Hello runners of the Bryce Canyon Ultramarathons!
We hope that you are excited to be part of this amazing group of trail runners coming together from all over the globe to run at one of the most unique and inspiring areas on the planet.
To get you familiar with the course that you will be running, have a look at the flyover video that Christian Johnson recently made for each of the distances:
100 mile flyover- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIs57skOhTs
50 mile flyover- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDqdUgxk3f4
50k flyover- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMLsvkFzEjs
25k flyover- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuXNT_I_aPQ
Checkin is located at Ruby's Inn near the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. If you don't make it, you can get your bib up to 30 min before your shuttle leaves. We will be set up in a grassy area behind the Prospector building. Shuttles will leave from Ruby's Inn at the designated time from the web page. If you are not familiar with the information on the web page, please spend some time there: http://www.grandcircletrails.com/bryce-canyon-general-info/
The finish line at Coyote Hollow trailhead does not have ample parking for us to congregate. All post race festivities will be at Ruby's Inn, including finisher's awards. Your crew can come and see you finish if they'd like (they may have to walk a half mile or more due to the limited parking) but we will be moving runners and crew out as quickly as possible in order to avoid congestion in the small finishing area. A shuttle bus will take a load of runners to Ruby's Inn approximately every 30 minutes.
Ruby's Inn offers a campground with showers, swimming pool, laundry facilities, wifi, etc. for your convenience. For those looking for free camping, just south of Ruby's is a forest service road where you can likely find a secluded campsite in the ponderosas and still be relatively near the race festivities. Ruby's has a warm and welcoming restaurant and a gas station/convenience store across street. We will have our hot tub/composting toilet trailer at the starting line for runners/campers to use during their stay.
Crew access is limited to 3 aid stations- Proctor Canyon, Straight Canyon, and Crawford Pass. At Crawford Pass, crew vehicles may not drive all the way to the aid station. Two miles below, at the mouth of Proctor Canyon, they may catch a shuttle van up to the aid station, or they can walk in. Anyone driving into the aid station and parking there that is not a volunteer will be asked to leave or will risk disqualifying their runner.
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 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 locations along the course with cell service (the rim section between Blubber Creek Kanab Creek has decent service in several locations, and Pink Cliffs has good reception.) If you're worried about your cell phone battery, you can turn it off while in between viewpoints, leave it in airplane mode, or use a small battery backup device. You can also use a tracking app such as Endomondo which will automatically update your location 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.)
If your crew would like to rent a satellite phone, Russ from SkyCall Satellite Phones will have some available to rent for $35 for the weekend.
For course marking, we will be using pink flagging with some highly reflective tape attached to each marker. Junctions will be heavily marked with signs and flour arrows to help avoid any confusion. The 50K will follow green flags (same color as their bib numbers) until their course joins the 50/100 mile route, and the Half Marathon will follow orange flags (same color as their bib numbers) until they meet up with the 50/100 mile route.
Any runners missing the shuttle will be responsible to get to their respective starting lines on their own.
All drop bags will be delivered back to the start after the aid station closes. If you would like a chance of it getting there sooner, you will need to place it in the pile labeled "Return to Start Line" after you finish using it and are leaving the aid station. Crew or volunteers cannot sort through them in order to reduce the risk of a drop bag inadvertantly being returned to the start line. You are welcome to drive to an aid station to pick up a drop bag if you need it before the aid station closes.
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 responsible for all related search party costs, but you will not be allowed to enter any future UA events.
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.
Aid station cutoffs have been posted on the website. Here's a link to the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1p80RpTFzZqTyNYHSUZaqhW2GZ5qMPd1A9duUBmZAx9s/edit#gid=529659696
Tailwind is our sponsoring energy/electrolyte drink and it will be provided at each of the aid stations.
We will have a course preview meeting at 6:30pm on Friday for those interested where we will be give an overview of the course conditions and answering any questions. We will also be playing the flyover videos at the starting area during checkin. After the course preview meeting at 7pm we will have a short presentation on the history and geography unique to the BryceCanyon region.
The pre/post race meal will be a DIY pita pizza bar. We supply the ingredients, you make it how you want it, and we'll cook it for you in one of our pizza ovens (they only take 2 minutes to cook.) The number of meal tickets that you are supplied with depends on your race distance.
I hope you're planning on getting out and seeing some of the beautiful land features inside the national park while you're here, as part of our Trifecta Series. If you're unaware of what that is, you can read more about it here: http://www.grandcircletrails.com/trifectas/ It would be a shame to come all the way out here and not get out on some of the other amazing trails in the area.
We will have a photo competition after the race via our Instagram account. Photos can be taken before, during, or after the race. They can be photos of the course itself, from one of the trifectas, something funny at the event, your roadtrip, whatever. You have a two week window to submit them (a week before the event and a week after it.) Hashtag #ultraadventures to enter. The top vote getters will be awarded some great prizes from some of our sponsors such as Altra, Orange Mud, Smith Optics, St. George Running Center, Joe Trailman Gaiters, and High Desert Drop Bags. Bib numbers will be assignedthis Saturday.
Remember that we put on Zero Waste events. This means that we'll need your help by putting any waste in the appropriate container. The most important thing to separate is any organics/compostable items, so any left over food etc. please put in the "compost" buckets. Once that potentially smelly stuff is out of the way, it's really not that big of a deal if we have to do a little extra sorting for the recayclables. We compress the non-recyclable items into blocks which are later used as an eco-friendly, sustainable building material. So don't worry about using that styrafoam cup at the aid station, it has a high R-Value (insulative properties) and is lightweight, making it a great fill material for our building blocks :) Less than 1% of the trash produced at our events goes to the landfill, something that we are very proud of.
All of the toilets used at our event are composting toilets. If you're not familiar with what a composting toilet is, it's just a dry toilet with a carbon source medium (usually sawdust) added to the toilet chamber after each use. Please toss a nice scoop/handful of sawdust over your turd to aid in the composting process and keep things looking nice for the person coming after you :) Diverting material that would have otherwise gone through the wastewater treatment facilities saves a lot of energy and water and eliminates the chemicals used in traditional portapotties from being introduced into the wastewater system. And after a year of composting, we are left with a healthy soil amenity used to enrich a local alfalfa field.
We don't have an awards ceremony since the runners finish over such a large span of time. You will pick up your finishers awards at Ruby's Inn. We have put a lot of effort into creating a more welcoming and comfortable post-race environment and we invite you to stick around and for as long as you'd like at Ruby's. Our Eco-Trailer is ready to roll and will be at the event, don't forget your towell if you'd like to give our wood-fired hot tub a spin.
Here is a link to a spreadsheet created by Adrian Stanciu for the BryceCanyon course that can help you plan out your run. You can fill in the blanks with your own estimated times: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nxTogmHrQsl2_ewqmXaLjRdw54tdkS3EWBryr-eR7eE/edit#gid=0
Hello runners of the Bryce Canyon Ultramarathons!