50 MILE START: 6:00 a.m. SATURDAY
PACKET PICK-UP Friday 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED in order to avoid the rush on race morning. 50 Mile packet pick-up will also be available at Spooner Lake Nevada State Park on Race Morning between 4:00 a.m. and 5:45 a.m.
RACE MORNING Passenger coaches will transport all participants from the host hotels in Carson City to the event start on race day. The coaches will have two departing times:
- START LINE BUSES: 4:15 am and 4:30 am
Shuttle vans are available post-event to transport runners back to the host hotels.
NO DOWNGRADES ON RACE DAY
There will be no change of distance during the race (i.e., an individual registered to run the 50M course MAY NOT downgrade to the 55K course once the event has started). Any runners who do not complete the entire distance for which they are registered will be disqualified and listed as DNF (Did Not Finish).
Finish line cutoff for the 50-mile event is 11:00 pm on Saturday night (17 hours). Runners finishing after 11:00 pm will receive a finishers award but will be listed as an “unofficial finisher” on the official results submitted to Ultra Signup and UTMB.
DROP BAG INFORMATION
50-MILE RUNNER DROP BAGS: Drop bags are allowed at Hobart, Tunnel Creek and Diamond Peak for 50M runners. Drop bags for Hobart Aid Station are due at the drop off point at Packet Pick-up no later than 3:00 pm on Friday. Tunnel Creek and Diamond Peak Drop Bags may be dropped off on Friday at Packet Pick-up or Saturday morning, although it is recommended that they be dropped off on Friday. All Finish Line drop bags should be taken to the Ultra Lounge area on race morning.
DROP BAG RETURN: Please be aware that drop bags will not be returned until Sunday at approximately 10:00 am from Diamond Peak and approximately 3:00 pm from Tunnel Creek. Any unclaimed 50M drop bags will also be available at the 100 Mile Event awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Plan accordingly.
Finish Drop Bag retrieval will be available near the Finish Line/Ultra Lounge for runners who wish to leave drop bags before the race with plans to collect them once finished. All other drop bags will be delivered to the upper parking lot at the Spooner Lake State Park, except Stonehenge dropbags will be left at Stonehenge.
Runners are solely responsible for collecting their drop bags. ALL UNCLAIMED DROP BAGS REMAINING AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE AWARDS CEREMONY WILL BE DISPOSED OF AT THE DISCRETION OF RACE MANAGEMENT. The Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs is not responsible for mailing or shipping any unclaimed drop bags. DROP BAG SPECIFICATIONS:
- NO larger than 10″wide X 8″tall X 20″ long and less than 20 pounds.
- Make sure drop bags are made of a durable material, no paper or cardboard containers.
- You are limited to one drop bag per aid station.
- Pacers are not allowed drop bags.
- NO ICE CHESTS OR COOLERS.
- ALL DROP BAGS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELED WITH NAME, BIB NUMBER AND DESIRED AID STATION.
- DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR DROP BAGS. RACE MANAGEMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED CONTENTS.
- DO NOT leave perishable items or glass bottles in your drop bags.
- Nighttime temperatures along the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs can drop into the low 30’s, even in July. Exposed ridge top sections commonly experience strong winds, even at night. You are strongly encouraged to leave warm clothing and an extra flashlight and batteries at the aid station you plan to visit at night. Onset of Hypothermia is one of the leading causes of drops at night!
50-MILER PACERS: Pacers are allowed beginning at the Diamond Peak aid station for the 50-Mile event. This is the first (and only) aid station accessible by car. It’s roughly at the “half-way” point (mile 30) of the 50-Miler.
Looking for a PACER? Or want to PACE a RUNNER? We have a new place for you to connect! Check out our PACER FORUM page. Be sure to note that you are a 50 Mile Participant.
PACER INFORMATION: Pacers are allowed solely as a safety consideration for fatigued runners in the remote and rugged back country areas of the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs. Absolutely no physical or mechanical aid may be given by the pacer to assist the runner over difficult sections of the trail (except in medical emergencies), and no food, fluids or supplies of any kind may be carried for the runner (no muling). 100-Mile pacers are allowed beginning at the 50-mile aid station (near the start/finish line) and at the second Diamond Peak aid station visit (80-miles). Both aid stations are accessible by car. Runners may only have one safety runner at a time. Tunnel Creek does not have vehicle access. Aid station personnel will make no arrangements to transport pacers or crew.
No competitor who is not actually taking part in the competition shall accompany any competitor during the competition nor shall any competitor be permitted to receive aid or refreshment from anyone during the progress of the competition except within 100 meters on either side of the fully stocked aid stations. Pacers must check in at Diamond Peak Aid Station and will be issued a pacer bib number and are required to sign an event waiver. Pacers can also sign the waiver and pick up a bib at packet pickup on Friday. This will help us make sure they are readily identifiable by our aid station staff, make sure we have enough food and beverage on the course for everyone and account for their safety in the same manner as our registered runners. Pacers should be self-sufficient, as they do not pay an entry fee.
AID STATION STAPLES:
All aid stations feature:
- First Endurance EFS electrolyte replacement drink. This is a high quality drink and you can read more about it here: https://firstendurance.com/nutrition/efs-drink.html
- A variety of Honey Stinger Gels, Waffles and Chews
- S Caps
Our aid stations among the best stocked aid stations you will experience. During the daytime hours of the race the usual ultra-race fair with salty snacks and PB& J made with gluten free bread. Once the sun goes down the kitchens open and provide full hot meals and breakfast items in the early morning hours. Every aid station (except Bull Wheel and Spooner Summit, these are fluid-only type stops) will have at least one vegan option.
THE START at Spooner Lake follows the North Canyon Road for approximately 1 mile before it veers left onto the Marlette Lake Trail. The Marlette Lake Trail meanders through conifers and Aspen groves as it climbs approximately 1,500 feet before descending about ½ mile to the shore of tranquil Marlette Lake.
Upon reaching Marlette Lake (7823 feet) veer right and continue to climb on dirt roads and connecting onto the Tahoe Rim Trail. After about a ½ mile you will come to the Hobart A/S at 8120 feet, 6 miles into the race. (At this point in the race, trekking poles are allowed). Get ready for a trail running party at this aid station. Famous for great food, smoothies and a walk up bar.
After leaving the Hobart A/S the Tahoe Rim Trail climbs past Marlette Peak (photo Opp) and Harlan Peak before descending on an awesome single track to the Tunnel Creek A/S 11 miles into the race. Tunnel Creek A/S will be your home base during this race. As a 50 mile runner you will come to this aid station 3 times. It is a perfect place for a drop bag for your night time clothing, headlamps, extra hydration sources. (If you arrive here after 5:30pm you should have a headlamp to complete this race!) This is a huge aid station with an amazing array of food choices, a medical staff and medical tent.
Pay attention to the directions from the aid station staff at this aid station. There are three directions you will come and go from this aid station! It is your responsibility to be familiar with the course instructions. Be sure you know where to go.
Departing from Tunnel Creek A/S you go right and down the hill (1000 feet) starting the 6.3-mile loop to the Red House A/S and back. After a long, steep descent to the bottom of Red House Loop, the next climb begins toward Red House A/S. This is a wacky aid station and you never know what you will see when you cross the creek, but I guarantee they will take good care of you. Leaving the aid station you will be on a single track flume trail leading you back uphill towards Tunnel Creek A/S. There is one intersection that will be very well marked pointing you left, uphill, back to Tunnel Creek A/S. (If you find yourself descending after Red House A/S you are going the wrong way). There is a significant sandy climb near the top of the loop. (This loop is considered by most as the “glimpse of hell” part of the course.)
Upon returning to the Tunnel Creek A/S the 50M/100M course will travel approximately 6-miles north along single track section of the Tahoe Rim Trail. This section is mostly rolling with breath-taking views of both Lake Tahoe and the Washoe Valley. The Bull Wheel A/S is a small water stop 3 miles from Tunnel Creek. DO NOT LEAVE THIS AID STATION WITHOUT A FULL HYDRATION PACK OR BOTTLES! You have about 8 miles before arriving at the Diamond Peak A/S. Many runners run out of fluids on this section. **I highly recommend using at least three hand bottles or a full hydration pack for this section of the course.
At the Incline Creek trail junction the course makes a sharp left turn and drops down towards Incline Village, offering spectacular views of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. This section of the course will provide views of Lake Tahoe not many but locals have seen. The Incline Creek trail will plunge down the mountain for approximately four miles and a loss of 2,000 feet of elevation, following the creek with many dives including twists and turns. As the trail flattens out towards the bottom you will come into the Tyrolean Village area directly behind homes. Once you come to the to the Diamond Peak Lodge parking lot area, proceed to the lodge where the aid station will be. (There is a 4:30 pm (10.5 hr) cut-off here.) This is the Diamond Peak 30 Mile A/S, a great aid station with many food options, indoor bathrooms, and the only spot to meet your crew. It is imperative that your crew members only park in designated parking spots and not clog the roadway. During the event the race is accountable for keeping the roadway accessible by residents of Tyrolean Village and the Fire Department! Crews that do not adhere to this will result in their runner being DQ’d from the race. Yes, it IS that important!
From there the course will follow the dirt service road up the ski run and onto Crystal Ridge. Then up and over the top of Diamond Peak resort at 8540 ft for a 1700 foot climb in just under 2 miles. This climb is steep! Take your time, it will not make or break your race. Stop and catch your breath and turn around for the most spectacular view of Lake Tahoe you will see on the entire course. When you reach the top of the ski lift (bull wheel), a sharp right hand turn will drop you down to the Bull Wheel A/S (water and typical aid station fair only. No hot food and no ice) turn right onto the Tahoe Rim Trail. The course then returns to the Tunnel Creek A/S 3 miles south for the third time.
From the Tunnel Creek A/S, the course will follow the Tahoe Rim Trail south (straight through the A/S) back towards the Hobart A/S. During the daytime this 5 mile section will be hot. Leaving the Hobart A/S you will come to a flat road intersection. You cross the road and veer left continuing on the Tahoe Rim Trail. If you get on a dirt road here you are going the wrong way! You will be on TRT for three spectacular miles climbing 1000 feet to the Snow Valley Peak A/S. This A/S is famous for the special care you receive from the Boy Scout Troop. These are not kids, but young men earning their way to be Eagle Scouts and they really run a top notch aid station.
Leaving the Snow Valley Peak A/S you will continue along the Tahoe Rim Trail about 5.5 miles before reaching the Spooner Summit Trailhead A/S. This part of the course winds around many turns but there is nowhere to get off the trail, just keep descending for what will seem like a very long way. The Spooner Summit Trailhead A/S is manned by a Cub Scout troop and is a water and electrolite fluids stop only. You sweep around a corner at the aid station connecting with the Spooner Lake trail for the final 1.7 miles to the finish area along a beautiful aspen grove and the shores of Spooner Lake.
Upon leaving the single track trail and popping onto a dirt road you will make a right turn onto a single track trail that will lead you to the finishers chute. There is a time limit of 17:00 hrs (11:00 pm).
Keep in mind this course averages about 8,000 feet of elevation. It will get cold at night no matter how warm it gets during the day. Also the air is very dry, normally less than 10% humidity. Follow the best guidelines from the Medicine and Science and Ultra-Endurance Sports group and drink to thirst. Also make sure to have layers to ward off the cold at night.
Congratulations on a great accomplishment!