rampage the roots Montanas ultra challenge
((Aug 21-22, 2015
ghosts of yellowstone 100m
Friday, Aug 21, 2015
to expect from this 100M:
This is a rugged and difficult 100 miler, run mostly on trails that dip and climb through national forests, meadows, and high tundra, with about 28,500 feet of elevation gain and loss. The views are spectacular.
Qualifying for entry:
We caution having this be your first 100 mile race. The country is remote, the weather can be extreme, and the elevation gain is exceptional. If you meet any one of the following 3 requirements listed below, you are eligible.
(a) Completed one of the following 50M races within the past 12 months. (These shorter races were chosen because they are nearby, demanding, and simulate conditions you are likely to encounter in our race):
1. Elkhorn 50M
2. Devils Backbone 50M
3. Bighorn 50M
(Feel you've run a comparable race in the past year? Contact the race director.)
(b) You completed a 100M race in the last 18 months with an elevation/surface rating of 2/2 or higher (see ultrarunning.com calendar for a ranking of your race)
(c) You completed a 100M race in the past 3 years with an elevation/surface rating of 4/4 or higher (see ultrarunning.com calendar for a ranking of your race)
Contact us if you have any questions about these qualifying standards.
Start and finish location:
The 100M ultra 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: 6am
Cut off times:
Runners will have until 8pm on Sunday to complete the course, for a total elapsed time of 38 hours. This amounts to averaging a little under 23 minutes/mile. For a list of cutoff times at various aid stations, see Cut off times and pace chart.
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 race headquarters.
Thursday afternoon from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the Pony Gym. Bring drop bags with you at this time.
A mandatory meeting will be held on Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30pm at the Pony Gym, immediately after the checkin. Dinner will be provided.
Race day checkin:
All 100 mile runners must checkin before the start of the race at the Pony Gym between 4:30 and 5:30am. A light breakfast will be available.
There will be 11 aid stations and 4 Safety Points. Distance varies between each aid stations, with all but one being less than 10 miles. Hydration is available at each safety point, so water is never more than 10 miles away. Please refer to the Ghost of Yellowstone turnsheet and maps, available below. High quality topo maps of the Tobacco Roots are available thru www.beartoothpublishing.com. We recommend purchasing one, learning the course, and carrying it with you during the run.
The 100M route will be marked with yellow tape at road junctures, and bright pin flags along the trails and roads. There will also be reflective piping on some of the flags to guide your night running. 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 are allowed at most aid stations, starting about halfway through the race, or after 12 hours or racing, whichever comes first. See the link below for a complete list of aid stations that can receive drop bags. Drop bags should be no bigger than an airline carry on. Clearly write your LAST NAME, BIB#, and AID STATION NAME on your drop bag, and bring all drop bags to the Pre-race meeting on Thursday.
Pacers are allowed starting about halfway through the race, starting at the Rock Creek Aid Station, or at 6 pm Friday, whichever comes first. Pacers can join a runner only at designated aid stations. See the link below for more information.
All 100M 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 come up with little warning. Nighttime temperatures often drop below freezing high up on the course, while afternoon temps can make the 70s and 80s. Last year there was a snowstorm on the alpine section of the course.
Parking is available at the 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.
Pony is only 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.
LINKS AND DOWNLOADS
MAP OF AID STATION LOCATIONS
TURNSHEET, AID STATIONS, DROP BAGS
CUT OFF TIMES AND PACE CHART
DETAILED TOPO MAPS
(Use these modified topos from Beartooth Publishing Co. to see more topographical detail along the route. Numbers in yellow circles represent mileage between points.)