Frequently Asked Questions
Will the course be marked? Yes. We will do our best to mark it as clearly as possible. But remember, this is the woods. You have to pay attention.
Do I have to do the whole 20 miles? Suck it up, buttercup! That’s the short answer. The longer one is, well, no. Nobody can force you to complete the whole course. Volunteers at the water stations will be able to direct you to the shortest way out of the woods, or to assist you if you need help. Seriously, there will be no jeering. You will still get your shirt and your goodie bag. We have decided that it’s best to only staff one course rather than offering a variety of options. Again, please talk to your doctor about a proper training regime. Or come out running with one of us.
Can I run the course ahead of time, for training or for fun? Yes, but be very careful. Almost all of the course is on State game lands, The PGC has been kind enough to let us try this. Anyone is allowed to access SGL 44, but there are rules. Be smart. Wear bright colors. Avoid the woods when there will be heavy hunting pressure, such as turkey season. (This is one of the reasons we chose August.) Groups of 9 or more require a special permit from the PGC. Bikes and motorized vehicles are prohibited. But yeah. You can run in the woods. Just use your head.
Why SGL 44? A few reasons. We like the idea of reconnecting people with the woods, and these are what people in Ridgway consider the woods. Plus, there are the really cool boulder formations. Finally, it is situated in such a way that we can start and finish downtown, which will give you a chance to experience Ridgway on Saturday.
Where does the money go? There are some expenses, such as the shirts and the meals. After that, any remaining money will go to support sportsman and community groups.
I'm seriously considering this challenge. I am a hiker - How long are the "aid stations" manned, or how long is there someone at the "finish line"? The aid stations will be manned until 5:00 PM and the finish line will also be manned until 5:00 PM however, we will be keep track of everyone out on the course. We will know who comes in and who does not. It is very important to make sure that everyone enjoys the day and makes it back safely. We will have people at different areas of the course to answer questions, provide aid and water where necessary and direct you as need (however the course will be very well marked).
For something like this, I would anticipate it taking 8 hours for me to complete. I wouldn't care if I was the last one coming in..... I just would like to know if others take about this long to complete... We have actually been doing this for 6 years now as a non-event and have had runners finish in 2:45 Hrs, joggers in about 4 ½ hours, walkers/hikers/families in about 6-7 hours and young boy scouts finished in about 10 hours. Don’t fret because we will know if you are still out there and come out to make sure that you are still OK even if it is after 5:00 PM. Even hiking / walking I believe that you will be in before the 5 o’clock timeframe.
Is there food at the water stations, or should I bring my own? There is a mix of energy gels, M&M's, candies, nuts, fruit, water and Gatorade (or such) available at the stations (7-8 stations throughout the course). Who knows, maybe the crazy people at the Rattlesnake Hill aid station will surprise you with some cool goodies!
I recently completed the 50 mile portion of the A100, so I think this is a great idea! Thank you, we believe that this will be a great event also. The nice thing is that the money (after we pay for the entrants showers, shirts, meal and drinks) all goes to organizations like the boy scouts, community organizations, YMCA, local fish hatcheries, etc. These all revolve around the young people in our community and once again ALL of the money will be given out to these groups. Once again, I am happy and proud to do this for our young children and to keep them outdoors and it also is a reason for one and all to get out and exercise.
Are you guys nuts? Yes.