Please keep in mind that we share this trail with hikers of all ages and abilities, and runners do not have precedence over other trail users.
When passing a hiker, be thoughtful and considerate; you can either enhance their outdoor experience (yes!), or spoil it and pay the consequences.
Or, as the Park Service puts it: In the interest of promoting a safe and enjoyable experience for all park visitors it is strongly encouraged that all race participants avoid running into - pushing/shoving/bumping (etc.) - other park visitors.
Any pushing, shoving, touching, etc. by any race participant of other park visitors can be considered an assault (by law) and can be enforced as such by park staff.
Any race participant involved in any such incident will be cited and prosecuted for assault and will be disqualified from the event.
Additionally - all race participants agree to indemnify all event organizers/volunteers against any claims arising from any such "incident".
In order to take appropriate care of this beautiful trail, as well as maintain our race permit, all runners must use the bathrooms/outhouses at the aid stations when nature calls.
So that you can plan ahead: there are bathrooms/an outhouse at the start, outhouses at Tennessee Valley and in the Muir Beach parking lot, a bathroom at Pan Toll, and outhouses at Bolinas Ridge and the Randall Turnaround.
There are also a variety of “waste containment” products you can carry with you and dispose of at any aid station (see www.WhenNatureCalls.com).
Runners violating the “no poop in the woods” policy are subject to disqualification.
There will be rangers on the course.
Don’t leave any trash (food, wrappers, cups, tissue) on the course.
If you have a reaction to poison oak or bees (other than the usual: Run Away!) please bring medication as these Elements of Nature have been known to be found along the course.
Weather: sunscreen is advisable.
Race day can be hot and sunny, cool and foggy, rainy, muddy or a combination of ALL of the above!
- The race starts at 5:40 a.m. (twilight starts at 5:39 a.m. and sunrise at 6:08 a.m.) and you'll need to walk about 5 minutes from the check-in area to get there.
You have 16 hours and 30 minutes to complete the course.
2011 Western States 100 qualifying time for 100K distance is 14 hours
Drop bag info will be posted January 15, 2012.
Pacer/crew info will be posted January 15, 2012.