Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Runners, Thanks for making this year's 10th anniversary celebration a success. Special thanks to our sponsors and our volunteers for making it happen for one whole decade! that's a long time! I have a few hoodies available and a few drop bags that haven't been claimed. If they are not claimed by the end of next week their contents will be donated to charity. Also, thank you for taking such good care of our trails. When clearing the course I only found 3 small pieces of garbage...3! This great community is what will allow this event to continue to grow and thrive. Thanks again, Los Vaqueros Locos Here is a race report and photos from Brett Peterson http://beingbrett.blogspot.com/2014/08/el-vaquero-loco.html
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Runners, you should have received the following via email. 2014 Vaquero Participants: We are excited that you will be joining us here in Western Wyoming in the next couple of days: Here are a few details to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to check out some of the premier trails in the United States with enough support to make it enjoyable. Packet pick up will be at the Star View Park, one block east of Wells-Fargo in Afton. We will be handing out bibs, hoodies (if you ordered one on time), timing chips, and draw prizes at this time. If you cannot make the briefing at this time we will get you everything you need starting at 5:15, and 7:45 on race morning. The 50k race will start at 6 a.m. Saturday morning at the edge of Cottonwood Lake, 6 miles east of Smoot, Wyoming. You will need to check in AGAIN on race morning so we know who is out on the course. The race will start promptly at 6 a.m. And has a 12 hour cut-off time. You MUST be checked out of the turn around by 12:00 noon or you will be pulled from the course. The 25k race will start at the intermittent spring parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Because of limited parking at the trailhead, there will be a shuttle bus at Star Valley HS (445 W. Swift Creek Lane, Afton) that will load between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Please take advantage of this service. A bus will pick up runners from the finish at 1 p.m. If this does time does not work for you we encourage you to arrange a shuttle. Drop Bags will only be allowed at the turn around. Gear will be shuttled to the finish for the 25k runners. There are 7 aid stations on the course for the 50k runners, 3 of which will be repeated on your return trip or for the course for the 25k runners. These aid stations have to be horse packed or back packed to provide you some calories to get you through the mountains. Normal Aid station food such as chips, cookies, pb&j, or nutella sandwiches will be at all aid stations. EFS liquid shot and EFS drink and water will also be provided. There will be NO cups at any aid station. You can carry your own cup or use your bottle. ALL participants must carry at lest one bottle. It is recommended that you carry 40 ounces of liquid. Know your abilities and how fast you can cover ground between aid stations. Due to the backcountry nature of the course, radio communication is limited. Emergency measures are in place and there will be sweeps on the course both directions and first aid at the aid stations. That being said, dropping out due to "loss of will" any place other than the turn around is not an option. You will have to walk out if you can so you may as well finish. If you do need to drop, please check in with the aid station so we do not have to send out S&R looking for you when you are nursing your bruised ego at home. At the finish line you will be provided a finish award, chips, a burger, soda, watermelon, and Ultragen. We are looking to reduce waste so paper products such as plates/cups will not be provided. If you have your own plate please bring it. We will provide a small number of plates that can be washed and shared among participants. Parking can be limited at the finish. We ask that you not park on the road along the north edge of the lake. It is an access road to some private property. We also ask that park in the day use area but not on the road between the start/finish line and where we cook lunch. This is reserved for timing/race staff and help. There is over flow parking about 1/4 of a mile down from the Cottonwood Lake which will accommodate all the parking we need and can also serve as an overflow camping spot. Again, we are looking forward to seeing you this weekend. Get ready for a beautiful and difficult tour of the Salt River Range. Please email if you have additional questions.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Map: https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2sznslyfa6a48g/ElVaqueroLoco.jpg Profile: https://www.dropbox.com/s/s72a7of6r5z6u9m/EVL_Profile.jpg Our permit limits us to 200 spots. We WILL NOT have a wait list for this year's race. I will try to keep spots open as quickly as they become available. It is your responsibility to check back on ultrasignup for possible open spots.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
"Where are you going Daddy?" "I'm going running with Ty and I'm going to burn his barn down" "What if Ty-Ty likes hims barn?" Conversation between Luke and his 3-year-old daughter Chloe photo. I topped my jersey with an all weather hoody and the Alpine Houdini. We were going to get wet. It was nice to have some company as we headed off into the night, 60 miles in we knew that it was time to start moving up, it was going to get ugly, but we were confident we could weather the storm. As we crested the pass toward American Basin we started to get skittish. The thunder was getting louder and our hair was starting to stand on end. Right near the top it clapped right by us and we sprinted to lower ground. Heading up to Handies we had our heads on a swivel. The present storm moved out but another was moving in fast. We didn't want to get caught up on top. Luckily the weather held and we made it over the top. Just before we arrived at Burroughs Aid. The rain started coming down. Before we left, Jared and his pacer Matt Hart caught us. We made our way down the road toward Sherman in a full-on coastal-type rain storm. The rain was bouncing off the road, thanks to our gear we stayed comfortable. By the time we reached Sherman we started to see more runners. Scott Jaime was just leaving as we reached the aid station. I sat and spent a few minutes collecting myself. My stomach was starting to turn a bit and I was battling the sleep monster a bit.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Just a reminder that we are willing to do a one-time roll over of your entry if for some reason you cannot make the race. If something comes up and you want to take advantage of this offer please contact me via email. If you do not make contact and simply don't show up-the XC team thanks you for your donation. As you know the majority of costs for permits/hoodies/etc. are taking place already. We will give full refunds until 7/1/14 after that we encourage you to roll your entry over until next year. These are the runners who wanted their entry rolled over for the 2014 race. If you still want to run this fall please contact me with your email to your ultrasignup account so we can get you registered free of charge: Mike James Melanie Abrams Jessie Roberts Erin Roberts Ron Lechner Rebecca Hutchinsen Abigail Rink Greg Hinton Bryce Warren