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Township & Polte Rd - Sedro-Woolley, WA
All three runs are out and back with a few road crossings. Participants will heed traffic while crossing all roads, there will be NO crossing guards. As with all NW Ultra events these are meant to be fun runs with limited aid. Any diversion from the trail will be marked as well as all turnaround points. All three courses are out and back on railroad grade gravel path. The course has a slight (unnoticeable) uphill grade on the way out, with of course the same downhill grade on the return. There will be an aid station at each of the turnaround points (6.6 miles, 13.15 miles, 15.7 miles). If we can find enough volunteers we will add aid stations at mile 4, and mile 10. Plan on carrying water and aid in case we don't secure enough volunteers. This is not a race and is not sanctioned by any governing body.
The Woolley Runs are just a few days away. It should be a fun event. Right now we have 112 people registered, almost double what we had last year. I suspect we will get another 20 or 30 people between now and the day of race, I'm not sure the small town of Sedro-Woolley can handle all of you ULTRA Runners. Skagit Runners is going to try out their chip timing system this year so it will be important that everyone makes sure they attach their chip to their shoe, and cross over the start mats at the start and finish. The early starts will be timed according to gun time not chip time, so you folks will only need to cross over the mats when you finish. Your start times will be calculated accordingly. Early start is at 6 am, please allow yourself enough time to get your chip and bib so we can start on time. The regular start is at 7 am, the same goes for the regular starts, give yourself enough time to get ready.
Due to the large amounts of rain a section of the trail has part of a stream running through it, Wiseman Creek. The section is at least 100 yards and up to 4" deep in spots. A few club members that ran it last weekend told me if you run down the center of the trail (not on the edges) you will stay out of most of the water. This is about mile 5.5, of course all 3 courses are out and back, so the stream will be 5.5 miles from the finish. If you want to bring an extra pair of shoes (or anything else) we are going to have drop bag "rubbermaid containers" for all three races at the start. If you are running the 1/2 marathon and want to change your shoes I would suggest you do so after you have gone through the water the second time. The 4 mile aid station is only 1.5 miles beyond the water (heading to the finish). If you are running the Marathon or 50k I would change your shoes at the 1/2 Marathon T/A, it is only 1 mile after the water (heading to the T/A). Of course don't forget a small towel to dry your feet and clean/dry socks. If you change your shoes, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remember to take your chip off your wet pair of shoes and put it on your clean pair of shoes, or you will not have a chip time. The aid stations will have additional ties for the timing chips. Also PLEASE remember to give the chip back to us at the finish. These chips are expensive and Skagit Runners is chip timing the race as a favor to us. I have a PDF document showing access points for family and friends available to anyone, all you have to do is email me and I'll send it your way.
Here are the Aid Station mile markers:
When you finish we will have beef hot dogs, veggie hot dogs, veggie chili, chicken noodle soup, peanut and butter jelly sandwiches, oranges, bananas, potato chips, salted potatoes, a bunch of other snacks, and soda pop. The usual NW Ultra's foods. If anyone goes home hungry, don't blame me. I am looking forward to meeting all the new faces and of course all of my friends that are going to be there.
Terry Sentinella & Kevin Douglas