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Forest Ranch Four

4mi, 15k, Half Marathon, 50k, 100k
Forest Ranch, Ca
April 22nd, 2023

Swag Deadline: 3/21/23 at Midnight

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Forest Ranch 4

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Are you tired of boring, flat city races? Want to add a little bit of 'oomph' to your running experience?

Grab your trail shoes and pack your sense of adventure because the Forest Ranch 4 is here to spice up your April!

 

Register now for the first, and only, foot race to go through Forest Ranch, Ca (just a 20ish minute drive from Chico)!

Located in the charming mountain town of Forest Ranch, Ca and tucked away in the lower parts of the Sierra Nevadas, we've got 5 distances for you to choose from. Whether you're feeling like a sweet 4-miler or you want to go big and tackle the 100k, we've got you covered. With mossy trees, creeks running alongside the course, and usually even a little mud to play in, you'll feel like you're in a fairy tale. Wide open dirt trails and logging roads give runners plenty of space to stretch out and avoid crowds. 

 

And let's not forget about the aid stations, they're like a runner's dream come true, complete with vegan and gluten-free options. The volunteers? They're like superheroes, always ready to lend a helping hand (or some tough love).

But be warned, there are hills...some really hilly hills. Don't worry though, you will be rewarded after your turn around with mostly downhill-ish to the finish. And don't miss the quaint little foot bridges, including Blue Bridge (aptly named because it's blue) near mile 2. It's like a mini-adventure in itself.

For you wild and crazy 50k and 100k runners, you'll get to experience the even smaller town of Butte Meadows (population 40), home of the infamous Bambi Inn, where locals and tourists alike refuel with a greasy hamburger, fries, and a cold beer. Enjoy spectacular views and nature as most never get to see it. And let's not forget the Lollipop Loop, one of the most ridiculous and unforgettable parts of the race.

15k and half marathon runners get it all: incredible views, a waterfall or two (because one just isn't enough), several lookout points to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery, and even the chance to PR on the way back to the finish line (because going downhill is just too easy, right?).

The magnificent 4-mile course is perfect for runners, joggers, walkers, hikers, kids, and families alike. Just before the turn around point, you'll come across a charming creek and a small footbridge that's perfect for taking selfies and group shots. And don't worry about getting thirsty or hungry, there's an aid station at the turn around point to keep you going. Whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking for a fun outdoor activity for the family, this 4-miler has something for everyone.

The best part? The race is dog friendly!

We welcome all well-behaved pups, and their responsible parents, to join in the fun.

 

And all runners will be rewarded with a warm, ooey gooey grilled cheese Sammie and soup at the finish line, plus a medal and, for those 21 and over, an ice-cold beer) all included with your registration. Don't miss out on this unique and unforgettable experience in the great outdoors.

 

Sign up now and let's make some unforgettable memories together!

Start Times:

100k: 7am

All other distances start at 8am

Aid Stations:

(This is a Trail Race,

All Mileage is Approximate)

 

4 Miler

Blue Bridge:

Turn Around Point, 2ish miles

15k 

Blue Bridge: 2ish miles 

Where's the Finish (WTF): 6.1 miles

Blue Bridge: 7.3 miles

1/2 Marathon

Blue Bridge: 2ish miles

The Tip: 5.6 miles

Where's the Finish (WTF): 10 miles

Blue Bridge: 11.2 miles

50k

Blue Bridge: 2ish miles*

The Tip: 5.6 miles

Bambi Inn:11.7 miles

Going Down: 18.3 miles

Where's the Finish (WTF): 25.1 miles & 28

Blue Bridge: 29.1miles

100k

Blue Bridge: 2ish, 29.1 miles *

The Tip: 5.6 miles**

Bambi Inn:11.7, 42.7 miles

Going Down: 18.3, 37.07, 49.3 miles

WTF: 25.1, 28, 56.1, 59

Start/Finish Line Aid Station: 31 miles

* Blue Bridge AS will NOT be an aid station after your second trip through at mile 29.1ish, even though you do pass the location where the aid station was.

**The Tip will not be an aid station after your initial visit at mile 5.6, even though you pass this location.

What Will The Aid Stations Have?

 

Blue Bridge Aid Station

water, electrolytes, Sprite, Cola

The Tip Aid Station

water, electrolytes, sprite, cola, gingerale

Potatoes & Salt, Potato Chips, Fruit, Candy

Going Down Aid Station

water, electrolytes, sprite, cola, gingerale

Potatoes & Salt, Potato Chips, Fruit, Candy, PB&J, Miso Soup

Bambi Inn Aid Station

water, electrolytes, sprite, cola, gingerale

Potatoes & Salt, Potato Chips, Fruit, Candy,

PB&J, Bacon, Quesadillas (V/GF), Miso Soup

Where's the Finish (WTF) Aid Station

water, electrolytes, sprite, cola, gingerale

Potatoes & Salt, Potato Chips, Fruit, Candy. PB&J

(After 12pm, above plus: Bacon, Quesadillas (V/GF), Miso Soup)

Start/Finish Line Aid Station

water, electrolytes, sprite, cola, gingerale

Potatoes & Salt, Potato Chips, Fruit, Candy,

PB&J, Bacon, Loaded Quesadillas (V/GF), Grilled Cheese (V, GF), Fried Egg Sandwiches, Miso Soup

Cut Off Times:

 

50k

Bambi Inn Aid Station: 11:45am

Finish Line: 5:30

(approx 18:20 overall pace)

*50K PACER PICKUP ALLOWED ONLY AT SECOND VISIT TO WTF AID STATION (MILE 28).

WILL NEED ALL WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE, VEHICLE WITH CLEARANCE OR TRUCK TO GET THERE.

100k 

Bambi Inn #1: 12:45am (NO PACER)

Bambi Inn #2: 7pm (PACER)

Finish Line: 1:08am-ish, Sunday

(appox 17 min overall pace)

*100K PACER PICKUP ALLOWED ONLY AT BAMBI INN AID STATION SECOND VISIT (MILE 42.7ish).

NO OTHER PICK UP ALLOWED.

*100K CREW ALLOWED AT 1st & 2nd BAMBI INN AS & START FINISH LINE AS. NO OTHER CREW LOCATIONS ALLOWED.

*100K DROP BAGS: BAMBI INN & START/FINISH LINE AID STATIONS.

All other distances:

12pm-ish

Elevation Profiles:

To view elevation profile, click link below. Once on course map, click the actual course & a box appears. Choose "profile". An elevation profile will come up. Drag your mouse over the elevation profile and you can follow where it correlates on the actual course map.

4 Miler: https://caltopo.com/m/DU01

 

15k: https://caltopo.com/m/NQ97

 

Half Marathon: https://caltopo.com/m/NFPG

 

50k: https://caltopo.com/m/D8NC

100K: 50k course, doubled

15k elevation profile Forest Ranch 4
Half Marathon Elevation Profile Forest Ranch 4
50k & 100k elevation profile Forest Ranch 4

Double this elevation profile for the 100k

Other Important Info

Deadline To Gaurantee

T-shirt, Medallion

& Other Swag

 

Register by March 21, 2023, at midnight,

 to guarantee your t-shirt, medallion & other race swag!

After March 21st, t-shirts, medallions

& other race swag will be on a first come,

first served basis.

Packet Pick Up:

Race Morning

100k: 6:15am-6:40am

All other distances: 6:30am-7:45am

Start Line Location

Start Line Link

FROM CHICO: Head up Highway 32, towards Forest Ranch. Once you hit the HWY 32/Nopel Ave intersection, in Forest Ranch, it is approximately 8.3 miles up HWY 32 on the right hand side. Watch for event parking signs. Parking will be just before and after the start line, in the marked pullout areas. If these are full, please park along HWY 32, on the wide shoulder areas. DO NOT park directly at the start/finish line. DO NOT block entrance/exits of private property/driveways or YELLOW gates.

FROM ALMANOR/CHESTER/SUSANVILLE AREA:

Come down HWY 32, towards Forest Ranch. Approximately 4.9 miles past the HWY 32/Humboldt Rd intersection (the turn to Butte Meadows), the start line will be on your left. Watch for event parking signs. Parking will be just before and after the start line, in the marked pullout areas. If these are full, please park along HWY 32, on the wide shoulder areas. DO NOT park directly at the start/finish line.

Swag:

Long Sleeve T-shirt, Medallion, Post-Race Meal...we usually have some surprise Loco swag at packet pick up for our runners! 50k & 100k get a super rad hat or beanie, depending on the year.

Dogs:

If you plan to bring your furry friend, please be sure they are non-aggressive, well behaved, on a leash for the start/finish line and bring poop bags.

 

Lodging:

Camping & Cabins nearby, in Butte Meadows (Bambi Inn, Mercantile or privately owned on Airbnb. Hotels approximately 30-45 minutes away, in Chico. Check out our lodging page for more info.

Parking:

Watch for event parking signs. Parking will be just before and after the start line, in the marked pullout areas. If these are full, please park along HWY 32, on the wide shoulder areas. DO NOT park directly at the start/finish line. Refer to start line location (on this page) for directions to the start line.

Friends & Family:

Anyone who has friends and family that would like to cheer them on, please read below.

50k & 100k Cheering: There will be an aid station at the start finish line and one near the Bambi Inn, in Butte Meadows. Anyone who would like to cheer their runner on during the 50k & 100k distance is welcome (and encouraged) to go to either of these aid stations to ring cow bells and give them high fives...the crazier your cheering, the better!

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