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The Ride To Walk Endurance Race
6/12/24 Hour Races with a new 100 Mile Option!

   September 19th - 20th, 2020
Lincoln, CA

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Our goal is to provide a safe, friendly, beautiful location to run as long your heart desires, or for up to 24 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 24-hour race, two 12-hour options, and two 6-hour races, as well as a new 100 mile option!
 

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!

Start Times:

100 Mile- Noon on Saturday, 9/19/20

24 hr- Noon on Saturday, 9/19/20

12 hr- Noon and Midnight on Saturday

6 hr- Noon on Saturday, 6am on Sunday

Check out the Photos page for a time-lapse and photos of the course.

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.

 

We will not change direction, but will run a "figure-eight" in order to balance the load on your ankles. Most runners favor the clockwise direction, due to the more gradual climb on the small hill, so we will run the hill clockwise, but the loop through the ranch will be counter-clockwise, so that aid and restrooms will be immediately after the timing mat.

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.

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Aid:

There will be one aid station at the Start\Finish line, 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:

Coke, Ginger Ale, Dr Pepper, Root Beer

Tailwind (No caffeine)

Coffee

Water

Potatoes and Salt

Watermelon

Bananas

Fresh Fruit

Avocados

Pickles

PB and J

Candy, Cookies, Chips, Pretzels

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 be moved down to the 24 hr, so there will be no DNF's. However, these runners will NOT be eligible for awards in the 24 hr event. 32 hours is a very generous cutoff for you to run your first 100, and the course is well-suited to do so!

 

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.

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 are not allowed, however, and anyone running more than a few laps will be asked to exit the course. We will be very flexible with this, but please be considerate and don't abuse the rule. Please bring food and refreshments for anyone not running the race as well, as the aid station is stocked for our racers only.

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 thunderultras@outlook.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! Medals for the top three male and female finishers in each race will be Gold, Bronze, and Silver versions of the finisher's medals, in lieu of the regular finisher's medal. Like last year, we may have something special for the male and female winner of each race, as well. 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, 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.

 

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:

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 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.

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Check In:

Check in on Friday, 9/18/20, from 5-9, or Race Day, beginning at 10am. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, but race day registration will be accepted, via cash, check, or PayPal.

 

Prices:

100 Mile- $175 until April 30th, $190 After
24hr- $140 until April 30th, $155 After
12hr- $95 until April 30th, $115 After
6hr- $60 until April 30th, $80 After

 

Contact:

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

thunderultras@outlook.com