Loco 100 Mile Course Info

REGISTER HERE

Saturday, June 6th, 2020

Butte Meadows, CA Lassen National Forest

Course Link, Pictures & Profile Located At Bottom Of Page

SPACES AVAILABLE AS OF 5.30.20: 1

This year's race will look quite different than our past races and likely our future races. The course is being permitted differently, therefore our course area is different in some areas. We will be taking many extra precautions due to COVID-19 and ask all runners and volunteers participating in this event to respect these new precautions to the tee, without deviation for any reason. You can (and if you register will need to) read about the precautions that we are all taking on race day HERE.

 

For those who have Run Loco with us in the past, you may not bat an eye at these changes. For those of you who are new to this game, welcome to Running Loco - the game where things change at the last minute (usually due to weather but this time we got an extra special treat with extra obstacles). We like to think the adversity that is thrown at all of us every year makes us a little bit stronger and a lotta bit more Loco!

Below you will find some helpful information. Note the different cut offs and extended finishing times to help offset possible longer times at aid stations. 

Also please note, as always, all mileage is approximate. For the love of Loco, if you are upset that the mileage is not dead on, make peace with the fact that it won't be before race morning. Everyone's watches read a bit (a lot) differently out in them thar' woods. If you get to the finish line and are short a few feet, we aren't going to judge you for running past us to get that tenth of a mile in. If you are over, you're welcome.
 

Start Time:

5am

Race Morning Packet Pick Up (for 100 Mile, 100k and 50k only):

4:00am - No EARLY BIRDS...for real.

Location & Directions:

Starts & Ends at the Bambi Inn

7436 Humboldt Rd, Butte Meadows, Ca (may come up as Forest Ranch on your GPS, it's fine)

 

From Chico (most people will come this way):

Take HWY 32 (can be reached by taking the HWY 32 exit from HWY 99, for those of you who are coming from out of town) up towards Forest Ranch/Chester/Susanville. DO NOT GO TOWARDS ORLAND!!!

Once you pass through Forest Ranch, you will turn right on to Humboldt Rd. (about 10 miles past Forest Ranch). Follow it until you reach the Bambi Inn, on your right.

From Paradise:

Take Skyway all the way up to Butte Meadows, until Skyway ends/turns in to Scout Rd (gravel road).

Bambi Inn will be on your right.

From Susanville:

Take HWY 36 to HWY 32, towards Butte Meadows/Chico. Follow HWY 32 to Humboldt Rd, on your right (if you hit Forest Ranch, you went too far). Take a right on to Humboldt Rd. Bambi Inn will be on your right.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

To date, no one gets cell service/data at the Bambi Inn and most people will only get 2 brief moments of cell service past Forest Ranch (most people loose it a couple of miles before hitting the official Forest Ranch sign). There has been a new tower put in , in Forest Ranch that seems to give some AT&T and Verizon users spotty service within the Forest Ranch area...

but for the love of Loco, please do not rely on this!!!

These things are important to note because if you are plugging the start line address in to your phone nav, do so BEFORE leaving Chico, Paradise, Susanville or else you may find yourself running some other route on race morning. Also, please don't die from not being able to immediately post every leaf, twig and sweaty runner selfie picture on social media. We have tried to get a universal Loco cell tower put in for many years now but, I guess we are doing it wrong...

 

Parking:

Park in the dirt lot, across from the Bambi Inn. Follow the signs. DO NOT park anywhere near the start line. It makes some runners grumpy when there are vehicles in their start and finish line photos.

Plus, it really pisses the RD off. 

Park as far back and away from the start line as possible and as orderly as you can manage. Space is incredibly limited this year due to the addition of camping (since campgrounds in the area are closed) so, remember, we are trying to fit as many vehicles in as possible. If you can carpool, even better!!! You will get extra high fives at the finish line (no high fives this year, sorry!). Not nearly as many as Matt Brayton , but a few.

You can also park along the sides of Humboldt Rd, BEFORE the dirt parking lot. DO NOT PARK AFTER THE DIRT PARKING LOT...you will block traffic and the start/finish line.

ABSOLUTELY DO NOT park in front of the yellow gates/helipad, across from the dirt lot (will be on your left, on Humboldt Rd, coming in). It will block emergency vehicles from having access to the helipad. Tom, the owner of the Bambi Inn, will have your vehicle towed and we will have to make an embarrassing announcement.

 Link To Route and Elevation Profile:

Links to this year's modified 100M route 

Click  HERE for the first 62 miles and then HERE for the last 38 miles.

 

Looking for the elevation profile?

Click the route link. Once there, click the red route with your mouse. A little box will pop up. Choose "profile". The elevation profile will load at the bottom of the map. You can expand it and see some pretty neat info. Check it out. ALSO...before you expand the profile, move your mouse curser over the line of the elevation profile. It will place a red dot on the route and show you where that part of the profile lines up with the route. If you start at the beginning of the profile and slowly move your curser over the profile (from left to right), the red dot will follow, on the map, from start to finish. This will allow you to see the direction of the course. We find it pretty handy.

COURSE MARKINGS FOR 2020 RACE:

The course will be marked with pink survey flags that have a specific color tape tag on it that matches your bib color (green). Sometimes there will be a small white laminated sign attached to it. Oftentimes it will be an arrow or directions. Do what the sign says and, if the tape tag isn't your color, don't follow it. DO NOT FOLLOW ANY COLOR TAPE IN THE TREES AND BUSHES!!! ITS NOT MEANT FOR YOU!!! IGNORE IT COMPLETELY!!! If you do not see a survey marker for a mile, you are going the wrong way. We try and lay them every quarter to half mile but, occasionally the wind, an animal or some super considerate person takes a flags

and you end up with a gap larger than a quarter to half mile.

During the parts of the course that will be ran in the dark, the pink survey flags will have LED pin lights affixed to them and reflective tape.

The last bit about the survey markers should be taken seriously and filed away in your brain. We know some of you loose your minds out there. Remembering your course marker info will help you stay on track.

Swag & Awards: 

All participants get a race BUFF, post race meal & a few surprise pieces of swag.

Medallions are so last year...all finishers who make it through the finish line by, or before, cut off get something super rad, like a custom Loco belt (belt NOT buckle...come back the following year and run the Loco 100 miler to get your buckle)!. You need to be registered by May 12th to guarantee  your belt though so get signed up now!

Disclaimers:

As we said last year...

We keep the price for this race lower than most other 100 mile races

because we can't guarantee it won't suck. Seriously, it was almost named the Suck It Race because well, you know. What we can guarantee is that you will cross a lot of creeks (please don't ask us how may...we always get it wrong), you will go up some hills and down some hills, you can enjoy many types of weather (rain, snow, cold wind, hot wind, blazing heat), we will most likely change something on the course close to or on race day, at least one of you won't use a drop bag and wish you did, we are serious about donating your left behind drop bags to ultra running orphans and you are going to love/hate this race!

Aid Station, Drop Bag & Crew Info For 2020 Race

Party Animal #1

Mile: 5.3

NO CREW, NO PACER, NO DROP BAGS


Lollipop #1

Mile:14.5

DROP BAG

CREW


Lollipop #2 

(SAME AS LOLLIPOP #1)

17.3

DROP BAG

CREW


Party Animal #2

Mile: 24.2

CREW


Start Finish Line #1

Mile: 33.7

DROP BAG

PACER PICK UP

(Cut Off: 5pm)

IF YOU THINK THAT THERE IS ANY CHANCE YOU WILL BE LEAVING THIS AID STATION BY 3:30PM OR LATER, PLEASE TRAVEL WITH YOUR HEADLAMP. YOUR NEXT SECTION IS THE ELEPHANT LINE AND IT IS NOT A PLACE YOU WANT TO BE STUCK IN OUT IN THE DARK. MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE FRESH BATTERIES.


Elephant Head

Mile: 40.4

IF YOU THINK THAT THERE IS ANY CHANCE YOU WILL BE ARRIVING AT THIS AID STATION BY 5PM OR LATER, PLEASE TRAVEL WITH YOUR HEADLAMP FROM PREVIOUS AID STATION. THE ELEPHANT LINE IS NOT A PLACE YOU WANT TO BE STUCK IN OUT IN THE DARK. MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE FRESH BATTERIES.

NO CREW, NO PACER, NO DROP BAGS


Start Finish Line #2

Mile: 47.2

DROP BAG

CREW

PACER PICK UP


K Sisters

Mile: 57.1

NO CREW, NO PACER, NO DROP BAGS

FINISH LINE

Mile: 62

DROP BAG

CREW

PACER PICK UP

(Cut Off 2:00AM, Saturday, June 7th)

Party Animal #3

Mile: 67.3

CREW


Lollipop #3

Mile: 76.5

DROP BAG

CREW

PACER PICK UP


Lollipop #4

Mile: 79.3

DROP BAG

CREW

PACER PICK UP


Party Animal #4

Mile: 86.2

CREW


Start Finish Line #4

Mile: 95.6

DROP BAG

CREW

PACER PICK UP

Finish Line Cut Off: 1pm, Saturday, June 7th

*NOTE: There will be a VERY manageable (and probably welcome) creek crossing before and after Elephant Head AS. 

*Note: On the stretch between Start Finish Line AS #1 and #2 you will have just under 2 miles total of pavement (leaving the AS and arriving - just under 1 mile each way). In this stretch you will also have some downed tress to ninja jump over, the creek mentioned above and a few super mini scrambles with nice vert. You might consider putting trekking poles in your Start Finish Line AS drop bag and grabbing them for this stretch.

*NOTE: On map, Yellow Gate Turn Around is literally a yellow gate where you turn around. It is NOT an aid station.

 

*NOTE: Any runner wishing to drop at the 100k finish when they reach Start Finish Aid Station at mile 62 may do so HOWEVER RUNNER WILL NOT PLACE ON THE LEADER BOARD FOR THE 100K DISTANCE. THEY CAN CHOOSE TO EITHER SHOW AS A DNF FOR THEIR ORIGINAL 100 MILE DISTANCE OR NOT TO HAVE THEIR RESULTS RECORDED AT ALL. These runners will receive a 100k finisher's medallion.

ALL INFORMATION BELOW THIS IS FOR NON PANDEMIC YEARS - NOT THIS YEAR

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

(For all of you who actually want to know what you are signing up for).

The Loco 100 mile course follows the 50k course until mile 16. It then continues with the 100k runners to their finish. Your run will start off pretty mellow. Depending on what you are used to, it may stay pretty mellow or, around the 5E15 trail you may wonder what you've gotten yourself in to. Either way, you are going to love it. Just before the first time you jump on to the 5E15 trail, you break away from the 50k runners. The 100k course has a few hills. There are a debatable number of creek crossings. There will most likely be some trees down that you have to scramble over or side step around. You will make friends with the Jonesville Beast. You will participate in climbing something called mile high hill. There may or may not be beer at some of the aid stations - try and make it there before they run out. Our favorite area with single track is a stretch called the 5E15. We love it. There is all sorts of fun footwork opportunities to be had on that trail. Also, you will likely get wet on this trail. The 5E15 is where most of your creek crossings are. Plan appropriately. Fresh socks anyone?  You might want to consider bringing trekking poles and maybe even snowshoes (for Cold Springs area - wait until much later in the year to decide for sure on snowshoes. We will send out an email closer to race day to let you know about snow levels). You will hit Humbug AS, run the Coon Hollow Loop (enjoying more creek crossings and tons more "fun") and then hit Humbug AS again. You will hit Cold Springs AS twice. The Cold Springs loop is also "fun". Just ask anyone who ran it in 2017. This an area to keep your eyes peeled for survey flags. After this, leave Cold Springs and head back up the 5E15 (opposite direction then when you came down). This means double your 5E15 fun. No one is allowed on the 5E15 in the dark. If it seems that you will be on it during dark hours, you will be pulled from the race before it starts. Next up is Snake Mouth AS. This is where your 2nd very brief stint on the pavement ends and Slow Death begins. DO NOT FORGET YOUR HEADLAMP. From Colby Mountain AS, it's all downhill to the finish line...like a lot of downhill - steep - with moon dust for dirt in some places so, if you own moonboots...100 mile runners run past the 100k finish line and continue down the Forest Ranch Four 50k course to run through the woods and in to the wild parts of the tiny mountain town of Forest Ranch, Ca. 100 mile runners can enjoy the Lollipop Loop and Hell Hill before heading back for a nice easy flat-ish finish, with several miles along Butte Creek. This beautiful and challenging course is almost 100% on dirt forestry roads and super fun trails. Pavement is kept to a minimum. In total runners can expect around 2 miles of pavement, broken up in to a few small sections. All finishers earn a custom Loco belt buckle (if you ran the 100k last year, add it to your custom Loco leather belt)!

Start: 5am (Saturday, June 6th)

Finish Line Cut Off: Due to extra precautions that we will all be taking at aid stations, we have extended the original overall cut off time from 11am to 1pm on Sunday, June 7th.

We are still working on what the specific extended cut off times look like for the aid stations. Please check back in a few days.

Pacer Info: Pacers need to be registered at packet pick up (can be done by runner, free). Pacer identifies themselves at aid stations. No Bicycle Pacers. No Muling. One pacer at a time allowed on course with runner. Pacer can eat and drink food and beverages at aid stations.

 

Trekking Poles & Dogs: Trekking poles allowed from the first Humbug Aid Station (mile 24.5) to the finish line (mile 100). Dogs allowed until Jonesville Aid Station (mile 16). Runner will need to coordinate pick up of dog at Jonesville, prior to runner leaving Jonesville.

Drop Bags: Drop bags must be clearly labeled with runner name, bib # & aid station to be delivered to. Runners can drop bags at designated area, next to packet pick up,  between 4:15-4:40am. Drop bags will be brought back when that aid station closes. Race will hold all drop bags from that point, until the finish of the race. NO DROP BAGS WILL BE HELD PAST THE FINISH OF THE RACE OR MAILED TO RUNNER. Left and forgotten drop bags will be gone through and any perishables thrown away, any remaining items donated. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please coordinate drop bag pick ups accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.

Cut Offs: Please take note of cut off times and locations, listed under aid stations, and plan accordingly. Although some aid stations may be able to transport dropped runner, after aid station closes, but DO NOT COUNT ON THIS. Volunteers may not have enough room for aid station supplies and runners in their vehicles. Any runner transported by volunteer does so AT THEIR OWN RISK. Neither Intrepid Adventures, nor the volunteer/s will be held responsible or accountable for runners being transported back to the finish line. Thank you for understanding.

Maximum Number Of Participants: 40

Minimum Runner Registration: WE HAVE MET THE MINIMUM

Intrepid Adventures reserves the right to cancel the 100 mile distance if a minimum of 10 runners do not register by May 20th. In the event that this occurs, registered runners have the following options: 

1. Defer to the following year.

2. Roll registration to another Intrepid Adventures race.

3. Run the 100k distance instead of 100 miles

4. Run the 100k distance, fully supported and continue to run the remaining 100 mile distance, with their last aid station at the 100k finish line. If runner chooses this option, they need to let the RD know immediately. RD will mark the remainder of the 100 mile course for runner/s to follow, on their own, with no aid stations. Runners are still welcome to coordinate their pacers/crew but agree that continuing past the 100k finish line would be at their own risk.

There are no refunds offered so, please be prepared to choose one of the above options, in the event that there are less than 10 registered runners for this distance.

COURSE MARKINGS:

The course will be marked with pink survey flag markers that have a specific color tape tag on it that matches your bib color (GREEN). Sometimes there will be a small white laminated sign attached to it. Oftentimes it will be an arrow or directions. Do what the sign says and, if the tape tag isn't your color, don't follow it. DO NOT FOLLOW ANY COLOR TAPE IN THE TREES AND BUSHES!!! ITS NOT MEANT FOR YOU!!! IGNORE IT COMPLETELY!!! If you do not see a survey marker for a mile, you are going the wrong way. We try and lay them every quarter to half mile but, occasionally the wind, an animal or some super considerate person takes a flags and you end up with a gap larger than a quarter to half mile.

Along the 5E15 Trail, we will have the pink survey flag markers AND there will be CAIRNS at different intervals along the way, helping ensure you are going the right way (don't know what a cairn is? It's those hippy Zen rock stack/piles you see out in the middle of nowhere and in all of the cool kids outdoorsy photos). Keep your eyes out for these, especially when you are doing a creek crossing to get you back on the right path.

 

During the parts of the course that will be ran in the dark, the pink survey flags will have LED pin lights affixed to them and reflective tape.

The last bit about the survey markers should be taken seriously and filed away in your brain. We know some of you loose your minds out there. Remembering your course marker info will help you stay on track.

 

Aid Stations (all mileage is approximate)

 

The First One

Mile 4

Water Station

K Sisters

Mile 10

Full Aid Station

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Hydration Garden

Mile 14

Full Aid Station

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Beer

Jonesville

Mile 16

Crew Allowed

Drop Bag

Full Aid Station

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Humbug #1

Mile 24.5

Drop Bag

Full Aid Station (including delicious homemade vegan options)

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

More hearty food options

Humbug #2

Mile 31.6

Drop Bag

Full Aid Station (including delicious homemade vegan options)

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

More hearty food options (like egg salad, pb & J & hummus wraps & pickled beet sushi - trust us, it's delicious)

Cold Springs #1

Mile 36.8

Drop Bag

Full Aid Station 

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Bacon

Quesadillas

Beer

Cold Springs #2

Mile 40.8

CUT OFF 5:30pm

Pacer

Crew Allowed

Drop Bag

Full Aid Station 

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Bacon

Quesadillas

Beer

Snake Mouth

Mile 47.5

Pacer

Crew Allowed

Full Aid Station 

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Quesadillas

Soup/broth

Colby Mountain

Mile 56 

CUT OFF 10PM

***MANDATORY TO HAVE HEADLAMP IF THERE IS A CHANCE THAT YOU WILL BE GOING DOWN THIS SECTION IN THE DARK. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEAVE THIS STATION WITHOUT YOUR HEADLAMP!***

Drop Bag

Full Aid Station 

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Soup/broth

Tortillas with mustard

Hummus wraps

 

Finish Line (where 100k finishes and 100 milers continue)

Mile 62.4

CUT OFF 12:20AM

Drop Bag

Pacer

Crew Allowed

Full Aid Station 

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

French Fries, tater tots

Chicken Fingers

Tortillas with mustard

Beer

Carpenter Ridge

Mile 67.4

Full Aid Station 

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Soup/broth

Tortillas with Mustard

Tortillas with hummus

Lollipop #1

Mile 76ish

Drop Bag

Pacer

Crew Allowed

Full Aid Station (including delicious homemade vegan options)

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

More hearty food options (like egg salad, pb & J & hummus wraps & pickled beet sushi - trust us, it's delicious)

Tortillas with mustard

Soup/Broth

Pasta

Lollipop #2

Mile 80ish

Drop Bag

Pacer

Crew Allowed

Full Aid Station (including delicious homemade vegan options)

Water/Electrolytes

Sweet & Salty Snacks/Soda

Fruit

More hearty food options (like egg salad, pb & J & hummus wraps & pickled beet sushi - trust us, it's delicious)

Tortillas w/mustard

Soup/Broth

Pasta

Lollipop #3

Mile 84ish

CUT OFF 6:25AM

Drop Bag

Pacer

Crew Allowed

Full Aid Station (including delicious homemade vegan options)

Water/Electrolytes

Sweet & Salty Snacks/Soda

Fruit

More hearty food options (like egg salad, pb & J & hummus wraps & pickled beet sushi - trust us, it's delicious)

Tortillas w/mustard

Soup/Broth

Pasta

Carpenter Ridge

Mile 91.7

CUT OFF 8:30AM

Full Aid Station 

Water/Electrolytes/Soda

Sweet & Salty Snacks

Fruit

Soup/Broth

Tortillas with mustard

Tortillas with hummus

*Sweet & Salty snacks include: Candy (hard candy, licorice, starbursts or skittles, mini candy bars, gummy candy, etc), potato chips. salt & potatoes, pb & j sandwiches, cookies, pretzels

*The Loco Party Animal 5k Turn Around Aid Station (miles 63.5 & 95.5)  will be open from 8:30pm-12am. It is a water/electrolyte and disco station! Stop for a refill and to do the Hussle all the way back to 1972!

Course Map

To view with better resolution, open on computer. On a computer, click the course, choose profile, run mouse over profile and follow along on the course map. Click expand for some extra info.

CALTOPO COURSE LINK: https://caltopo.com/m/QA1Q

Elevation Profile & Course Cover

Elevation: 

Starting Elevation: 4337' 

Highest Elevation: 6720'

Overall: +8913/-8913

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