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Will there be cups at the aid stations?
No, please bring your own cup for use at aid stations; there will be no paper cups available. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but this has worked very well and saved over 4,000 cups from going into the landfill each year. Find a cup now and practice carrying and drinking from it. UltrAspire has a great cup for sale at www.ultraspire.net and REI has options as well.
What if there are last-minute course changes?
Any course changes will be posted here, and announced through social media, and emails, as appropriate.
What will the weather be like?
Race day can be hot and sunny, cool and foggy, rainy, muddy or a combination of ALL of the above! Sunscreen is advisable; so is a light jacket.
Do I need a headlamp?
Yes, it will be pitch dark when you start so you’ll need a headlamp, or just a cheapo flashlight, for the first 90 minutes up the trail, since dawn is not until 6:00-ish. If it’s a cheap light, you can drop it in the cardboard “light box” at Cardiac or Muir Beach and we’ll have the box at the finish then donate whatever isn’t picked up. Do not drop a valuable light into the light box; use a drop bag. (If you left a nice headlamp last year, please e-mail me! I do have about 10 still looking for their owners.)
When can I pick up my bib number?
Bib pick-up is at San Francisco Running Company May 4 – 6, or at check-in on race morning, 4:00 – 4:45 a.m.
What’s the final cutoff?
You have 15 hours and 30 minutes (this is 30 minutes shorter than 2014, due to Park Regulations) to complete the course and must abide by cutoffs enforced by aid station personnel.
What food and drink will be at the aid stations?
Aid stations are stocked with water, Tailwind electrolyte/calorie drink, Coke, cookies, chips, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hummus/tortilla roll-ups, pretzels, salt, bananas and melon. Because of the trash issue, the Park Services no longer allow race management to offer individual gel packets at the start or at aid stations. You can bring your own; we just can’t hand it out.
Is there a waitlist?
Nope. We accept extra runners up front so that everyone has the same opportunity to train, make reservations, get a babysitter, etc. This means that a withdrawal prior to race day does not create a space in the race. It just brings us down closer to our park service permit level. A $75 refund for withdrawal notification is offered until March 7.
What about dropbags?
- One dropbag at Tennessee, one at Randall, one at the Finish.
- No daypacks or coolers can be transported. No valuables or breakables.
- Volunteers will generally get your bag for you.
- Your Bib # and Aid Station Name on each bag.
- Drop bags not picked up race evening will be loaded into the truck at 9:30 p.m. and donated.
- On race morning, bring your bags and place each one where indicated on the porch: TV, Randall, Finish. (TV bags are returned to SBCC by 2:30 p.m.; Randall bags are brought back to SBCC every two hours by crews, with the last bunch returning to the Finish at 8:30 p.m. in the truck.