Athlete Instructions

2017 SLO ULTRA + SLO MTB RACE RULES, UPDATES AND RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE (UPDATES FOR 2018 COMING SOON!)

Dear SLO Ultra + SLO MTB Athletes:

Our entire Race SLO team is fired up and ready to host you at our 2018 SLO Ultra & SLO MTB Dirt Festival at Wild Cherry Canyon on Saturday, September 9th &  Sunday, September 10th. Our private course is breathtaking and the pre and post festivities planned for you to enjoy are top notch. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook for added news and inspiration. We also look forward to seeing you Friday, September 8th at the BLOOD ROAD Film  featuring Rebecca Rusch. General admission tickets are on sale now.

Our three day weekend is a true celebration of athletic endurance, mother nature’s generosity and a shared passion for The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo. We are beyond grateful for this exclusive access by our land partners and ask each of you to show gratitude & respect as well by honoring the rules of the game listed below. Here you'll find critical information to ensure your race day success and safety. Please read now and contact us directly with any questions at customerservice@RaceSLO.com.

Thank you for daring greatly with us,

Samantha Pruitt
Founder and CEO Race SLO

OVERALL RACE RULES

  • NO REFUNDS OR DEFERRALS. TRANSFERS AT PACKET PICK UP.
  • DROP DOWNS ARE REQUIRED IN ADVANCE OF RACE START TO ENSURE NAME IN RESULTS & AWARDS
  • RACES WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE
  • VALID PHOTO ID REQUIRED AT PACKET PICKUP
  • LATE REGISTRATION - FRI NOON - 6:00 PM AT AVILA BAY GOLF RESORT
    - SAT 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM AT WILD CHERRY CANYON
    - SUN 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM AT WILD CHERRY CANYON
    - 50 MILE XC ULTRA SOLD OUT, NO LATE REGISTRATION OPTION
  • SIGNED WAIVERS FOR PROPERTY ACCESS REQUIRED BY ALL ATHLETES, SPECTATORS AND VOLUNTEERS
  • NO DOGS ALLOWED TO ACCOMPANY RUNNERS ON COURSE
  • DOGS ALLOWED AT FESTIVAL ONLY & MUST BE ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES
  • NO SMOKING ON PROPERTY
  • NO CAMPING ON PROPERTY
  • NO ACCESS PRIOR OR POST RACE DAY ON PROPERTY OR COURSE- IT IS ALL PRIVATE SECURED PROPERTY

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, September 8

Saturday, September 9

  • 4:30AM: Wild Cherry Canyon Gates open for parking - waivers required by all athletes and spectators entering property. NO EXCEPTIONS. For directions, please search Wild Cherry Canyon on Google Earth Maps
  • 5:00AM - 9:30AM: Packet Pick Up/Late Registration for run events. ID Required,
  • 9:30 AM - 6:00PM Packet Pick up/Late Registration for MTB events. ID Required. Merchandise will be for sale.
  • 5:00AM - 6:00AM: 50 Mile Drop Bags Checked In. Must be bib# labeled by you prior.

RACE STARTS:

  • 6:00AM: 50 Mile Race Start
  • 7:30AM: Marathon Race Start
  • 8:30AM: Half Marathon Race Start
  • 9:30AM: 5 Mile Race Start
  • 10:00AM - 9:00PM: Rib Line BBQ, Lagunitas Beer and Sinor LaVallee Wine being served
  • 11:00AM: Award Ceremony 5 Mile and 13.1 Mile only
  • 10:00PM - 5:00PM: Live Bluegrass concert Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players
  • 12:30PM Award Ceremony for Marathon only
  • 4:30PM: Award Ceremony 50 Mile only
  • 9:00PM Last Runner In and Festival Closes

Sunday, September 10

  • 6:00AM: Wild Cherry Canyon Gates open for parking - waivers required by all athletes and spectators entering property. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 6:30AM - 9:30AM: Packet Pick Up/Late Registration for MTB races. ID Required. Merchandise will be for sale.

RACE STARTS:

  • 8:30AM: 28 Mile MTB start
  • 9:30AM: 13 MIle MTB start
  • 9:00AM - 3:00PM: Rib Line BBQ, Lagunitas Beer and Sinor LaVallee Wine being served
  • 12:00PM: Award Ceremony on Stage including DOUBLE Buckle Awards
  • 10:00PM - 3:00PM: Live Bluegrass concert Lucky Nines
  • 2:00 PM Last MTB Finisher
  • 3:00 PM Festival Closes

 

TRANSFERS & DROPS

You may drop down/transfer to another race  at Packet Pickup.  However, you will receive the original size shirt/jacket and perks that your registration comes with. No exchanges allowed. After the race starts and if you are not able to finish your intended race, your time will be posted in the RESULTS, however results will be noted as “RACE INCOMPLETE.”  You will not be eligible for awards. If you need to drop out during the race, please tell the aid station or medical team workers so we can track who is on course. If needed, they will assist you back to the start/finish line.

NO COURSE OR PRIVATE PROPERTY ACCESS EXCEPT ON RACE DAY

We are privileged to use this exclusive property for this Race SLO event and take trespassing and security very seriously. Anyone on the property training prior to the event is trespassing by law and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. In addition, we will be notified and those people foolish enough to break the law will also be banned from this and all future Race SLO events.

LOVE OUR LAND

We are an environmentally friendly race company and are working hard to become more sustainable. In order to do so we ask ALL runners & riders to carry their own cup, water bottles or bladder pack. This is MANDATORY for the 13.1 Mile, 26.2 Mile, 50 Mile and Mountain Bike courses. We WILL CHECK each of you at the race start to ensure you are prepared. Anyone littering on the course or property will have a 5 minute time penalty noted in the final results.  Anyone picking up trash will be rewarded greatly by KARMA.

TIME LIMITS

For both our athletes and staff safety there are strict cut offs for all the races. We do welcome hikers to participate and runners of all levels. We encourage hikers or slower runners to use hiking poles for speed and strength. All 50 mile runners must both start (6am is still dark) and finish with a MANDATORY headlamp or handheld light. Any 50 Mile or 26.2 Mile runner on the course after sunset (7pm) must have an operating headlamp or handheld flashlight on them. Here are the maximum time limits per race:

  • 50 Mile: 15 hrs (requires a steady run & fast hike combination) DARK 6am to 9pm DARK.  There will be one on course CUT OFF for 50 Mile runners at mile 28.5 at 2:30 PM
  • 26 Mile: 13 hrs (hike or run allowed) 7:30am to 8:30pm DARK
  • 13.1 Mile: 6 hrs (hike or run allowed) 8:30am to 2:30pm
  • 5 Mile: 4 hrs (hike or run allowed) 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • 28 Mile MTB: 5 hrs, 8:30am to 1:30pm
  • 13 Mile MTB: 4 hrs, 9:30am to 1:30pm

AID STATIONS

50 Mile athletes are required to carry a pack or bottles that holds a minimum of 32 ounces of fluid in order to start the race.  This can be a 2x16 ounce bottles or a bladder with 32 ounces (0.9 liter). For all other distances, a cup, hand held bottle or pack with a bladder is also required. If you are hiking and will move slower through the course we advise that you wear a hydration pack or double water carrier to ensure fluids between aid stations. The aid station locations are roughly 4 miles apart. Details will be on all course maps. Each aid station will provide water, FLUID sports drink, soda, CLIF BAR sports nutrition, ice and a variety of light sweet and salty snacks except for those noted as “water only” on the course maps. If you have special needs or food allergies we suggest you carry your own nutrition. No electrolyte tabs or pain medicine will be provided. There are only port-a-potties at 4 of the 10 aid locations on course. DO NOT LITTER your toilet paper.

MEDICAL & STAFF SUPPORT

There will be SLO County Search and Rescue medical staff and course marshall safety - directional teams along the course. Our teams will provide first aid but WILL NOT distribute pain medications. If you do not feel well in between aid stations or cannot get to a first aid medical station then it is your responsibility to notify the first passing athlete you see (give them your bib#) so they can call for help or notify the next aid station or RACE STAFF they see ahead.  Our race staff on horseback, mountain bikes and ATV’s will get to you as soon as possible, but be aware you are fully responsible for your own health and safety. Access around the course by motor vehicle is slow and limited.

POISON OAK

Poison Oak exposure is a possibility; we will provide ACTION WIPES and TECNU  at the changing tents at the finish line for your convenience. Do not leave the trail or fire roads at any time.

WILD ANIMALS & RANCH EXPOSURE

Parts of the course are on working ranches with cattle and horses. You may also see other wildlife such as deer, bobcats and skunks. We are in THEIR HOME. Be aware at all times and do not touch or feed any animals at any time.

BATHROOM USE

We will have port-a-potties at 4 locations on course as well as the start/finish line. If you cannot wait to use a port-a-potty at an aid station, please pick up and carry your used tissue or any other trash after going on trail and drop it in the trash bin at the next aid station. If necessary, dig a cat hole to bury any human waste. Respect the land we are generously being given access to.

DROP & RECOVERY BAGS

At the start and finish line ALL athletes are allowed to leave a BIB NUMBERED recovery bag with a change of clothes for after the race so they may enjoy the Bluegrass Festival and BBQ. NO VALUABLES are to be left in the bags and we are not responsible for any missing items or bags left behind.  Leftover bags will get donated the next day. You may also bring and leave a lawn chair or blanket since festival seating space post race will be limited.

50 Mile athletes ONLY are allowed a tagged BIB NUMBERED drop bag (to be provided by Race SLO during packet pick up) at mile 28.5 Drop Bag / Pacer Pick Up station. When you arrive at the support station, your bag will be in BIB numbered order and a volunteer will pull it for you. Your pacer may also retrieve and access your drop bag if they are wearing their PACER bib that holds your matching race number.

It is helpful to put your favorite food, a change of clothes or jacket and a headlamp or flashlight in the bag. NO VALUABLES are to be left in the bags and we are not responsible for any left behind bags not claimed after the race. All 50 mile drop bags will get returned to the finish line for you to take home.

PACERS

50 Mile athletes ONLY are allowed ONE PACER at mile 28.5 the same support location as the drop bags, and located  approximately 1 mile from the start/finish line. Prior to race start, your pacer must check in at packet pickup, show a valid photo ID, sign a waiver and receive a PACER bib with your matching number (no timing chip). If they do not have a PACER bib, they will be removed from the course. Your pacer is allowed to eat and drink from all the aid stations as well as receive support or medical if needed. However, they will not get the event shirt, BBQ meal or medal. BBQ can be purchased in advance separately online at www.sloultra.com. Otherwise bring cash for buying food and drinks post race.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course markings will be displayed in a combination of trail ribbons and flags (colored by each unique race distance, also matching your unique bib color) and matching small staked signage.

  • 50 Mile - yellow
  • 26.2 Mile Run AND 28 Mile MTB -  pink
  • 13.1 Mile AND 13 Mile MTB - bright blue
  • 5 Mile - orange

The course will be very well marked and we will have a course marshall team of mountain bikes, equestrians and ATV’s or 4x4 drivers covering the entire course. If you are not sure of your direction at any time it is your full responsibility to STOP and go backwards to the last marker. Following others is not a guarantee of correct direction as they may be running a different race. Carry the course map for added safety and direction.

SUNDAY MOUNTAIN BIKE FINISH & UPDATES

Due to the fact we lost our State Parks permit to mountain bike on Sunday and had to change this course and eliminate the 50 mile option we want to warn you of its challenges! Both the 13 and 28 mile options are hard. They require some bike pushing due to steep grades as well as caution on the descents. The front 3.25 mile loop was built for you just 8 weeks ago and has some fresh loose dirt areas. We will mark caution in several zones that demand YOUR FULL ATTENTION and slowing speed to navigate. Two areas have 2 way rider traffic as well so be aware at all times.

NO HEADPHONES ALLOWED

PASS ON THE LEFT AND SHOUT IT OUT

SLOWER OR WALKING / PUSHING RIDERS STAY TO THE FAR SIDE

NO STOPPING ON THE COURSE- PULL OFF THE COURSE TO STOP OR REST

Due to the layout of the finish line for the event and for everyone’s safety, the finish time for all mountain bikes will be taken prior to the finish chute under the RaceSLO inflatable on the main access road and not at the actual Finish Line Truss.  The finish chute is narrow and involves a creek crossing so GO SLOWLY into that area once your time is recorded at the timing mats. We invite all mountain bikes to cross the timing mat, slow down and continue through the actual Finish Line grand truss in a ‘neutral zone’ to receive their medal and glory! Bring extra tubes- you'll need them!

All mountain bikers may purchase an optional 1 day USA Cycling License at Packet Pick Up for $10.00 that will provide supplemental insurance coverage for the course of the cycling event. It is not a competitive race and will not be reported in the USA Cycling results.

SPECTATORS & CREW

Friends and family are welcome as well as spectators. They will all be REQUIRED TO SIGN A WAIVER upon accessing the property. No exceptions. The 50 Mile runners ONLY are allowed CREW SUPPORT at the same location on the course as PACER PICK UP / Drop Bags above. If you need more crew support than that one location at  Mile 28.5 you can have friends and family volunteer to work at an aid station where they can see you and assist your special needs.

There are two locations for them to cheer you on; they can hike 1 mile from the start/finish line festival up the dirt road course to aid station B or ¼ mile farther past that to the pacer/drop bag area at mile 28.5 on the map. See map for details. Tell them all to a bring a lawn chair, sun hat and sunscreen, money for coffee, cold drinks and food plus any noisemakers and signs to motivate you on race day. No unsupervised children allowed. Picnics are welcome but no outside alcohol is permitted.

They may also purchase a Ribline BBQ meal  and enjoy the free Blue Grass Festival. ID is required to access the Lagunitas beer garden. Bring cash or credit cards to buy extra food and beverages or race merchandise.

PARKING

FREE parking on a first come first serve basis is provided inside the gates of Wild Cherry Canyon. You will need to walk up to one half mile to the start/finish line area where the Festival and Packet Pickup is after parking - please allow yourself plenty of time. With proof of race bib, athletes will be allowed in while all others will be required to sign a waiver to pass through the gate. Please allow time for this as well. If you arrive late, you may need to park outside and walk in roughly 1 mile. If you have friends and family who care to join you later, they may need to park outside or in the Avila public lot and walk in if lot is full.

DOGS ON LEASH ONLY ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY

If you arrive to the private entrance gate on race day without a leash for your dog, you will be turned away.  Dogs are NOT allowed in the race with participants.  Do not leave your dog in the car.

THIS BABE NEEDS A BIB

Runners and Riders both must wear your BIB ON FRONT OF BODY, visible at all times. Absolutely NO exchanging of bib numbers, registered runners only on course. If you are caught exchanging or selling your bib you will be banned from future events. Each Bib contains a timing chip. Lose your bib, no time will be recorded for your race. Your bib color will match the race distance you’re registered for.  Do not switch races or bibs once the race has begun.

RIB LINE BBQ MEAL TICKETS

All athletes must show their BBQ meal ticket stub that is attached to the race bib.  If you purchased extra meal tickets for family or friends, you will receive wristbands for them at packet pickup. If you chose VEGETARIAN meal upon registration we have marked your ticket and only those pre-ordered will be served vegetarian. All others will get the signature Rib Line tri-tip meal. One water bottle per person is included with your meal.

MUSICAL INSPIRATION

For the safety of all our athletes, staff and volunteers who will be on course with you, we ask that those RUNNERS & HIKERS that choose to utilize music devices limit use to ONE EAR plug only. You must take full responsibility for your safety, use good judgment and be courteous to others. There are vehicles, horses and mountain bikes on the course with you.  Mountain Bikers are NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR HEADPHONES!

SAFETY ABOVE ALL FOR THE GREATER GOOD

Please know that Race SLO and all our our valued partners trump your and your fellow athletes SAFETY ABOVE ALL. Therefore we do have rules for a reason. Listen and respect our Staff and Volunteers requests. Listen and respect each other at all times to ensure that you are not in danger nor jeopardizing another's safety. Racing is all relevant, most of us are here to have fun and not compete. If you are competitive then it's your responsibility to treat others with caution as well as be smart and not take risks. Anyone seen racing out of control or willingly acting in a dangerous way around others will be STOPPED and removed from the race and results.