3rd Annual Sierra Crest 50K and 30K Ultra Run
We look forward to seeing you on
Saturday August 5, 2017
Bottom row L-R: Kati Clark, of Truckee, CA was the overall women’s 50k winner; Nick Sterling of Truckee, CA took first place in the men’s 50k; Dolores Bergmann of Chester, CA was the overall women’s 30k winner; 30k men’s top 3; 3rd pl Erik Stanley, 1st pl Arturo Arevalo, 2nd pl Nick Spector.
The 2017 race is going to be part of the Trail Runner Trophy Series.
When: Saturday, August 5th 2017
Where: 50K and 30K are point to point trail runs from Tahoe Donner, Truckee, CA to the ASC Training Center, Donner Summit, CA
The 15k run starts, and finishes at The Alder Creek Adventure Center. The course follows the 1st stage of the Sierra Crest 50km Ultra Run down to and around the beautiful Euer Valley.
(see Google Maps links below for details)
Registration is through Ultra Signup
30K:$80, Late Reg: $100
50K: $100, Late Reg: $120
15k: $15-$25 (does not include lunch and awards at ASC training center, but you can buy additional meal tickets if you would like to join us for lunch)
Signup to volunteer here.
RACE DESCRIPTION: Welcome to the Sierra Crest 30k and 50k, point-to-point trail runs taking advantage of the best single track dirt trails between Truckee & Donner Summit! The courses offer scenic views of some of the Northern Sierra’s most stunning terrain, including Euer Valley, Frog Lake Cliffs, Summit Lake, Castle Peak, and other incredible peaks of the Sierra Crest. The 30k and 50k courses start off on Tahoe Donner’s extensive trail system, head up and over to the Donner Lake Rim Trail, and finally end on the Auburn Ski Club trails, literally crossing over the crest of the Sierra Nevada. These point-to-point trails offer runners a fun, and challenging but manageable route, with plenty of dirt, rock, forest and elevation change; 4,660 ft gain, 4,125 ft loss for the 50k; and 3,493 ft gain and 2,948 ft loss for the 30k. The runs start at Tahoe Donner’s new Adventure Center/Cross Country Ski Area (TDAC/XC), and finishes at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center (ASCTC), at the far western end of the Boreal Mountain Resort parking lot. An early morning shuttle ride ($15 per person) from ASCTC to TDAC/XC can help runners keep the logistics easy. Be prepared for any weather condition, because at this high elevation in August it may be hot, or perfect, or cool, or rainy.
COURSE PREVIEW RUN: ASC has partnered with the Donner Party Mt. Runners for a course preview run. We will give you more information as the summer gets closer.
PRE RACE CHECK-IN: There will be an opportunity to preview the Tahoe Donner section of the course and pick up bib packets on Thursday, Aug.4th, from 4-6pm, at the TDAC/XC. This new building is located at the same ‘old’ cross country center location, 15275 Alder Creek Road. If space is available we will do onsite registration at this place/time for an additional $20. late registration fee. Runners are encouraged to attend the Friday, August 5th, 10am-6pm bib packet pick-up, Happy Hour will be from 5:00-6:00pm, with pre-race trail briefing, Q&A happening at 6:00pm, at Tahoe Mountain Sports, located at the east end of the Truckee Safeway shopping center, across from Bank of the West. All runners receive 10% off coupon in their packets from Tahoe Mountain Sports, for either in-store or online purchases. Race morning bib packet pick-up will be available at TDAC/XC starting at 6:00am.
RACE DAY INFORMATION: 50k starts at 7:00am. 30k starts at 8:00am. 15k starts at 8:10am.
All 50k and 30k runners MUST check-in inside at TDAC/XC Saturday morning prior to the start of their race, even if you have previously picked up your bib packet, as we need to know who actually starts the race. The Adventure Center Cafe will be open with coffee, breakfast food and restrooms. Check-in begins one hour before the start of each race and is completed 15 minutes prior to the start of each race. There is plenty of parking at the start and finish areas. The shuttle transport is $15 per person. The first shuttle will leave the ASCTC parking lot at 5:30am to arrive at TDAC/XC by 6:00am. The second shuttle will leave from the ASCTC parking lot at 6:30am to arrive at TDAC/XC by 7:00am. If you are doing the 50k you need to take the first shuttle.
Bib numbers must be worn on the front and be visible at each Aid Station. Recording your number as you enter and leave each Aid Station helps race officials and volunteers, as we need to keep track of everyone. In the unlikely event you drop out, please do so at an Aid Station and notify a race official or volunteer that you do not plan to continue.
Awards will be presented as runners cross the finish line at ASCTC. The first overall man and woman of the 50K will each receive ‘spike runners’, handcrafted sculptures by local artisan Pat Blide, www.riversideartstudio.com, using salvaged railroad spikes. Additionally 1st, 2nd, 3rd place men and women in both races will receive gift certificates from Tahoe Mountain Sports to use in-store, or online at any time. All race finishers will receive a cool commemorative prize and a raffle ticket for some great stuff. Good luck!
There’s a post race party at the ASCTC finish for race participants and volunteers. Come stay and enjoy this wonderfully catered recharge meal with thirst-quenching drinks. Finish line beer provided by The Brewing Lair, Blairsden, CA. Extra meal tickets, $15 per person, may be bought by your crew & friends.
There are 5 Aid Stations for the 50k:
1. Firewalker (no crew access)
2. TDAC/XC (crew access, this is where the 50k course passes back by the start area)
3. Glacier Way (crew access via Skislope Way to Glacier Way & Glacier Way Trailhead parking lot, in the upper portion of Tahoe Donner)
4. Donner Lake Int.** (crew access via the upper Donner Lake interchange Exit #180 off of I-80 frwy. The trailhead parking lot is where the aid station is set up)
5. Castle Peak Road/Boreal (crew access via this Exit#176 off of I-80 frwy. Park at gate and walk in, uphill to aid station approx 1/2 mile)
There are 3 Aid Stations for the 30k:
1. Glacier Way (crew access via Skislope Way to Glacier Way & Glacier Way Trailhead parking lot, in the upper portion of Tahoe Donner)
2. Donner Lake Int.** (crew access via the upper Donner Lake interchange Exit #180 off of I-80 frwy. The trailhead parking lot is where the aid is set up)
3. Castle Peak Road/Boreal (crew access via this Exit#176 off of I-80 frwy. Park at gate and walk in, uphill approx 1/2 mile to aid station)
**Note: The Donner Lake Int. Aid Station (obviously not at Donner Lake) is at the base of what has historically been called Negro Canyon, and is shown as this on most maps. Or some maps show it as ‘Billy Mack Rd’. This trailhead is also referred to by locals as ‘The Donner Lake Interchange’. To confuse this even further, the Truckee Donner Land Trust is in the process of renaming this area as ‘Johnson Canyon’, and the ‘Wendin Way Access Trail’. So, just take the I-80 frwy Exit #180, and go to the north, uphill, to trailhead parking lot.
Aid Stations will have water, energy drink, Coke, 7-Up, fruit, cookies, M&Ms, PB&J, small sandwiches, pretzels, crackers, and some really great volunteers. It is recommended that each runner carry a minimum of 1 water bottle during the race. Note that the 50k Firewalker Aid Station #1 will be more minimally stocked.
Pack it in, pack it out! Littering along the course will result in immediate disqualification. Please dispose of ALL paper cups, wrappers, etc, at an aid station.
Cut off Times: 1:30 pm cutoff for all runners at the Donner Lake Aid Station will be strictly enforced.
50k pacers are welcome over the final miles from the Donner Lake Aid Station to the finish. Please check-in with the Donner Lake Aid Station captain before you begin your pacing duties, and please exit the course before crossing the finish line. No dogs or bikes.
CONTACT: To volunteer, or to ask any questions regarding the race email Meg Seifert: firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 426-3313.
A big “THANK YOU” to our race sponsors, Tahoe Donner, Tahoe Mountain Sports, Salomon, Hammer Nutrition, Ultimate Direction, The Brewing Lair, Tahoe Donner, The Truckee Donner Land Trust, and Tahoe National Forest for the permission and permit for use of these great running trails.
Proceeds from this race go to help fund the year-round ASC Training Center Biathlon Program, under the direction of Glenn Jobe: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you August 5th!
July 29th -August 5th
We are hosting a summer trail running festival. It will start with the Squaw Mt. Run on July 30th and finish with the Sierra Crest on August 6th. There will be many fun events to attend during the week, so come enjoy a week of running and outdoor fun in the Truckee/Tahoe area.
Calendar of Events:
July 29th: Squaw Mt. Run
-Free Paddleboard Demo for all racers with Tahoe Sports Hub 5:00 pm at West End Beach, Truckee
August 3rd: Sierra Crest Trail preview and bib pick up at the race start Tahoe Donner
August 4th: Bib pick up 10 am-6 pm Happy Hour at 5pm at Tahoe Mt. Sports, and pre race trail briefing 6:00 pm at Tahoe Mountain Sports.
August 5th: Sierra Crest 30 and 50K
-Free Paddleboard Demo for all racers with Tahoe Sports Hub 5:00 pm at West End Beach, Truckee
Results are found here.
15 k results are here.
Check back here for updated information on the 2017 Sierra Crest Ultra Run.
Race Photos by Macbeth Graphics