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Race Details - September 20, 2016

Silverton Double Dirty 30
Race Details 7 - - Take 2
September 20, 2016

Hello Double Dirty 30'ers,

I hope your tapering is going well and you are all excited to come to Silverton.

Sorry for the last minute details, but these are important.

  • Thanks to Rodger Greer we have the Double Dirty 30 course uploaded to GAIA GPS. You can download the course and way points on your GPS devices at: http://tinyurl.com/DD30RouteGaia
  • Please set up you GPS tracking devices to send updates or messages to:
    SilvertonDD30@gmail.com. If you pay for the premium service your device will automatically give update to your location every 5 min or so. If you do not pay for premium service on your device it will only update when you send a message by pressing some button on your device.
  • Please wear your Double Dirty 30 race shirt and finisher medal to the awards breakfast. I would like to get a group picture. :
  • Packet Pick up will be from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the Lobby of the Grand Imperial Hotel. If you can't get there by 5:30 you can pick it up later at the dinner or race morning. There are only 33 of you, so it won't be too difficult to manage.
  • Please plan for wet, cold weather. Be over prepared. Bring lots of clothes and put them at each aid station. I want everyone to finish!!!
  • Additional Course Data sites from Rodger . . .
  • GaiaGPS:
    • Full-resolution route, including Aid Station locations. Includes a selection of maps for exploring,. You can download in both GPX and KML. This is the recommended full-res download site. I included 5-mile waypoints. These don't match up exactly with anything, but give a visual idea of the course when previewing on the website. I could probably remove them if you think they are too far off.
    • http://tinyurl.com/DD30RouteGPS
  • Trail Run Project.
    • Nice for virtual tour, displays other nearby trails and runs and shows photos posted by others. May not include Aid Station locations.
    • http://tinyurl.com/DD30TrailRun
  • Google Maps:
    • Another way to view and download the course. Some elevation anomalies (e.g. Animas Valley) place trails on cliffs. Downloads KML.
    • http://tinyurl.com/DD30Google

See you Friday!
Safe Travels. . . Megan

Race Details - September 13, 2016

Silverton Double Dirty 30

Race Details #6

Holy Silverton Bullet . . . the much anticipated big day is just 11 days away!

Please take a moment to review this email so you are well informed.  If I don’t hear back from you I am going to call you personally.  I don’t have a lot of time for that, so please reply as soon as you can.

I completely expect perfect, blue-bird fall days on race weekend.  I have ordered this perfect weather over a year ago . . . but in the event of bad weather I wanted you all to know the contingency plan.

  • If it is raining the race will continue.
  • If the Ken and the horses and or Brett and his Aid 2 team can not make it to aid 2 the runners may need to go 17 miles without aid to Aid 3.
  • If Aid 3 cannot get to their post at the end of Cascade Divide Rd (FS Rd 579) and Aid 2 cannot get to their post the run will be cut short to a 35 mile race.  Runners will do race as planned to mile 22.64 and instead of going over Rolling Pass, they will turn right on the Rico Silverton Trail and head down to aid 5, which will now be aid 2 and finish the race as planned from there.
  • If the weather is really bad and unsafe for the racers and for the volunteers the race will be canceled.  (I.E a foot of fresh snow and cold temperatures.)
  • Please be prepared to run out in the mountains in colder temps and be prepared to go 17 miles in the event that Aid 2 cannot get up to their post.

 

Dusty Road - -

I apologize now for any pain and suffering you may experience on S. Mineral Creek Rd.  Personally I HATE running on roads and would never wish this upon any of my racers, but the permit was denied in 2013 because I wanted the course to go over Putnam and down Bear Creek (like Hardrock - - and add 4,000’ of gain/loss) and so the course runs 6 miles down S. Mineral Creek Rd from Aid 5 to Aid 6.  You will  unlikely encounter vehicles from Bandera Mine at aid 5 to the Ice Lakes TH, about 2.5 miles.  You will encounter vehicles from Ice Lakes TH to Aid 6 at Anvil CG, 3.2 miles.  This section could very well have flying dust from the traffic.  Please bring a bandana to cover your nose and mouth while running this section.  I would hate for you to suffer more than you have to.

 

Breakfast on Race Morning

I am trying to get either the Grand Imperial to open early so you can eat breakfast on race morning.  The breakfast buffet will be $13.  Please give me a head count of how many of you will be planning on eating at the Grand on race morning.  Please include your friends and family as well.

 

Awards Breakfast

                Please give me a head count as to how many of you are planning on attending the awards breakfast from 8 – 10 am on Sunday.  Please let me know how many friends and family members will be joining you for breakfast. Racer breakfast is paid for.  Your friends and family will need to pay $13 for their breakfast.  Ultra Runner and Photographer, Howie Stern will be photographing the weekend and will create a slide show for the awards breakfast.   We will also be presenting each finisher with a gorgeous finisher poster.  There will be a lot of great awards to give away, including the Dirty 30 runner award – fastest combined times for 2016 Golden Gate Dirty 30 and Silverton DD30.  Please check out the awards page on the website for details.

 

Pre-Race Dinner –

Please join us for the pre-race dinner at the Grand Imperial Hotel.  $5 from each meal will go to San Juan Search and Rescue.  I look forward to getting a chance to sit down with you and hear a little about your journey to the 1st Annual Silverton Double Dirty 30.  We will have the pre-race briefing at this dinner as well as introductions to BBBS and the Town of Silverton Mayor.  If you have not purchased your meal ticket on line at race registration, please let me know if you will be joining us so that I can make sure we will have enough food.  Friends and family are invited and welcome.  Meal tickets are $15.

 

Race Photo –

Each racer will get a complementary photo from Howie Stern.  Please help me spread the word about this race and share it with your social media community!!!!  Also, be sure to check out Howie’s Pics after the race.  He is an amazing photographer!  www.howiestern.com

 

Supplies and Resources in Silverton –

There is not a running store in Silverton.  Durango Running Company is 50 miles south of Silverton in Durango.  They are our retail sponsor.  If you need anything give them a call.  970-764-4366.  We will have people around who can pick up what you need and bring it to Silverton if you are not going to be going to Durango.  There is an outdoor store in Silverton, Outdoor World.  Their hours are limited.  9 to 4:30 pm.

 

Fundraising –

I am super excited and inspired by all of you who have taken on the fundraising aspect of the SDD30. As mention in earlier emails, there are 2 great prizes for the top 2 fundraisers and are listed on the awards page of the website.  Please let me know how much you have raised to date and if you anticipate more coming in after the race.

 

GPS and Tracking –

Dirty 30 is on the cutting edge of communications for mountain ultra trail running.  We have a very saavy ham team that will be providing communications throughout this race.  Mark Oveson, who has created tracking software that was first tested at Hardrock this past summer will be at the SDD30 implementing his software in with our system and working to create a solid system that will be used at other ultra races, including Hardrock.  You will be tracked at:  http://www.opensplittime.org/events/.  I will put the specific link up on my website and FB page as soon as Mark sets it up.

Rodger Greer is working on taking my GPS data and creating a downloadable track for you to add to your devices.  I expect this to be completed by early next week.  I will send out that info when I have it completed.

 

Turn Sheet –

I will have a turn sheet that you can print off the website that gives the junctions, milage so you know where to go in the event that the course markings are removed.  This will be on the website by Monday.

 

Hydrate!

Just in case this has slipped past your awareness, you will be running for hours and hours at high altitude, >10,000 ft.  Please start drinking 8 oz/hr of water in this next 11 days.  Most of us lived dehydrated.  It takes a couple weeks of being very diligent with drinking to get fully hydrated.  I want very much to drape a gorgeous finisher medal around each one of you at the finish line.  I want very much to gift each of you with a beautiful finisher poster at the awards ceremony.  Start preparing now for a successful race!!!!  100% finish rate is not too much to ask for!!! J

 

So much GRATITUDE and APPRECIATION!

I am sure you are all smart enough to figure out that putting an event on of this scale is nearly impossible with only 31 runners.  This event is only possible because of the generous sponsors who are graciously supporting this event so that it will grow in the future.  A huge THANKS to:

  • The Grand Imperial Hotel – host hotel, providing space
  • Durango Running Company – Retail sponsor – managing Aid station 2 -
  • Pearl Izumi – donated racer shirts
  • Durango Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad
  • Tailwind Nutrition
  • Thee Pitts Again BBQ
  • Marvin Voehringer – Buns for finish line meal
  • Calloway Meats – Veggie Burges for finish line meal
  • Alpine Lumber – particle board to lay on train trustle
  • Cascade Water -water for aid stations
  • Nature’s Oasis – fruit for aid stations
  • City Market – gift certificate
  • Silverton Grocery – cookies for finish line meal
  • The Animas B&B at Windgate House – rooms for volunteers
  • Black Diamond- great Black Diamond gear for prizes and give aways
  • DryMax Socks – great socks for runners and volunteers
  • Ultimate Direction – great swag for racers
  • High Desert Drop Bags – drop bag for each runner
  • Picky Bars – Gluten free, great tasting healthy bar for each runner and volunteer
  • Quiet Bear Art – 1st place awards
  • Adventures in Thumbholes – Erin Fitzgerald – marketing and writing assistance
  • Ascent Marketing – Alan Haeger – all Silverton Double Dirty 30 artwork
  • Sol Sunguard – Sunscreen for the racers
  • Ecosphere – provided the environmental studies for the permit and created the map and elevation chart on website.
  • Strater Hotel – weekend stay for top fundraiser prize
  • Ken & Sues – Dinner for 2
  • Massage Intervention – 2 massages
  • New Sheridan Hotel – weekend stay for 2
  • Cosmopolitan in Telluride– Dinner for 2
  • Eureka Station Restaurant in Silverton – chicken noodle soup for aid stations
  • Eureka Lodge – Tables for aid stations
  • Mobius Coffee – Coffee for volunteers

Let me know what your questions are soon . . . it’s going to get pretty crrrrazy for me very soon . . .

Happy Tapering!!!

Megan Finnesy, RD

Megan@dirty30.org

Race Details - August 30, 2016

Hello Double Dirty 30"ers!

 Wow, I can hardly believe the race is just 26 days away. Yikes! I hope your training is going well and you are all getting really excited for this inaugural event. Things are coming together beautifully. I was out showing course markers the course this past week and it is just stunning out there!!!

It was my original intention to have all racers carry a SPOT GPS Tracker provided by Track Leaders, but with the low number of racers this service is very much cost prohibitive. The Sheriff and the director of San Juan Search and Rescue would very much like every runner to have a GPS tracker on them during this race. About 1/2 of you have indicated that you own a tracking device. I would very much appreciate it if you would bring your device and be ready to use it during this race. I would also like to encourage each runner who does not have a tracking device to purchase one and sign up for their service before the Silverton Double Dirty 30. As back country enthusiasts, it is a really good idea for each of us to get in the habit of using these devices when we venture out. It is for our loved ones who have to stress when we do not return when we say we are going to, or God forbid that they would have to use it to save us. Now is a good time to make this investment. Please let me know if you get a tracking device you can use for this race.

I am trying to get an idea of how many of you will be bringing kids with you that would join in the kids race fun? I am trying to determine if the effort of putting a kids race together would be worth it this year with the lower numbers. Please email me if you are planning on bringing kids.

I am super psyched and grateful for those who are taking on the fundraising aspect of this race. I want to let you know that the top 2 fundraisers will not only get an amazing get away prize package to either Durango or Telluride, they will also get a free entry into next year’s race. It is not too late to start raising money for this worthy cause. Remember, I raised $2500 for Big Brothers Big Sister in just 2 weeks when I ran Hardrock. You can top. Just send out the letter on the Go Big or Go Home Page on the website.

http://dirty30.org/silverton/go-big/

Have you made your reservations in Silverton yet? The Grand Imperial Hotel is the host hotel where the Start / Finish and all the race festivities will be held. The Animas Bed and Breakfast at the Wingate is a proud sponsor of the race as well. They are just a couple blocks away from the start / finish and all the race festivities. http://www.wingatehouse.com/. Be sure to make your reservations soon.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Trails,

Megan Finnesy, RD

Race Details - August 24, 2016

Hello Double Dirty 30’ers

 I hope this finds you all well and enjoying your training for the 1st Annual Silverton Double Dirty 30! I am so excited to see so many of you taking on the challenge to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The satisfaction of putting your time and efforts towards such a worthy cause, the extra motivation it will give you to reach your racing goals, and knowing you are making your running go towards a cause so much more than just running hours and hours for yourself is huge!

Sorry for the delay in getting the fundraising website fully functional. We now have it figured out where each racer can log on and create their page. You can send your donors to your page to make a donation and we can all see how much you have raised. Please go to: http://silvertondd30.kintera.org/. Click on register here, on the left bar to create your page. For those who have already raised money, we will update your donations on your page as soon as you created your page.

Awesome Prizes for the top 2 fundraisers!!!

 Visit Durango Package:

  • 2 nights at the famous historical Strater Hotel
  • ·         2 tickets on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • ·         Dinner for 2 at Ken and Sues (one of the best restaurants in Durango)
  • ·         2 Massages at Massage Intervention

 Visit Telluride Package:

  • ·         2 Nights at the Historical New Sheridan Hotel in downtown Telluride
  • ·         Dinner for 2 at the Comopolitan (One of the best restaurants in Telluride)

Please plan on being in Silverton on Friday the 23rd to pick up your packets and join us for the pre-race dinner party. Will Cooter band will be entertaining us. We will have a great time connecting, making new friends and getting race details at the pre-race briefing. If you can’t make this fun festivity, know you will be missed and know that you can pick up your race bib on race morning.

I am out showing Scott Kuhn, Steve McClung and Vic Rudolph how to mark their section of the course this week. It is just stunning out there as the foliage is starting to turn colors. Finisher medals and finisher posters are now ordered! They are both beautiful pieces of art. I am so excited to present one to each of you as you cross the finish line. I know you will be so proud of this accomplishment! Ken Webb from Silverton will be creating the men’s and women’s first place trophy. It will be a one of a kind piece of art!

Please like our FB page to stay updated.

https://www.facebook.com/Dirty30Running/

Thanks for being one of the first! It’s gonna be great!!!

All my best,

Megan Finnesy, RD

 

Race Details - August 8, 2016

Dear Double Dirty 30 Runners,

I hope you’re having a great summer and have been getting outside for playtime (and hopefully, race training). I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but before you know it summer will be over and Fall will be here, which is actually very good news because that means the Double Dirty 30 is just around the corner!

As I’ve shared in the past, the Double Dirty 30 is a benefit race for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of SW Colorado, an organization helping children succeed despite obstacles and challenges.

As part of your preparation for the Double Dirty 30, I ask that you to reach out to friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to donate to this important organization. Every dollar donated to BBBS will make a difference.

Here are a few ideas to help with your fundraising efforts:

  • ·         Personalize this sample donation letter and send it to your network of supporters.
  • ·         Place a “change” jar at your office explaining your cause and how small change adds up to big impact for BBBS.
  • ·         Birthday coming up? Ask for donations for your fundraising efforts in lieu of gifts.
  • ·         Host a happy hour – many restaurants and bars will donate a percentage of sales to nonprofits. Round up a few friends and share race stories that will make them happy you’re running an ultra and not them!
  • ·         Have a garage sale and ask friends and family to gather up items that have been gathering dust, an easy sell knowing money raised will go directly to BBBS.
  • ·         Like to cook? Invite friends over for a dinner party – ask for a $15 donation in exchange for your culinary chops. Or switch it up and have friends over for dinner during Chopped (reality show on the Cooking channel). Have friends place$10 (or more) bets on who will be winner and split the pot with the friend who guesses correctly.
  • ·         Offer to wash friends’ cars for as little as $25(hey, it’s going to a good cause). Have kids? Get them to wash the cars for you, or at least help you.
  • ·         Bring in tasty treats to work – let your colleagues know they can enjoy a cupcake for as little as a $5 donation to BBBS.
  • ·         Frequent local establishments? Ask for a small donation – ideas include coffee shops, dentist, dry cleaners, etc. Need a flyer to explain your cause? Let me know.
  • ·         Ask your local running store if you can place a change jar at the checkout for donations to BBBS. Or better yet, ask them to donate a percentage of sales from the day.

I encourage you to give some of these suggestions a try—or maybe they are a springboard for other ideas. Remember it’s less about the actual activity and more about “the ask”—if you show enthusiasm for what you’re doing, it will be contagious and people will be more likely to donate.

In my fundraising efforts for Hardrock 100 in 2012, I found people were very happy to give knowing my race efforts supported a good cause. I emailed letters to friends and family, and in two weeks I raised $2,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

I’m offering fabulous prizes for the top fundraisers including:

  • Visit Durango Package: Two nights at the historic Strater Hotel, two tickets on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, couples massage, and a $75 Gift Certificate to Ken and Sue’s, one of the best restaurant in Durango.
  • Visit Telluride Package: Two nights at the New Sheridan Hotel and a gift certificate for two at a fine dining establishment (more will be added to this package)

As a reminder, donations can be made online on Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Colorado’s secure website.

If you have any questions or need additional marketing support (flyers, images, messaging, etc.) let me know. I hope your training isgoing well and I can’t wait to see you in September.

Megan Finnesy
Double Dirty 30 race director

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Race Details - May 3, 2016

Silverton Double Dirty 30

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May 3, 2016

Hello Double Dirty 30’ers!!!!

I hope you are getting out and enjoying the trails, your training is going well and that you are looking forward to the 1st Annual Silverton Double Dirty 30 as much as I am. I am sure you already know, this race has been a dream come true, one that has taken 4 years to acquire permits. I am so grateful and excited you will be joining me on this incredible journey. Silverton and the San Juans are a very special place to me, and it is my desire to make this new race a reflection of that love.

Have you ever participated in a Read-A-Thon?  How about a Walk-A-Thon?  Or a Dance-A-Thon?  Okay, maybe a Bike-A-Thon?  Well, if you haven’t, you have been missing out!  Me?  I have done all of them. I have read tons of books for Multiple Sclerosis, danced 24 Hours for Autism, walked 20 miles (should have known then that I would grow up to be an ultra-runner) for MS and a Bike-A-Thon for American Red Cross. I loved these events, getting out doing what I love, meeting new people and giving to a worthy cause. I enjoyed the challenge of seeing how much money I could raise. Well, here it is 30 years later and I am creating my very own Run-A-Thon. Imagine that. I understand that you may not have realized you signed up for a RUN – A -THON, but that is okay. As least I did not create a Read-A-thon where you had to Dance and Run at the same time. . .  hmmm . . . I may be on to something . . . .how I digress  . . .

Anyway, I hope you have read the Go Big or Go Home page on the Silverton Double Dirty 30 website. This page says it all, so I will not repeat myself. It is my wish to inspire you to take on the challenge of raising money for Big Brothers Big Sister of SW Colorado. As a Big Sister myself, I know how valuable and important this program is and the huge difference it is making in our communities.

I want to make it easy for you to be successful. So we I have created a letter, written by a professional writer, Erin Fitzgerald, that you can personalize and send out to your friends and family. We have created a donation page on the Big Brothers Big Sisters website that your supporters can easily donate under your name on a secure site. I have also come up with some great incentives for you:

  1. Raise at least $500 and your trail work requirement is covered.
  2. Top fundraisers will be awarded great prizes!
  3. Raise at least $2,500 and you will get a free entry in next year’s race, in addition to prizes.

“I’m not a fundraiser”, you may say. Well, keep in mind that at one point you were not an ultra-runner. Becoming an ultra-runner required you to stretch and get out of your comfort zone. Isn’t that what a great fulfilling life is all about??  I am only sharing this with you to inspire you to give it a try. In 2012, I found out only 3 weeks before Hardrock that I would be racing. I decided to raise money for BBBS. In just 2 weeks I raised $2,500. 2 friends said they would donate if I finished under my goal of 40 hours. I fell apart in the night time, but knowing I could raise much more if I pushed it and made my goal gave me the focus necessary to push beyond the discomfort I was feeling. Despite being behind schedule, I passed 15 people in the last 28 miles and pass by only 1. I made my goal by 38 min. It was such an incredible feeling!!!

What can you do?  What can we do together?  Together we can raise $75,000 for BBBS and they can start a much needed program in Silverton.

Please let me know how I can help you reach your goals!  The donation letter lives in google drive. Here is the link to download so you can personalize it and start sending it out right away. https://goo.gl/ZFOkYp

Don’t wait!  Get started now!

With Sincere Gratitude.

Megan Finnesy, RD