-No refunds for any reason. Please keep this in mind before signing up.
-No transfers of race entry fee to another race, another year, or another runner regardless of why you cannot run it.
Registration opens January 1st, 2022
2020 Race transfers should see their race credit show up automatically when registering, otherwise please email Garrett for help: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep in mind that this race requires a certain amount of self sufficiency. Due to the extreme remoteness of the course, lack of road crossings (none) our aid stations are an average of 15 miles apart.
ABOUT THE 40 MILE: The Bigfoot 40 mile begins at Marble Mountain Sno Park and fully circumnavigates Mt. St. Helens, taking you on a journey through the desolation zone of this incredible volcano that erupted in 1980. Runners will experience lava fields, stream crossings, old growth forests, and mountain running at its best! The route is 100% single track trails.
WHEN: August 12th, 2022 at 7am. 18 hour cut off: finish line cut off is 1am August 13th. Race may be staggered to avoid crowding due to COVID 19 mitigation, although we may not need to do this. We will keep you updated via email. If not required, we will not stagger the start. We will keep runners informed as the race approaches on specific protocol.
RACE CHECK IN: From 5:30am-6:45am at Marble Mountain Sno Park
START/FINISH LOCATION: Marble Mountain Sno-Park at Mount St. Helens National Monument, National Forest Development Road 83, Stevenson, WA 98648. Closest town: Cougar, WA
COVID PROTOCOL: Race may be staggered to avoid crowding due to COVID 19. We will keep runners informed as the race approaches on specific protocol. We ask you to limit the number of people you travel with and who come to the race with you to avoid gathering large groups. We reserve the right to institute needed COVID protocol for runner safety in the months and weeks leading up to the race although we do not anticipate much change from previous years.
Map location of the start /finish:
GPS Coordinates (plug into google): 46.1303, -122.1713
ACCOMMODATIONS/CAMPING: Camping is allowed and is free at the start location, Marble Mountain Sno Park however it will not be quiet. For quieter dispersed camping please park along NF Road 83 - the road that leads to Marble Mountain sno park. It's all dispersed camping so please LEAVE NO TRACE. Please do not use pavement for tents as we need the paved parking area for vehicle parking. Clean up after yourselves or camping will not be allowed future years: leave no trace, carry out your garbage, waste and please do not leave feces and toilet paper in the woods or parking lot.
Car camping is fine, but we do need runners to park closely to each other as the 'camp area' is also the race parking. Some areas will be designated for the race management and start/finish areas of the race and camping will not be allowed there, however those locations will be clearly marked. There are bathrooms but no water and no electricity and for most people no phone reception. Verizon has a little reception on site. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WATER if you are camping!
Small RVs allowed but keep in mind there may not be turn around and we cannot accomodate large RVs over 25'. There are no hookups or electricity on site and most cell phones will not work. Camping on site is free and is on a first come, first serve basis. Closest town is Cougar, WA and is very limited in hotels. Woodland, WA is about 1 hr 20 mins away and has more hotels. Please use Yelp, Google, Air BnB or another web program to find lodging. We aren't able to make specific recommendations.
DISTANCE: 43.5. Single loop course circumnavigating Mt. St. Helens in Washington State.
OVERALL CUT OFF: 18 hours
FEES: $115. No day of race registration is available. Online reg closes August 5th, 2022, no registration is allowed after that.
ELEVATION GAIN: 9,019 ft
ELEVATION LOSS: 9,059 ft
RUNNER INFO: Drop bags will only be allowed at Blue Lake Aid Station. No Pacers will be allowed during the 40 mile race. If you choose to have crew, they will be allowed at the start/finish area and Windy Ridge Aid. No crew allowed at Blue Lake, sorry.
AWARDS/SWAG: All finishers get a unique, artist made finisher award. Top 3 male and top 3 female finishers receive special awards in addition to finisher’s awards. Other merchandise is optional and can be purchased on ultrasignup or on site at the race. Please bring cash or checks since cards will not be accepted. We will likely have race hoodies, hand painted trucker hats, cotton and athletic t-shirts, and stickers!
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: GRADUATE level race requires self sufficiency and experience in the backcountry. We recommend that runners consider that this is a tough 40mi race that requires runners to be fairly self sufficient. There are very few locations where runners can drop out of the race, please do not enter if not sufficiently trained and prepared. There are limited number of aid stations, just two!
MANDATORY GEAR, All participants are required to carry mandatory gear of the following items:
1. Jacket with hood (waterproof recommended). If the forecast calls for precipitation we will change this to mandatory WATERPROOF jacket.
2. Emergency blanket (foil type including foil bivy is acceptable). We recommend a mylar bivy as they are far more effective than the blankets. Here's the bivy we love.
4. Long sleeve insulating layer: long sleeve t-shirt or down jacket or long sleeve shirt or jacket of some kind in addition to the jacket with hood
5. Pants- must cover your entire legs
6. Hat & gloves. Can substitute buff for hat.
7. 500 EXTRA calories: should be carried the entire race unless needed for emergency
8. Headlamp and/or waist lamp with extra batteries
9. Cell phone
AID STATIONS, CUT OFF TIMES AND MILES TO NEXT AID:
Overall cut off is 18 hours.
Blue Lake Aid will be full aid station providing real food and more. Most aid stations will have medical personnel and HAM radio operators or satellite phone communication. Medical volunteers are on site to assist with minor medical issues. Post race meal/food provided at the finish line for all participants.
Start at Marble Mountain to Blue Lake Aid: 12 miles, +3172 gain and -2614 ft in elevation loss to Blue Lake Aid. 4.5 hour cut off to Blue Lake (2.6 mph), 11:30am
Blue Lake Aid (mi 12) to Windy Ridge (mi 28.8). Miles from Blue Lake Aid to Windy Ridge: 16.8 and +3504 ft elevation gain and -2405 ft in elevation loss. Cut off at Windy Ridge is 7pm (12hr cut off).
Windy Ridge (Mile 28.8) to Finish (mi 43.5). Miles from Windy Ridge to Finish: 14.7mi. +2243 ft elevation gain and -4040 ft of elevation loss to finish. Cut off at finish is at 1am July 11, that's 18 hours.
Finish, Mile 43.5, Cut off at 1am. Runners have up to 18 hrs to complete the route
WHAT'S AT THE AID STATIONS? Please note there are only 2 aid stations! There will also be a post race meal at the finish line for all runners and their families. Aid stations are stocked with ultra distance food like sandwiches, wraps, fruit, soda, snacks, soup (at night), gels, electrolyte caps, candy, electrolyte drink and water.
BLUE LAKE AID: This station will be well stocked and carry a variety of food. We will have fruit, sandwiches and wraps, chips, dips, hot soup at night, a variety of snacks and candy. Aid will have gels, electrolyte drink (we will have Tailwind Nutrition), electrolyte pills, medical kits. For drinks we will have water, soda, juice, and Tailwind Nutrition. Ice will also be available at Blue Lake aid station. We will have vegetarian options. NO CREW ALLOWED
WINDY RIDGE AID: This station will be well stocked and carry a variety of food. We will have fruit, sandwiches and wraps, chips, dips, hot soup at night, a variety of snacks and candy. Aid will have gels, electrolyte drink (we will have Tailwind Nutrition), electrolyte pills, medical kits. For drinks we will have water, soda, juice, and Tailwind Nutrition. Ice will also be available at Windy Ridge Aid Station. We will have vegetarian options. Crew are allowed. We may have to alter our COVID protocol but will keep runners updated.
MAP OF THE COURSE: http://caltopo.com/m/0CNA