Pre-Race Letter #2 – April 21, 2017 (Scroll down to read Pre-Race Letter #1)
Miwok Runners –
Two weeks till showtime! Your bib numbers have been posted on the Miwok 100K website’s entrant page at http://miwok100k.com/site/lottery/ You’ve got your cup, reviewed the course and the rules, set up a carpool, figured out your route to the parking lot.
We have the extremely talented trail race photographer, Glenn Tachiyama, taking photos at Pirates’ Cove, and elsewhere along the course.
Show Glenn your Miwok Mojo!
We’ll be using chip-timing this year and live splits will be uploaded to Ultralive.net as often as possible, given the scant cell coverage along the course.
There will be a flashlight box at Muir Beach for you to drop your morning light in. Pick up your light at the finish when you get your drop bags and goodie bag. Please bring a cheap light and/or put your name on it. If you think you’ll be close to cutoff at Randall, put a light in your Randall drop bag for use coming down the leafy dark Matt Davis Trail to the finish.
Confidence ribbons will be at approximately 1/5-mile intervals. Intersections will be well-marked. Please familiarize yourself with the course map prior to race day.
Slight Course Change:
Redwood Creek Trail is closed due to rain damage. From Cardiac at mile 2.8, runners will drop down Coastal to Heather Cutoff and run the road shoulder to Pelican Inn. Inbound from Muir Beach back to Cardiac, you will turn left from the road shoulder onto Heather Cutoff and climb Coastal to Cardiac. (UTMB/CCC points and WS100 qualifying are not affected by this change.)
In light of a runner death last year at an extreme and remote ultramarathon in Patagonia, the Miwok 100K volunteers and I would like to impress upon you that participating in any trail ultra is a partnership between the race organizers and the race participants. We provide excellent food and fluids, helpful volunteers, course-markings, great goodie bags, permits and other amenities noted on the website. In turn, you must be informed, thoughtful, and take responsibility for your safety throughout the challenging and rewarding journey upon which you’re about to embark; 62 miles is not a stroll in the park!
If you need to drop out, you MUST surrender your bib to the aid station captain where you drop so that we know you are not out on the course. It will cost you a lot if we have to send out Search & Rescue when you are hanging out back in your hotel room without telling us… We’d still love to see you at the finish to collect your goodie bag, dropbags and flashlight, and enjoy the great food and camaraderie!
Crews & DQs:
With almost 200 crews/pacers at Randall Aid Station, patience and politeness are essential. Many crews arrive early to picnic, help the aid station volunteers, and cheer all the runners on. This is great as long as your crew does not block the busy two-lane road when turning around, and parks in a legal location with ALL FOUR TIRES OUTSIDE THE WHITE LINE, off the roadway.
It was crazy out there in 2016 so – Crews: the California Highway Patrol asks me to advise that if you break any traffic laws or are parked over the white line at all, they will ticket you AND we have to disqualify your runner – don’t do that to them at mile 49.2!!!
Please also note that there is NO STOPPING in front of the Fire Station in Stinson Beach to “just quickly let people off.” We love spectators; keep on driving and let them off where you won’t risk blocking emergency personnel even for 10 life-or-death seconds.
There are some great restaurants and a grocery store in Stinson Beach, along with a really fun book and gift store to wander into – Stinson Beach Books. Crews are welcome to bring takeout food over to the finish area.
And there are still tickets available for the Trails In Motion film festival on Thursday, May 4, in San Rafael. Grab one before they’re gone to see some cool movies, enjoy a beverage from Headlands Brewing, and win some great gear from Salomon.
oh yeah…that government shut-down thing… We have to assume it will be averted. Nonetheless, if there is a shut-down, I will post our alternative on the Miwok 100K Trail Race facebook page on May 3, and send another email to all of you. For now, though, let’s figure we’re good to go as planned.
Safe travels; looking forward to seeing you on race day!
Tia Bodington, RD
PRE-RACE LETTER #1
Pre-Race Letter #1- April 10, 2017
One month til Miwok! We’ve had a lot of rain in Marin, but anticipate the sun will shine gently on everyone May 6th. It is time to put the finishing touches on your training, dial in your nutrition and hydration, pack a small drop bag or two, and look at the 2017 cutoffs so you’re clear on pace.
The Shoreline Highway route to the start may not be open by May 6, due to mud slides, so review your driving plans and please allow extra time to get over the mountain via Panoramic Highway. The beach parking lot will open at 3:30 a.m.
This week would be a good time to review the Miwok 100K website miwok100k.com to be sure you understand the course/cutoffs, know the rules and are ready to revel in the beautiful trails and views.
If you’ve got any questions, email me (email@example.com). I’d rather answer your emails now than have you uncertain about something on race day. Our goal is for you to have a fun and successful day on the trails.
Our Shoe/Hydration System sponsor is Salomon, and Tailwind is the on-course electrolyte/calorie drink. We are also pleased to feature Squirrel Nut Butter for chafing issues.
BIB PICKUP OPTIONS:
(1) pre-race at San Francisco Running Company (SFRC)
Weds 5/3 10-6:00 at SFRC’s new store at 115 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo
Thurs 5/4 10-5:00 and Fri 5/5 10-6:00 at SFRC, 247 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
(2) on race morning inside the Community Center, from 4:00 – 4:45 a.m.
Bring your own cup to use at aid stations for Tailwind, Coke and water. This prevents over 4,000 paper cups from going into the landfill.
WE NEED A FEW VOLUNTEERS from crews at the start
We are looking for 3 more volunteers to help with check-in at the Community Center from 3:30 – 4:45 a.m. and 4 volunteers to stop traffic from 4:45 a.m. – 5:05 a.m. at the race start; if one of your crew people would like to pitch in and have extra fun, ask them to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Includes coffee and pastries!
CARPOOL CARPOOL CARPOOL – use the Miwok 100K Trail Race Facebook page to set up carpools to the race. Many crews have space in their cars to deliver a pacer to Randall. Ask around on Facebook, and on race day, to reduce the number of cars at the start and Randall.
There will be five portapotties at the beach parking lot, and eight portapotties near the race start. Each aid station also has toilets.
In addition to the info listed under rules/faq/dq on the website, please observe the following:
(1) No course cutting, including any switchbacks throughout the race.
(2) Coming down Old Springs trail (into Tennessee Valley aid station the second time) you must walk through the stable area from the fallen log all the way to the “OK to run now” sign. (Kids’ riding lessons are Saturdays and our permission to use Tennessee Valley rests on everyone walking through the stable/corral areas.) No crews allowed in stable area.
(3) No outside aid except at “Crew OK” aid stations: Tennessee Valley, Muir Beach and Randall. You are responsible for your crew’s and pacer’s behavior.
(4) No littering (yeah, you already knew that!), including violating the park services’ “no poop in the woods” policy. Use the portables at the start and each aid station.
(5) Daypacks and coolers will not be accepted as TV or Randall dropbags and will not be transported out to aid stations. They are ok to use as Finish Area dropbags.
(6) Everyone must obey any directives from Law Enforcement, Park Officials, Road Crossing Monitors, Aid Station Captains and the Race Director.
(7) No dogs at aid stations or the start/finish area.
(8) Pacers must sign a waiver before leaving Randall with their runner.
(9) No stopping in front of the Fire Station at Highway 1/Belvedere to drop off runners or DNFs. Drive down to the park to let people out.
(10) Be nice to everybody and thank the volunteers.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on race day, and putting a medal around your neck at the finish line!
Tia Bodington, RD