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Race Start Times

Plan your race day with this schedule. Plan to stick around for the awards ceremony. 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.

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 6:00 to 8:30 hour finishers only
8:00 a.m. - for 4:30 to 6:00 hour finishers only

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. A detailed schedule will be posted before race

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

Special 50K Race Start Times

Racers expecting to finish in the 8:30 to 11 hour range who are worried about making cut offs and who would like to make it back to enjoy the post-race festivities may start at 6:00 am. It is best if you pick up your packet at Runners High in Golden Tue - Fri AND you must arrive with 3, 50K racers to park at the Start/Finish. Shuttle buses will not be running this early, so it is important to be one of the first cars to arrive to park at the start.


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 - 4:15 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.

Race Plan Diagram

Print out this race day plan diagram and fill it out to help you stay on top of your fueling and hydrating needs to have a successful race.

Complements of Adam St. Pierre of Carmichael Training Systems.

Packet Pick-Up

Tue May 29 - 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.

Saturday June 2, 2018 - 5:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

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.

If you are not able to pick up your packet you may have a friend pick it up for you.

Drop 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 Stations

50 km

  1. Aid #1 — mile 5.0
  2. Aid #2 — mile 12.3
  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)
  4. Aid #4 — mile 24.4
  5. Aid #5 — mile 29.4 (only water, Tailwind, Coke, Gingerale and VFuel Gels at this aid station)

12 mi

  1. Aid #1 — mile 5.0
  2. Aid #2 — mile 9.5 (only water, Tailwind, Coke, Gingerale and VFuel Gels at this aid station)

7 mi

  1. Aid #1 — mile 5.0

Course Support

  • 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.
  • In 2018 race director, Megan Finnesy will be working with our nutrition partner, Dina Griffin and training coach, Adam St. Pierre to tailor the food at the aid stations to assure your success.  We will also be training the aid station volunteers so they can help you make wise food decisions.  This is an additional effort to help everyone reach the 100% finish rate goal.  Specific items will be posted soon.
  • 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.
Driving Directions to Shuttle Parking Lot

From Boulder (about 1 hour): Head south on Hwy 93 (Broadway). Proceed approximately 14 miles past the Marshall Rd intersection (Eldorado Canyon) and turn right (west) onto Golden Gate Canyon Rd (Hwy 46/County Rd 70). Go west on Hwy 46 for 13 miles to Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Continue 4 miles west of the Visitor Center and turn left on Norton Drive. Parking lot is on your right. Overflow parking is on the left (directions)

From Denver (about 1 hour): I-70 West to Hwy 58 (Golden, Black Hawk, Central City exit & the first exit past Ward Rd) West on Hwy 58 to the Hwy 6 and Hwy 93 intersection (traffic light before you go into the canyon). Turn right (north) on Hwy 93 towards Boulder and go approx 1.3 miles to Golden Gate Canyon Rd. Turn left (west) at this traffic light and follow dierections above. (directions)

From Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Centennial (about 1 hour): C-470 North (West). Take it to the I-70 interchange and take the 6th Ave West exit to Golden. Take 6th Ave to the 6th, Hwy 58 and Hwy 93 Intersection. Go straight through the light and head North on Hwy 93. Go 1.3 miles to Golden Gate Canyon Rd and follow directions above. (directions)

From Nederland (about 40 minutes): South on Hwy 119 to mile marker 12ish. Turn left on Hwy 46 (sign to Golden Gate Canyon State Park). Go approx a mile to your 2nd right on Norton Drive. Parking lot is on your right. Overflow parking is on your left. (directions on Google Maps)

From Idaho Springs (about 50 minutes): I-70 east to the Central City Parkway. Take the Central City Parkway to Central City. Take jog to right when you get to town and take Spring St. to Gregory. Right on Gregory to Black Hawk. Left on Hwy 119. Go approx 5 miles to Hwy 46 and turn right. Follow directions above. (directions)

Driving Directions to the Start / Finish

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

Who Rides the Shuttle Bus?
1. Approximately 175 of the 400 50K racers. The first 75 cars carrying at least Three (3), 50K racers will be permitted to park at the race start/finish area (Nott Creek Trail head). The remainder 50K racers will be directed to Gilpin County Fairgrounds Parking Lot and will be shuttled to the start.
2. All 12 mile racers
3. All spectators who are not in a car with at least 3, 50K racers. No exceptions.  Sorry

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?
No later than 5:20am AND No earlier than 4:50 am

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?
It is 13 windy, mountain road miles. Plan for 30 minutes. Plan ahead. Allow yourself time. Lets all arrive safely.

Where do I catch the shuttle bus?
1. 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.
2. Racers will not be picked up at the Visitor Center by the bus. If you are wanting to be dropped off you must be dropped off at the Gilpin County Fairgrounds parking lot to catch the bus.
3. 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. shuttle bus schedule 2017

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.

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.
It takes 10 minutes to load the bus and 15 min bus drive to the start. 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. There is room for 55-60 people on each bus. 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 allow at this event.

Can I or may family park on Crawford Gulch Rd just south of the start / finish area?
NO. No participants or spectators will be allowed to park on Crawford Gulch Rd. 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.

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. Really, it is easy and not a big deal. Lets all work together to make this work.  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.

Approximately 175,  50K racers, ALL 12M racer cars and all spectators will park at the Gilpin County Fairgrounds (230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO 80422) , approximately 4 miles west of the park visitor center on Hwy 46. From there, a free shuttle bus will take you to the start/finish.

Click to view shuttle bus schedule 2017


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.

Runner Parking

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.

Crews & Spectators

Friends and Family are encouraged to support, 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.
Post-Race Perks
  • 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!
  • Dirty 30 Bandana!Visit all our sponsors at the EXPO and get a bandana with the Dirty 30 course map 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 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!  Save some energy to dance with Megan!  The only thing she loves more than running through the woods is DANCING!
  • 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 top Dirty 30 finisher Dan Gorman for 1st Men's and Womens's overall in the 50K and 12 M. Bloodiest Finisher, and the best course marshals award. 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:

    1. 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.
    2. DO NOT LITTER. This applies anywhere on the course, including at aid stations. Please respect the park and other visitors.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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!
    6. ADHERE TO CUT-OFF TIMES. 50km runners must arrive at the junction of Lion and Burro trails (mile 25.5) by 2:50 p.m. to begin the Windy Peak loop. If you are not here by 2:50 p.m., you will not be permitted to climb Windy Peak, no exceptions! The finish line closes at 5:00 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. NO PACERS. Pacers are not permitted.
    10. HIKING POLES.  Although most racers do not use them, feel free to use hiking poles if you want.
    11. 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 700 plates and forks in the landfill.
    12. 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. You must be present to win!.