RACE INFORMATION

This August, join in on an ultra running adventure across 50K, 50M, 100K, and 100M of High Sierra Trails from the Kirkwood Valley Resort to the Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz, CA. Rising above the shore of Lake Tahoe, these ultra races follow trails that are rarely traveled by the weekender and are what many would describe as diamonds in the rough.

20 years in the making, Troy’s California Trail Runs presents the Kirkwood Ultra Challenge. Join us for over 20,000 feet of altitude gain nestled within the peaks of the High Sierra and among the wilderness of the El Dorado forests.

These races are comparable to the Western States 100 and many others of that caliber. Be ready and see you in August!

– Troy

THE TRAIL (Difficulty: Advanced/Expert)

The Kirkwood Ultra Challenge is a high endurance trail race through the alpine peaks of the High Sierra above the Lake Tahoe area.
Surface: Fire roads and single track trails, with brief road crossings.
Course: Kirkwood Valley to Strawberry Lodge Trails.
Elevation Profile: Long and challenging climbs/descents; The race starts at 7,000ft altitude and ends in Kyburz at 4,000ft, hitting over 12,000ft of gain.
Sunrise And Sunset: 6:08 AM / 8:18 PM
Weather: Alpine Summer, Highs – 90 degrees / Lows 54 degrees. Lots of potential heat and sun exposure. Weather in the High Sierra mountains can be unpredictable, please come prepared to race in any and all weather conditions.
Parking: Plenty of parking is available for this event at the Kirkwood Lodge (START) and the Strawberry Lodge (FINISH), with a shuttle available for an additional fee to return runners to their vehicles. Carpooling is encouraged.
Awards: All runners receive a Commemorative Medal. Male/Female winners for each distance will receive a winning medal.

SCHEDULE

Friday, August 7, 2020
(Optional Runner Welcome)
3:00 PM - Runner Check-In (Race Registration/Bib Pick-Up)
4:30 PM - Official Runner Welcome / Trail Briefing
5:00 PM - Dinner / Pasta Feed
6:30 PM - Final Q&A
7:00 PM - Goodnight Runners
8:18 PM - Sunset

Saturday, August 8, 2020
(Race Day)
5:00 AM - Runner Check-In (Race Registration/Bib Pick-Up)
6:08 AM - Sunrise
6:15 AM - Race Briefing to all Runners
6:30 AM - RACE START; Red Cliffs Lodge Portion of the Event OVER; All Distances Finish at the Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz, CA. An optional shuttle service will transport runners back to the Kirkwood Lodge.
8:18 PM - Sunset

Sunday, August 9, 2020
6:08 AM - Sunrise
6:30 AM - 24 Hour Mark
8:00 PM - 36 Hour Mark - (ALL RACES FINISHED)
8:18 PM - Sunset

COURSE INFORMATION

There is a 35 Hour Time Limit for the entirety of this race.

Multiple, fully loaded, aid stations will be open throughout the course. these aid stations will be manned by volunteers and TCTRUNS staff. Additionally racer crews, family and friends are welcome to assist and work at all road accessible aid stations.

TCTRUNS Staff and Volunteers will be available throughout the course to assist runners.
A communications team with access to 4-Wheelers will be monitoring runner progress.
A dedicated medical team consisting of EMTs and doctors will be on staff.
A professional videographer and photographer will be on staff.

All intersections will be marked with signs, gypsum, and ribbons. Several portions of the course will be unmarked as there are no turnoffs.

This is an Alpine Endurance Run in a Wilderness Area. Please make special note of the following information:
All Runners are highly encouraged to carry the equivalent of 2 water bottles/camelback at all times.
Sunscreen/hats are highly encouraged to protect against heat exposure.
Runners should be prepared to run after the sunsets. Please bring a change of clothing for your drop bags and headlamps/other lights.
Warm clothes and protective gear is mandatory.
This is a wilderness course; please be aware of potential wildlife encounters; Rattlesnakes, Mountain Lions, Wild Boars, Bears, Mosquitoes, Skunks, Raccoons, Bees, Poison Oak, Etc.
Crew parking will be limited at aid stations, please plan accordingly.
Pacers are allowed for this course.

COURSE MAPS

Please review the following URL Links for detailed course map information:

Kirkwood Mountain Ultra Challenge 50K --> https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1047984
Kirkwood Mountain Ultra Challenge 50M --> https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1045001
Kirkwood Mountain Ultra Challenge 100K --> https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1047986
Kirkwood Mountain Ultra Challenge 100M --> https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1049341

ELEVATION PROFILES:
50K --> 5,718Ft Ascent, 7,778Ft Descent
50M --> 9,386Ft Ascent, 11,446Ft Descent
100K --> 11,873Ft Ascent, 13,937Ft Descent
100M --> 18,851Ft Ascent, 20,921Ft Descent

50K AID STATIONS AND CUT OFF TIMES
There is a 12-Hour Cut-Off Time for the entirety of this course.

Kirkwood Resort's Red Cliff Lodge (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 3.1 - Water Only)
Last Chance Water Stop (Mile 6.3 - Race Exit, 3.2 Miles Away)
Carson Spur Aid Station (Mile 11, Crew Access/Parking, 11:30 AM)
Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 18, Crew Access/Parking, 2:00 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 23, Crew Access/Parking Available, 4:30 PM)
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 31, STAGING AREA/50K FINISH, 6:30 PM)

50M Aid Stations and Cut Off Times

50M Aid Stations in order of arrival (Crew Access Parking Areas are Bolded):
50 Milers complete the 50K course first, followed by a 19-mile out-and-back loop, which turns at the Hay Flat Aid Station.
There is a 16.5-Hour Cut Off for this race.

Kirkwood Resort's Red Cliff Lodge (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 3.1 - Water Only)
Last Chance Water Stop (Mile 6.3 - Race Exit, 3.2 Miles Away)
Carson Spur Aid Station (Mile 11, Crew Access/Parking 11:30 AM)
Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 18, Crew Access/Parking 2:00 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 23, Crew Access/Parking Available 4:30 PM)
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 31, STAGING AREA/Crew Access 6:30 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 39, Crew Access/Parking Available, 8:30 PM)
Strawberry Creek Water Stop (Mile 44 - Water Only, )
Lover's Leap Water Stop (Mile 48.4 - Water Only)
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 50, FINISH/STAGING AREA, 11:00 PM )

100K Aid Station and Cut Off Times

100K Aid Stations in order of arrival. (Crew Access Parking Areas are Bolded):
100K runners complete the 50K course first, followed by a 31-mile out-and-back loop, which turns at the Caples Creek Aid Station.
There is a 21-Hour Cut Off for this race.

Kirkwood Resort's Red Cliff Lodge (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 3.1 - Water Only)
Last Chance Water Stop (Mile 6.3 - Race Exit, 3.2 Miles Away)
Carson Spur Aid Station (Mile 11, Crew Access/Parking, 11:30 AM)
Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 18, Crew Access/Parking, 2:00 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 23, Crew Access/Parking Available, 4:30 PM)
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 31, STAGING AREA/Crew Access, 6:30 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 39, Crew Access/Parking Available, 8:30 PM)
Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 43.8, Crew Access/Parking, 10:00 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 51, Crew Access/Parking, 1:00 AM)
Strawberry Creek Water Stop (Mile 56 - Water Only)
Lover's Leap Water Stop (Mile 60 - Water Only)
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 62, STAGING AREA/100K FINISH, 3:30 AM)

100M Aid Stations and Cut Off Times

100M Aid Stations in order of arrival. (Crew Access Parking Areas are Bolded):
100K runners complete the 50K course and the 100K course first, followed by a 38-mile out-and-back loop to the Echo Summit Aid Station, which touches the Pacific Crest Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail.
There is a total cut-off of 35 Hours for this course.

Kirkwood Resort's Red Cliff Lodge (Mile 0, START/STAGING AREA)
Covered Wagon Water Stop (Mile 3.1 - Water Only)
Last Chance Water Stop (Mile 6.3 - Race Exit, 3.2 Miles Away)
Carson Spur Aid Station (Mile 11, Crew Access/Parking, 11:30 AM)
Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 18, Crew Access/Parking 2:00 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 23, Crew Access/Parking Available, 4:30 PM)
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 31, STAGING AREA/Crew Access, 6:30 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 39, Crew Access/Parking Available, 8:30 PM)
Caples Creek Aid Station (Mile 43.8, Crew Access/Parking, 10:00 PM)
Hay Flat Aid Station (Mile 51, Crew Access/Parking, 1:00 AM)
Strawberry Creek Water Stop (Mile 56 - Water Only)
Lover's Leap Water Stop (Mile 60 - Water Only)
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (Mile 62, STAGING AREA, 3:30 AM)
Lover's Leap Water Stop (Mile 64 - Water Only)
Bryan Road Aid Station (Mile 66.2, 5:30 AM)
Wagon Trail Water Stop (Mile 74.2 - Water Only)
Bryan Road Aid Station (Mile 77, 9:30 AM)
Echo Summit Aid Station (Mile 82, Crew Access/Parking, 11:30 AM)
Bryan Road Aid Station (Mile 87.5, 1:30 PM)
Wagon Trail Water Stop (Mile 90.6 - Water Only)
Bryan Road Aid Station (Mile 93.7, 3:30 PM)
Lover's Leap Water Stop (Mile 97 - Water Only
Strawberry Lodge Aid Station (STAGING AREA/100M FINISH, 5:30 PM)

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Troy's California Trail Runs has partnered with Vail Resorts' Kirkwood Lodge to extend a discounted rate to runners for accommodations on the weekend of the race. These rates are subject to availability.

For Phone Reservations: Please call 855-332-1601 to make lodging reservations and use the group code: KG4KSU to receive the discount.

For Online Reservations: http://bit.ly/2IVNZII

Upcoming Races

Aug 8 2020
50 KM
Mixture Course
12 :00 Cutoff
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts
Aug 8 2020
50 Miles
Mixture Course
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts
Aug 8 2020
100 KM
Mixture Course
36 :00 Cutoff
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts

Results

50 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
08/10/19 7 5:51:26 6:58:57

50 Miles View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
08/10/19 4 11:37:05

100 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
08/10/19 3 11:13:58 17:33:47
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information.

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