INSTRUCTIONS FOR MS 50
EVERYONE MUST CHECK IN ON RACE MORNING (score keepers at start/finish table).
IF YOU DROP TURN IN YOUR RACE NUMBER, NOTIFY THE SCORE KEEPERS OR AID WORKERS MAKE YOUR DECISION CLEAR. IF WE LOOK FOR YOU WITH SEARCH AND RESCUE YOU WILL GET BILLED.
Packet Pickup at the Train Depot from 5-7:30 pm Friday night. You may pick up your packet before the start. We encourage you to pick it up Friday night. Pre-race Meal at the Train Station starting at 6:00 pm. Please stick around for the discussion and door prizes.
RACE NUMBERS – please place on your front chest, waist or right hip. We can not record splits unless we know your number. Please do not fold the number, and be sure to put it on a garment you intend to wear the whole day.
The Trail is well-marked. It is a well established worn trail. See Map.
12.6 mile loop is marked with orange flagging tape/paint
2.1 mile out and back is marked with red flagging tape/paint.
Yellow tape is wrong trail.
50k and 50M complete orange and red courses.
Ignore all other markings and signs unless clearly labeled as “MS50”
Changing Races - After running to aid 4 on second loop you may elect to move up (from 50K to 50 Miles) by running the orange loop out and back (1.5 miles or down (50 Miles to 50K). by not running the orange 1.5 miles out and back. We will credit you with a finish of the longest run you complete as 20K, 50K or 50M. Tell the Aid workers at Station 4 if you elect to move up or down and at the START/FINISH. It is your responsibility to be sure the change is noted. Persons switching races are not eligible for trophies, and only the 50 mile finishers get a 50 Mile Belt Buckle.
Those electing an early 20K start will not qualify for trophies.
The course is not closed to traffic. Be cautious at intersections and on gravel roads. Traffic will be present. Workers are not at any intersections where traffic is present.
Horse riders are present. Let the riders know you are there for your own protection and that of the riders. The hand full of runners who use this trail during the year cannot maintain the course without the help of the horse riders. Thank any Forest Ranger you see for the opportunity to run in the Forests.
DISCARD CUPS AT THE AID STATION. TAKE YOUR TRASH TO AN AID STATION. DO NOT LITTER ON THE TRAILS.
IT WILL BE HOT CARRYING A BOTTLE IS RECOMMENDED. SOME STATIONS ARE OVER 5 MILES APART .
50M ORANGE TO RED OUT & BACK @1.3m & REJOIN ORANGE AT 5.5 MILES FOR REMAINDER OF 16.7m LOOP. THREE LOOPS 16.7X3=50.10 MILES
50K ORANGE TO RED OUT & BACK @1.3m & REJOIN ORANGE AT 5.5 MILES FOR REMAINDER OF 16.7m LOOP (LAST LOOP OF 50K DO NOT RUN 1.5 MILE OUT & BACK ON ORANGE COURSE AT AID 4. YOU MAY SKIP THIS AND RUN HOME. 16.7+15.2=31.90 MILES
20K 1 LOOP ORANGE ONLY 12.5 MILES
YELLOW FLAGGING TAPE - WRONG DIRECTION.
ORANGE, RED AND YELLOW MARKING PAINT MAY BE PRESENT ON TREES AND THE GROUND AT INTERSECTIONS AND TURNS. THE PAINT COLOR IS CONSISTENT WITH THE FLAGGING COLORS.
YELLOW “CAUTION” TAPE INDICATES TORTOISE HOLE avoid this endangered species this tape will be located randomly along and off of the trail.
12.6 mile loop is marked with orange flagging tape except where you have no other options. Areas marked with yellow flagging tape indicate that you are not on the trail.
ORANGE LOOP AT AID STATION #4 AT FR 234 YOU MUST TURN LEFT AND RUN DOWN A HILL AROUND A CLOSED OR OPEN GATE TO THE TURNAROUND ABOUT ¾ MILE DOWN THE ROAD. DO NOT RUN TO THE RIGHT AT THIS INTERSECTION OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FOR CUTTING THE COURSE. 50M run this every loop, 50K run only first loop. 20K run their only loop.
The orange loop turnaround may sometimes be unmanned we have game cameras in place to check for cheaters. The turnaround will be clearly marked on the road. Run till you see it JUST PAST A SMALL CLEARING ON THE LEFT.
THE RED TURNAROUND IS AT AID #1 and is marked with red flagging tape. It splits to the left off of the orange loop at 1.3 miles (after running down hill to first creek bottom and up to a forest service road red trail is on the left) and rejoins orange about 5.5 miles.
Mileage markers on the course are approximate for 20K (orange course) only. We know some or all are wrong. Good for reference points only in 50K and 50M.
IGNORE ALL OTHER MARKINGS OR COLORS UNLESS CLEARLY MARKED AS “MS50”
The orange loop is marked to some extent by the USFS with orange diamonds and oval medal marker (about 2” in diameter) filled with yellow. Typically these markings are around 6’ up a tree. (ONLY REFERENCE IF YOU FEEL LOST)
The red loop is marked to some extent by the USFS with oval medal markers filled with red. Typically these markings are around 6’ up a tree. (ONLY REFERENCE IF YOU FEEL LOST