The Little Loco Relay
March 20th, 2021
1 Day, 65-ish Miles
2, 3 or 6 runners or Singe Runner Option
Butte Meadows, Ca
The Little Loco Relay IS Happening This Year!
The Little Loco Relay is a go for 2021!
Not only will we have our relay option but this year we will also have an SINGLE RUNNER OPTION for those who don't want to run on a team. More on that below. Runners still have the 2, 3 or 6 runner team option as usual.
Single Runner Option
Single runners have the option of running whatever distance they choose, in 2 loop increments, beginning with the first 2 loops and working their way to 12 (2 loops, 4 loops, 6 loops, etc). There are 6 unique loops and they are doubled on the course for 12 loops total. No need to choose how many you will complete ahead of time. The catch is that you must complete your run in 2 loop increments so, if you run your first two (#1 & #2) and keep going, you must complete the next two (#3 & #4) to finish - and so on. How far can you make it? The price is the same no matter how many loops you run - $70.
Loops include dirt, gravel a small amount of pavement, tons of trees, hill climbing, creek views (Loop 5), lots of fresh mountain air, a little bit of um...adventure on Loop 1 and a dang good time!
Team Relay Option
This year's pirate theme is steam punk so grab your top hat and goggles and get ready to run!
1 Day, 65-ish Miles, 2, 3 or 6 runner teams! Run through Butte Meadows and join us in this crazy pirate party. Bring your best steam punk pirate running attire and decorate your team base camp like a pirate camp! Your 66 mile journey begins just above Chico, California, in Butte Meadows, winding it's way through beautiful wooded trails and dirt and gravel forest roads.
You and your teammates will run each leg from the team base camp and back. There are 6 unique loops to that double on the course for 12 legs. That's 2 legs per runner if you have 6 runners, 4 legs per runner if you have 3 runners and 6 legs per runner if you have 2 runners. You choose who runs which legs. Teams keep the party going at base camp while runners take turns running their legs. Last runners in each team runs to the finish (team base camp) where teams can enjoy a delicious post race meal (included in registration) while cheering on other teams as they make their way to the finish.
Course Design & Layout For The Relay
The course design and layout will look a bit different this year due to a going a different route with permits.
Runners will not need team vehicles. Instead we will have a team base camp set up at the start line. Every team will have their designated spot (so we can practice social distancing between teams). Teams set up their day camp where their designated spot is and hang out and cheer their runners on all day. There will be a few legs that have the option of a checkpoint or two to cheer your runner on while they are running the leg (so we can keep some of the spirit of the original Loco relay going this year).
The course will be like a flower (a very oddly shaped flower!), with the team base camp at the center and the legs/loops as the pedals. We will have one big aid station/check in station at the team base camp for incoming runners and teammates to check in and get aid. We will, of course have our post race meal, starting at 3pm-ish.
The new course and design are completely different than anything we have ever done but we are excited and promise that it will be fun, still have great challenges, beautiful scenery and even some elevation gain and loss. We should have the course completely worked out very soon. Below we have posted the preliminary course links. It very well will look just like this on race day. If it doesn't it will be darn close! Since this race has a cap on team and single runner limits, take a leap of faith. Don't wait for the final course map to be published to register. You might miss out!
Here's what you should know (Relay & Single Runner):
1. There is registration a cap of 30 teams
2. There is a registration cap of 40 individual runners ***.
3. You do not need to have a full team to register and hold a place on the roster for your team. One person registers with a team name (which can be changed later) and teammates register as they are ready.
4. Individual runners register when ready - disregard team info.
5. This race will fill up fast.
***If you are running as a single runner register for the 65-ish mile distance option, regardless of how many loops you are wanting to complete - just remember, your options once registered are the first 2 loops, 4 loops, 6 loops, 8 loops, 10 loops or 12 loops, in order. You MUST complete the 2 loop section that you set out for in order to have a qualifying finish. Each loop brings you back to the start/finish line aid station.