FAQ

Grand Canyon Ultras – Saturday, May 17-18, 2014

FAQ

Where does the race start and finish?  The race will begin and end in Dry Park meadow, near where Hwy 22 crosses the meadow.

What time does my race start? 50 and 100 mile runners start at 6am on Saturday and 50k runners start at 7am.  Coffee and cocoa will be ready at 5am.

No early start times.

How are the races timed? All distances are professionally timed with live tracking and immediate results.

When and where is the pre race check in?  Friday evening from 5-8PM at the Kaibab Lodge, located 5 miles from the national park entrance on Hwy 67.

Is there a pre-race meeting? Not a set meeting, just important information handed out at pre-race check in.  Your goodie bag will have updated handouts.  Make sure to give yourself time to read them over.  Any remaining questions can then be addressed with the race staff.  If you are unable to make it, your packet will be available race morning before the race from 5:00-5:45AM

How often are the aid stations?  Between 4.5-9 miles.

When will drop bags will be accessible? You can leave a drop bags at pre-race check in Friday night and race morning before 5:30AM.  Drop bags will be available each time they pass through the centrally-located aid station.  **Clearly mark your drop bag with your name and race distance**

What will be available at the aid stations?  Aid stations will be stocked with: water, ice, Heed, Gatorade, Coke, ginger ale, gel packs, fruit, boiled potatoes, broth (both vegan and chicken), tortillas w/ Nutella, PB&J, turkey sandwiches, dill pickles, chips, Ensure (or similar drink), coffee, hot chocolate, hard candies, granola bars, fig newtons, anti chafing agent, sunscreen, first aid supplies. We will have some electrolyte caps, but not enough to supply all runners if they rely on us as their only source.  If you run out or need a few at each aid station, they’re there for your use, but please plan to supply your own.  Same with gels.  We will supply an average of one gel per runner per aid station, but that’s obviously not enough to cover every runner if they are fueling only with gels and relying on our supply.

If you have a favorite item that you can’t live without at the aid stations, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

Can I have a pacer?  Pacers will be allowed on the second lap of the 100 mile run and at Crazy Jug aid station for 50 milers. No pacers allowed on the 50k.

What percentage of the course is run on single track trail/dirt roads/paved roads? All trails and double track trails. 50/100 mile course is approximately 50% singletrack and 50% double track.  50k course is almost entirely double track.

Where are the nearest/best accommodations?  The Kaibab Lodge is the nearest hotel to the starting line. The historic Jacob Lake Inn is also nearby.  Once these fill up, the nearest accommodations are in Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT.  De Motte Park campground is located next to the Kaibab Lodge, about ten minutes from the starting line. Kaibab Camper Village is the nearest campground with full hookups.  There is plenty of room for free camping in the spacious meadow where the race starts and finishes.

Where is the nearest airport?   Are you ready to see some beautiful country? It is about 4 hours from Las Vegas to the Kaibab Lodge.  Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks are within an hour’s drive along this route if you’d like to take some extra time to explore. The approach from Salt Lake City is about 6 hrs and passes very near Bryce Canyon.  It is about 4 hours from Flagstaff, Arizona and 5.5 hours from Phoenix.

What are the awards like?  Unique buckles for 100 mile finishers and medallions for 50 mile/50k.  Awards to top three male/female in both races.

What are the average temperature highs and lows?  Normal low is around 35 degrees and normal high is around 65 degrees at the time of the race.

What are the cutoff times? 100 mile cutoff is 32 hours.  No cutoffs for the 50 mile and 50k races.

Do I need to purchase a pass to get into the park?  The race takes place on forest service land adjacent to the park. You will need to purchase a pass to enter the national park.

Am I required to prove that I’ve completed a race of another distance in order to qualify to register?  Nope.

What will be used to mark the trails? High visibility flagging, flour,  high intensity reflective tape, LED lights, and signs to mark junctions.

How technical is the trail?  Nearly all of the course is runnable.  The Rainbow Rim singletrack section is buffed singletrack with gradual grades.

What do the shirts look like?  Race apparel has our race logo on it with the race name and date.  At this point we are using high quality organic cotton t-shirts.

Is there cell phone reception on the course?  Cell coverage is spotty but can be found on parts of the course.

Will it be possible to track runners online during the race?  Twitter updates will be provided at the finish line and results will be posted within 24 hrs of completion of race.

What are the post race festivities? We’ll have handmade wood fired pizza made to order along with various beverages at the finish line.

Will the registration price increase after a certain date? Yes. Here are the follow price increases and dates:

100 mile
$260 thru Feb 15
$285 thru Mar 15
$310 thru race day

50 mile
$138 thru Feb 15
$153 thru Mar 15
$169 thru race day

50k
$98 thru Feb 15
$109 thru Mar 15
$123 thru race day

Can I get a refund if I’m not able to run? The amount refunded will be determined by how much advanced notice you give us as many costs involved with the race are incurred early.  By 60 days before race-Roll over to next year.  By 30 days before race-50% refund.  Within 30 days-no refund.  You may also transfer your entry to another person with a $30 transfer fee.  One chance of getting the full amount of your money back is if the race is sold out and there are people on the waiting list, we’ll put you in touch with the next person and you can make arrangements for them to pay you directly (and pay us the $30 transfer fee).  Once this transaction has taken place, you’ll let us know and we’ll delete you from the racer’s list and add the new person’s info.  This saves us time and hassle in mailing out checks and ensures that we have a paying participant to take your place.  Many runners sign up for the waiting list, but when it comes down to it, only about half of them seem to be serious about running the race when they are contacted about a vacancy.

Is there a cap on the number of runners allowed to enter in 2014?  Not really.  There is but it’s high enough that we don’t anticipate being anywhere near it.  We will post on our Facebook page and website if we feel there may be a chance of reaching capacity.

Are there age group prizes?  No, overall winners only.  (1st-3rd, M/F- for each distance)  Age group places will be posted on your ultrasignup.com profile.  Awards will be handed out individually after runners cross the finish line.

The Facebook page is the best place for current events/discussion surrounding the Grand Canyon 100, 50, and 50k.