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My Dearest Silverton Ultra Marathoners,
I hope you are all getting your taper on . . . it is just 13 days until the big race. I am so excited to share my love an passion of this beautifully spectacular place with you. It makes my heart sing and it lights my fire. I hope it does the same for you.
As many of you know we moved the race date from the end of September to the middle of August. We have traded early snows for monsoons. Both are equally as treacherous and the rains deserve your utmost respect as do a snow storm. You will be many miles and many hours from aid or help, so you must be prepared to travel 4 to 5 hours in and out of storms the will dump buckets of water, hail the size of dimes and biting winds. If you have not been in a challenging rain storm lately you need to test your rain coat in the shower ( no joke!) You must come prepared to endure challenging weather. There is a mandatory gear list. Babysitting is not what I like to do, but I am responsible for each one of you and after getting stuck in the worst storm of my life 2 days ago on the Rico- Silverton trail that would have put every single one of you in an emergency situation, I feel this is the responsible thing to do.
You must carry:
rain jacket - preferably Gortex. with hood. The thin jackets like the UD rain jacket is too thin and will not protect you. This will not qualify for this requirement.
Emergency space blanket - mylar space blanket
gloves - with some sort of water proofing
Hat or buff
Min of 60 oz capacity of water ( more for the back of the packers who will take longer between aid stations)
a marino wool base layer stored in a baggie to stay dry for something to change into if you get wet.
This is not your average ultra marathon. You will be at 11,000 feet or above most of your race. The weather is much more severe at that altitude and you must come prepared.
Thank you to Rich Price you uploaded the GPS file to Trail Run Project. You can see and download this data. It is on the course info page.
GPS Tracking - The MAProgress tracking link is also current on the website. Your friends and family can follow the race by going to the link on the website. You will be sent an email with the link for your specific marker that you can send out. This link will just show your marker, not the rest of the racers.
COSAR Card -
If you do not have a current COSAR Card you will need to purchase one at the race from the San Juan Search and Rescue. A 3 year Card is $5. A 1 year card is $3.
Awards Breakfast -
I hope you will all plan to stay for the awards breakfast on Sundaymorning. This is a great time to connect with the awesome community. You will receive your finisher poster with your name and finishing time on it. If you have to leave early, please come get your poster before you leave.
Registration will close on August 2nd. If you have any friends that are interested in volunteering please have them contact me.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
See you soon!
Megan Finnesy, RD
Thank you for choosing to run the SUM. I realize there are many races for you to choose from, and I am honored you made the decision to run this race. Please know I do not take that lightly. I am working hard to make sure this is one of your top race experiences and hopefully your best race experience. I have a true love for this place . . . which started 22 years ago when I through hike the Colorado Trail . . . I am excited I get to share this passion and place with you.
Since this is not your average ultra-marathon, I need to make sure you are all well informed and prepared for your adventure. It is important to me that everyone who comes to finish this race does indeed finish. It begins now. Please take care of yourself this week.
- Stay on top of your hydration
- Get some good quality sleep
- Start organizing your gear now
Mandatory Gear List –
If you have not already read the last email I sent out about a week ago, please do so ASAP. You can find it here:
It is under the last tab, race details, July 29, 2018
Both 55Kers and 100Kers are required to follow the mandatory gear list. You both will be above tree line and a long way from aid and roads for many miles.
Also, consider getting a disposable or light weight poncho and carrying in addition to your rain jacket.
KNOW THE COURSE!
Have you read the course description while studying the course / area map? Have you viewed the Trail Project Map link on the course info tab? Everyone is required to review the maps with a critical eye before arriving. I recommend viewing google earth of the area as well. I will be testing your course knowledge when you arrive at packet pick up, and you could be randomly picked to describe a section of the course at the pre-race briefing. Knowledge is power and it will help you be safe and successful at this event. Yes, the course will be marked well, but many things can prevent you from relying on the course markers. This is a remote, backcountry, high altitude trail running race. For your safety and my sanity, I need you all to have a basic understanding of the layout of this area.
You need to be able to answer these questions:
- How many times do you pass the Engineer Mountain Trail / Colorado Trail Junction and at what miles?
- How many times do you pass the Rico-Silverton Trail and at what miles?
- Where is the Rico – Silverton Trail / Colo Trail Junction? What makes this an important junction?
- 100kers only - How many times do you pass the White Trail and at what miles? (hint – the first time you pass it is on the descent off of Rolling Pass)
Mandatory Pre – Race Briefing – 6:30 p.m.
You need to be at the pre-race briefing. I am sure some of you will have a good excuse why you cannot make it, please let me know what that is.
Pre-Race Meal – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Come join us for this fun gathering and great grub provided by the Grand Imperial Hotel. This is a great opportunity to connect with other runners and the volunteers as well. Cost of the meal is $15. $5 from each meal will go to San Juan County Search and Rescue. If you paid for your meal at registration you will get a meal ticket. If you did not purchase a meal ticket, you may pay for your meal at the dinner. If you did not purchase meal tickets and you would like to join us, please let me know how many will be joining you so I can give the hotel a heads up on numbers.
Pre-Race Meet and Greet – Friday 4:30 – 5:30
Come enjoy a beer or other beverage as we mingle and get to know each other.
Where to Eat Breakfast Race Morning –
- The Bent Elbow on Blair Street (2 blocks from the start) will be opening at 4:30 a.m. and will be serving breakfast to order. They serve good food and I am proud to partner with them. The owner Darleen, has been a huge supporter of this event.
- The Coffee Bear – Next Door to race headquarters
Will be serving breakfast burritos, a oatmeal bar and muffins, as well as your choice of coffee / tea and other drinks. They will be opening at 4:30 a.m. as well.
- Thee Pitts Again – Right next door to the finish line area – will be providing pulled pork sandwiches at the finish line for all the finishers and volunteers. If you or your crew love BBQ you will love these guys. They are amazing. Check them out.
Awards Breakfast –
Racers and volunteers are treated to breakfast on Sunday morning. The awards ceremony will follow the breakfast. For those of you who have been to my races in the past, you know I love to have everyone come together to celebrate and share. Please plan on attending. You will receive a beautiful piece of art finisher poster and we will be celebrating the top fundraisers with amazing prize packages! If you cannot attend, please let us know so we can get you your finisher poster. This is something I have invested a lot of time and money into and I really want you to take this beautiful piece home with you.
Big Brothers Big Sisters –
It is not too late to join the fundraising efforts. Everyone who raises at least $1500 will have their entry fee refunded. The top 2 fundraisers will win either a visit Durango Package – 2 nights at the Historic General Palmer Hotel, Dinner and Train Tickets or a Visit Telluride Package – 3 nights at The Peaks Resort. Your fundraising efforts will change the life of a child. This is an opportunity for you to run for a much bigger cause than just you. See all the details at:
Where to Stay –
Please see the where to stay page for hotel accommodations. Each of these hotels have chosen to support this event by providing a room for our volunteers. Let’s fill up the rooms at these hotels first.
Being nervous for this event is healthy. It will help you prepare better. It is good. Do not back down or run away at this point. Some of you will try, but this race called you and you went for it. The time is now to step through the fear, quiet the chatter deep in your brain and keep moving forward. Trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Get yourself to the starting line and I promise, this amazing community and super supportive crew will help get you to the finish. Kissing the “Heart Rock” will really mean something to you. This journey will expand your horizons and open new doors for you. It’s on you to show up though.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I will do my very best to get them answered right away.
Sending you lots of Love and inspiration. I can’t wait to greet and squeeze you!