The Ride To Walk Endurance Race
6/12/24/48 Hour and 100 Mile Events
September 18th - 20th, 2021
Added for 2021:
48 hour race, and an additional 24, 12, and 6 hour option!
A return to our nice cool 9am start time!
Pacers! - See Pacers section below.
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 Lincoln, 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!
48 hr- 9am on Saturday, 9/18/2021
100 Mile- 9am on Saturday, 9/18/2021
24 hr- 9am on Saturday, 9/18, and 9am on Sunday, 9/19
12 hr- 9am and 9pm on Saturday, 9/18, and 9am on Sunday, 9/19
6 hr- 9am and 9pm on Saturday, 9/18, and 6am on Sunday, 9/19
Virtual 24 hr- 9am on Monday, 9/13/21
Virtual 100 Mile- 9am on Monday, 9/13/21
Check out the Photos page for a time-lapse and photos of the course.
The course is a .84 mile loop around a working horse ranch, adjacent to a beautiful lake. The trail is almost 100% dirt and wide enough to drive a car on. There is a little shade, but the loop is mostly exposed. With approximately 25 feet of elevation change per lap, in the form of one hill, look to give your muscle groups a regular change-up. There is a short out-and-back section along the pond and lake, out to the hill, which is more than wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic, and will give you a chance to say hello to your friends (and competition) every lap.
Keep right on the course, and pass on the left!
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. Lincoln is famous for it's clay. Gladding McBean has been making clay sewer pipe and Terra Cotta out of this stuff for over 140 years! The race will run, rain or shine, so come prepared for anything. Strava profile here.
Can't make it to the race in person? No worries- you can still get the same great swag as everyone else, and run wherever you would like! You'll still get a Thunder Ultras trucker hat, and finisher's medal shipped to your door, and maybe some other little goodies as well. If you hit 100 miles, we'll even ship you a custom 100 mile buckle!
Both virtual races begin at 9am on Monday, Sept 13th, and end at 9am on Monday the 20th. Any time during the week, simply pick a 48 hour or 24 hour window for the timed races, or 32 hour window for the 100 mile race, and start running. We will ask you to post your results after your race. Run as much as you want, as many times as you want, during the 48, 24 or 32 hour period, collect some sweet swag, and support a great organization.
The virtual events are NOT USATF sanctioned, nor insured. Run at your own risk, and please be safe out there.
International participants will be charged $75, instead of $49, for the virtual run to cover increased shipping costs. Please select the "International Shipping" option at the bottom of the waiver page. Sorry for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your support!
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.
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
Potatoes and Salt
Watermelon, Bananas, other Fresh Fruit
PB and J
Candy, Cookies, Chips, Pretzels
Hot Veggie and Chicken Broth
Cup 'O Noodles
100 Mile Race:
100 Mile runners who have reached 80 miles at the end of the 24hr event (noon on Sunday) will be given an additional 8 hours to get to 100 miles. (32 hour cutoff). Any runner not hitting 80 miles by the end of the 24 hr, or not hitting 100 miles by the end of 32 hours will DNF. 32 hours is a very generous cutoff for you to run your first 100, and the course is well-suited to do so! There will obviously be no DNF's in the timed race. If you do one lap, you finish.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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, generously provided by the Lincoln Community Emergency Response Team. 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.
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.
Lincoln is a suburb of Sacramento, CA, 30-40 minutes from the airport. Point Waze to Ride to Walk: 1630 CA-193, Lincoln, CA 95648, (Or if using maps, it might be 1630 Lincoln Newcastle Hwy, Lincoln CA 95648) and take the backroads if it is "traffic time". No maps? Ride to Walk is just east of Lincoln on Hwy 193. Take Hwy 65 north from I-80, take the Lincoln Blvd exit, and turn right on Ferrari Ranch, then right on McBean Parkway, which turns into 193. RtW is about a mile out of town on your right-hand side. There are signs at Ride to Walk.
If you wish to camp Friday night, you are welcome to, in designated spots, but please arrive prior to 10pm. 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 in the "yellow" areas, so you can set up your own personal aid station. Parking is encouraged in the green area, and if you camp "small" you may pitch a tent in front of or behind your vehicle in that area. Camping is also allowed in the orange area under the trees. Please be mindful of the course, and the fact that we will want to minimize driving on the course once the race begins. Don't park somewhere you can't get out of! Volunteers will be available to assist. There are many nice hotels in the area, within a 10 minute drive. The Holiday Inn Express in Lincoln is the closest.
Honestly, you can just show up early for your race and grab your stuff, but you can check in on Friday, 9/17/21, 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.
48 hour- $230 until March 31st, $245 after
100 Mile- $195 until March 31st, $210 after
24 hour- $140 until March 31st, $155 after
12 hour- $100 until March 31st, $115 after
6 hour- $65 until March 31st, $80 after
Virtual 24hr- $49
Virtual 100 Mile- $49
For any questions, concerns, or if you graciously wish to volunteer, feel free to shoot me an email:
Thank you to our generous sponsors!: