Race Day

Pre-Race

  1. Packet Pickup: tba
  2. Directions:  Elijah Bristow State Park is located about 15 miles east of Eugene on Hwy 58. Driving from Eugene, turn left (north) on Rattlesnake Rd, and right (east) on Wheeler Rd.  The Google Map link is Bristow Park on Google Maps .
  3. The gate opens Saturday morning at or before 7:00am. We will send last minute specifics to you in another email before Saturday.
  4. Where to park:  The parking areas are located beyond the sign that says “Race Participants Only”

The Course

The course winds through Elijah Bristow State park, with a stretch along the river. Most is single track, but there is a section on pavement around the aid station and timing areas.

While the course has been measured to USATF standards, trail courses are not certified.  Each lap is 1.0544 miles (1 mile+287 ft.) to a tolerance of -0 / +10 ft.

On the Trail

  1. No dogs on the trail, please.
  2. There are 50K, 50M, 100K and 100M markers on the race to give you incentive.
  3. Pacing is allowed after 9:00 p.m., after 12 hours.  Be careful to let other runners pass.
  4. If you decide to take a long nap, or leave the race, you must tell us. Otherwise, we will have to hunt for you.
  5. You may occasionally see horses on the trail, but for the most part they steer clear on race day.
  6. Mosquitoes are around this time of year.  They usually show up for a few hours in the morning and evening depending on temperature and humidity.
  7. No ticks have been reported, but are out there.  We’ll be checking for them.
  8. There is an occasional report of cougars.  They are very shy, and race day commotion will keep them distant.  In the unlikely event that you do see one, you can face it and speak firmly, and it will back away. You cannot out run a cougar.  Here’s a good link for more information:
    Safety Guide to Cougars.

Medical

We assume that you will be aware of your condition throughout the race, and seek medical attention if needed.  This includes the possibility of your decision to end your race early if necessary.  Race officials will intervene in an emergency, with support from the Dexter Fire Dept EMT’s.

If you have a medical condition that we should know about, please call or email that information before race day (od@bristow24.org/, 541 -. 556 -. 5066). The medical tent will provide digital scales and blood pressure measurement to help you manage your race day condition.

Timing

  1. This year, chips will attach to your shoes. Please do not take the chip home!
  2. Please make sure your bib numbers are visible to our timers, and call out your number as you pass by to our friendly, backup lap counters.
  3. We will set up a runner monitor at the timing table to show your total mileage (please note: mileage, not laps) as you finish this lap.
  4. We will be tracking your laps in 3 ways: using the shoe chip. keying into a system with a numeric keypad and last but not least, checkmarks on a paper chart. If there is a discrepancy between any of these, we will track it down.
  5. In addition to accurately counting your laps, we track split times, so if you have a specific goal that we should be aware of, please let us know. Our goals are for you to run safely, perform well, and keep smiling.
  6. Near the end of the race, when there may not be enough time to complete another lap, you may elect to continue and take a wooden marker along with you to mark your spot. A course marshal will record your distance when time expires.

Crew Instructions

  1. There is plenty of space to set-up your crew area. Refer to the site layout.
  2. Need anything? Please stop by to see us at the aid station for food, medical assistance or anything you need.
  3. Volunteer help with timing is always appreciated.

Weather (with apologies to Oregon residents)

Summer does not begin in Oregon until early July. The forecast often changes hourly.  We use this link to track weather –  Wunderground forecast for Eugene.   Be prepared for high temperatures from 60-85, with sun and maybe scattered showers. It will probably reach the mid 40’s overnight, so have some warm clothes for yourself and your crew.  Here are the stats for the 2017 race:

June 17, 2017
Average High: 73°     Average Low:  48°
Record High: 100°    Record Low:  34°
Average Rain: 0.05 in    Record Rain: 0.45 in
Sunrise: 5:29 a.m.    Sunset: 8:58 PM
Civil Twilight: start-4:52 AM    end- 9:35 PM
Moon rise (93% full): 6:23 p.m.    Moonset: 3:57 a.m.

We just aren’t going to mention last year’s downpour. We aren’t.

Food

  1. Race food information is here http://www.bristow24.org/menu.  Our grills are used to prepare meat and eggs.  If this is an issue for you, please let us know by email before race day (od@bristow24.org).
  2. Ask for something and ye shall receive. If not immediately, we’ll have it for you at the end of your next lap.
  3. Dogs must be on a leash anywhere in the aid or timing areas.

Awards

As the sun rises breakfast of burritos, pancakes, eggs, and coffee will be provided to runners, crew, volunteers, and friends.  Crew and friends are welcome to make a donation to support the Eugene to PCT Trail.

Contacts on Race Day

Ed Willson, Cell: 541 566 5066

 

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