Several of you have asked when I would have a report up about my Bear 200 adventure. It has been a lot to digest. Not entirely because of the enormity of the project but also the personal nature of it. I appreciate Leon for helping me articulate the experience. The article can be found on IRUNFAR.com
Wow! A lot has happened since this year's race. Mostly I have been trying to recover from my "mid-life-crisis" attempt at 200 miles (detailed account forth coming), we are wrapping up another successful XC season, and gearing up for new races and goals for the upcoming year. We are looking to expand our race calendar to include several separate races at several different events: The first is the Red-Neck Triathlon that will include snowshoeing, fat biking and skeet shooting. The other will be another trail race that will either be a shorter "sky-running" type event or a vertical K. Both dates are pending. Also, Vaquero Loco 50k/25k will be held on Saturday, August 8th at 2015. Registration will go live this Friday to help you plan your race calendar for next year. We will be sticking with the original course (at least for this year). I will also be offering coaching services. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are working on a new website to include more detailed information. Looking forward to seeing you out on the trails soon.
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
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.
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.
As race day approaches many of you have asked about lodging. If you are running the 50k, the Cottonwood Campground 6 miles East of Smoot, Wy is the start finish area. If you are running the 25k the closest camping is at the mouth of Swift Creek Cyn 2 miles East of Afton. Both of these are first come, first served-type camping. For the hotel campers, here is a list of hotel's with phone numbers.
AFTON: The Old Mill Log Cabins (307)886-0520, Hi-Country Inn (307)885-3856, Mountain Inn (307)885-3156, Lazy B Motel (307)885-3187, The Corral Lodges (307)885-5424, Gardner's Villiage (307)885-8200
THAYNE:(15 miles North of Afton): Cabin Creek Inn (307)883-3262, Wolf Den (307)883-2226, Snider's Rustin Inn (307)883-0222, Dutch Oven Inn (307)883-5705
The World Famous Local Lincoln County Fair is also the same weekend so make your reservations early!
You can pick up your bib/goodie bag at Star View Park in Afton (one block East of Wells-Fargo) the night before the race from 7-8:30. If you can't make it we can get you checked in race morning.
6 a.m. start for the 50k (you must check in again so we know you're on the course)
7:30 a.m. the 25k buses leave the parking lot of Star Valley High School (445 W. Swift Creek Lane, Afton) to shuttle to the 8:30 a.m. start. Please do not drive your own vehicles to the start due to limited parking.
Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!
El Vaquero Loco 2014 - Thanks for making this year's race such a success.
11th annual. Saturday, August 8th, 2015. Out and back course on nearly 100% singletrack. Beautiful vistas. Very tough and technical. It has been our experience that you run the 25k if you are not used to running technical trails at altitude.