I hope you're all getting excited for this weekend's race! The weather is looking like there's a 50% chance of rain and it'll be chilly in the morning hopefully the rainshadow will keep the moisture away!
If you haven't been to the website in the last couple weeks you probably don't know about the most recent changes-- the 50k gets an extra aid station and the 25k is now much closer to being actually 25k(now about 15.4 miles). All the info is on the blogsite including new cutoff times, course descriptions, maps, and profiles-- if none of this looks different from earlier in the summer try hitting the refresh button on your browser. If you're going to have crew follwing you around be sure they check out the new aid station driving directions(the first two aid stations are on marginal forest service roads and so the driver should be prepared for real mountain driving) and please remind them to shut the road gates after they go through them to keep out the general public.
I also want to remind you all to either bring your northwest forest pass or $5 bucks(exact change or check please) to buy a day pass for parking at the start--i wouldn't want anyone to get a ticket!
also don't forget it's a long drive (30mins) from the exit on I-90 so be sure to leave plenty of time to get to the start and pick up your packet. check-in starts at 6am and it would be great if everyone was checked-in no later than 7:45. so please plan accordingly. if you're not an early riser there is camping at the start/finish and there will be a bunch of us there hanging out the nite before.
and there is an early start for the 50k runners who are worried about not making the new 9 hour cutoff-- i think times could be 30 to 60 minutes slower than previous years due to the additional 2000ft of elevation gain and possibly more technical trail. the early start at 7am would give runers 10 hours to make it to the finishline in time (5pm) to get an official finsih.
oh and i think this is the last note. you can have drop bags at the last three aid stations: aid #2 (mile 12.6), aid #3 (mi20.1) and aid #4 (mi24.6). The aid stations will have water, nuun, gu, cookies, chips, potatos, salt, m&ms, payday bars, fruit, pb&j, and maybe some other stuff. the aid stations will also have wet wipes, tp, vaseline, and duct tape.
Thanks again and see you soon!
ps i'm leaving for cle elum this afternoon and will probably be out of cell service most of the time between now and race time. i should be able to check my email and voice messages occasionally but don't expect a quick response.