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Quad Rock 50

Auf Einen Blick

Distanz Ultramarathon

Über Quad Rock 50

Taking place on the trails and hills west of Fort Collins in Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mountain Park, the Quad Rock 50 will take you on a tour of the Fort Collins skyline, situated on the northeastern boundary of Colorado’s mighty Rocky Mountains. Look east from the course’s high ridges and you will see the Great Plains extending as far as the eye can see; look west and you will take in the layered ridgelines and summits of Northern Colorado’s Rocky Mountain swell, dominated 30 miles away by a towering Longs Peak, the undisputed monarch of Colorado’s northern Front Range.

The 25-mile loop will take you to the base of two of the more prominent granite outcroppings atop the West Ridge of the Fort Collins skyline by way of the Mill Creek drainage and the Spring Creek Valley. All told, you will ascend a touch over 5,500 vertical feet on more than 23 miles of premium, gnarled-out singletrack connected by two miles of dirt road. Run the second loop in reverse for a full 50 miles and a net vertical gain in excess of 11,000 feet. Hang around after your run for live music, barbequed goodness, awesome awards, and some mighty tall tales.

Distanzen

50 Mile

  • 80,467km

25 Mile

  • 40,2335km

PRAKTISCHE INFORMATIONEN

Unterkunft

There are a multitude of hotels on Harmony Road between Timberline Road and College Ave that are 20 minutes from the start. Any hotel in the Fort Collins area will be within a 30 minute drive from the start. Camping spots are available at Lory State Park. Camp sites with facilities are available at the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir, approximately 10 miles from the start.

Service nach dem Lauf

Post race food.

Versorgungsstationen

With the exception of the Arthur’s aid station at mile 2 and mile 48.4, all aid stations will be fully stocked and staffed with volunteers. All full service aid stations will stock the following items: Salty snacks: Pretzels, potato chips, corn chips. Fruit: Oranges and Bananas plus additional variety depending on what might be available (watermelon, grapes, etc.). Sweets: Cookies, M&M’s. Soda: Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale. Sandwich Rolls: Flour and Corn tortillas with peanut butter and jelly or turkey and cheese. Aid stations will not provide water cups. All runners are required to carry their own water bottle or hydration pack. Vfuel gel will be provided in bulk containers so please bring your own flask to fill at aid stations. There will be a limited supply of small cups for soda and other drinks, but to help cut down on waste, please carry an extra small bottle or flask if you can.

Auszeichnungen

All finishers will receive a finisher award. There will be awards for both sexes in the following categories: Overall (1st – 3rd), Master (40+), Grandmaster (50+). In the marquee 50-mile race, prizes will be as follows: Overall Awards- 1. Award + $400 + Sponsor Product + free 2017 entry, 2. Award + $200 + Sponsor Product + free 2017 entry, 3. Award + Sponsor Product + free 2017 entry. Course Record Bonus: $100 Course Record + Time Bonus: $200. To win the time bonus, winners must run under 7:30 (men) or 8:45 (women).

Lagerung der Ausrüstung

If you have any specific personal needs, you can leave a drop bag at the Horsetooth Aid Station (Mile 10.6 and 39.8) and the Finish aid station. Drop bags can be left at the start on race morning during check in. Drop bags will not be returned to the start until the Horsetooth aid station shuts down and packs up at the end of the day. If you finish early and need your drop bag before heading home, you are welcome to drive around to the Horsetooth trailhead (about 15 minutes) to pick up your drop bag.

Maximale Zeit

14 hrs

Parken

Parking for runners will be available at the Soldier Canyon Picnic Area of Lory State Park beginning at 4:00 a.m. All runners registered for the race will receive a park pass – good for one vehicle – as part of their entry fee. Any other crew or spectator vehicles will be required to purchase a park entry for $7. Parking spaces adjacent to the Soldier Canyon start/finish area will be given to carpools on a first come – first serve basis. All other vehicles will be directed to park in the Timber trailhead lot and on the east side of the Lodgepole Drive spur road. Lodgepole Drive will be restricted to one-way traffic from south to north. Vehicles will enter on the south end of Lodgepole Drive and will fill in the first available space on the right side of the road. Vehicles will exit on the north end of Lodgepole Drive.

Start:

Soldier Canyon Group Picnic Area

Bellvue,us

SCHWIERIGKEIT

mountain

HIGHLIGHTS

Fort Collins skyline

Rocky Mountains

Great Plains

Longs Peak

ÜBERBLICK

The race will start at the gateway to the Soldier Canyon picnic area. 50 Milers will run the same 25 mile loop in reverse and from the last stop at the Arthur’s trailhead runners will stay on the East Valley trail all the way to the finish area. Runners will follow the road out of the trailhead and head south on the Lodgepole Drive loop and will continue down the main park road to the Arthur’s trailhead.

Take the first left into the Arthur’s horse trailer parking lot and head straight onto the east side of the South Valley loop trail. Immediately after crossing the park border, turn right onto the Nomad trail. At the next junction, take another right onto the Sawmill trail. Continue up Sawmill and take your first left onto the Stout trail, which will roll south to the Towers service road. Turn right on Towers Road (dirt) and continue up the hill until you reach the aid station.

From the Towers Road aid station, turn left onto the Spring Creek trail and follow it all the way down the Spring Creek Valley, making a left, and staying on the Spring Creek trail, at a three-way intersection by the creek at the bottom. Follow Spring Creek for another half mile, after which the main trail will turn into the Horsetooth Falls trail and will take you back to the Horsetooth Trailhead aid station.

From the Horsetooth Trailhead, take the Soderberg service road up to the Horsetooth Rock trail, and turn left, continuing on the foot trail up to the Wathan/Westridge trail junction. Turn right off of the Horsetooth Rock trail onto the Wathan trail and continue straight (stay left) onto the Westridge Trail and follow it north to Towers Road. Take a right on Towers and the aid station will be right around the corner.

From the Towers aid station, take a left on the Mill Creek trail and follow it all the way back to the Arthur’s Trailhead in Lory State Park. Midway down Mill Creek, watch for a sharp left turn at the Loggers junction. Shortly after you enter Lory State Park, the Mill Creek trail will come to a T junction. Take the right onto the Mill Creek Link trail and follow that to the South Valley Trail and the Arthur’s Rock trailhead.

Start up the Arthur’s Rock trail and about 3/4 of a mile up, take a sharp left to connect to the Howard trail. Follow Howard all the way up and around the back side of Arthur’s Rock. Take a sharp left onto the Timber Trail behind the rock. The first part of Timber is a 4WD logging road. About 3/4 mile down the road, take the 90 degree right turn onto the Timber single track trail. Keep left past Well Gulch and follow Timber all the way to the Timber Trailhead on the valley floor. Exit the Timber trailhead and take the short connector trail back to the Soldier Canyon start/finish.


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