Castle Peak 100k is one week out! We trust that you are well prepared in body in spirit, and your all-volunteer race team is busy preparing as well. As you know, this is not a race that you can “just show up for.” There will be another email update on Monday night that will include the final runner manual. In the meanwhile, please review these updates.
Parking: We recommend that you park at the finish and enjoy the free shuttle (from the Truckee Donner Lodge) to the start. Your car will be waiting for you at the end of a long day. You will be able to drop a “finish line” bag at the start. Listen to our parking volunteers. Park at an angle so we can get as many cars on the paved road as possible, and do not block any roads. Do not park beyond where the pavement ends on Cold Stream Rd.
Driving Directions: There is some road construction that will impact your crew’s access to aid stations. These will be detailed in the runner’s manual next week.
Finish Line Food: We will have free dinner and celebration for all runners and volunteers. Friends and family, please bring $5 to help offset costs.
Volunteers: We could still use help, especially for the later shifts. If your friends and family can help, have them sign up by clicking here.
Cut-offs and dropping: Castle Pass aid station cut-off has been removed, but 7pm is still the cut off to continue beyond Van Norden. If you must drop, you may do so at Johnson Canyon or Van Norden. You could drop at Castle Pass, but you may be sitting there for several hours before you get shuttled out. No drop zones include: Andromeda, Summit Lake, Devils Oven, Hole in the Ground, Crows Nest, Mt. Lincoln, Coldstream. Once you leave Van Norden you have no bail out point. Aid Station details are available on our website – click here (also find a GREAT printable chart for your crew).
Bib pickup, check-in, drop bags: Bib and swag pickup will be available on Friday, August 25, 2pm – 6pm, at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee. (Come shop: you’ll get 10% off any single non-sale item over $50!) You may pick up your bib on race morning if you really need to. Regardless, EVERYONE MUST DO A QUICK CHECK-IN at the start. No exceptions. For your safety, we must know who is on course. You may bring your drop bags to bib check-in or to the start. We recommend a finish bag so that you don’t have to leave the celebration at the finish area to get your dry clothes from the car.
THANK YOU: Salomon, our presenting sponsor, will be on-hand at the finish to show off their latest goodies. We also want to thank Sugar Bowl Resort, Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District, and all of our land partners for their generous support.
On-course nutrition: We are pleased to provide our favorite trail nutrition at EVERY aid station: Tailwind Endurance Fuel (mandarin orange) and GU Energy Gels (various flavors). Your swag bag will also feature the newest product from Trail Butter (available locally at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City): single serve packets of Maple & Sea Salt Nut Butter. Huge thanks to each of these companies for donating their great products!
Up next: Expect another email early next week. It will include a runner’s manual and you will need to confirm that you have read the key points. This will be in lieu of a pre-race meeting. We work hard to keep the Castle Peak 100k website up-to-date. Look there first, if you still have questions, the best way to reach us is via email: Secretary@DonnerPartyMountainRunners.com
P.S. Helen’s daughter will be offering Sharpie calf art at Friday bib pick-up with donations accepted on behalf of our land partner, the Truckee Donner Land Trust.
If you are still reading, phew! Here is your course conditions report as of today, August 18, 2017:
Moondance to Andromeda: Beautiful meadow running with a dusty climb to Andromeda