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The Ride To Walk Endurance Race
6/12/24/48 Hour and 100 Mile Events 

   September 24th - 26th, 2022
Penryn, CA

Update: Ride To Walk has sold their Lincoln location, due to housing development basically surrounding them and pushing them out. They are moving a couple of miles away to Penryn and we have designed a new loop on their amazing new property. They are excited for their new home, and excited to see all of you again. Let's help them usher in this exciting new chapter! 

Photos of the new facility here!

Please note:

  • The minimum age for entry is 8 years old. Younger children may finish with you, but please don't let them wander on the course

  • The horses and corrals are off-limits. Some of the horses are easily stressed, and the venue has asked us to refrain from approaching, petting, or otherwise bothering the horses.

 

Our goal is to provide a safe, friendly, beautiful location to run as long your heart desires, or for up to 48 hours- whichever comes first. This is a fixed-time loop format, meaning you can stop and rest, eat, nap, go watch a movie, whatever you want to do - but the clock never stops. We will offer a 48 hour race, two 24 hour options, three 12 hour options, and three 6-hour options, as well as the 100 mile race.
 

The event takes place at, and will benefit, Ride To Walk in Penryn, California.

 

Ride To Walk's mission is to enhance the lives of children and young adults with neurological disabilities by providing innovative therapeutic horseback riding activities that are recreational in nature and adapted to the individual's needs and abilities. Ride To Walk strives to provide a positive support system for individuals with disabilities, their parents/caregivers, and our community.

 

We are so excited to partner with this amazing organization!

Start Times:

48 hr- 9am on Saturday, 9/24/2022

100 Mile- 9am on Saturday, 9/24/2022

24 hr- 9am on Saturday, 9/24, and 9am on Sunday, 9/25

12 hr- 9am and 9pm on Saturday, 9/24, and 9am on Sunday, 9/25

6 hr- 9am and 9pm on Saturday, 9/24 and 9am on Sunday, 9/25

 

The Course:

The course is approximately .62 mile loop around a working horse ranch. The loop will be almost completely flat. Due to fence reconfiguration for the event, etc,, we may not have an exact loop length until day of race- but we this is what it will look like.

Every six hours, we will turn you around so you can enjoy the scenery from the other direction, and workout the other ankle.

 

If dry, which it should be, light trail shoes or even your favorite road shoes will be perfectly fine - but in the off-chance it's wet, some aggressive trail shoes are definitely in order. It will be slick and muddy. The race will run, rain or shine, so come prepared for anything.

 
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Aid:

There will be one aid station at the Start\Finish line, sponsored by Tailwind and Honey Stinger and stocked with the usual Ultra snacks, but feel free to supplement with anything you think you might need. This is a cupless event, so please bring your own cup, which you may leave at the aid station if you wish. We will try to provide some "real" food items, like pizza, or quesadillas, in the evening, and pastries or pancakes in the morning- but don't count on a full-fledged buffet. We will be happy to fill bottles for you, just let us know what you want, and we will have it ready for you next loop. Please put your name on your bottles and cups.

 

Treats include:

Tailwind (No caffeine) and Water

Honey Stinger Waffles- Honey, Chocolate, and Caramel

Honey Stinger Chews- Caffeinated Cherry Cola, and Non-Caff Strawberry

Honey Stinger Gels-  Caffeinated Chocolate and Strawberry Kiwi, Non-Caff Acai Pomegranate, Vanilla, and Mango Orange, as well as Classic Gold Honey.

Coke, Ginger Ale, Dr Pepper, Root Beer

Coffee

Potatoes and Salt

Watermelon, Bananas, other Fresh Fruit

Pickles

PB and J

Candy, Cookies, Chips, Pretzels

Hot Veggie and Chicken Broth

Cup 'O Noodles

100 Mile Race:

100 Mile runners will have the full 48 hours to finish- but choose carefully, as we will not move you into the 48hr if you drop. It's just not fair to the 48 hour competitors to have someone fall out of the sky and knock them down in the standings. DNF's will happen in the 100, so if you are in doubt, consider the 48hr event.

 

Timing:

Timing is provided by the World Famous Mike Melton of MCM Timing! He will provide redundant chip timing, dual timing mats, live online results and real-time results on a live runner results display. Mike is a pro, and his yearly resume includes Across The Years and A Race For The Ages, among countless others. His dance moves are pretty fantastic as well...

 

Only full laps will count, we will not be measuring partial loops. GPS results may vary - our lap count and calculated mileage will be the official results, even if your watch says you went farther.

Equipment Rentals: Let us do the work for you.

We have a limited number of tents, sleeping bags, tables, and chairs available to rent. First-come, first-served, and when they are gone, they are gone- so get in early if you want one. All rentals are good for the full 48 hours. We will set them up and tear them down. Just show up and run!
Small Tent- $29
> with one sleeping pad- $49
Large Tent- $79
> with two sleeping pads- $129
Sleeping bag- $33 each
Personal Folding Table- $30 each
Folding Chair- $12 each

Volunteer Credit:

Probably the most important part of the event: the volunteers. Volunteers who work six hours will receive a $40 credit toward any race this year or next. Limited spots are available. Click the "Volunteer" button on Ultrasignup! Thank you!

 

Spectators and Pacers:

Your friends and family are welcome and encouraged. They may even make the occasional lap or two with you if you wish.

Pacers will be allowed after 50 miles in the 100 mile event, and from sunset to sunrise in the 24 and 48 hour events.
Based on capacity of the loop, we will limit the total number of pacers to 30, on a first-registered, first-served basis.
You will be asked during registration if you will be bringing a pacer. We will monitor and shut off pacer requests after 30 spots have been filled across ALL races. Please only register a pacer if you are relatively sure you are bringing one, otherwise you may take a spot from someone else.
Register early. You will get the lowest entry fee, and be guaranteed a bib for your pacer.
Pacers may eat and drink from the aid station. You will be given one pacer bib. You may rotate pacers, but only one out at a time.
If you are not given a pacer, family and friends may accompany you for the occasional lap. Do not abuse this, please.

Guides for Visually Impaired Runners :

Sighted guides for visually impaired runners will run for free, and receive the same benefits as their runner, with the exception of awards, if the runner happens to place. Aid, food, drink, and swag are all included, on us. Just register the runner at Ultrasignup, and then email craig@thunderultras.com to let us know that a sighted guide will be accompanying the runner. The course, while trail, is relatively smooth and groomed.

 

Swag and Awards:

Each runner will receive a Thunder Ultras Trucker Hat, as well as some other small goodies. Finisher's medals will be awarded! Awards will be presented to the Male and Female winner in each race. For the purpose of scoring and results, all 24, 12, and 6 hour runners will be consolidated into one race per distance. For example, all three 6 hour start times will roll up into one 6 hour event, with one male and one female winner. This adds flexibility to start times, without adding extra mayhem when trying to score the race. Runners completing 100 miles will receive a custom 100 mile buckle.

Weather\First Aid:

Odds are, it will be hot. September averages are a high of 91, and low of 56, with only one day of rain in the month. Drink plenty of fluids, take your salt caps, and bring a cooling towel. Please be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and take appropriate action if needed. First aid personnel will be on hand. First, and foremost, however, you are responsible for keeping yourself safe and healthy, so please inform us immediately if something isn't right. We will get you help.

 

Lights:

Thanks to Ride To Walk, we will have the Start\Finish lit, some generators and lights at key locations, and we will have glow sticks on the course markers at night, but it will get dark. And not "city dark". Out on the trail, it will get DARK. Please make sure you have adequate personal lighting for the trail, and your "home base". It will keep you from bouncing down the trail on your face, and will help keep critters away from the area.

 

Address/Camping/Hotels:

Penryn is a suburb of Sacramento, CA, 30-40 minutes from the airport. Point Waze to Ride to Walk: 2460 Delmar Ave, Penryn, CA 95663

 

If you wish to camp Friday night, you are welcome to, in designated spots, but please arrive prior to 9pm. It will be very dry, so tarps and sleeping mats to cushion your bedroll would be a good idea! Pop-Ups, tables, and chairs are welcome, so you can set up your own personal aid station. 

Hotels: Days Inn on Granite in Rocklin, or Holiday Inn Express in Lincoln. 10 to 15 minute drive from either.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Packet Pickup:

Honestly, you can just show up early for your race and grab your stuff, but you can check in on Friday, 9/23/22, from 5-9, or Saturday beginning at 7am. You can come out Friday night and camp, or stake out your favorite spot, and check out the place. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, but race day registration will be accepted, via cash, credit card, or PayPal. Later races can just show up at least 45 minutes early to check-in. Please see pricing note below!

 

Prices:

Please note: there will be a $30 surcharge for any registrations after Wednesday, 9/21/22. While we can appreciate waiting until the last minute to make sure there aren't any unforeseen issues, last-minute registrations put a burden on us, as we are trying to set up the event and are constantly being pulled to process registrations. We would love to have you, and will take you up until five minutes before the race, just know that there will be a premium for doing so.

48 hour- $240 until March 31st, $270 after     ($300 starting 9/22/22)
100 Mile- $190 until March 31st, $210 after    ($240 starting 9/22/22)
24 hour- $170 until March 31st, $200 after     ($230 starting 9/22/22)
12 hour- $100 until March 31st, $120 after     ($150 starting 9/22/22)
6 hour- $70 until March 31st, $90 after            ($120 starting 9/22/22)

 

Contact:

For any questions, concerns, or if you graciously wish to volunteer, feel free to shoot me an email:

craig@thunderultras.com

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors!:

 
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