock. No grocery store plastic bags or garbage bags..
-Maximum size: Shoe box for single pass and daytime aid stations. Small duffel or small carry on for multiple pass aid stations.
Getting your drop bag back: Generally all bags come back about 1-2 hours after the aid station closes. There will be a "Return to Finish Line" area where you can place your drop bag after you no longer need it and we will try to get it back early if possible. You must place the bag in this area, Crew or volunteers cannot sort through them in order to reduce the risk of a drop bag inadvertently being returned to the start line.
The 100K will have 9 fully stocked aid stations, the Marathon has 3, and the 1/2 Marathon has 2..
Aid stations will be stocked with: water, an electrolyte, fresh cut fruit, several salty items and several sweet items, and soda. Aid stations later in the race will also have real food that may include boiled potatoes, tortillas w/ Nutella, PB&J, turkey sandwiches, dill pickles, chips, a variety of candies, anti chafing agent, sunscreen, first aid supplies. We will have a limited supply of gels, salt caps, and electrolyte caps.
Pacers & Crew:
Crew access is allowed at Mud Lake, Bullion Pasture, and Miner's Park aid stations. Parking on the shoulder of the road is NOT allowed and can jeopardize our permit. Crew must follow parking instructions of the aid station workers or their runner can be disqualified.
100K pacers are allowed after Bullion Meadows aid station.
No pacers allowed for the marathon or half marathon.
You are responsible for the actions of your crew and pacers. If their behavior is deemed inappropriate by race staff, you will be disqualified. Please let them know this and only choose crew members that will treat our volunteers and staff with respect while you are out on the course.
Due to the remote location of this race, we will not be able to provide live updates for your friends/family to follow you from home. We do have satellite phones and/or radios at the aid stations so that we can account for runners on the course and keep communication lines open among our staff members, but we do not have the ability to communicate runner whereabouts to your loved ones during the event. If you would like to let friends and family know your status on the course, you have a couple of options. 1) You can text them from the areas of the course with cell service (there are many points on the course where reception is good enough to get a text out, but it can be difficult to get a phone call out. If you're worried about your cell phone battery, you can turn it off after sending a text, leave it in airplane mode, or carry a small battery backup device. 2) Use a tracking app such as Endomondo which will automatically update your whereabouts when you come into a reception area. (These apps tend to drain your cell phone battery and the use of a battery backup device will be necessary if you plan on leaving it on for the duration of the event.)
RULES AND GUIDELINES
For course marking, we use pink flags with a piece of highly reflective tape attached. Any route variations unique to your distance will be marked with a different color. Junctions will be marked with directional arrows, Wrong Way signs, and/or flour.
It is the responsibility of the runner to check in at each aid station (coming in only, no need to check out of the aid station.) Seek out the aid station worker wearing the fluorescent orange vest and give them your bib number. Failure to check in at an aid station can result in disqualification. If you drop out of the race YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR BIB TO THE NEAREST AID STATION CAPTAIN. If you fail to do this, not only will you be responisble for all related search party costs, but you will not be allowed to enter any future UA events.
Zero Waste event:
All UA events are zero waste, with less than 1% of the trash produced at the event going to the landfill (and no portapotty chemical sludge being sent to the wastewater treatment facilities.)
Here’s how we do it-
1- We separate all organics/compostables as well as the normal recyclable materials at the start/finish line and each aid station. Please help us to keep recyclables and compostables separate from the other trash. We will have labeled bins at each location. We have an Ubuntu Blox machine that compacts our non-recyclable trash into bales which are used as a sustainable building material. The beauty of the Ubuntu Blox system is that it provides a use for the non-recyclables such as wrappers, plastic bags, etc. With this system, we were able to “upcycle” nearly 100% of our landfill bound solid waste.
2- Eco Commode composting toilets. All human waste collected is composted after the event, becoming a nutrient-rich soil amenity as the end product. You will find a bin of cover material next to each of the toilets at the event. Please add a scoop or handful of cover material after each use of the toilet to keep things fresh for the next user and to help maintain proper carbon/nitrogen ratios. This cover material is usually sawdust, but can also be shredded newpaper, ash, peat moss, coffee grounds or another carbon source.
lodging / camping:
Lodging is available near the start/finish line at Eagle Point Resort or in Beaver and Marysvale. Camping passes ($20 for the weekend) to stay at the start/finish line can be purchased in advance from the ski resort by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Another beautiful (and free) spot for camping is in the Big John Flat area.
Awards & SHWAG:
Each of our awards is handmade and unique- you can choose the one that speaks to you. Special awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well.
We hope that you will join us at the finish line for as long as you’d like to welcome home the other finishers. One of our goals this year is to create a welcoming environment for you to hang out with old and new friends.
If you are unable to attend the race after registering, we are happy to rollover your race credit towards any future Ultra Adventures' event within 2 years of the original race date. The amount credited will be determined by how much advanced notice you give us, since many costs involved with the race are incurred early. If you notify us prior to 60 days before the race, you are eligible for a 100% rollover towards any Ultra Adventures event. If you notify us prior to 30 days before the race- a 75% rollover or will be issued. If you let us know up to 7 days prior to the event- a 50% rollover can be applied. Within 7 days of the event- no rollovers will be issued. Any changes to runner registrations will incur a $10 processing fee.
THE Tushars Bucket List
1) Mt. Holly- A fairly easy summit from the start/finish line area (Eagle Point Ski Resort Skyline Lodge parking area). Make sure to continue to the eastern edge of this rounded top to peer off the back side- there are always mountain goats along those cliffs. The ridge line between here and Delano is AMAZING. Approx 2 miles to Holly summit, another mile and a half to Delano summit. Click here for route description from Big John Flat area.
2) Shelly Baldy Peak- another easy summit with very rewarding views. I like to do this one as an 8ish mile loop, starting at the Skyline trailhead, about a mile past Big John Flat. From the trailhead, take the 225 trail about 2 miles to the junction with the 217 and take a right. Follow this trail up to the ridge and then veer left when you approach the top (if you reach Mud Lake junction, you’ve gone too far) and follow the ridgeline to the summit. From the summit you can either turn around and come back the way you came or follow the south ridge down and after 1/4 to 1/2 mile of hitting the treeline you’ll run into the 058 trail. Follow this east towards Big John Flat, then take a left at the jct with the 172 and follow that back to the 225, then follow that two miles back to your car. A quicker route to the summit would be from the Mud Lake trailhead. Free maps are available at the Beaver Ranger District Office at 575 South Main St. in Beaver, UT.
3) Mt. Belknap- This peak is not for the inexperienced. While no ropes are required, the steepness and difficulty of footing will make many people uncomfortable and can present dangerous situations. Use extreme caution. Very steep and SLOW going- give yourself extra time on this one, don’t let the mileage decieve you. Start at the Bullion Pasture trailhead. Click here for route description
*Here are few more options (that can replace any of the above)
-Mt. Baldy- the gnarliest of the peaks to summit in the Tushars. The most common approach is to do it in conjunction with Mt. Belknap (directions above). Be careful on this one and beware of rock fall if anyone is above you. You can barely claw your way to the top without ropes but you'll probably be on your ass for half of the route back down.
*For those looking to take it easy before the race:
- Drive from Big John Flat over to Marysvale on the highest road in Utah (tops out at 11,500ft. Take the 123 dirt road turnoff 16 miles up Hwy 153 from Beaver). After you get to Marysvale, go up Bullion Canyon to Miner's Park historical park (like an outdoor, self guided museum) and also hike in to the Bullion Falls (about a mile each way- mostly ATV track.) You'll see the falls and Miner's Park during the race, but chances are you're going to blow by them and will have your mind on other things...
- Copper Belt Peak via unofficial trail at Bullion Pasture trailhead. From the same parking area as Belknap peak, follow the trail that traverses the ridgeline southeast to Copper Belt Peak, which the 93k and 100 milers will summit from below during the event. This is one of my favorite stretches of trail in the Tushars, but it is unofficial and thus we were unable to get it approved as part of the course this year. It is the route most commonly used to summit Copper Belt Peak, but it does not appear on the map.