Kirkwood Mountain Ultra Challenge 8/8/2020

Date:Saturday, August 8, 2020
Race Start Location:Kirkwood Mountain Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Dr, Kirkwood, CA 95646
Race Finish Location: The Strawberry Lodge
17510 US-50, Kyburz, CA 95720
Race Distances:100 Miler, 100K, 50 Miler, 50K  
Start Time:100 Miler: 6:30 AM (35-Hour Cut Off)
100K: 6:30 AM (21-Hour Cut Off)
50 Miler: 6:30 AM (16.5-Hour Cut Off)
50K: 6:30 AM (12-Hour Cut Off)

This August, join in on an ultra running adventure across 50K, 50M, 100K, and 100M of High Sierra Trails from the Kirkwood Valley Resort to the Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz, CA. Rising above the shore of Lake Tahoe, these ultra races follow trails that are rarely traveled by the weekender and are what many would describe as diamonds in the rough.

20 years in the making, Troy’s California Trail Runs presents the Kirkwood Ultra Challenge. Join us for over 20,000 feet of altitude gain nestled within the peaks of the High Sierra and among the wilderness of the El Dorado forests.

These races are comparable to the Western States 100 and many others of that caliber. Be ready and see you in August!

– Troy

Registration

Register
Online
Online registration is available through the morning of the race.

Active military receives a 15% discount. Entry fees are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Pre-registered runners may purchase a T-shirt for an additional $25.00 if they register 2 weeks before the event.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THIS RACE IS CANCELED DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, YOU WILL BE ISSUED A FULL REFUND MINUS THE ULTRASIGNUP PROCESSING FEES.

  • 100 Miler – $350
  • 100K – $225
  • 50 Miler – $175
  • 50K – $150
    (Early Bird Pricing. Pricing is subject to increase.)
    Registration fees include the following:
    • Commemorative medals for all runners.
    • Winning medals for top finishers and age group finishers.
    • A Kirkwood Ultra Custom T-Shirt by Troy’s California Trail Runs.
    • Access to all aid stations along the course.
    • A professional videographer/photographer taking pics of all runners.
    • A High Sierra Adventure!
      An optional shuttle service will transport runners from the Finish line at the Strawberry Lodge to the Start line at Kirkwood Resorts for an additional $20 Cost.
  • Register by Mail
    Print a PDF form and mail it to us at:
    TCTRUNS
    2850 Douglas Fir Dr.

    Camino, CA 95709
  • Register at Race
    Please be prepared to pay via Cash or Check. Race Day Registrations will be charged an additional $10.
VOLUNTEER
NOW
Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!

If interested, please email volunteer@tctruns.com.

The Trail
(Difficulty: Advanced/Expert)

The Kirkwood Ultra Challenge is a high endurance trail race through the alpine peaks of the High Sierra above the Lake Tahoe area.

Surface: Fire roads and single track trails, with brief road crossings.
Course: Kirkwood Valley to Strawberry Lodge Trails.
Elevation Profile: Long and challenging climbs/descents; The race starts at 7,000ft altitude and ends in Kyburz at 4,000ft, hitting over 12,000ft of gain.
Sunrise And Sunset: 6:08 AM / 8:18 PM
Weather: Alpine Summer, Highs – 90 degrees / Lows 54 degrees. Lots of potential heat and sun exposure. Weather in the High Sierra mountains can be unpredictable, please come prepared to race in any and all weather conditions.
Parking: Plenty of parking is available for this event at the Kirkwood Lodge (START) and the Strawberry Lodge (FINISH), with a shuttle available for an additional fee to return runners to their vehicles. Carpooling is encouraged.
Awards: All runners receive a Commemorative Medal. Male/Female winners for each distance will receive a winning medal.

Accommodations at Vail Resorts’ Kirkwood Lodge are available to runners at a discounted rate. Additional information is available in the Travel and Accommodations section below.

Schedule

Friday, August 7, 2020
(Optional Runner Welcome)

  • 3:00 PM – Runner Check-In (Race Registration/Bib Pick-Up)
  • 4:30 PM – Official Runner Welcome / Trail Briefing 
  • 5:00 PM – Dinner / Pasta Feed  
  • 6:30 PM – Final Q&A
  • 7:00 PM – Goodnight Runners 
  • 8:18 PM – Sunset

Saturday, August 8, 2020
(Race Day)

  • 5:00 AM – Runner Check-In (Race Registration/Bib Pick-Up)
  • 6:08 AM – Sunrise
  • 6:15 AM – Race Briefing to all Runners
  • 6:30 AM – RACE START; Red Cliffs Lodge Portion of the Event OVER; All Distances Finish at the Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz, CA. An optional shuttle service will transport runners back to the Kirkwood Lodge.
  • 8:18 PM – Sunset

Sunday, August 9, 2020

  • 6:08 AM – Sunrise
  • 6:30 AM – 24 Hour Mark
  • 8:00 PM – 36 Hour Mark – (ALL RACES FINISHED)
  • 8:18 PM – Sunset

Course Information

  • There is a 35 Hour Time Limit for the entirety of this race.
  • Multiple, fully loaded, aid stations will be open throughout the course. these aid stations will be manned by volunteers and TCTRUNS staff. Additionally racer crews, family and friends are welcome to assist and work at all road accessible aid stations.
  • TCTRUNS Staff and Volunteers will be available throughout the course to assist runners.
  • A communications team with access to 4-Wheelers will be monitoring runner progress.
  • All intersections will be marked with signs, gypsum, and ribbons. Several portions of the course will be unmarked as there are no turnoffs.
  • This is an Alpine Endurance Run in a Wilderness Area. Please make special note of the following information:
    • All Runners are highly encouraged to carry the equivalent of 2 water bottles/camelback at all times.
    • Sunscreen/hats are highly encouraged to protect against heat exposure.
      Runners should be prepared to run after the sunsets. Please bring a change of clothing for your drop bags and headlamps/other lights.
    • Warm clothes and protective gear is mandatory.
    • This is a wilderness course; please be aware of potential wildlife encounters; Rattlesnakes, Mountain Lions, Wild Boars, Bears, Mosquitoes, Skunks, Raccoons, Bees, Poison Oak, Etc.
    • Crew parking will be limited at aid stations, please plan accordingly.
    • Pacers are allowed for this course.

Course Maps

Click on The Map Links for more detailed course views.

The 50K (5,719Ft Ascent / 7,778Ft Descent)

50K Aid Stations in order of arrival (Crew Access Parking Areas are Bolded):
There is a 12-Hour Cut Off for this race.

  1. Kirkwood Resort’s Red Cliff Lodge (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
  2. Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 3.1 – Water Only)
  3. Last Chance Water Stop (Mile 6.3 – Race Exit, 3.2 Miles Away)
  4. Carson Spur Aid Station (Mile 11, Crew Access/Parking, 11:30 AM)
  5. Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 18, Crew Access/Parking, 2:00 PM)
  6. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 23, Crew Access/Parking Available, 4:30 PM)
  7. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 31, STAGING AREA/50K FINISH, 6:30 PM)

The 50 Miler (9,386Ft Ascent / 11,446Ft Descent)

50M Aid Stations in order of arrival (Crew Access Parking Areas are Bolded):
50 Milers complete the 50K course first, followed by a 19-mile out-and-back loop, which turns at the Hay Flat Aid Station.
There is a 16.5-Hour Cut Off for this race.

  1. Kirkwood Resort’s Red Cliff Lodge (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
  2. Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 3.1 – Water Only)
  3. Last Chance Water Stop (Mile 6.3 – Race Exit, 3.2 Miles Away)
  4. Carson Spur Aid Station (Mile 11, Crew Access/Parking 11:30 AM)
  5. Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 18, Crew Access/Parking 2:00 PM)
  6. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 23, Crew Access/Parking Available 4:30 PM)
  7. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 31, STAGING AREA/Crew Access 6:30 PM)
  8. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 39, Crew Access/Parking Available, 8:30 PM)
  9. Strawberry Creek Water Stop (Mile 44 – Water Only, )
  10. Lover’s Leap Water Stop (Mile 48.4 – Water Only)
  11. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 50, FINISH/STAGING AREA, 11:00 PM )

The 100K (11,873Ft Ascent / 13,937Ft Descent)

100K Aid Stations in order of arrival. (Crew Access Parking Areas are Bolded):
100K runners complete the 50K course first, followed by a 31-mile out-and-back loop, which turns at the Caples Creek Aid Station.
There is a 21-Hour Cut Off for this race.

  1. Kirkwood Resort’s Red Cliff Lodge (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
  2. Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 3.1 – Water Only)
  3. Last Chance Water Stop (Mile 6.3 – Race Exit, 3.2 Miles Away)
  4. Carson Spur Aid Station (Mile 11, Crew Access/Parking, 11:30 AM)
  5. Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 18, Crew Access/Parking, 2:00 PM)
  6. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 23, Crew Access/Parking Available, 4:30 PM)
  7. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 31, STAGING AREA/Crew Access, 6:30 PM)
  8. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 39, Crew Access/Parking Available, 8:30 PM)
  9. Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 43.8, Crew Access/Parking, 10:00 PM)
  10. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 51, Crew Access/Parking, 1:00 AM)
  11. Strawberry Creek Water Stop (Mile 56 – Water Only)
  12. Lover’s Leap Water Stop (Mile 60 – Water Only)
  13. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 62, STAGING AREA/100K FINISH, 3:30 AM)

The 100 Miler
(18,852Ft Ascent / 20,921Ft Ascent)

100M Aid Stations in order of arrival. (Crew Access Parking Areas are Bolded):
100K runners complete the 50K course and the 100K course first, followed by a 38-mile out-and-back loop to the Echo Summit Aid Station, which touches the Pacific Crest Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail.
There is a total cut-off of 35 Hours for this course.

  1. Kirkwood Resort’s Red Cliff Lodge (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
  2. Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 3.1 – Water Only)
  3. Last Chance Water Stop (Mile 6.3 – Race Exit, 3.2 Miles Away)
  4. Carson Spur Aid Station (Mile 11, Crew Access/Parking, 11:30 AM)
  5. Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 18, Crew Access/Parking 2:00 PM)
  6. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 23, Crew Access/Parking Available, 4:30 PM)
  7. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 31, STAGING AREA/Crew Access, 6:30 PM)
  8. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 39, Crew Access/Parking Available, 8:30 PM)
  9. Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 43.8, Crew Access/Parking, 10:00 PM)
  10. Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 51, Crew Access/Parking, 1:00 AM)
  11. Strawberry Creek Water Stop (Mile 56 – Water Only)
  12. Lover’s Leap Water Stop (Mile 60 – Water Only)
  13. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 62, STAGING AREA, 3:30 AM)
  14. Lover’s Leap Water Stop (Mile 64 – Water Only)
  15. Bryan Road Aid Station (Mile 66.2, 5:30 AM)
  16. Wagon Trail Water Stop (Mile 74.2 – Water Only)
  17. Bryan Road Aid Station (Mile 77, 9:30 AM)
  18. Echo Summit Aid Station (Mile 82, Crew Access/Parking, 11:30 AM)
  19. Bryan Road Aid Station (Mile 87.5, 1:30 PM)
  20. Wagon Trail Water Stop (Mile 90.6 – Water Only)
  21. Bryan Road Aid Station (Mile 93.7, 3:30 PM)
  22. Lover’s Leap Water Stop (Mile 97 – Water Only
  23. Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (STAGING AREA/100M FINISH, 5:30 PM)

Aid Stations, Drop Bags, Pacers, and More.

  • All aid stations will remain open until the last runner comes in.
  • Runners that do not meet cutoff times will be driven back to the start.
  • Crew and support can follow and supply runners at the indicated aid stations. Parking is available but limited, please plan on carpooling.

Travel and Accommodations

Troy’s California Trail Runs is partnered with iWeekender to provide comprehensive travel packages that include accommodations, air travel, and rental cars.

Troy’s California Trail Runs has partnered with Vail Resorts’ Kirkwood Lodge to extend a discounted rate to runners for accommodations on the weekend of the race. These rates are subject to availability.

For Phone Reservations: Please call 855-332-1601 to make lodging reservations and use the group code: KG4KSU to receive the discount.

This race is made possible through partnerships with the following companies and organizations!

  • Kirkwood Resorts / Vail Resorts
  • The Strawberry Lodge
  • De La Torre Radio Services
  • The Sample Guy
  • iWeekender
  • Versa Aid EMTs

Questions

Please contact us via e-mail if you have any questions/concerns:
rd@tctruns.com

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