Marin Ultra Challenge

WHEN: Saturday – March 12, 2016
WHERE: Marin Headlands, GGNRA
Rodeo Beach
End of Mitchell Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
COST: 50 Mile: $125 / 50K: $85 / 25K: $60
CONTACT: Inside Trail Racing
events@insidetrail.com
(415) 320-6220
 

Congratulations Marin Ultra Challenge runners!

Results and photos are now available.


Info


Marin Ultra Challenge LogoThe Marin Ultra Challenge, our premier Marin County long distance trail race, delivers ample hills and sweeping descents. March 12th marks the 5th edition of this tour of some of Marin’s best trails. Meticulous effort went into the design of each course for the MUC; all three distances are physically demanding (the 50 Mile has just about 11,000 feet of elevation gain) and exceptionally beautiful. The journey begins underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, then traverses the Marin Headlands, Stinson-facing Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods, exhibiting a range of terrain, from exposed fire-roads with incredible coastal and inland views to tight, technical single-track with redwood canopies. There is very little trail overlap, and Jim Vernon, from The Endurables and Hydrapak, spent hours and weekends developing these spectacular custom courses–we are super excited to show it off. You’ll quickly realize why Marin County has become a trail runner’s destination.

Since this is one of our favorite and most challenging events, we are offering a good little chunk of prize money in the 50 mile race. Male/Female 1st-$400, 2nd-$225, 3rd-$125. In addition, we will have special awards for the 50K distance and each age group. Don’t miss this grand tour of the ultra-running mecca, Marin County, California.

The Marin Ultra Challenge 25K is the first race of the 2016 La Sportiva Mountain Cup. This year’s Mountain Cup is bigger and better than ever, which means the MUC 25K will be amongst the most competitive trail races in Northern California. The 25K will have a total prize purse of $3,000, with $1000 going to the male and female winners, $350 to second overall, and $150 to third overall. We’ll also be raffling off a ton of goodies at the race, including gifts from La Sportiva, Farm to Feet, and Petzl.

Location: Marin Headlands, GGNRA & Mt. Tamalpais State Park

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Events: 25K, 50K & 50 Mile

Check-In & Bib Pickup:

      Early Pickup
Fri., March 11
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
San Francisco Running Company
247 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 450-7031
Directions
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      Race Morning
Sat., March 12
5:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Rodeo Beach
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
     
Start Times: 50 Mile 6:00 AM
50K 6:00 AM
25K 8:30 AM

Time Limit: There is a 14.5 hour time limit for the 50 Mile race.

Parking: Runner parking is prohibited at Rodeo Beach. Free parking is available in a number of lots nearby within the GGNRA. Primary parking will be available at the Annex lot near the Marine Mammal Center (.4 miles away from the Start/Finish). Overflow parking is available within the Smith Road parking lot, across from the Presidio Riding Club (1.25 miles from the Start/Finish). We will have shuttles running all day long for those of you who don’t want to add extra miles to your legs. .

Remote parking area map:
MUC - Parking Areas - Flattened

Race Capacity: The Marin Ultra Challenge will have a capacity of 500 runners, across all distances.

Weather Forecast for the Marin Headlands:

Partly Cloudy
Monday
Partly Cloudy
High 66°/Low 50°
0%
Overcast
Tuesday
Overcast
High 72°/Low 51°
20%
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
High 64°/Low 50°
20%
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
Partly Cloudy
High 64°/Low 49°
20%

 

ITR Refund Policy:
Entry fees to our trail runs are non-refundable. With advanced notice, we are happy to transfer part of your entry fee–75% up to two weeks of the event; 50% from 2 weeks; non-refundable 1 week prior to the event–to a future ITR event. Only registered runners can participate, and you cannot exchange your entry with another runner.

Awards & Shirts


Awards

Overall winners of each race distance will receive a custom MUC award from Elevation Culture.

The top 3, male and female, finishers in the 50 Mile event will receive a pair of La Sportiva Mountain Running shoes as well as the following cash awards:
     ● 1st – $400
     ● 2nd – $225
     ● 3rd – $125

The top 3, male and female, finishers in the 50K event will receive a pair of La Sportiva Mountain Running shoes.

The top 3, male and female, finishers in the 25K event will receive a pair of La Sportiva Mountain Running shoes as well as the following cash awards:
     ● 1st – $1000
     ● 2nd – $350
     ● 3rd – $150

All ultra-marathon distance finishers will receive a medal and a custom printed Pint Glass with the race logo.

All other finishers will receive a custom medal with the race logo.

The Dead Last Finisher (DLF) in each even will receive a custom award.

Age-group medals (3 deep) will be awarded in the following categories, for both males and females:
     ● 12 and under
     ● 13 – 19
     ● 20 – 29
     ● 30 – 39
     ● 40 – 49
     ● 50 – 59
     ● 60 – 69
     ● 70 and over


 

Shirts

All registered runners will receive a Greenlayer Sports Evolution technical fabric shirt. Your favorite training tee has been updated for the new season. Made from super soft moisture-wicking fabric, the Evolution Short Sleeve Tee offers the perfect blend of performance, fit and design at an exceptional price point. The Greenlayer logo is featured in a color popping contrast color on the left sleeve.

Fabric: 150g 50% recycled polyester 50% polyester

To be guaranteed your shirt size, you must register by February 28, 2016.

50 Mile/50K


Starting just steps away from historic Fort Cronkhite, runners may fill their lungs with fresh salt air before embarking on a journey through some of the best trails the Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais has to offer, including the beautiful views of Coastal Trail, the inland buffed single track of the Miwok, descend on the famous Dipsea Trail and tackle one of the toughest climbs around – Willow Camp. You’ll travel along the coast, by Pirate’s Cove, to Muir Beach. Fron there you will cross over to Mt. Tam, climbing to the top of Cardiac Hill then scream down the Dipsea to Stinson Beach. Depart Stinson Beach with the 1,800′ of vertical gain in 1.8 miles on Willow Camp and traverse Mt. Tam along the single-track Coastal Trail, back to the top of Cardiac. Enjoy the tall trees as you pass through Muir Woods, before you climb back into the Headlands on Miwok to the killer downhill of Dias Ridge back to Muir Beach. From there, you’ll quietly pass through the Zen center and up the incredible new Middle Green Gulch hill. Your journey will ultimately end with amazing vistas of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from the SCA and Coastal trails… all the way back to the finish at Rodeo Beach.

Course Map

Course design by Jim Vernon/The Endurables.

Miles 1 – 15 & Miles 39 – 50 / GGNRA

Miles 15 – 39 / Mt. Tamalpais State Park

All courses are subject to change if the weather or park service demands it.

50 Mile – Turn by Turn Directions | 50 Mile – Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs

50K – Turn by Turn Directions | 50K – Aid Station Distances and Cutoffs

Sunrise for Sausalito, CA: 6:25 AM
Sunset for Sausalito, CA: 6:15 PM

Drop Bags and Headlamps
With the sunrise on March 12 being at 6:25 AM, all runners should start the 50 Mile and 50K races with a headlamp. Headlamps can be left at any aid station after they are no longer needed, and will be delivered to the S/F area by 10:00 AM. Any runner who expects to be running beyond 6:30 PM should also plan on having a headlamp in one of their drop bags.

Drop bags will be available at 2 different aid stations (which the 50 Mile will pass a total of 4 times):
1) Tennessee Valley AS: Mile 9.6
2) Cardiac AS: Mile 18.7
3) Cardiac AS: Mile 28.2
4) Tennessee Valley AS: Mile 44.4

All drop bags must be left at the designated spot near the Finish line by 5:45 AM.

Crew/Pacer Information
Runner crew is able to reach every aid station.

Pacers may join runners on their second pass through Cardiac Aid Station, mile 28.2.

Elevation Charts

Aid Station Supplies

At Inside Trail Racing aid stations it’s like an all you can eat buffet, but this is a race, so don’t linger too long. Expect to find variety at all of our aid stations, including a plethora of Gu Energy products (gels and energy chews) and all natural bars from Larabar, as well as sweet and salty offerings like trail mix, pretzels, potato chips, Oreo cookies, Pop Tarts, boiled potatoes with salt, Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, PB&J sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, salt tablets… you get the idea. There will also be general first aid items but no anti-inflammatory medicine. As distances between aid station vary, we strongly encourage all runners to carry at least one 20oz bottle during their run.

Tailwind is mixed so that it contains 180 – 200 calories per 20 fluid ounces.

25K


Course Map

All courses are subject to change if the weather or park service demands it.

25K – Turn by Turn Directions

25K – Aid Station Distances and Timing

Elevation Charts

Aid Station Supplies

At Inside Trail Racing aid stations it’s like an all you can eat buffet, but this is a race, so don’t linger too long. Expect to find variety at all of our aid stations, including a plethora of Gu Energy products (gels and energy chews) and all natural bars from Larabar, as well as sweet and salty offerings like trail mix, pretzels, potato chips, Oreo cookies, Pop Tarts, boiled potatoes with salt, Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, PB&J sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, salt tablets… you get the idea. There will also be general first aid items but no anti-inflammatory medicine. As distances between aid station vary, we strongly encourage all runners to carry at least one 20oz bottle during their run.

Tailwind is mixed so that it contains 180 – 200 calories per 20 fluid ounces.

Results



Course Records

Distance Name Age Year Time
50 Mile – Male Ryan Neely 26 2016 6:39:38
50 Mile – Female Kimberly O’Donnell 26 2016 8:23:12
50K – Male Ryan Neely 23 2013 3:52:47
50K – Female Emily Richards 35 2015 4:15:36
25K – Male Galen Burrell 33 2015 1:39:40
25K – Female Tyler Stewart 36 2015 2:02:02
 

Results

Marin Ultra Challenge | March 12, 2016

25K Overall
50K Overall
50 Mile Overall
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Marin Ultra Challenge | March 14, 2015

50 Mile Overall
50K Overall
25K Overall
 
 

 

Marin Ultra Challenge | March 15, 2014

50 Mile Overall
50K Overall
35K Overall
Half Marathon Overall
50 Mile Age Group
50K Age Group
35K Age Group
Half Marathon Age Group
 

 
Marin Ultra Challenge | June 22, 2013

50K Overall
50 Mile Overall
50K Age Group
50 Mile Age Group
 

 
Marin Ultra Challenge | June 30, 2012

50K Overall
50 Mile Overall

50K Age Group
50 Mile Age Group

Photos



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