FAQs 2017-01-07T16:20:37-07:00

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Can I park on Crawford Gulch Road instead of carpooling?

NO! Racers and spectators will not be allowed to drive down Crawford Gulch Rd unless you are one of the 1st 80 cars with 3, 50K  racers on board. Everyone else will be directed to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds Parking Lot to catch the shuttle bus. Trust me. This is an excellent alternative to very limited parking.

Can I transfer to a different race distance?

You can transfer your Golden Gate Dirty 30 entry to another Dirty 30 Trail Race Series race for the same year you registered, as long as there is a spot available to transfer to.  If the race is full you will be placed on the waitlist until a spot opens.  You will be required to pay the difference in the entry fee.  No refunds will be given.  

Depending on when you cancel, you may be able to defer your entry or partial entry to the following year.  Please refer to the registration page to see the deferral policy.

Can my friends or family come spectate?

Absolutely!    They will need to take the shuttle bus to get to the start/finish area as well as Aid 2 and Aid 3 (50K).  There will be no spectator access to Aid 1/4 from Gap Rd.  If spectators want to hike into Aid 1/4 they may do so from the start/finish area only. Please see the shuttle tab on the Race Day Prep page for details.

Can I be dropped off and picked up at the finish line, Red Barn, Nott Creek Trailhead (all same area) after I am finished racing?

You may be dropped off at the start.  There are 2 spots, where there will be a parking marshal just before the Start/Finish Area.  You will be able to pull in there, let your runner out and then turn around.  No time for lingering.  You can then send your driver to the shuttle parking lot to take the bus back to the start.  You will not be able to be picked up at the Start/Finish area.  You will need to take the shuttle bus to the Fairgrounds parking area.

Can I camp at the Red Barn the night before the race?

No.  Sorry no camping at Red Barn.  Please see the Where to Stay Page for places to camp.

Are there other places to camp at the park?

Reverand’s Ridge Camp Ground is about 35 min. from the start by driving.  It is near mile 11 of the 50K race off of Gap Rd.  There are group sites at Aspen Camp Ground as well.

I am a sponsored competitive runner, do you offer comp entries?

Comp entries are a benefit of the  Golden Gate Dirty 30 sponsor package.  Elite ultra racers are invited on an individual basis.  If you are interested email the race director.  In most cases the Race Director is looking to see that you have a resume of winning ultra distance trail races and are willing to help promote the Dirty 30 by writing a race report and sharing on your social media.

I can’t race this year, can I give my entry to my friend or family member?

Race entries are non-transferable.  If you give your entry to your friend and they get hurt or an emergency happens we need to have emergency info for them.  There are a lot of logistics that go into making sure every racer is accounted for, safe and can be taken care of if something goes wrong.  If we don’t know who is on the course there is no way to manage this safety requirement.  Also, with a wait list there are racers waiting in line to get into the race.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Should I bring money?

Yes!  Treat yourself to a massage. 1$/minute.  There will be lots of great deals by our sponsors at the EXPO and there will be Dirty 30 swag available as seen on the Dirty 30 store.

I am new to trail running.  Do you recommend this race for a new trail runner?

I encourage you to go for the challenge.  This is not the easiest trail race course out there, and I am sure it is not the hardest either.  This course will challenge you, it will help you define new limits for yourself and show you what else is possible. I say, "GO FOR IT!" Get out of your comfort zone. This is where livin' starts! I say go for it!  Those who finish the Ultimate Direction Golden Gate Dirty 30 as their first ultra race will be awarded the SISU Award.

Is there some place I can put my belongings at the race start?

Yes. Please pack a finish line drop bag that has a change of clothes, rain jacket, hat, flip flops, warm clothes, your plate and silverware and cup.  We will have these ready for you when you arrive at the post race party.  Mark them clearly with your name and race number.

Do I have to bring my own plate and silverware to eat the post-race meal?

Please help us to eliminate excessive trash and save money.  There will be some paper plates for those who forgot to bring theirs, but don’t risk standing out amongst your fellow racers by being the only one with a paper plate.

Can my friends and family ride the shuttle bus with me?

Yes but Please let racers on the bus first, then if there is room non-racers may ride.  Non-racers can wait for the next bus.

Will my friends and family be able to eat at the Post-Race Meal?

Yes.  They may buy a lunch ticket for $10.  It includes a beer, a burger, or a brat or a veggie burger with all the fixins, rice chips, pasta salad, and ice cream.

I can't race this year. Can I get a refund or defer my entry to next year?

Please see the refund/deferment policy on the Registration Page.

Still have an unanswered question? Contact the Race Director.