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Race Details - July 29, 2018

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)

Highly recommended:
Rain pants
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.

GPS Data:
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

Final Race Preparations - August 3, 2018

Dear SUM’ers,

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.



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!


Miss Megan,

Race Director

Race Details - September 7, 2017

Dear Silverton Double Dirty 30’ers –

Have you heard that I found the “Rock” that you will kiss at the finish line of the Silverton Double Dirty 30?  I love the iconic “Hardrock” and have been wanting to find my special “rock”.  In my last communication, I said, “I will be the rock”, which I thought was pretty fun and cleaver, but not as sustainable as I would like.  Last year, I was pulled away from the finish line for hours while I was out helping retrieve lost runners, although I am almost certain that will not happen this year, I cannot guarantee there will not be something else that will pull me away.  Our realities are constantly changing - - especially when we are busy making plans, so I thought this “HeartRock” is a perfect alternative.

HeartRocks have always been special to me.  When I see them on the trails, I know I am on the right path.  I often see them in times of uncertainty and confusion.  I feel it is the universe’s or God’s way of saying, “stick with it, you are on the right path”.  I have had my doubts about the future of the Silverton Double Dirty 30 with registrations so low, but this big, beautiful, perfect HeartRock, lay right there in the middle of the trail as I climbed out of the Animas River Gorge up the Colorado Trail with Dirty 30’er, Steve Collins, as I was showing him how to mark the course.  I knew then and there this rock was special and I had to hike it out.  It is in my moments of doubt the universe serves something such as this that just cannot be ignored.

Kissing this HeartRock will mark the end of your journey of the 2017 Silverton Double Dirty 30.  I hope you will give pause while out on the course and look at what this journey means for you - - maybe it is running for a “Little” and making their life a little bit better through your fundraising efforts, maybe it is quite time to work through a life challenge, maybe it is a personal goal for a PR on the course, or running your longest distance - - I hope you will give thought to what your one wild and precious kiss will be like once you reach your finish line.

Rock On!  What do you want? – Def Leppard

Rockin’ into the night - .38 Special

Like a Rock – Bob Segar

Rockin’ me baby – Steve Miller Band

We will, we will . . . Rock You! – Queen

Rock you like a Hurricane – Scorpioins

For those about to Rock . . . we salute you – AC/DC

Solid as a ROCK – Jade Bratz

Rock the night away – Michael Jackson


Schedule – Friday September 22

Racer check in- 12:00pm to 4:30 pm

Meet and Greet –  4:30 – 5:30 pm

Mingle while listening to Nickle and Dime acoustic duo Bill Stewart and Al Haeger

Pre-Race Dinner – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

$5/meal will be donated to San Juan Search and Rescue.  Some of you have already paid for this dinner.  If you have not, you may pay at the door.  Meat and Vegetarian spaghetti  dinner. 

MANDATORY Pre-Race Briefing – 6:30 -7:30 pm


20% off for Dirty 30'ers - use promo code:  silverton20% AT WWW.VFUEL.COM

There are quite a few gels on the market today and many have served a good purpose. However, as more people enter endurance based sports, and as more people see the benefits of fueling with liquid nutrition and energy gels, the more folks are learning about what their bodies can handle given the right support and proper nutrition. Scientists have been studying the effects of sugar on athletes for decades and recently the subject of fructose is coming up over and over.

VFuel, like other energy gels, starts with maltodextrin as the primary carbohydrate. But from there, we take a very different path. Most other gels use Fructose, or some sort of rice syrup or evaporated cane juice, all containing Fructose. VFuel uses Dextrose as its secondary carb, a more expensive (on our end) option, but one that is drastically easier to digest.

Getting Wet –

Planning your drop bags can be a daunting task.  I can see your engines spinning as you try to navigate the course data and info so you can plan for what you will need where.  I have been there, so let me know if you have questions.  If you are the type of trail runner who likes to change their shoes and does not like to run in wet shoes, you will want shoes at Aid 4 and Aid 5.  There is no getting around not getting wet as you cross Cascade Creek.  You will also very likely get wet – crossing 2 creeks going into Aid 5. 

Go Big or Go Home –


I am so pleased to see many of you taking on the fundraising challenge of this race.  Making your ultra-running adventures about more than just another endorphin high by giving back to this community you are running in, is a way to connect your heart and purpose to your running.  You will find your race takes on a whole new meaning and your drive and determination will increase.  Please share any personal stories you encounter along this journey.  If you have not already, be sure to check out the “Go Big or Go Home” page on the Silverton DD30 pages:  All the tools you need to be successful in your fundraising efforts are right there!  We make it easy for you. It’s not too late to join in the fun and get in on winning the awesome prize packages for the top fundraisers.  

Race Details - August 22, 2017

My Dearest, Esteemed Double Dirty 30’ers,

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, you get your fill to eat, but always keep your hunger.  .  . May you never take one single breath for granted . . . .

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, never settle for the path of least resistance . . .

Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’ . . . .

When you get a chance to sit it out our dance, I hope you dance!  ~ Leann Womack


I am so excited you will be joining us for the 2nd Annual Silverton Double Dirty 30.  A trail running race that will no doubt fill your soul with adventure, pure high mountain beauty, and an incredible sense of accomplishment.  If it were easy it wouldn’t be worth it!  Let’s Dance!

I want every one of you to finish - - to kiss me - - (I am “The Rock”)  😊.  I want to set each of you up for success.  I have tried to give you a lot of details on the website, but if you do not study it, it will do you no good . . . and you will not be successful.  So, now is the time to start getting familiar with what is on the website.

Did you know that the marmots would eat the Hardrock Course Markings?  Did you know that rude, thoughtless, entitled individuals removed course markings from the Telluride Mountian Run’s course causing 20 or so front runners to get way off course?  Did you know that snow prevented my brilliant (not so much) LED course markings to not show up so well last year?   As a very conscientious race director, I care very much about keeping everyone on course.  I will not be using the LED lights this year, as I found a much better night time course marking at the FAT DOG 120 that I will be using.  I will be using a 3M reflective tape that has a very big price tag on it, but having the best night time markings is critical to me and worth the extra cost.  Although these course marking are big and bright and can hardly be missed, I cannot guarantee the bears will not think they are so cool and steal them.  So please do your job now, study the map, study the course description.  [MF1]  Try to get an understanding for the layout of the land and the landmarks you will see along the way.  Know that at mile 22  the 55K and the 100K will reach Aid 2 by a pond above tree line.  The 100K’ers will also reach this pond at mile 47.  Know that 0.7 miles past this pond on the Colorado Trail you will reach the NOT  SO OBVIOUS Rico – Silverton Trail Junction.  It is currently an unmarked junction (No forest service trail signs – although I am working on getting those made and posted.  There is a chance they will be up before the race).  The 100Kers will pass this junction at mile 23ish and go up and over the high point of the race, Rolling Pass.  The 35 milers will turn right here and head down the Rico Silverton trail into S. Mineral Creek Drainage.  The 100Kers will come back to this junction and turn right here at mile 48ish, but it will likely be dark the second time through. Please be aware of this figure 8 layout of the course and do not allow yourself to go over Rolling Pass twice – really, once is enough.  I plan to have course marshals out at this junction, but again, you should not count on this type of hand holding.  Like Hardrock, this is a graduate level trail running race and this should not be your first time into the backcountry. We are all mountain runners and we need to gain a basic understanding for the layout of the land we plan to venture out into.

You will be tracked by, but this tracker will not keep you on course.  It will save your life if you get into trouble, but your race prep and pre-race studying will keep you on course and allow you to be successful.  100% finish rate at the Double Dirty 30!  ( I had 95% finish rate amongst the SISU’s at Golden Gate Dirty 30 - - so it is possible!)  Please tell me if you have questions or want to spend some time discussing specific details (only after you have done your homework and studied the website).  I am committed to everyone having a successful race.

Have you booked your accommodations?  Please see the hotels that are supporting the race on the website on the “Where to Stay” page and book there first.  The Bent Elbow’s info is not up there yet, but they are a big supporter.

The Triangle Motel is also a supporter and I am still waiting for their logo.

These hotels have donated rooms for my volunteers who are traveling from out of the area to support this race . . . and you.  I have a lot of ham operators and aid station volunteers that are coming from the front range, Montrose, Cortez, Aztec and Durango that I need to put up for the weekend.  Let’s fill their hotels!!

Go Big or Go Home

I hope each one of you will join us in our fundraising efforts.  BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS of Southwest Colorado is a very important non-profit organization doing an amazing job developing stronger, more confident, more driven and engaged kids in our communities.  Their work is soooo important and needed.  If each one of us who is currently registered for this race raises just $500, we will raise $25,000 for this organization.  Did I mention that I raised $2,500 in 2 weeks for Big Brothers Big Sisters before I raced Hardrock in 2012?  I sent out a letter, not nearly as good as the one for you to download on the “Go Big or Go Home” page and the donations just poured in.  We are a valuable resource to the communities we run in.  Let’s reach that potential!  Please join me.  Please read the info on the Go Big or Go Home Page.  The energy you create by raising money will propel you to a stronger finish that you thought possible!

Weekend get-a-way prize packages will be awarded to the top fundraisers.

Plan you Run - -

Did you know Mark Oveson from Open Split Time  has created a comprehensive timing data hub that allows you to plan your efforts?  Runners, pacers, families and crews can use OpenSplitTime to plan for your Silverton Double Dirty 30.  Just estimate your finish time and OpenSplitTime will tell you where you need to be and when.  Hours of research converted to a few seconds?  Yes please!  You can also use the data collected from last year to get an idea how long it will take you to get from one aid station to the next.  This data has been collected for the 100K only at this point.  The 55K racers can utilize the data for Aid 1 and Aid 2.

Aid Station

I am super excited to announce that Mr. Brad Bishop has joined the Silverton Double Dirty 30 as the aid station coordinator.  If you do not already know Brad, you will soon get to experience his dedication to our sport, his commitment to excellence, his thoroughness in thought and planning and his willingness to go above and beyond to make every single person feel well taken care of.  He has been polishing his aid station coordination skills for years and after coordinating Hardrock Aid stations for 3 years he has it so well dialed in - -   Hardrock has been my main teacher and I am so grateful to have a kindred spirit on my team that is equally as committed to excellence as I am.  We will be spending time dialing in the aid station food and equipment lists in the next 3 weeks.  If you have any special needs or requests please let us know.  I will do my part to eliminate your excuses for not being able to KISS MS. MEGAN at the Finish Line!


Please email me that your received this love note and that you studied the map and course description.  If necessary please pull up more detailed maps on your computer or from your collection of maps.  I will be checking your name off when you email me.  I do not want this info to fall on deaf ears or blind eyes.  I want you all to be well informed.  So please find time to read my lengthy emails.

Feeling excited and grateful you have all chosen to join me along this journey.  I know there are so many ultras to choose from and it really means a lot to me that you will be spending this time with me and what I have created.

Happy Trails and Training - - be smart.  Stay healthy.  Let’s get ready to DANCE!

Can’t wait to hear from each one of you!

Megan Finnesy,

Dirty 30 Running, Race Director




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:
  • Please set up you GPS tracking devices to send updates or messages to: 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.
  • 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.
  • Google Maps:
    • Another way to view and download the course. Some elevation anomalies (e.g. Animas Valley) place trails on cliffs. Downloads KML.

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!


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:  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.



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



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

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.

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. 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: 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.

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


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.

Don’t wait!  Get started now!

With Sincere Gratitude.

Megan Finnesy, RD