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Plan your race day with this schedule. Plan to stick around for the awards ceremony, you must be present to get your awards, including your 360 club, Sisu, and Lowlander hats. There will be a handful of very random awards . . . you never know, you could be one of the Dirty 30'ers chosen for these VERY SPECIAL awards. The post-race party is a great place to mingle, meet new people, get a massage, get great deals and connect with our awesome sponsors, eat, soak in the stream, and cheer on all the other racers! Remember, you must be present at the awards ceremony to win your prize. Bring your credit cards, you will be able to shop at the Dirty 30 store and with our amazing sponsors!
Saturday June 2nd - 50K race only with 3 start times:
6:00 a.m - for 8:30 to 11 hour finishers only
7:00 a.m. - for 6:30 to 8:30 hour finishers only
8:00 a.m. - for 4:30 to 6:30 hour finishers only - All Elite runners must start at 8:00 a.m. All runners (men and women) who are racing for the Cash Prizes must start at 8:00 a.m.
There will be no crew / spectator parking at Aid 2 or 3 - we will have shuttle buses taking spectators and crew to the aid stations. Please see bus schedule.
Post race festivities will begin around 12:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. Plan to stay! So much love, camaraderie, great prizes and swag will be given away!
Shuttle buses will be running all day.
Sunday June 3rd
12 mile race will start at 8:00 am
7 mile race will start at 9:00 am
Awards Ceremony at 12 or 12:30
Finish Line Closes at 1:00 p.m.
Lion / Burro Junction - 3:15 p.m.
All racers must be through the Lion/Burro Junction at mile 25.9 no later than 3:15 p.m. in order to turn down Burro and climb Windy Peak. If you are not here by 3:15 p.m. you will be directed straight down Lion for 1.5 more mile to the finish line. If you are concerned about making the 3:15 p.m. CUT-OFF please see early start time option in the paragraph above.
Aid 5 - 4:45 p.m.
All racers must be through Aid 5 by 4:45 p.m. in order to be allow to finish the race course. If not, you will be directed down the service road and a half mile to the finish line. Please do not cross the finish line, but please check in with the timer at the finish line.
Finish Line - Closes at 5:30 p.m.
12 mile race - Sunday
Finish Line Cut off is 1:00 p.m.
Aid 2 Cut-off is 12:00 p.m.
Golden Gate Dirty 30
12 Mile and 7 Mile Race Day Details
Sunday June 3, 2018
Shuttling and Carpool to the Start:
The first 80 cars with at least 3 – 7 or 12 mile racers will be directed to park at the start/ finish area (Nott Creek TH). The remainder of cars will be directed to park in the shuttle parking lot at the Gilpin County Fairgrounds on Norton Dr. Shuttle buses will take 12 and 7 mile racers, along with family and friends to the start of their races. Please make sure that all racers are aboard the bus before family and friends board. We need to make sure racers get to the start on time. Family and friends may need to wait until the next bus.
Carpooling has been required since the inception of this race in 2009. In order to park at the start / finish you MUST have at least 3 racers in your car. It is highly recommended that everyone carpool, even those planning to park at the shuttle bus, but for those whose extenuating circumstances ( such as you have to rush to the hospital right after your race to go give birth) prevent them from even trying to find a carpool, there is some leeway for these folks and you are not required to carpool. But I can assure you, if everyone shows up in their own car on race day there will not be enough room in the shuttle parking lot either. The fact will always remain for the Dirty 30, PARKING IS VERY LIMITED. So, if you would like to participate in this amazing, like no other event, then you need to do your part and find a carpool. We have created an account especially for Dirty 30'ers on the RICKY RIDES website. Here you can sign up, indicate if you are a driver, rider, or perhaps either, and you can start to connect with others going to do this race. You do not need to live in the same area as the person you end up carpooling with. You can meet in the area of hwy 46 and hwy 93. Please meet at a place where the business is close for the day, such as Mountain Smith or up in the business park around Mountain Smith.
Getting dropped off at the start:
You may get dropped off at the start. There is a turn around spot for your driver to pull in and drop you off. You will have a couple of minutes to unload. Your driver may then drive up to the shuttle parking lot and take the shuttle bus down to the start / finish.
Spectators may park at the shuttle parking lot and take the shuttle bus to the start / finish area. Spectators may not park on Crawford Gulch Road and walk to the start area. It is a windy, narrow road and the officials at Golden Gate Canyon State Park do not want people walking along this road. It is not safe. Please look at the shuttle bus rules and schedules and plan accordingly. Come cheer on your friends and family. You add a lot of fun to this event, but please be willing to follow the rules.
Pack a Finish Line Drop Bag –
- Plate and Fork – If you want to eat our delish post-race meal – pack your re-useable plate and fork. We do our best to eliminate waste. Please help us by doing your part.
- Rain Jacket – change of clothes – bring whatever will allow you to be comfortable and enjoy the post-race festivities.
- Flip flops – there is a lovely stream to soak your legs in.
- Money – for post–race massage, great deals from our expo vendors, and great Dirty 30 swag. Cash or credit
Post-Race Festivities –
- Great meal – Niman Ranch (Organic, hormone and antibiotic free, humanely raised burgers and brats), veggie burgers with all the fixins’, watermelon, pasta salad, Lundberg Farms Rice Chips, Bing drinks
- Non-racers may purchase a meal for $10
- Fun EXPO – visit all the vendors and you will receive a schweet Dirty 30 / Orange Mud Buff
- Massage – get treated to a post-race massage to help you to a quick recovery
- AWARDS – You must be present to win. Plan to stick around and support each other - - it is so much fun. ( don’t be that one in the carpool that makes it so everyone else can’t come to the awards ceremony!)
Tue May 29 - 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. (This is my best guess. The bibs did not arrive on time. I will email everyone when the packets are at Runners High)
Wednesday May 30 & Thur May 31, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday June 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Runners High
- 103 N Rubey Dr, Golden
Start / Finish (Red Barn) Golden Gate Canyon State Park
If you cannot pick up your packet early, you will be able to pick it up on race morning at the Start / Finish Area at the Red Barn
- Saturday June 2, 2018 - 5:00 a.m. - 7:40 a.m.
- Sunday June 3, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.
If you are not able to pick up your packet you may have a friend pick it up for you. Bring your own re-usable bag. We will not provide bags!
50km racers may have TWO drop bags. One will be delivered to Aid Station #3 (mile 17.3). The other will be waiting for you when you arrive at the finish line. Pack a plate and fork for the post-race meal as well as a rain jacket, flip flops, change of clothes, money for massage and to shop at the EXPO. . . whatever will allow you to be comfortable at the post-race party. Stay, enjoy the band and the camaraderie of this wonderful community.
- Drop off drop bags at the Red Barn at the water well pump on the tarp no later than 730 a.m.
- Please clearly mark drop bags with your name and bib number.
- Pack your drop bag frugally. Please leave the kitchen sink at home.
- Drop bags will be returned to the Red Barn around 1:30 p.m. Please pick up your drop bags after the race.
- We will not mail drop bags that have been left behind. They will be taken to Runners High in Golden by Monday following the race and will be there for 2 Weeks and then taken to GoodWill.
Coat check- -
It will be chilly at the start. Our coat collection will allow you to wear your coat at the start line. On a piece of tape, write your name and bib # on your coat. Wear it at the Start line. Drop it in the collection boxes right before the race starts. We will have the coats organized in numerical order when you finish. Please do not forget to pick up your coats at the post-race festivities.
- Aid #1 — mile 5.0
- Aid #2 — mile 12.3
- Aid #3 — mile 17.3 (drop bags are hauled to this aid station by the volunteers. Please label with your name and bib number and drop off at the Red Barn)
- Aid #4 — mile 24.4
- Aid #5 — mile 29.4 (only water, Tailwind, Coke, Gingerale and VFuel Gels at this aid station)
50K Aid Station Fare:
- Tailwind Electrolyte Drink - 200 calories / 20 oz
- Coke, Ginger Ale, Eldorado Springs Natural Spring Water
- VFuel Gels
- Bobo bars
- Chocolate Chip Cookies (Aid 2 & 3)
- Nutter Butters (Aid 1/4 & 3)
- Oreos (Aid 1/4 & 2)
- Fig Newtons (Aid 1/4, 2, 3)
- Mini Candy Bars (Aid 1/4, 2, 3)
- M&M (Aid 1/4, 2, 3)
- Pretzles, Pototo Chips, Pickles
- Boiled Potatoes (Aid 3 & 4)
- Avacados (Aid 1/4 & 3)
- Turkey and cheddar wraps - (Aid 3)
- Perogies (Aid 4)
- Oranges, bananas, watermelon and strawberries
- Aid #1 — mile 5.0
- Aid #2 — mile 9.5 (only water, Tailwind, Coke, Gingerale and VFuel Gels at this aid station)
- Aid #1 — mile 5.0
12 & 7 Mile Aid Station Fare:
- Tailwind Nutrition electrolyte drink mixed to 200 calories /20 oz
- VFuel Gels
- Bobo Bars
- Eldorado Springs Natural Spring Water
- Chocolate Chip, Nutter Butter, Oreo and Fig Newton Cookies (Aid 1)
- Potato Chips
- Aid Stations are staffed with experienced, knowledgeable, supportive, friendly volunteers whom all go way out of their way to assure you have an fun, successful race.
- RFID chip timing mats will be located at Aid 1, 2, 3, & 4. There will be ham radio operators recording your in and out of Aid 5 and Windy Peak. You must cross these mats and be checked to Aid 5 and Windy Peak to receive an official time.
- Vaseline, sunscreen, and basic first aid kits at each aid station
- This is a cupless race; we will not provide cups at the aid stations. Runners are required to carry their own hydration system!
- Please thank the volunteers; the Golden Gate Dirty 30 would be impossible without their help!
- There will be fun entertaining course marshals at approximately 22 of the 69 junctions on this course!
- Sorry no salt tablets will be provided. You must bring your own.
Direction to the Dirty 30 Shuttle Parking Lot
Gilpin County Fairgrounds
Hwy 46 and Norton Drive
Coming from the front Range ( the area east of the mountains) – These directions will start from Hwy 93 and Hwy 46 in Golden. Please get yourself to this junction and follow these directions to the shuttle parking lot.
Drive west on hwy 46 for approximately 17 miles to Norton Drive. Turn left on Norton Drive and the shuttle parking lot will be on your right. Marshals will be there to park the early arrivers (racers). Spectators will park yourself in the open areas and walk to the bus stop in the parking lot on the right when you turn onto Norton Dr.
You will pass the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center 13 miles up. Keep going 4 more miles.
This is a slow windy road. Allow enough time to go the speed limit. It will take you 40 minutes to get from hwy 93 to the shuttle parking lot.
Coming from Evergreen, Idaho Springs, Nederland Black Hawk - -
Find Your way to the junction of Hwy 119 and Hwy 46. This junction is about 4 miles north of Black Hawk on hwy 119.
Go east on Hwy 46 (the only direction you can go) and drive about 1 mile. Turn right on Norton Drive. The shuttle parking lot is on your right.
The Start/Finish is at the Red Barn/ Nott Creek TH Rd., which is 3.5 miles NE of the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center on Cawford Gulch Rd. The Visitor Center is 13 miles West of Hwy 93 in Golden on Hwy 46. It is 8 Miles West of the first Crawford Gulch Rd at the Grange / Community Center. On race day do not take this lower Crawford Gulch Rd to the start. You will be scolded and directed to the shuttle parking lot which is a 15 min. drive from the Start/Finish.
Shuttle Bus – What you need to know
Shuttle bus will run on Saturday and Sunday for racers and spectators.
Saturday – 50K - The first 75 CARS to arrive at the Visitor Center with at least 3 ( 4 or 5 is better) registered racers in the car will be directed to park at the start / finish. The rest of the cars will be directed to the shuttle bus parking lot at the Gilpin County Fairgrounds, just 4 miles west of the Visitor Center on Hwy 46.
Saturday 6:00 a.m. Start - There will be no shuttle buses for the 6:00 a.m. start. You will need to arrive at the Visitor Center between 4:50 - 5:05 a.m. with at least 3 racers ( 4 is better) in your car or be dropped off at the start in order to get to the start for your 6:00 a.m. start.
What time should I plan on arriving at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center so I can be directed to either the start or to the Fairgrounds Parking lot?
- 6:00 a.m. start - No later than 5:20am AND No earlier than 4:50 am
- 7:00 a.m. start - everyone needs to be at the shuttle parking lot by 5:30 am. So you need to be at the visitor center no later than 5:20 am
- 8:00 a.m. start - You need to be at the shuttle parking lot no later than 6:35 a.m. So you need to be at the visitor center by 6:25 a.m.
How much time should I allow to get from Hwy 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Rd (Hwy 46) in Golden at the base of the Canyon to the Visitor Center?
- 30 minutes. It is 13 slow, windy mountain road miles. Plan ahead and allow yourself time. Let’s all arrive safely.
Where do I catch the shuttle bus?
- 230 Norton Dr. Gilpin County Fairground Parking Lot.
- Racers and spectators will be directed to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds Parking Lot. Drive 4 miles west of the visitor center on Hwy 46. Turn south (left) on Norton Drive. Parking lot will be on your right. Parking marshals will park you. Please be nice to them. They are volunteers who are doing the best to follow race directives to make sure everyone is accommodated.
- Racers will not be picked up at the Visitor Center by the bus. If you are wanting to be dropped off, you may be dropped off near the start of the race. Let the parking marshals at the visitor center know that you are dropping off a runner. They will let you through without a parking pass. You will be able to drop your runner off and turn around and head back. There is no place for you to park and get out of the car. So plan accordingly.
- For return trip to your car, racers will catch the bus at the Nott Creek Rd park sign where you were dropped off. Buses will run regularly all day for spectators and racers.
- No pets or strollers on the bus.
My family and or friends want to come watch me on the course and see me finish. Can they drive to the start/finish area?
No spectators, family or friends will be allowed to park at the start/finish area including anywhere along Crawford Gulch Rd. All spectators will be directed to the shuttle parking lot to catch the shuttle bus. Please understand that any deviations from this rule will jeopardize the permits for this event. Please plan ahead and allow time to take the bus. There will be an additional shuttle bus going to the aid stations as well.
Can I be dropped off at the Start/Finish Area?
Yes. You may be dropped off at the start / finish. No time or room to to linger. You will have just a couple minutes to hop out of the car and grab your bags. So, plan accordingly. There is no cell phone service in this and most areas of the park, so you will not be able to rely on calling for a ride when you are ready. Cars will not be permitted to Red Barn, so getting picked up is not an option. You will need to plan to take the shuttle bus back to the shuttle parking lot.
How much time should I allow for the shuttle bus ride to the start.
25 minutes. All racers must arrive at the shuttle parking lot by 5:30 a.m. Each bus needs to be filled or there will be runners that will not make it to the start on time. If you miss a bus you will miss your start. Please plan to be early. Spectators may board after all runners are boarded. No dogs and no strollers on the bus. Dogs are not allowed at this event.
Can I or my family park on Crawford Gulch Rd just south of the start / finish area and walk to the start / finish?
NO. No Dirty 30 partipants or spectators will be allowed to park on Crawford Gulch Rd. The park rangers do not want anyone walking along the road. It is narrow with no shoulder. They have deemed it unsafe. You will be directed by parking marshals at the visitor center on hwy 46 and Crawford Gulch Rd. to the shuttle parking area. Please follow this rule. Any deviations from this rule will jeopardize the permits for this event.
Can my family and friends drive to Aid 2 and 3 to crew me, or cheer me on?
No. Shuttle buses will take your crews to the aid stations. The Aid Station Shuttle Bus will run from the Start / Finish area to the Aid stations. There is not enough parking spaces at these aid stations so please do not try to drive to the aid stations.
How do I find someone to carpool with?
You can find someone to carpool with using Ricky Rides. I encourage everyone to go to this one spot to find a carpool. Reach out, make new friends. This has worked really well in the past. You can easily meet your carpool at the hwy 93 and hwy 46 junction. There is a small parking lot on hwy 46 just west of hwy 93. You can also park in the Mountain Smith parking lot in the business park just north of hwy 46 on hwy 93.
Can I Camp at the Red Barn or Start/ Finish?
No. No camping at the Red Barn or the Start / Finish. There are suggestions of where to camp on the Where to Stay page.
We have partnered with RickyRides to help you arrange a carpool. Here's how it works:
- RickyRides is a bit like a forum. A runner creates a "ride post" which is displayed on the map. The map will show a van if they are offering a ride from their location, or a man if they need a ride.
The first 75 cars with a minimum of THREE(3), 50K racers will be directed by parking marshals, at the Visitor Center, to park at the start/finish/Nott Creek TH. It might be helpful to look at a map to understand this. The Visitor Center is the junction where cars are either directed to park at the start or at the shuttle parking lot. 50K racers must arrive no earlier than 4:45a.m. and no later than 5:20a.m. at the Visitor Center where a marshal will be directing traffic. Allow 25 min to get to the visitor center from the junction of Hwy 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Rd, Hwy 46.
The remainder of the 50K cars will be parked at the Gilpin County Fairgrounds parking lot which is just 4 miles west of the visitor center. Turn left on Norton Drive, the parking lot is on your right. The 4 buses will leave the parking lot one right after the other starting at 5:45am. Everyone, please plan to be ready to load on the first shuttle bus. It is imperative that each bus is completely filled with runners in order for every runner to get to the start in time. This will give runners 45 - 30 min. to pick up packets, eliminate your coffee, get your aid 3 and finish line drop bags dropped off. Please plan to pick up your packets at packet pick up at Runners High in Golden to help make race morning run more smoothly.
ALL SPECTATORS will park at Gilpin County Fairgrounds as well and take a shuttle bus to the start. Please see the shuttle schedule for times. Spectators will be shuttled to aid 2 and 3. Spectators will not be allowed to park at these aid stations.
No dogs or strollers on the shuttle buses.
It is very important that spectators wait to make sure all racers are on the bus first. If there is room after all runners have boarded the bus, spectators may ride. If there is no room, the buses will be back to pick up the spectators.
Friends and Family are encouraged to support at the race for the 50K on Saturday, but know:
All friends, family and spectators will be directed to the shuttle parking lot. Absolutely no spectators will be allowed to park at Aid 2, 3 or the start finish area. Shuttle buses will take spectators to aid 2 and 3 and then back to the finish line. This shuttle bus business is not an exact science, so PLEASE plan ahead and be prepared to wait for buses and at the aid stations to see your runners.
- No Dog or strollers on the buses please. Dogs are not allowed at the Red Barn or Start / Finish.
- Family and friends may purchase a lunch (Burger, brats, veggie burger, pasta salad, chips) for $10.00 Please bring your own plate, and fork to help us reduce the trash.
12 and 7 Mile Race on Sunday -
There will be 2 buses taking runners to their race. Spectators may ride these buses as space permits. Please let the runners board the bus first. 1 bus will continue to run back and forth from the shuttle parking lot to the Red Barn throughout the race for spectators and to take runners back to their cars.
- Mingle with the Elite! Get to know the top trail running athletes as they will be mingling throughout the Post Race Party!
- Expo! Enjoy mingling, learning about the great new, innovative products and services and shopping from our sponsors at the post-race expo! Bring your credit card and or cash. Our sponsors will be offer great deals on their products and there will be a Dirty 30 booth with sweatshirts, hats and other goodies!
- Dirty 30 / Orange Mud Buff!Visit all our sponsors at the EXPO and get a Buff with the Dirty 30 course profile printed on it. This special gift is for all participants who take the time to visit each sponsor booth at the EXPO.
- Food! A hearty post-race meal for racers and volunteers will be served. Burgers, Brats, and Veggie Burgers will be grilled up with a pasta salad, Lundberg Rice Chips, watermelon. Put your plate and fork in your FINISH LINE DROP BAG so you have it when it is time to eat after your race. In an effort to reduce trash, we ask that you bring your own reusable plate and silverware. Your family and friends will be able to purchase a meal for $10.
- Massage! Recover faster,reduce/prevent injury,relax/elongate your muscles, improve circulation, flush metabolic cellular waste byproducts, calm your nervous system, relieve pain,feel Better! Professional, trained, experienced massage therapists will be on-site ready to help you recover better and faster. Be sure to bring credit or cash ($1 per minute). Massages will take place in the volleyball sand area by Red Barn.
- Live Music! Enjoy great classic rock tunes from 12:30 to 3:30 at the Red Barn!
- Raffle! Swag Give Aways!
Great swag from our AWESOME SPONSORS will be given away every 30 minutes when the band takes a break. Must be present to win!
- Awards Ceremony! Prizes and awards will be presented at 3:30 pm. You must be present at the ceremony to win (unless you are still out running); awards will not be mailed. Awards ceremony will be fun! This years competitive field will add extra energy to the event and awards ceremony. Cash Prizes and beautiful hand made oak plaques made by John Hall for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Men's and Womens's overall in the 50K , 12M and 7M races. Bloodiest Finisher, Peppy Plugger. All SISU's (those completing the D30 under 10 hours as your first ultra running race) will be acknowledged and some will share their stories. Please help support your fellow runners and our sponsors by attending the awards ceremony! The post-race party is planned and intended to keep you mingling, relaxing and enjoying this amazing place with good friends until the awards ceremony. Pack a change of clothes and jacket in your finish line drop bag and plan on spending the entire day with us!
All runners are asked to abide by these simple rules so we can continue to organize this great event in the years to come! Breaking any of these rules may result in disqualification, subject to the race director's discretion:
- FOLLOW THE PARKING AND SHUTTLE RULES. The park officials are watching closely this year for everyone to be cooperative and follow the rules. No parking on Crawford Gulch Rd as racers have done in past years. All will go smoothly if you follow the rules and plan accordingly. Please tell your family and friends to plan on taking the shuttle bus to the start.
- DO NOT LITTER. This applies anywhere on the course, including at aid stations. Please respect the park and other visitors.
- STAY ON THE TRAIL. Do not cut switchbacks. Do not stray from the trail when it funnels down to single-track. Course cutting causes erosion and violates park policies.
- CARRY YOUR OWN HYDRATION SYSTEM. We do not provide cups at aid stations, therefore we ask that all racers carry at least a water bottle to fill up at aid stations. 50km racers are advised to carry at least 40 oz of fluid.
- CHECK IN AT AID STATIONS. All racers must check in at each aid station. Should you decide to drop from the race, give a race official or aid station captain your name and bib number. Runners are liable for any search and rescue expenses! New in 2018, 50K runners will wear a pink wrist band with you name and bib number on it. If you need to drop out, you must get this cut off by the Aid Station Ham Operators.
- ADHERE TO CUT-OFF TIMES. 50km runners must arrive at the junction of Lion and Burro trails (mile 25.5) by 3:15 p.m. to begin the Windy Peak loop. If you are not here by 3:15 p.m., you will not be permitted to climb Windy Peak, no exceptions! The cut-off at aid station 5 is 4:45. The finish line closes at 5:30 p.m.; racers crossing the finish line after 5:00 PM will not be considered an official finisher. Please respect the volunteers who are working this race and honor these cut-off times.
- INSURANCE NOT PROVIDED. The race will not cover any incurred emergency, medical or rescue costs. Runners are advised to have personal insurance should you become injured.
- NO DOGS. Dogs are not permitted on the course, on the buses, at the start/finish line, or the post race festivities. The race cannot cover incidences with your pets. You will be asked to take your dog away from this event, so Please leave your 4 legged friends at home.
- NO PACERS. Pacers are not permitted.
- HIKING POLES. Although most racers do not use them, feel free to use hiking poles if you want.
- BRING YOUR OWN PLATE AND FORK. Please help us make this event green by bringing your picnic plates and forks. Put them in your finish line drop bag.
We really would like to avoid putting 1,000 plates and forks in the landfill.
- MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. Pack a change of clothes in your finish line drop bag and plan on staying until the Awards Ceremony which will start around 3:30 p.m.Saturday and 12:00 p.m. Sunday. You must be present to win!.