To all those sponsors and runners who participated in the 2013 Vaquero races we thank you. Your generosity allowed 36 athletes to attend NXN regionals in Boise for the price of their entry fee. Your contributions paid for lodging, transportation, and 7 dozen donuts to end the year. Be watching for the 2014 entry information coming in the next month. Thanks again.
Thank you for attending this year's races. Special thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors, and my family for making this another fun and exciting event. Results are now posted on ultrasignup.com and can be found HERE. If you have photos and/or video of this year's event and would like to share please pass it along. We are already scheming up ideas to make our 10th anniversary races next year even better!
Race day is almost here. T minus one week! We are scrambling to make this your best Vaquero experience ever. We have a bunch of goods from Patagonia, Ultraspire, Patagonia Footwear, Black Diamond, and First Endurance for you. We will randomly draw #'s to see who wins gear beforehand and get that to you at the pre-race meeting.
Pre-Race Meeting: We will meet form 7-8 p.m. at the Star View Park on Friday the 9th(1 block East of the Wells Fargo in Afton). We will hand out bibs, hoodies, and draw prizes then and answer any questions you may have about the course. This year we will be doing chip timing. You will receive your chip when you check in again on race morning.
Course markings: Course will be marked with blue and pink flagging. Red flagging means "STOP"
Aid-Stations: Check out the map/elevation profiles so you know what to expect. We require that all runners carry a bottle or hydration pack. THERE WILL BE NO CUPS ON THE COURSE OR AT THE FINISH LINE! For you cup aficionados we will provide you with a soft Ultraspire cup to use. Aid station fare will be typical with some sweet and salty calories to power you to the finish along with Water and grape EFS from First Endurance. All aid stations need to be packed in on horses or humans so make sure to thank our volunteers. You will all be given a flask of EFS liquid shot. There will not be any refills so if you need more you'll have to put it in your drop bag or pack it.
Drop Bags: There will only be drop bags for the 50k at the turn around. Please make sure these are labeled clearly with your name and #. We will deliver goods to the finish line for the 25k runners
Transportation: Due to limited parking at the 25k start/50k turn around we are asking that you ride the bus. The buses will load at Star Valley High School (445 W. Swift Creek Lane) in the West Parking lot. They will depart for the start line at 7:30 a.m. We will also have a bus at the finish line that will take you to the HS around 1:30.
Parking: Parking is also limited at the start/finish area. If you have family members that want to watch you finish they are more than welcome. We CANNOT have people parking in the day use area at the finish or along the road next to the lake. If they cannot find parking in the day use parking lot they need to park on the East side of the lake or there is a spot on the left-hand side of the road about 1/4 mile East of the finish area where we encourage you to park and walk.
Food at the Finish: We will be serving burgers and watermelon at the finish line. We budget and plan for runners only but we will serve as many as possible.
Finish Awards: Awards will go to first, second, and third place male and female runners in both races. Finisher awards will also be handed out. If you drop at the turn around at the 50k distance you will be given a 25k finisher award but will not be included in the official times.
Dropping out: Unless you drop at the mid point of the 50k, dropping out is not really an option without a long walk. We have emergency procedures in place if needed but "loss of will" is not a medical emergency.
Roll-Over Policy: If you have an emergency and cannot make it to the starting line please let us know. If you notify me before race day I will gladly roll over your entry to next year. If you roll your entry over you will need to provide me with your ultrasignup email when I post the roll over list in the winter. If you do not notify me we gladly accept your donation>
Our goal is to put on a first class event with old-school feel. All funds go to provide food/rooms/transportation for the Star Valley XC team to attend the Nike Regional/National Meets this fall. The Salt River Range will beat you up and leave you craving more. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions or concerns. And also remember that this is fun!
Thanks to Robert @ First Endurance there will be EFS drink and EFS liquid shot on the course at this year's Vaquero races. If you would like to buy and use these products before the race, check your email. I will send out a coupon for 20% off your order.
Also, Friday, July 19th will be the last day to sign up for either the 25k or 50k to guarantee a hoodie. I wish I could do it differently but I need a window to be able to screen them.
Many hotels are filled up due to the Lincoln County Fair but I have reserved the group camping spot at Cottonwood lake and there is also a campground at the mouth of Swift Creek Canyon for those running the 25k-the buses will even stop and pick you up:) There will be more details posted soon-get on out there and hit the trails!
We hope that all your summer racing plans and training are going well. We are excited for this year's version of the Vaquero races in August. Thanks to Christian Johnson we have a new map and a new profile for your viewing/planning pleasure. Check them out on the menu bar on the right. Also, if I told you that I would roll over your entry for this fall please remind me who you are and we'll get you signed up and ready to roll.
I have made the comment more than once that the winters in Wyoming are bearable. Its just the fact that spring never seems to get here. Now is the time of year when we are in the winter doldrums. Leave the valley in any direction and you can see (and better yet run) dirt, grass, and trees. The snow has gone to pot, microspikes or showshoes are out because its too sloppy and the only option is to run the roads. In anticipation for the long snow season I vowed to take up some winter sports. I did get out and ski a couple of times and already I cannot keep up with my 9 year old son. scratch. I went on an epic nordic ski/ice fishing trip in the Tetons with my brother in law and his buddy. The tired legs and sleep deprivation felt like old friends. I just kept thinking, "Why do we keep interrupting this awesome trip to drill holes in the ice and fish?" I did spend hours on my fatbike and actually raced the Pugsly this winter at the Togwotee Winter Classic. I had a blast and I'm already scheming on how to get my hands on a carbon fiber race bike for next season. As the first trail race of the season looms on the horizon I'm excitedly looking ahead to many more adventures, albeit the more dirty, dusty, warmer kind. Plans this summer include the following:
Gorge Waterfalls 50k
Teton super traverse
Peak Bagging FTK attempt with Luke Nelson
High Sierra Route
Having so much winter here and spending more time adventurthoning in the cold has piqued my interest in winter adventure races both on foot and bike. We'll see what happens, heaven knows next winter is almost here. If this one ever leaves....
El Vaquero Loco 2011 - Thanks for making this year's race such a success. We will be looking on ways to make it possible for even more people to be involved next year-both runners and volunteers. We will be ready for registration a little earlier this year. Hopefully by January 1. Check back later for more information.
9th annual. Saturday, August 10th, 2013. 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.