Following the first part of the 50K course, the shorter 22K option is still a very challenging course! 3400’ of elevation gain, reaching a high point of 13,200 at mile 6.5 It is an absolutely amazing and breathtaking course. Participants should be comfortable trail running 14 miles at high altitude..
Participant check/in, Bib pick-up:
- Minton Park, (Empire Ball Field)
S. Main Street and Cemetery Rd, Empire Colorado 80438
Runner Check-In and Bib pick-up will take place on Race Day morning from 5:00 – 6:15am. Parking is at this location. Everyone must check in at this time. No exceptions. Participants will receive bib and goodie bag.
Bag drop (50K Aid #2 and 22K Finish)
- Bags must be dropped by 6:30 am at the Empire Ball Field and will be transported to the Herman Gulch. (Mile 14 and 22K Finish) Bags left at Herman will then be brought back to the finish line (around 12:30/1:00pm)
- Empire Ball Field (parking, check-in and 50K finish area)
- Jones Pass TH (start area)
- Herman Gulch TH (50K Aid #2 and 22K Finish)
The 22K course is a point to point course starting at the Jones Pass TH (across from the Henderson Mine) on Henderson Mine Road and finishing at the Herman Gulch Trail Head Parking lot.
Shuttle to the Start:
Henderson Mine has granted us permission to use this area to start the race. There is no participant parking at this location. Honoring the request of Henderson Mine, we will be shuttling all participants (22K and 50K) and spectators to the start line. CCSD busses will be LEAVING the Empire Ball Field at 6:30am.
CCSD busses will be LEAVING the Empire Ball Field at 6:30am.
- Shuttle from the Finish:
The finish line for the 22K course is at the Herman Gulch Trail Head. This is very high use parking lot with very limited parking. Once finished, 22K participants will be shuttled back to the Empire Ball Field – where a light meal and Tommy Knocker beer await.
- Race starts at 7:00am
- Runners should be familiar with the course. Carrying a course map is highly advisable.
Race starts at the Jones Pass Trail Head Lot. Run up Jones Pass. At Mile 4 (Aid Station) head south on the Continental Divide Trail. High Point at 13,200 (Mile 6.5). Continue south to the Herman Lake Split (Mile 9.5). Participants will head to the southeast side of Herman Lake to get bib punched (Mile 10.2) and head back to the split (Mile 10.9) and continue to the Herman Gulch Trail Head Parking lot to finish line (Mile 14).
- Please no dogs or pacers on course.
- There is one (1) aid station on course for the 22K at Mile 4. (Top of Jones Pass)
- Participants are required to check in at the aid station before proceeding.
- This is a remote course that is not easily accessible in many spots.
- Participants are required to run with hydration systems that carry at least 20 oz.
- Aid Station will be supplied with water, pop, and GU Brew electrolyte drink. Water and GU Brew will be dispensed in large drink coolers. Racers may refill personal hydration systems and or use cups that we will provide.
- Each aid station will be also be stocked with a variety of foods – PB&J, PB&Nutella, candy, chips, bananas, pretzels, GUs, and pro-bars.
- Please do not litter. You can leave your trash at aid stations or carry all trash with you.
- If a participant drops from the race at any time, THEY MUST notify the aid station, course sweep or the RD.
Cut off time:
- Jones Pass – Mile 4 (9:00am, 2 hours)
- Herman Gulch, Finish Line – Mile 14 (12:00pm, 5 hours) Participants crossing the finish line after 12:00pm (5 hours) will not be given an official finish or time.
- Weather can be a major factor. Dress accordingly. Be prepared for rain, lighting, hail, snow and freezing temperatures. For the safety of the participants and volunteers on course, we have strict safety guidelines when it comes to Mother Nature. The RD has complete authority to call or postpone the event at any given time if the course, or a section of it, is deemed unsafe. If nasty weather comes in, you may be asked to turn around and check in with an aid station that you have already passed.
- Be smart and use common sense. If lighting is present, seek shelter as soon as possible and when safe, return to a lower elevation. If you are above treeline with no shelter, find a boulder or lay in a ditch to protect yourself.
- Every effort will be made to hold the race, but the race director reserves the right to delay, shorten or even cancel the event. There will be no refunds in the event of race cancellation.
Post race / Awards Ceremony:
- After the race, a light meal will be provided that includes soup and snacks, and plenty of Tommy Knocker beer at the Empire Ball Field for participants and volunteers.
- Awards ceremony for the 22K will take place by the fest tent at 11:00am. We realize that some folks will still be on course, but feel the majority of the runners will be in by this time. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers as well as age group recognition.