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!
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.