The 2018 Castle Peak 100k Runners Guide is now available! Please take some time to read through the guide as it contains valuable information regarding the race. You can find the guide here.
It was already the hardest race you didn’t know you wanted to do! And the 2018 Castle Peak 100k just keeps getting better. We’ll finish up high at Sugar Bowl Resort, adding more climbing and more sweeping mountain vistas. Don’t worry, you’ll still experience the exhilarating Palisades traverse. With 22 hours, we’re giving you two more hours to finish this (even) tougher course. In return, you’ll now earn 5 UTMB points.
New for 2018:
- Camping options at race start
- 5 UTMB points with 15,000+ ft of climbing
- Finish at Sugar Bowl ski resort
- 2 more hours added to the cut off
- Earlier race date – Saturday, August 18, 2018
- Sign up early – registration opens December 1, 2017
Congratulations to each of you that toed the line. No matter how your day turned out, we hope it was a great experience with All Altitude, No Attitude!
Help us out! All participants (runners, crew, volunteers, etc…) are eligible to spend 2 minutes on our survey and (optionally) enter your email address to be entered to win some swag.
All Altitude, No Attitude!
Shop our Donner Party Mountain Runners store for a race shirt or other club gear, such as our highly sought-after ice bandana!
Enjoy race highlight photos thanks to volunteer and 2016 Castle Peak 100k finisher Kane Cullimore. You may download free digital images (personal use only, please) or order prints here:
Saturday, September 30, 2017, Overlook Endurance Run (50k and 30k): Created by the legendary Ann Trason and now produced by the same team that brought you the Canyons Endurance Runs and our own Castle Peak 100k finish line food. Enjoy a Donner Party Mountain Runners 15% discount with coupon code DPMR15.
Saturday, October 14, 2017, Alibi to Alibi self-supported group 50k: The last big adventure run of the season! Join the DPMR group and we’ll provide GPS tracks to guide you almost entirely on dirt from Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village, NV to their new location in downtown Truckee, CA. Save the date and watch our website for details.
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