rampage the roots Montanas ultra challenge
((Aug 20, 2016

50K Endurance Run
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016


What to expect from this 50K: 
A challenging and beautiful mountain ultra marathon with some gnarly trails and stunning scenery.  You will gain and lose about 7,500 feet of elevation while having a fulfilling backcountry trail running experience.   The course is a mix of forest road, ATV 2 track, and trails, with a couple hundred yards of pavement leading in and out of Pony. 

Start and finish location:
The 50K Endurance Run starts and finishes at the Pony Park in Pony, Montana.  Race headquarters for all races will be in the Pony Gym, two blocks from the park.

Start time: 
10:00am, with an optional 8:00am early start, though this will disqualify you for any of the top awards.

Cutoff times:
You will have 14 hours to complete the 50k.  There will be one location in route with a cut-off time, the Hollow Top Aid Station, which you first encounter about 12 miles from the finish.  Cutoff time at the aid station for your first pass is 5pm.

Dropping out: 
If you drop out, you must inform a race official at an aid station, or one of the race directors at the start/finish or command post.

Pre-race check in:
The pre-race check-in will be on Friday afternoon from 6:30pm to 6:30pm at the Pony Gym.  All runners must check in the morning of the race at the Pony Gym between 8:30 and 9:30am.

Pre-race meeting: 
A short MANDATORY pre-race meeting will be held 20 minutes before the race starts, at the start/finish line. For those 50K runners already in town on Friday, you are welcome to join the pre-race brief at Old Pony Gym.  That briefing will start at 7:00pm on Friday.

Aid stations:
There will be 4 aid stations, located approximately at miles 8.7, 17.3, 23.6, and 27.5.  Please refer to the downloadable mileage chart and turnsheet link below for location and distance between aid stations.  We HIGHLY recommend each runner purchase a topo map of
the Tobacco Root Mountains from http://www.beartoothpublishing.com/tobacco.php if a more precise course reconnaissance is desired.

Course markings: 
The 50K route will be marked with yellow tape at road junctures, and bright pin flags along the trails and roads.  There will be additional markings and maps at trail junctures.

Cell phone reception/emergency help: 
Much of the race route will not have cell phone reception.  Most aid stations will have HAM radio operators.  SAR volunteers are on standby in the immediate area throughout the race.

Drop bags, pacers, and crews: 
Sorry, no drop bags, pacers, or crews allowed for the 50K. 

All 50K finishers will receive an award.  The top 3 male and female finishers will receive special awards.

Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions.  Storms can build up suddenly.  Temperatures at the start of the race could be in the low 30s, while
afternoon temps may soar into the 70s and 80s. 

Family/friend support and spectating:
Due to federal NEPA restrictions, support and spectating for the 50K will only be allowed at the Hollow Top Aid Station, which is just a two mile walk from Pony.  Runners hit the aid station for the first time about 12 miles from the end of the race. 

Vehicle parking:
Parking is available at the Old Pony School and Gym, just a couple hundred yards from the start and finish.  The local roads are available for parking, but PLEASE do not block someone’s driveway.

Nearest airport:
Pony is just 50 minutes from the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport just outside of Belgrade, Montana.   

Click on the tab above for nearby camping and hotel options.  Runners can sleep in the Pony gym just two blocks from the start, or pitch a tent on the surrounding grounds.  The gym has a bathroom and running water, along with tables and chairs, but no showers.  Cost is only $10.  Bring your own sleeping bag and pad. Cost to pitch a tent is $15.












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