Dear Ultramook Racers,
Here is a map of the Hydrangea Ranch. Please use this map for parking, check-in, and camping. There is a wedding on the farm this weekend. Please view the map as to not interfere. You are welcome to camp the night prior and/or the night after if you’d like. When pulling into the property, there will be signs indicating where you can camp and park. Please do not drive the perimeter of the property (as indicated on the map) as to not interfere with the wedding. On Sunday, it is okay to drive the perimeter of the property. Parking will be on the oval track as indicated on the map.
Please review race logistics here.
The first loop (30k) has detours to Top of the World #1 and Top of the World #2. It is not clear on most maps of these detours. Here is a map of these detours. Top of the World #1 is on a spur road on the left and Top of the World #2 is on a spur road to the right. We will have signs and Tillamook Cross Country athletes directing you from the main road to these viewpoints. Run up around the cone. Top of the World #1 adds .4 miles and Top of the World #2 adds 1.1 miles (out and back distance) making an exact 30k on the first loop. The 2nd 20k loop for 50k runners will not contain these detours–only the first loop.
Details of the finish line will be explained at check-in and at the pre-race start line meeting. Some things are difficult to communicate via words, but easy to show in person. The finish line does involve crossing the river and will finish up and around the track on the Hydrangea Ranch.
All finishers will receive an Ultramook medal. The top male and female finisher in each race will be awarded a special Ultimook belt buckle. There will not be an awards ceremony due to the large range of finishing times.
We have flagged the entire course with orange & pink flags on the left side of the road/trail. At any intersection within the course we have put multiple flags to lead you in the right direction. On a main road flags are less frequent as it is obvious where you’re going, on tight trails flagging is more frequent.
There are 3 aid stations for the 30k and 6 aid stations for the 50k. All aid stations will have water, Gatorade, Coke, and a first aid kit. Aid station #1 will double up as aid station #4. Aid station #3 will double up as #6. Aid station #1 and #4 will contain boiled baby potatoes, dill pickles, oranges, bananas, and gummy bears. Aid station #2 and #4 will have salted pretzels, watermelon, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and mini candy bars. Aid station #3 and #6 will contain boiled baby potatoes, dill pickles, oranges, and chips.
We will have a bag drop at aid station #3 and #6 (same location). Please give us your bag at check-in. They will be waiting for you. At the completion of the race, they will be brought down to next to the food truck. Unclaimed gear will be given to my cross country team members.
We have a professional events photographer on the course, as well as myself taking photos. In addition to other areas, he’ll catch most of you at Top of the World #2. If you want to take an extra 5-10 seconds and pose, he’ll get a great shot of you with much of the Tillamook Valley and Tillamook Bay in the background. It’s not possible at this location to get a great photo with a 5 second pose. Of course if you’re more interested in a big PR that is your choice.
Twins Ranch catering is at the finish line serving pulled pork sandwhiches, cole slaw, and baked beans, plus left overs from the aid stations and a Pelican Pub keg of beer waiting for you. This food wagon will be available as soon as you are finished and will be there until all finishers are in. You do not need to wait for them to open, they will be open and available. Please drink more beer than last year.
We will be checking in by 6:30 am. The check-in area is on the Hydrangea Ranch. The start of the race is directly across the river from this area. Please park on the Hydrangea Ranch and walk/warmup to the start (about .75 miles walk/jog from the check-in area). There will be a prerace meeting at the start line at 7:55am. This will cover important race details.
Please let me know what questions you might have. My e-mail is email@example.com and my cell phone is 503.812.9190.
Looking forward to a great race, this has been a dream of mine for many years and I’m glad it has finally come to fruition (now the 2nd year). We are working hard that it is a great experience for you.