Strawberry Ultra Trail Challenge (8/10-11)

Date:August 10-11, 2019
Location:Kyburz, CA
Race Distances:100K, 50M, 50K
Start Time:6:00 AM

About the Race

The Strawberry Ultra Trail Challenge courses are primarily singletrack. You will love these courses running in the beautiful Sierras — great country, awesome views, lakes, creeks, rivers, great air quality, and high elevation. The courses are very challenging and appealing with lots of exposure but with some shaded sections.

The 100K, 50M, and 50K courses parallel the South Fork of the American River in a section of the course before and after the second Aid Station.

Registration

50K – $150
50 Miler – $175
100K – $225

REGISTER
ONLINE
Online registration: Open now on UltraSignup.
Register by US Mail: Print a form and mail to us.

Active military receive a 15% discount. Entry fees are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

Schedule

  • 5:00 AM — Registration opens
  • 5:45 AM — Trail briefing
  • 6:00 AM — Start of all races

Time limits

Run-specific cut-offs:

  • 100K: 20 hours
  • 50 Miler: 16 hours
  • 50K: 10 hours.

Overall time limit is 20 hours/2am Sunday 8/11. See aid station cut-off times below.

VOLUNTEER
NOW
Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race! Plus: Groups, take over an aid station! Contact troy@tctruns.com.

Race Info/Course/Maps

The Start/Finish is at Strawberry Lodge. Please be very considerate to the Strawberry neighborhood and run with CAUTION on the road. The neighborhood is very low key and not much road traffic. Course in the beginning for a 1/4 of a mile Strawberry Lane is pavement until reaching 42 Mile Tract cabins. You will run on a dirt road for 100 yards turn LEFT uphill towards a cabin for 20 yards turn RIGHT onto a single track dirt trail. You will return to the finish this way.

100K runners: After returning to Strawberry Lodge the first time, you will run an out and back section EAST beyond the 50 mile turn around sign 6.5 miles up to the Echo Summit Aid Station. 

Environmental conditions to expect

Sunrise: 6:10am
Sunset: 8:02pm

Temperatures
Highs: 97F
Lows (Night/early morning): 47F

The highest elevation on the course is at the Echo Summit Aid Station turnaround. It can be in the mid-30s at night. Plan for it.

Maps

Elevation Profiles

Trail notes

After the Negro Flat Aid Station on the Caples Creek loop you will have a creek crossing at Caples Creek. If the creek is high with water or you do not want to get your feet wet, please follow the ORANGE RIBBONS down stream a few minutes to cross over the creek by utilizing a fallen tree that you can use as a bridge. Proceed with caution to a tree that has fallen over the creek. After arriving on the other side please follow the ORANGE RIBBONS up stream back to the main trail to the PINK RIBBONS.

Aid Stations/Cut-offs

NOTE: Aid station locations noted on maps linked above. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station is where the 100K and 50M runners turn around and go back out.

100K, 50 Milers should have lights at the Camp Schneider Aid Station, to pick up drop bags and necessary clothing. It will be dark for some of the slower runners before they get back to the Strawberry Lodge.

Cut-off times:

  • 6:00 pm at Strawberry Lodge Aid Station: 100K runners must be going back out. We strongly encourage runners to pick up there lights. Lights can also be picked up at the Echo Summit Aid Station.
  • 7:00 pm at Strawberry Lodge Aid Station: 50 mile runners. Lights required when going back out.
  • 8:00 pm at Echo Summit Aid Station (100K runners only.) This is your turnaround to finish.

Pacers

Pacers are only allowed for the 100K distance. Pacers must be at least 18 years of age and sign a waiver form prior to participating.

Drop Bags

100K runners will be able to pick up lights if needed, and whatever else at the Echo Summit Aid Station. Lights can be dropped off at first aid station, Hay Flat/Negro Flat. Lights will be returned to the Strawberry Lodge.

Directions, Parking, Transportation

The event starts and finishes at Strawberry Lodge. Here is the Google Maps link to the lodge.

Parking

Friday

Parking is available at the Strawberry Lodge. Do Not Park In Front of the Strawberry Lodge. Please park On Strawberry Ln on either side but always allow enough room for all traffic to get through—especially any emergency vehicles.

Saturday

Race Day Parking in the Strawberry Lodge Area. If you have reserved lodging at the Strawberry Lodge obviously on Saturday and Sunday you can park in front of the Lodge.

The Strawberry neighborhood is safe. We will not have any overnight security so we are not responsible for your vehicle or belongings.

Lodging

The night before the race we very much encourage anyone that would like to stay at the beautiful Strawberry Lodge to reserve rooms very early. The lodge has a limited capacity. The Strawberry Lodge, rooms, food and service is very impressive. You will enjoy your experience.

Strawberry Lodge has showers available for $5 a person. Runners can get a shower before or after the run.

Camping is available at the Lovers Leap Campground. Also in the surrounding Strawberry Lodge Area are numerous areas to camp in the woods that should be OK. No permits required but you may want to call the US Forest Service in Camino, Calif. on Eight Mile Rd to confirm.

*Please note that headphones will not be allowed on the course. This will be a disqualifier.

More Info

Post-race festivities

After the event we will have food and refreshments on the lawn in the back of the Strawberry Lodge—a beautiful setting. We will have a barbecue for an additional cost. Regarding the barbecue please let us know prior to the event if possible, but it is not required so that the Strawberry Lodge will have a better idea of how many people to prepare for. Families and friends are more than welcome to join in the barbecue. We would like to make a family friendly atmosphere a party. The cost for the barbecue will be paid directly to the Strawberry Lodge. Food: Chicken and burgers. When registration opens up please, let us know if your interested in the barbecue so the Strawberry Lodge will be prepared. We hope a lot of runners will be interested.

Potential Snow Conditions

  • Some sections of the courses may have snow still.
  • We will do our best to provide all of the Aid Stations in the appropriate locations designated on the course maps.
  • We will constantly update the website regarding the trail conditions and the impact of the snow.

Wildlife

All Runners: Please be aware that many types of wildlife live in the Sierras. Please keep your eyes open at all times and be aware of your surroundings.

All runners need to be aware of all types of wildlife, including:

  • Bears – Bear mace is very good to have.
  • Mountain lions
  • Wolverines
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Skunks
  • Raccoons
  • Coyotes

Awards

All runners receive a medal for finishing the race.

Results

Results are posted here after the race.

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