The Loco Challenge 100k

Saturday, June 4th

Butte Meadows, Ca

Pictures of the course at the bottom of the page.

Link to other distances... HERE

Register HERE

SPACES AVAILABLE AS OF 5.12.22 - 29 spots remaining

Welcome to Running Loco - the game where you run until your toenails fall off and things change at the last minute (usually due to weather). 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.

We will be using the same route we used in 2021. We loved it and can't wait to do it again!

 

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:

5:30am

Packet Pick Up:

4:30am-5:15am

Start line, race morning

(Race Brief, Start Line, 5:15am)

Location & Directions:

Butte Meadows, Ca

1 Mile From Bambi Inn

Detailed Directions/Location at Bottom of Page

Swag & Awards: 

All participants get a race shirt, 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)!

Disclaimers:

As we said last year...and the year before...and the year before that...

We keep the price for this race lower than most other 100k 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 2021 Race

Aid Station Mileage is as follows (we work on the "ish". All mileage is approximate)

 

Party Animal #1

(this will be a beverage station only the first visit)
NO ACESS
NO DROP BAG

MILE 4.3

Yellow Gate #1
Crew
Drop Bag

MILE 10.3

Turn Around & Water Drop*

MILE 18ish

Yellow Gate #2
Crew
Drop Bag

MILE 25.3

Lollipop #1
Crew
Drop Bag

MILE 28.4

Lollipop #2
Crew
Drop Bag

MILE 31.4

Party Animal #2
Crew
Drop Bag
Pacer Pick Up

MILE 38.3

Start Finish Line #1
Crew
Drop Bag
Pacer Pick Up

MILE 42.6

CUT OFF 6:40pm

Start Finish Line #2
Crew
Drop Bag
Pacer Pick Up

MILE 45.1

 

K Sisters

No Access

No Drop Bag

MILE 55.6

Start Finish Line #3
Crew
Drop Bag
Pacer Pick Up

MILE 62.2

CUT OFF 2:00AM, SUNDAY, 6/6

*NOTE:There will be a water drop around mile 14.5ish. Last year we had some very thirsty runners and ran out of water. We will put out extra water this year but PLEASE fill all the way up BEFORE that at YELLOW GATE AS...just in case we've got thirsty runners again this year. Also, if we get rain, there might could be some sort of water crossing during this stretch. Who's excited about that?! That's right, we're looking at you.

*NOTE: You have a turn around point right around mile 18ish. It will be marked with flags and signs that say "turn around". You should do what the sign says.

*NOTE: DROP BAGS WILL COME BACK TO THE START/FINISH LINE WHEN THE AID STATION CLOSES. THAT MAY LONG AFTER YOU FINISH. YOU ARE WELCOME TO DRIVE TO THE AID STATION TO PICK THEM UP (SAFELY, REMEMBERING RUNNERS ON THE COURSE IN WHICH YOU ARE DRIVING). DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DROP BAGS AT THIS RACE. IF YOU LEAVE THE EVENT AND YOUR DROP BAG IS STILL WITH US, WE WILL REMOVE ALL PERISHABLES AND DONATE THE REST TO ULTRA RUNNING ORPHANS! IF YOU'VE GOT CREW, MAYBE ASK THEM TO GRAB THEM AFTER YOU ARE DONE AT AN AID STATION.

Route and Elevation Profile:

Link to 100k route HERE

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:

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!!! FLAGS ONLY!!! If you do not see a survey marker for a mile, you are going the wrong way. Turn around, go back and find your last flag and figure out where you went wrong. 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.

Here are the directions to your start/finish line:

From Chico, take HWY 32 (towards Forest Ranch/Butte Meadows). When you take the right on to Humboldt Ave to Butte Meadows set your odometer to zero and clock 4.3 miles. That will put you at, or very close to, the start line, on the left. 

From Susanville/Chester areas, from HWY 32, when you turn left on to Humboldt Rd to Butte Meadows set your odometer to zero and clock 4.3 miles. That will put you at, or very close to, the start line, on the left. 

If you get confused, look for lots of other vehicles parked alongside the road, you are in the right spot. If you get really confused and you hit the Bambi Inn, make a u-turn and drive 1 mile back the way you came, towards HWY 32, on Humboldt. Now the start/finish line will be on your right.


For those coming from Chico, you will loose cell service shortly after hitting HWY 32. Put your directions in to your GPS before leaving!!! For those coming from Susanville/Chester area, you will loose cell service shortly after leaving Chester. Input your directions before leaving home or else you might not make it.

Parking:

DO NOT PARK DIRECTLY AT THE YELLOW GATES AT THE START LINE.

Instead, please park along the sides of the road before and after the start line and in the pull outs. If you park in the pull outs, please park in a way that leaves the most space for others to park as well. Be sure not to park in front of or block and yellow gates or driveways. When parking, be sure to choose a spot that has plenty of space for you to pull ALL THE WAY OVER, completely out of the road and able to open your door without it sticking way out into the road. Humboldt Rd is not very wide, and some folks drive like they just got their license yesterday.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

To date, rarely anyone gets cell service/data in Butte Meadows (except at the cell tree) and now apparently ATT users might get some while standing inside of "the tire". Most people will only get 2 brief moments of cell service past Forest Ranch (most people lose 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 and 1 small stretch on the way in to Butte Meadows...

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...

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