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2016 Continental Divide Trail Run

New in 2016 we've added a 50K race to the Continental Divide Trail Run!

Distances: 50K and 16M trail run. Both distances are challenging and not beginner trail races. The 50K will have an 8 hour cut-off and the 16M will have a 5.5 hour cut-off. 

Race Date/Time: Saturday August 20, 2016.  50K starts at 6:00 am and 16M starts at 8:00 am. Both events begin at the Fish Creek Falls parking area at the top of Fish Creek Falls Rd. and end at the top of the gondola at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Race Registration:

  • 50K - $75 before 5/1/16 and $90 on or after 5/1/16
  • 16M - $45 race entry or $25 No-frills race entry
  • Pre-register online only.  There is NO race-day registration for either event.
  • Online registration for both races closes at 8:00 pm on Thursday August 18, 2016
  • Both races are capped at 120 runners
  • NO REFUNDS - please don't ask us and put us in an awkward position, thank you!
  • Register early to ensure an entry gift and please remember that post-race food is for runners and volunteers only.

Packet Pick-up: Friday August 19th, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at BAP on Oak Street (between 7th and 8th Street) in Downtown Steamboat Springs.  Please do not call BAP with any packet pick-up or registration questions, instead please email the race directors (contact info below).

Cut-offs: The 16M race has over 4,500 ft. of elevation gain, with the high point on the course at 10,420 ft. Rough estimates for the 50K are 6,000 ft. of elevation gain, with much of the distance covered at or above 10,000 ft. The safety of our runners is our number one concern. Due to the popularity of this race and the remoteness on parts of the trail system, we have in the past enforced a strict 4 hour cut-off rule for the 16M race.  This year we can extend that cutoff to 5.5 hours since we have an added longer race. The 50K cut-off time will be 8 hours. This ensures that everyone can download on the gondola and our race support teams are not out on the course all day. In other words be prepared to enjoy these beautiful trails. We will also be enacting aid station specific cut-offs for the 50K and will publish that information closer to the event.

Special Considerations: In an effort to put on a more sustainable trail running race, we have eliminated all cups from both race courses. Be prepared to carry your own water on the course and to refill your device at the aid stations.

What you Receive for your Entry: Entry gift (N/A for 16M no-frills entry), post-race food, prizes for top 3 male/female in each race and a post-race raffle drawing for schwag.

Friends and Family: Please be aware that any friends and family that would like to be at the finish will have to hike, bike or pay to ride the Gondola to the race finish at the top of the gondola.

Pets: Leashed dogs are welcome on the 16M course only.  Please be courteous at the start when the field is in close proximity on narrow single track.

Weather Policy: We have updated our weather policy to include the monsoons of 2014.  Therefore, we will run in rain or shine or snow but we will not run on the trails when conditions threaten the safety of our runners and/or when the runner's feet threaten the delicate trail system that we operate on.  Decisions to cancel the race will never be taken lightly and will only be a last resort.

Race Directors: Alex Pashley - Alex_pashley@vfc.com and Todd Givnish - Todd_givnish@vfc.com

 


 

50K Race Specific Information:

Distance: 50K (30 miles or 48.3K, but 50K has a much nicer ring to it)

Race Date/Time: Saturday August 20, 2016 / Prompt 6:00 am start

Location: Race starts at the Fish Creek Falls Parking Area at the top of Fish Creek Falls Road and ends at the top of the Gondola at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Shuttle to Fish Creek for Race Start

  • 5:15 am sharp departure at the Knoll Parking Lot on Mt. Werner Circle
  • The shuttle will take you to the start (Fish Creek Falls parking lot).
  • The race finishes at the top of the Gondola and all runners can download the Gondola to the base for free.  Then it's just a short walk back to your car.
  • There will be a clothing drop at the start that will be transported to the top of the Gondola for you.
  • You can also get dropped off at the Fish Creek start by your family or leave your car there ($5 fee to park for the day).
Course Map
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Course Description
  • This trail race beings at the beautiful Fish Creek Falls parking lot at the top of Fish Creek Falls Rd.
  • From here runners will follow the Fish Creek Falls trail to the first aid station at East end of Long Lake (aid station #1)
  • From Long Lake, the course continues on the Fish Creek Falls Trail to the "4-way" intersection with Trail 1101 (Wyoming Trail/Continental Divide Trail).
  • At the "4-way" head North on Trail 1101 to Summit Lake parking lot (aid station #2).
  • From Summit Lake parking lot, head South on FR #340, to Long Lake (aid station #3).
  • Short descent on Fish Creek Falls trail to the left turn onto the Mountain View Trail.
  • Runners will then cross the Mountain View Trail ending up at the summit of Mt. Werner (and the Steamboat Ski Area - aid station #4).
  • Next you will follow Pete's Wicked Trail, Cathy's Cutoff, Sunshine and Chisolm trail (dirt road) down to the top of the Gondola.
  • After a post-race prize drawing, runners can take the gondola down for free.
  • Total distance on this course is 30 miles and it is 85%+ on single track, <15% USFS dirt roads and 0% pavement!
  • The course climbs a total of 6,300 ft. with much of that in the first 6 miles and descends 4,200 ft.

Aid Stations

  • There will be NO cups at these four aid stations!
  • You must bring and be prepared to carry your own water bottle and/or hydration pack.
  • Runners must carry their own hydration device for water and should carry some Honey Stinger (which will be provided at the race start) or other type of energy food.
  • Please consider carrying a light shell in case the weather changes throughout the day.  
  • We will have water & Tailwind at the aid stations to refill your device.
  • Food will be provided at the aid stations, however if you have very specific needs, please plan on bringing those items with you.

 


 

16M Race Specific Information:

Distance: 16M (In 2016 we have added 0.5M to the course raising the distance from 15.5 to 16M)

Race Date/Time: Saturday August 20, 2016 / Prompt 8:00 am start 

Location: Race starts at the Fish Creek Falls Parking Area at the top of Fish Creek Falls Road and ends at the top of the Gondola at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Shuttle to Fish Creek for Race Start

  • 7:00 am sharp departure at the Knoll Parking Lot on Mt. Werner Circle
  • The shuttle will take you to the start (Fish Creek Falls parking lot).
  • The race finishes at the top of the Gondola and all runners can download the Gondola to the base for free.  Then it's just a short walk back to your car.
  • There will be a clothing drop at the start that will be transported to the top of the Gondola for you.
  • You can also get dropped off at the Fish Creek Start by your family or leave your car there ($5 fee to park for the day).
Course Map
Course Description
  • This trail race beings at the beautiful Fish Creek Falls parking lot at the top of Fish Creek Falls Rd.
  • From here runners will follow the Fish Creek Falls trail to the first aid station at the East end of Long Lake (aid station #1)
  • Runners will turn around and run back on the Fish Creek Falls trail to the left turn onto the Mountain View Trail.
  • Continue on the Mountain View Trail ending up at the summit of Mt. Werner (and the Steamboat Ski Area - aid station #2).
  • Next you will follow Pete's Wicked Trail, Cathy's Cutoff, Sunshine and Chisolm trail (dirt road) down to the top of the Gondola.  This proposed addition of single track trail as opposed to running down Storm Peak Challenge (dirt road) as in years past, will increase the distance on this event from 15.0M to just under 16 miles (15.82M exactly).
  • After a post-race prize drawing, runners can take the gondola down for free.
  • Total distance on this course is 16 miles and it is 90%+ on single track, <10% USFS dirt roads and 0% pavement!
  • The course climbs a total of 4,800 ft. with much of that in the first 6 miles and descends 3,200 ft.

Aid Stations

  • Aid Station 1 - Long Lake (9,850 ft. and 6.1 miles)
  • Aid Station 2 - Mt. Werner (10,360 ft. and 12.6 miles)
  • Finish Line - Top of the Steamboat Ski Area gondola (9,061 ft. and 16.0 miles)
  • There will be NO cups at these two aid stations!
  • You must bring and be prepared to carry your own water bottle and/or hydration pack.
  • Runners must carry their own hydration device for water and should carry some Honey Stinger (which will be provided at the race start) or other type of energy food.
  • Please consider carrying a light shell in case the weather changes throughout the day.  
  • We will have water & Tailwind at the aid stations to refill your device.

 


 

Unofficial Continental Divide Course Records (15.5M):

Men:

Nick Sunseri: 2011, 20-29, 1:47:50

Jonathan Huie: 2011, 30-39, 1:52:30

Women:

Kerrie Bruxvoort: 2013, 30-39, 2:15:36

Sarah Pizzo: 2013, 30-39, 2:16:11

 


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