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50K has 3 start times. You do not need to sign up for your start time, you just show up at the best time for you. You determine what time you need to start based on your best guess when you will finish. If you are a new ultra-runner you should pick your start time based on how you finish in other running races you have done. If you have never run a race before you should base your finish time on perhaps your training buddies and how you compare to them. If you are a strong athlete in another sport, you will likely be a strong runner in this new sport. It is important that the 6:00 a.m. start is reserved for the back of the packers. If you are running faster than 16 min mile average then you need to start at 7:00 a.m. If you are not a back of the packer and you start at 6:00 a.m. expect to have a conversation with Megan. She will not be happy with you.
6:00 a.m - Back 1/3 of the pack - 8:30 to 11:30 hr finishers
7:00 a.m. - Middle 1/3 of the pack - 7:00 to 8: 30-hour finishers
8:00 a.m. - Front 1/3 of the pack - for 4:30 to 7: 00-hour finishers - All Elite runners must start at 8:00 a.m.
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.
These cut off's are for the 50K race only. 12 Mile racers need to be at the Lion-Burro Junction at mile 6.15 no later than 3:15 p.m. in order to climb Windy Peak.
Aid 2: Mile 12.14 - 11:00 a.m. - racers not making this cut-off will take the shuttle bus back to the start/finish area.
Aid 3: Mile 17.5 - 12:30 p.m. - racers not making this cut-off will take the shuttle bus back to the start/finish area.
Lion / Burro Junction - 3:15 p.m.
All racers, 50K 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.
2020 Race Day Schedule will be posted by May 1, 2020.
The awards are super fun. Plan on staying for the awards which start at 3:30.
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much" ~Helen Keller
Inspire and invite your friends to join you in your journey to reach the Dirty 30 Finish Line. . . They will be glad you did! Think outside the box on creating your teams. Consider inviting your friends that are road marathon runners who have never experienced a trail run before. Feel the support, camaraderie and inspiration to keep each other focused on your goals. Your team will help keep you motivated and on track when the dark days of winter steal your motivation to get out for your training runs.
Follow the guidelines below in creating your team:
- 50K teams only.
- Teams can be made up of men and women.
- There will be 3 categories for teams. Women's, Men's and Co-ed
- Teams can be made up of seasoned and new trail or ultra runners, but you need to have at least 1 new trail or ultra runner on your team.
- Teams must have at least 3 people and can have as many as you like.
- Each team member runs their own pace for the entire 50K race. Each runner will receive their individual time and each team will get their team time.
- Team time = the 3 fastest finish times added together.
Prize Categories for teams: must be present at the awards ceremony to win your prize.
- Best team costumes - most creative team theme.
- Team with the most SISU's (2020 Dirty 30 will be their first ultra) or new trail runners
- Largest all-women team
- Fastest Team in each category: Women's, Men's and CO-ED
How to register your team -
In Ultra Sign Up when registering for the race, on the questions, indicate that you are on a team and enter your team name. Make sure you type the team name correctly. We will take care of the rest.
Packet Pick-Up EXPO
2020 Golden Gate Dirty 30
Date: Thursday May 28
Time: 3:00 - 7:00 pm
BYOB - Bring your own Bag. In an effort to do our part in reducing waste, we will not be providing bags. Bring your own, there will be goodies to stuff in it.
If you are not able to pick up your packet you may have a friend pick it up for you.
Coat check- -
It will be chilly at the start at 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. 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 legibly. Wear it at the Start line. Drop it in the collection boxes right before the race starts. We will have the coats organized with your finish line drop bags in numerical order when you finish. Please do not forget to pick up your coats at the post-race festivities. If you do forget to pick up your coat, they will be taken will the rest of the lost and found items to : TBD
Aid 3 - Mile 17.3 - suggested items.
- Any dietary special requirements that are not provided at the aid stations.
- Lightweight rain jacket
- Hiking poles for Windy Peak if you would like. Not common but some do use poles
- Take your Aid 3 drop bags to the blue tarp at the water pump which is between the Red Barn and the parking lot no later than 7:30 a.m.
- Aid 3 drop bags will be returned at 1:30 to this same location. Please pick them up before you leave.
- Pack a reusable plate, fork, and napkin for the post-race meal. This is our attempt to reduce waste. Can you visualize 800 plates, forks, and napkins in the dumpster? Do not bring disposable plates and forks.
- Pack a change of clothes, rain jacket, flip flops, recovery drink of your choice. Anything that will make you feel comfortable so you can relax and enjoy the post-race festivities.
- Pack a credit card/money for purchasing Dirty 30 swag (SISU and Lowlander hats, sweatshirts, long sleeve hoodie, Dirty 30 transition towels, and hats) as well as great deals from our sponsors and post-race massage from professional massage therapists.
- Please clearly mark drop bags with your name and bib number.
- Pack your drop bag frugally. Please leave the kitchen sink at home.
- We will not mail drop bags that have been left behind. They will be taken to TBD by Monday following the race and will be there for 2 Weeks and then taken to GoodWill.
- 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:
Dirty 30 is taking a bold step in educating its runners on fueling for success. There is a lot of science out there that shows excess simple sugars create problems, like gut bombs, for ultra runners. Stay tuned to the happy hour events, our Facebook page and the emails for nutrition guidelines. Our goal is 100% finish rate and educating you to eat right and have the right fuel at the aid stations is our goal.
- Tailwind Electrolyte Drink - 200 calories / 20 oz
- Coke, Ginger Ale, Eldorado Springs Natural Spring Water
- VFuel Gels
- Chocolate Chip Cookies (Aid 2 & 3)
- Oreos (Aid 1/4 & 2)
- M&M (Aid 1/4, 2, 3)
- Pretzels, Potato Chips, Pickles
- Boiled Potatoes (Aid 3 & 4)
- Avocados (Aid 1/4 & 3)
- Turkey and cheddar wraps - (Aid 3)
- Perogies (Aid 4)
- Oranges, bananas, watermelon, and strawberries
- Aid Stations are staffed with experienced, knowledgeable, supportive, friendly volunteers who all go way out of their way to assure you have a fun and successful race.
- RFID chip timing mats will be located at Aid 1, 2, 3, & 4. There will be ham radio operators recording you 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, tampons 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! They are also there for your safety. If a problem arises while on the course you can reach out to them.
- 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 for racers and spectators.
DO NOT TRY TO READ THESE DIRECTIONS BEFORE LOOKING AT A MAP OF GOLDEN GATE CANYON STATE PARK AND ONE THAT SHOWS WHERE THE GILPIN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS ARE LOCATED IN RELATION TO THE VISITOR CENTER. YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE LAYOUT OF THE LAND TO UNDERSTAND THESE DIRECTIONS.
Saturday – 50K - There are three options for parking for registered runners (see below for family/crew/spectators). There is very limited parking at the start/finish, so please read this carefully while looking at a map. Note: There is NO cell phone service at the start/finish or in many areas of the park.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center: 92 Crawford Gulch Rd., Golden, CO 80422
Start/Finish (Nott Creek Trailhead, Red Barn): 9464 Drew Hill Rd, Golden, CO
Gilpin County Fairgrounds: 230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO
All cars will be directed from the Visitor Center to parking; however, there is NO parking at the Visitor Center. There will be parking marshals at the Visitor Center directing you. The Visitor Center is approximately 3.5 miles from the start/finish and 4 miles from the Fairgrounds shuttle parking.
Option 1. The first 75 cars to arrive at the Visitor Center with at least 3 (more is better) registered 50K racers in the car will be directed to park at the start/finish. Once the 75 spots are full, cars will be directed to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds and runners will need to take the shuttles.
Option 2. Once Option 1 is full, everyone 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. If for some reason you are not able to carpool you may drive to the shuttle bus parking lot and park there. It is best to carpool to park here as well, but not necessary. See the shuttle bus tab for the shuttle schedule.
Option 3. You may be dropped off at the start/finish. No time or room to linger. You will not be able to be picked up at the finish after your race. You will need to plan to take the shuttle bus back to the shuttle parking lot.
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 – There is NO shuttle for the 6 a.m. start. You must arrive in time to get one of the 75 spots at the start/finish (Option 1 above) OR be dropped off at the start/finish (Option 3 above). See the notes above about being dropped off. You should plan on arriving no later than 5:20 a.m. and no earlier than 4:50 a.m.
7:00 a.m. start – Please see the shuttle schedule below and plan accordingly based on where you are driving from. All 7:00 a.m. starters must be ready to load on the buses at 5:40 am.
8:00 a.m. start - Please see the shuttle schedule below and plan accordingly based on where you are driving from. All 8:00 a.m. starters must be ready to load on the buses at 6:15 a.m.
12M Race -
10:00 a.m. Start - Please see the shuttle bus schedule above and below and plan accordingly. All 10:00 a.m. starters must be at the shuttle bus parking lot by 8:15 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. The 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. There is no parking on Crawford Gulch Rd.
- For the 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 Aid 2 and 3 as well. Please see the shuttle schedule and plan accordingly.
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 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 or no strollers on the bus. Dogs are not permitted 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 participants 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 are 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 & 12M 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 Dogs or strollers on the buses, please. Dogs are not allowed at the Red Barn or Start / Finish.
- Spectators may hike to the aid stations and on the course, but be mindful of the runners.
- Family and friends may purchase a lunch (Burger, veggie burger, potato salad, chips) for $10.00 Please bring your own plate, and fork to help us reduce the trash.
- 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.
- 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.
- Crew and spectators are not allowed to drive to Aid 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. Period.
- 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 a 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. The back of the packers will take up to 3 hours to get from Aid 3 to Aid 4, so plan accordingly. You should have at least 60 oz of water for 3 hours.
- CHECK-IN AT AID STATIONS. All racers must personally check-in at each aid station. Should you decide to drop from the race, you must have the ham operator cut your wrist band off. Runners are liable for any search and rescue expenses!
- ADHERE TO CUT-OFF TIMES. 50km runners must arrive at Aid 2 by 11:00 a.m., Aid 3 by 12:30 p.m. the junction of Lion and Burro trails (mile 25.5) by 3:15 p.m. to begin the Windy Peak loop, and Aid 5 by 4:45 p.m. If you do not make these cut-off times you will not be permitted to continue with the race. No exceptions! The finish line closes at 5:30 p.m.; racers crossing the finish line after 5:30 p.m. will not be considered an official finisher. Please respect the volunteers who are working this race and honor these cut-off times. If you do not follow this rule, you will be banned from running any future Dirty 30 Running race.
- 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. You must be present to win!
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.