Run Through Time Marathon and Hard Half

rtt-2016-logo-smallJoin us for the 12th Annual Run Through Time – March 18, 2017 in beautiful Salida.

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2017 Race Results will be posted on the day of the race • Past Run Through Time Results

The date for the 2017 A Run Through Time is March 18th at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center.

Registration will begin at 6:30 am and the Marathon will start at 8:00 am. The Half Marathon and 2 Mile Fun Run begins at 9:00 am and a free kids run will begin at 10:00 am at Riverside Park.

CCRC members can obtain a $10 discount on the marathon or half marathon by contacting me for a discount code.

Friday night March 17th,  packet pickup will take place at Hub Bub Brewing at 248 W. Hwy 50.  Much of this years proceeds will go to Salida Mountain Trails to help build and maintain the wonderful trails we run on.

For any questions concerning the race, to check on volunteer opportunities or to obtain a discount code please email Jon MacManus at jonsart1@gmail.com.

This winter trail marathon, half marathon and 2-mile fun run is one of Colorado’s premier trail races. It will challenge your fitness and – with spectacular views and elevations over 7000 feet – take your breath away.

This race fills up fast, so register early.

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Course Description

This beautiful, challenging course is run on dirt/jeep roads and narrow, hilly singletrack with fantastic views of Salida and the Arkansas Valley. Elevations range from 7000-9000 feet.

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2017 Run Through Time Marathon

  • 11 miles of narrow hilly single track trail, with the remainder on dirt/jeep roads
  • Approximately 4,750’ of climbing
  • 7 hour time limit
  • 5 aid stations
  • Entry limit: 450

The course has changed. I am using the Salida Mountain Trails Arkansas Hills Trail System maps to chart the course. I am also making three maps for the marathon, Map 1: out-bound, Map 2: out bound and in-bound on the upper course, Map 3: In-bound to reduce confusion. All junctions are marked with a circle and I have mileage points along the way, directions on trails with red arrows for out-bound, blue arrows for in-bound and aid stations with A. There will be four aid stations on the course, two will be accessed twice. Course is well marked and course marshals will be used in key locations but you must pay attention especially at obvious trail junctions. Cutting the course of course, is not allowed. There will be maps on a bulletin board at the SteamPlant to look at but please print these maps if you would like your own.

Our starting line will be on CR177 the road north of the railroad tracks at the base of S Mountain. The first 2.64 miles is marked with green arrows and the course goes northwest along 177 and turn right on County Road to water tank. Turn left at water tank to CR 175, turn left to CR 177 or the road north of the railroad tracks back to starting line and up hill past the Frontside Trailhead. This section of the course is nice packed dirt roads and paved highway with little elevation gain. Take advantage of this to space out before the single track.

The next section of the course is marked with red arrows. Follow the rough and rocky road southeast to the first aid station where Sweet Dreams Single Track begins. Aid station is 3.34 miles into the race. Sweet Dreams is 2.1 miles long and at the junction to Backbone Trail turn left. Backbone goes .91 miles to Sand Dunes Trail crossing and another .84 miles to the aid station or 3.7 miles total between aid stations or about 7.08 miles into the race. Turn right on 173 and follow the steep and rocky road about .5 miles past next aid station. You will not see another aid station for almost 7 miles so stock up.

Red arrows mark the outbound and start at mile 7.65. Follow FS Road 173 which is very steep and rocky to begin with. Expect snow, ice and mud on the north sides and dry dirt road on the south sides. After a series of long sweeping turns the trail tops out and losing and gaining elevation. After a long steep stretch of east facing usually dry road you enter the trees on a ridge before dropping into the north facing timber. You will cross Upper Cottonwood Trail 12.15 miles into the race but continue up FS road 173 to FS road 181. Left on 181 to the turn around aid station about 1 mile.

Blue arrows mark the in-bound course and take you back on Upper Cottonwood Trail. The trail crosses FS 173, 17 miles into the run. Stay on the single track trail which gains elevation before dropping into Cottonwood Gulch. There may be snow and ice at the top of the gulch but it should dry out as you lose elevation. Follow the trail down Cottonwood Gulch to the Unkle Nazty Trail at 20.95 miles into the race.

Turn Right up hill on Unkle Nazty for .17 miles before turning left on Prospector. Prospector gains a ridge then begins dropping and switchbacking into Upper Sand Dunes. At 22.38 or Upper Sand Dunes Trail turn right and begin the last climb of the race to the aid station at 23.12 miles into the race. Back down 173 to the saddle Aid Station and turn left on Lil’ Rattler Trail to the Kiosk at 24.52 miles then down Frontside to the Road. Turn right and cross the railroad tracks at the at grade crossing near a row of old RR sheds and follow the road west to the parking lot. Cross the F Street Bridge and turn left into Riverside Park and down to the river walk. Abruptly turn left and go under the bridge to the boat ramp and the finish line 26.2 miles.

2017 Run Through Time Half-Marathon

The course has changed. I am using the Salida Mountain Trails Arkansas Hills Trail System maps to chart the course. I am also making two maps for the half – marathon, one out-bound and the other in-bound to reduce confusion. All junctions are marked with a circle and I have mileage points along the way, directions on trails with arrows and aid stations with A. There will be three aid stations on the course, one will be accessed twice. Course is well marked and course marshals will be used in key locations but you must pay attention especially at obvious trail junctions. Cutting the course of course, is not allowed. There will be maps on a bulletin board at the SteamPlant to look at but please print these maps if you would like your own.

Our starting line will be near last years start (the map is incorrect). The first 2.64 miles is marked with green arrows and the course goes northwest along 177 and turn right on County Road to water tank. Turn left at water tank to CR 175, turn left to CR 177 or the road north of the railroad tracks back to starting line and up hill past the Frontside Trailhead. This section of the course is nice packed dirt roads and paved highway with little elevation gain. Take advantage of this to space out before the single track.

The next section of the course is marked with red arrows. Follow the rough and rocky road southeast to the first aid station where Sweet Dreams Single Track begins. Aid station is 3.34 miles into the race. Sweet Dreams is 2.1 miles long and at the junction to Backbone Trail turn left. Backbone goes .8 miles to Sand Dunes Trail crossing and another .84 miles to the aid station or 3.7 miles total between aid stations or about 7.08 miles into the race. Turn right on 173 and follow the steep and rocky road about .5 miles past next aid station, turning right on jeep road, Course Marshal should be there 7.65 miles into the race.

Blue arrows mark the return route turn right on a dirt road .1 miles above the aid station, the road soon becomes Pauli trail. .5 miles on narrow single track to Unkle Nazty trail and turn right. Unkle Nazty is rightly named and has 3 or 4 difficult solid rock drops be careful in this section. .57 miles on Unkle Nazty turn left at Prospector Trail junction and go .17 miles to Cottonwood, turn right on cottonwood and go .48 miles to Backbone. Turn right at Backbone, go .8 miles (second time through) to Sand Dunes Trail crossing and and another .84 miles to the aid station only 2 miles left. At the aid station turn left on 173 continue .41 miles to Spiral Drive and the kiosk. Take Frontside Trail 1.21 miles to 177. Stay on main trail until it dumps out onto the road. The end of the race is just like last year go west along 177 ( road north of RR tracks) to at grade crossing near RR shed and follow road south of RR tracks to F Street parking lot. Cross the F Street Bridge and turn left on concrete trail in Riverside Park, turning left again quickly on to trail under the bridge. Follow trail to boat ramp, up the boat ramp to finish line.

Two-mile Fun Run

· Loop on dirt and gravel roads
· 2 milers start and run with the half marathon runners for their first 2 miles
· Open to everyone and there is no entry limit.

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Race Schedule

Saturday, March 18, 2017
6:30am – Packet pickup and fun-run registration,
8:00am – Marathon begins
9:00am – Half marathon and fun-run begin
10:30am – Post-race party begins, Salida Steam Plant
3:00pm – Cutoff for the half marathon finish
3:00pm – Cutoff for the marathon finish
12:00pm – Half marathon awards ceremony
1:30pm – Marathon awards ceremony

There may not be race-day registration

Marathon
Before January 31, 2017 $69.47
Before March 1st., 2017 $74.73
March 1-12th $80.00

Half Marathon
Before January 31, 2017 $53.68
Before February 29, 2017 $58.69
March 1-12th $64.21

2-Mile Fun Run
$11.57 or $10.00 day of the race.

These prices include on line signup fee.

Kids Run for children under 6 Free register day of race.

Alcohol will be available for purchase after the race.

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On-Course Aid and Support

honey-stingerThere will be 5 well-stocked aid stations for the marathon and 3 aid stations for the half marathon. This race will be cupless, so bringing your own bottle to refill at aid stations is imperative. Medical personnel will be available in case of emergency.

Recommended Gear

March in the Rocky Mountains is unpredictable. Be prepared for anything from sunburn to extreme winter conditions. You are likely to encounter rocks, snow, ice and/or mud. Mandatory to carry a water bottle and suggest you carry energy food/fluids and perhaps an extra jacket. Some years we experience wonderful weather conditions, but it is still winter. So COME PREPARED for bad weather.

Sponsors & Key Supporters

Thanks to our local bike shop Absolute Bikes, for help and sponsorship. Look for Absolute Bikes’ volunteers at the high points on the run, and at the marathon aid station – always supporting Run Through Time runners!

Volunteers

If you’re not running but want to take in the excitement of the race from the course, volunteering as an aid station volunteer or course marshal is the perfect way to do that. Volunteers get free entry into the Friday night pasta dinner, a high-quality race shirt, and much appreciation from the race organizers and athletes! To find out more about volunteering, please contact redlandr@gmail.com.

Awards and Divisions

Overall awards to top three men/women in each race and age group awards to top three man/women in each 10 year age group depending on entries in addition to door prizes. The award ceremony will be held at 12pm for the half marathon and 1:30pm for the marathon at the Salida Steam Plant.

Previous Years’ Results and Photos

Important Rules and Considerations

  • Foot travel only
  • Time limits enforced for marathon and half marathon. 3 intermediate time cut-offs at 7 hour pace for marathon. 1 time cut-off at 6 hour finish time pace for half.
  • No dogs or other animals or crews, no spectators on County Road 175, 181 and Forest Service Road 173 portion of course.
  • No littering
  • For safety, to preserve the experience and for fairness, we do not allow crewing or pacing out on the courses
  • Pack it in/pack it out
  • Carry a water bottle, no cups on course
  • Help other runners in need.
  • Obey race officials instructions.

Spectator and Parking Tips

Parking on the downtown streets in Salida is limited to two hours. Please pay attention to parking signs. Overflow parking may be obtained in the parking lot on the west side of Safeway and west of G Street on 1st Street (291).

For safety, to preserve the experience and for fairness, we do not allow crewing or pacing out on the courses. If you want to be out on the course the perfect way to do that is to volunteer to work at an aid station or as a course marshal. We’re always looking for volunteers, and your help is definitely appreciated! To find out more about volunteering, please contact redlandr@gmail.com.

Please do not run out on the course to pace or crew. For the safety of all athletes, we ask that spectators please do not drive up CR 173 and 175 due to the narrow road and blind switchbacks.

Race Contact

For additional questions, email redlandr@gmail.com

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