We are fortunate enough to still hold our event. However, there will be changes to ensure we can race as safely and responsibility as possible. We have been working with our local health officials and clinic to develop a covid plan. As pandemics are rather dynamic events, this is subject to change. As of now this is our plan:
All 100 mile racers will require a negative covid test within 72 hours of race start (after Tuesday March 9th) to race. Antibody tests will not be accepted. Tests must be an Antigen or PCR test. If you are more than two weeks post the second vaccination this will work as well. If you have previously had Covid you will still require a test to race. We strongly recommend getting a test before coming to Pinedale as our little town has limited resources. We understand this may not be possible for those traveling. If this is the case please let us know. We will likely require this of course volunteers as well. If you are unwilling to have a covid test we will refund your entry up until 1-14-21.
Obviously if you are symptomatic you should not race. If anyone comes down with symptoms or has an exposure right before the race we are happy to roll your entry to next year up to race day. Union pass will be there next year.
This does not guarantee there is no covid on our course, so regular precautions will still be in place. Anyone in an aid station will be required to wear a mask/face covering. All of our food will also be pre-packaged and/or vacuum packed meals. We will announce specific meals at a later date. There will be hot water available.
We ask this year that you be mindful of your “entourage.” Last year we had many friends and family of racers in Kendall Valley Lodge watching race progress and waiting for racers to finish. We ask that you avoid this this year. The lodge will be open to business, but will be subject to local state mandates. Come in and enjoy a meal, but please do not linger. Friends and family are more than welcome to wait outside.
Post Race, please have a place to go. Racers will not be allowed to sleep in the lodge as they did last year. We will take one duffle bag per racer from the start to the lodge. You may put up a tent and sleep outside if necessary. For those traveling solo, we can get you back to the start line (about 1/4 mile from the lodge).
Also new this year we will allow a drop bag. Each racer will be allowed one drop bag at the Strawberry aid station (mile 25 and 83). Bags will be outside and will freeze. We recommend something waterproof. Bags should be no larger than a 10 L dry bag. Mandatory gear is mandatory through the entire race. This bag meant to promote self sufficiently and is primarily for food and a dry layer. We will likely not allow this in 2022.
Please review our mandatory gear list. Although we often don’t plan on using emergency gear, multiple racers used it last year. Be prepared to melt snow and bivy outside. If you use a SOL bivy and you are bivying in a whiteout, be prepared for snow to blow inside!
Mandatory prerace meeting will be at 5:30 pm on Thursday March 11. Location TBA. Mandatory gear check will be on Thursday afternoon. We will send out details closer to the race.
Kendall Valley Lodge is booked Saturday night, but has a couple rooms Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights. Wake up 1/4 mile from the start line. They also have great omelets.
We need them. If anyone knows anyone please have them email email@example.com or sign up on Ultrasignup.
If any vetran racers have race reports they are willing to share please email us and we will post them on Facebook.
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