The Little Loco Relay
March 19th, 2022
1 Day, 65-ish Miles
2, 3 or 6 runners or Singe Runner Option
Forest Ranch, Ca
The Little Loco IS Happening This Year!
As always, this race has a pirate theme so grab your eye patch, peg leg and parrot and get ready to run! Prizes for best costume (costume leg is leg 1), best team or individual base camp decorations and overall pirate spirit!
Solo Runner Option (Runners running solo, not on a team)
Solo runners have the option of running whatever distance they choose, in 2 leg increments, beginning with the first 2 legs and working their way all the way to 12 legs (2 legs, 4 legs, 6 legs, etc). There are 6 unique legs, and they are doubled on the course for a total of 12 legs.
No need to choose how many you will complete ahead of time. The catch is that you must complete your run in 2 leg increments so, if you run your first two (#1 & #2) and keep going, you must complete the next two (#3 & #4) to officially finish - and so on. How far can you make it? The price is the same no matter how many loops you run - $70 (before Jan 2, $75 after).
Solo runners will have their own designated area to set up their base camp. It will be large enough to fit a 10x10 canopy in. This is suggested (and maybe even walls for your canopy) as this time of year can see some chilly temps. Runners are welcome to set up whatever they need (except a fire pit) inside their 10x10 area. We encourage at the very least a chair and/or cot and heavy blanket or sleeping bag. A cook stove might be of use as well. PLEASE BRING EXTRA CLOTHING TO CHANGE IN TO at least for after you come through the finish line but preferably for between every few legs. Extra socks and shoes aren't a bad idea either...just in case.
There will be a warming tent available near where runners check in between legs. Legs include dirt, gravel a small amount of pavement, tons of trees, hill climbing, creek views, lots of fresh mountain air, a little bit of um...adventure on Leg 1 and a dang good time!
Team Relay Option
1 Day, 65-ish Miles, 2, 3 or 6 runner teams! Run through the woods of Forest Ranch (just below Butte Meadows) and join us in this crazy pirate party. Bring your pirate running attire and decorate your team base camp like a pirate camp! Your 65ish mile journey begins about 30 minutes above Chico, California, in Forest Ranch, winding its 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 legs that double on the course to make 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.
*You DO NOT need your entire team built to register. You can register one person now and as you build your team, each teammate registers and chooses your team from a drop down list during registration. Team names can be changed once you have your team in order.
Course Design & Layout For The Relay
The course design and layout will be the same as our 2021 course.
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. Each team will have a 10x10 spot to set up whatever they need (EXCEPT A FIRE PIT) to keep their team going. We strongly suggest a canopy (and walls if you've got them) and chairs at the very least. A cook stove for warm beverages or food, propane heater and a cot or two with warm blankets or sleeping bags are all smart ideas as this time of year the weather can be chilly. PLEASE BRING CHANGES OF CLOTHES FOR BETWEEN LEGS SO YOU DON'T FREEZE IN SWEATY CLOTHES! Extra socks and shoes are probably smart as well. We will have a warming tent near where runners start and finish their legs.
Although you will be close enough to have access to your vehicles, your vehicles will not be allowed at your team base camp. Please DO NOT plan to use your vehicles are your base camp.
The course will be like a flower (a very oddly shaped flower!), with the team base camp at the center and the legs 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 our earlier years, but we had such an amazing experience in 2021 we are excited and promise that it will be fun, still have great challenges, beautiful scenery and even some elevation gain and loss.
Since this race has a cap on team and single runner limits, get registered now so you don't 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 ***. (Only 26 spots remaining as of 1/14/22)
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 legs you are wanting to complete - just remember, your options on race day are the first 2 legs, 4 legs, 6 legs, 8 legs, 10 legs or 12 legs, in order. You MUST complete the 2 leg section that you set out for IN ORDER to have a qualifying finish. You DO NOT need to choose how far you will run until you are out on the course, running. You tell us when you are done (just make sure it is in that 2 leg increment so you get an official finish). Each leg brings you back to the start/finish line aid station.
COURSE (miles approx)
Leg/Loop 1 & 12: 2.5 Miles (purple line)
Leg/Loop 2 & 11: 9.4 Miles (red line)
Leg/Loop 3 & 10: 6.1 Miles (blue line)
Leg/Loop 4 & 9: 6.7 Miles (yellow line)
Leg/Loop 5 & 8: 4.5 Miles (green line)
Leg/Loop 6 & 7: 3.8 Miles (white line)
Full Course Map Here (interactive: click any of the legs for more info. Once there, choose "profile" to see elevation, etc. Run your mouse over the elevation profile once it's up to see exactly where the elevation is on the course).