Race Info

First, a few basics:

• Runners must carry all required gear
• We are a cupless event
• Eight hours of trail work required
• Entries are not transferable.
• Cut-offs will be enforced
• Check in/out at every aid station
• Stay on trail, taking every switchback and passing every course marker
• Crewing only at aid stations
• No pacers
• Trekking poles are allowed and recommended

Race Schedule

Friday, August 23:
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Race check-in at the City Park gazebo (it’s obvious). Remember your pack with required gear!
3:00 pm: Mandatory race briefing
6:40 pm: Short pre-race briefing
6:50 pm: Standing around City Park idly waiting for start
7:00 pm: Race Start*

Saturday, August 24:
11:30 pm: Guanella Pass Trailhead Cut-off
3:00 am: Geneva Creek Cut-off
6:15 am: Webster Pass Cut-off
9:15 am: Saint John’s Creek Cut-off
11:00 am: Food/drink at the finish line opens
11:30 am: Treeline 264 Cut-off
2:00 pm: Santa Fe Peak/Argentine Pass Junction Cut-off
3:00 pm: Race awards
6:00 pm: Paine Mountain Cut-off
8:00 pm: Finish Line Cut-off

*At the suggestion of a dear friend, we are going to try something different here at The Divide. Women and men will start in separate corrals on each side of Taos Street, side by side, so that both have the opportunity to line up at the front of the race.

Gear requirements

All runners must carry all of the following for the entirety of the race.  Your packs will be checked at check in and anyone missing equipment from the list will not be allowed to start. Furthermore, be prepared for any member of the race staff to check your pack during and immediately after the event. A time penalty of two hours will be applied if any gear is found to be missing.

• Hooded waterproof jacket (seam taped, etc)
Wind shells are not acceptable
• Waterproof gloves/mittens
• Warm hat (‘buff’ is inadequate)
• Buff/neck gaiter ('buff' is adequate, obviously)
• Waterproof pants
• Second Long sleeve layer (other than above jacket)
• Full length running tights / similar (no 3/4th length allowed)
• Survival blanket
• Water capacity of 40oz minimum (bladder or minimum 3 soft flasks)
•    Reusable, collapsible cup/bowl (one or both). This is for soda and also any hot soup so be sure it won't melt.
• Two headlamps (1 being an emergency lamp acceptable)
• “Wag Bag” for fecal removal from sensitive alpine areas ( will be provided at check in)

Aid Stations and Drop bags

The longest stretch between aid stations is a little over 9 miles. This section also happens to be high altitude and fairly exposed. Consult your map and elevation profile.  Frankly, there is no easy part of this race once you are away from a five mile radius of Georgetown. Be prepared for each section.

Drop Bags
Drop bags will be allowed as noted on the above chart. Please do not go overboard with them. Use a drawstring bag, backpack, small duffle, etc. No hard bins allowed.  If your drop bag is too big, it may be refused at drop off or left off the truck for the drive to the aid station. Use your judgment on this and be kind to the volunteers who have to haul your bags around.  You have to carry almost everything on your back anyway so you might as well pack it light!

Aid Stations
• Aid stations will have your usual ultra fare including: saltines, ramen, potatoes, fruit, sandwiches, various candies, sodas, hot foods, broth and instant coffee overnight.
• There will be gluten free options available as well.
• Every aid station may not have what you want. Anticipate basics at every aid station, but Webster Pass is rather remote and will be a lighter aid station and may not have some or any hot food items.  Plan for less and then be happily surprised when you are wrong!
• Every aid station will have hand sanitizer!
• There might be gels at the aid stations or there might not, but you will know either way before race week.

• Aid stations will not provide cups or bowls. Remember you are required to carry these yourself. There will be some reusable utensils available at each aid station if you need one.

Cut offs

All cutoffs are firm. If you cannot make a cutoff you will be pulled for the safety of both yourself and the volunteers. Aid station captains also retain the right to pull anyone at their own discretion (if you show up grey and speaking gibberish, you should probably stop running). Also know that the cutoffs for this race are rather tight when compared to some other races. This is intentional. I want you all to rise to the occasion. Over the years I’ve notice a high number of people finishing near the cutoffs, regardless of what they are. So I made them a little tough, run a little faster and finish!

Bib numbers

• Bib numbers will be assigned and provided at check in on Friday afternoon.
• Please ensure the aid station has made note of your bib number upon arrival and departure.

Litter and waste

Intentional littering will result in immediate disqualification. If aid station volunteers catch you throwing anything (including orange peels, etc.) aside you will be called back and removed from the race.  There will be trash bags on the exit side of every aid station. This is a mostly high alpine environment and any damage/litter will take a long time for recovery.

On that same note, all runners are provided with 3 “wag bags” just in case any of you need to go while above treeline. It may seem silly, but human waste in that environment simply does not break down well or quickly. Do your best to use them and please dig holes at all other times.

Crewing and Pacing

First: no pacers. Sorry, but if we allowed pacers we’d also allow fewer runners and besides, this isn’t supposed to be easy, right?

Crews are allowed at the following aid stations, per the Aid Station spreadsheet:
• Guanella Pass Trailhead (Mile 13)
• Geneva Creek / 133 at the South Park trail (Mile 19)
• Webster Pass (Mile 27)
This is a remote aid station. A short, high clearance 4x4 is needed, or a hike in from lower down. I would recommend parking lower on the road and hiking in. And remember no one is allowed to park in the town of Montezuma—you might get a ticket and the locals might yell at you.
• Argentine Pass / Santa Fe Peak junction (Mile 47.4)
This would be great time to see your runners before their final climb up to Argentine Pass.
• Paine Mountain (Mile 54.9)

Every runner is allowed one crew vehicle and will receive a placard to place on the dash of that car. If you want a dozen people on your crew, you better have a big car. Furthermore, crewing is only allowed within the direct area of each aid station. Don't try handing off a water bottle a mile away; you will be disqualified.

At all crew accessible aid stations, park only where indicated and directed by signage and aid station staff. We will do out best to make it obvious.  We do need to be careful regarding parking to help with resource protections under our permits, so please help with this!

Crews are the responsibility of their runners and any crew acting poorly will be given a warning, and if this is ignored the runner may be subject to disqualification. Examples are littering, parking outside of appropriate zones, or any activity that is illegal on federal land.

Dogs

Dogs must be on leash and under control at all times. Do not leave your dog unattended and make sure to avoid foot traffic areas and the aid station zone.

Feel free to reach out to the race director, Guy Love, at glove@vt.edu with any questions or would like to volunteer!