With Devil Mountain Ultra & Demons of Dust Trail Runs both just around the corner, we trust that your training is on track and you're ready for One Hell of a Run!
The GECKO Difference
If you didn't already know, all proceeds from this event go to GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors), a local 501c3 Charity raising funds to get kids off the couch, unplugged and outside! We want to thank you for choosing a GECKO race and we hope you feel good that by racing you are also paying it forward. Look out for the GECKO Scholars at the event, out on the course and helping, they will have just returned from their GECKO/NOLS summer adventures in July.
Saturday 22nd August Schedule Summary –all distances start and finish in the same place (and please note that this location has changed in 2015! Read below...)
530am Mandatory check in of all ultra(50/50)runners. Leave marked items at the drop bags station
615am Mandatory Race Briefing
630am Devil Mountain Ultra (50/50)
8am Demons of Dust Half Marathon (on the day registration/packet pick upis from 645am)
8am Demons of Dust 5k and 10k (on the day registration/packet pick up is from 645am)
830am Kids Free Fun Run
Additional/New Race Distances: Demons of Dust
If you have friends, family or supporters coming with you to Pagosa Springs for the weekend of Devil Mountain, please let them know that we have added three distances to the event. At 8:00am the Demons of Dust half marathon, 5km &10km and will leave from the same start/finish area.Registration is online, or Friday night or on the morning of the race.There is no pressure to finish these distances quickly, so they can hike, jog or take younger children who are able to cover the distance. Dogs on leashes are also permitted.
NEW RACE START/FINISH AREA: Directions and Parking
If you have attended this race in past years, please note that we have moved the start/finish 2 miles further down Turkey Springs Road, to the Brockover Trail Head.
US Forestry have given us strict guidelines for parking on only ONE side of Turkey Springs Road in single file, all the way back to the Chris Mountain parking lot. There is no parking allowed down Brockover Road. It's only a short walk from the corner of Turkey Springs, down Brockover to the actual start. Please follow instructions from our parking attendants to ensure the safety of our race permit.We do encourage the use of car-pooling where practical. We also suggest you leave yuorself a little extra time to park and walk and to the start.
Access to the Start/Finish line area is via CO Rd 600/Piedra Rd. Head North West along CO Rd 600/Piedra Rd for 6.4 miles. Turn left onto Co Rd 146/Forest Service Rd 629/Turkey Springs Rd for 4.2 miles. You can also access Piedra Road (turning left) from North Pagosa Blvd.
Here's a link to the Start/Finish area.
This is the easiest and safest route – the majority of navigational systems will direct you a longer, more arduous and potentially more “vehicle wrecking “ route.
Ultra 50/50 Sign up
There is No DAY BEFORE or DAY OF sign up for the 50k or 50 mile. We will close online registration for the 50/50 midday Thursday 20th August so if you know someone still thinking of registering please let him or her know this.
Bib / Packet Pick up
BIB / Packet Pick up will be held on Friday, August 21st at the Start/Finish line area from 4pm to 9pm. ID will be required for pick up.THERE WILL BE NO PACKET PICK UP OR REGISTRATION FOR 50 MILERS OR 50 K’ERS ON THE MORNING OF THE RACE.
5k, 10k and half-marathon runners may register on Friday, August 21st at the Start/Finish line area from 4pm to 9pm or on Saturday morning from 6:45 to 7:30am at the start/finish area. Only online entries are guaranteed a swag filled race bag and race socks. Late registration rates will apply for on the day registration.
Race Start and Briefing times/Mandatory Check-in
For safety reasons there is a mandatory check in on Saturday morning before the 50/50. ALL ULTRA RUNNERS must check in before 6:15am on race morning.
The 50mile and 50k race will start at 6:30am sharp on Saturday 23rd August. The race briefing will be held at 6:15am at the Start/Finish area.
The half-marathon,5k and 10kwill start at 8:00am sharp. The race briefing will be held at 7:45am at the Start/Finish area.
Currently the 2014 maps are online. There is a slight change to the start and finish trail access based on the new start/finish area, but this doesn't significantly change the Ultra course or the aid station locations (although the distances to and between aid stations will change by approximately 2 miles). Revised and updated course maps for 2015 will be uploaded onto the web page next week and a notification will go out on Facebook. These maps will have aid stations and their distances clearly marked for you.
The 5k, 10k and half marathon map is online here.There is no aid station on course for the 5k distance. There is a finisher aid station. The majority of this course distance is run through ponderosa and aspen forest and is shaded.
Cut-off times for the 50 mile race only
CUT OFF TIMES:
11hrs at Aid #6, approx mile 35.5 tbc (5:30pm)
This is a challenging run! The out and back section of the 50-mile course is incredibly beautiful and incredibly remote and tough (especially the climb coming back to aid 7). For these reasons we will have a strict cut-off for runners departing aid 6. Adjustments may be made due to weather.
We reserve the right to shorten cut-off times before or during the race due to weather and or safety concerns.
Drop bags will be allowed for 50/50 runners only. A drop bag section will be available at the Start/Finish area. You will access your drop bags at aid stations 4 and 7 (you return to the same aid station twice in a loop).
All drop bags need to be placed in this area between 5:30 – 6:15am on Saturday morning.
This is an iPod friendly race. However, because this is a public trail with other trail users (runners, horse riders, mountain bikers, etc) we ask that you use these devices responsibly.
Head Lamps & Weather Gear
Ultra runners - you may need a head lamp for the morning and the evening, please make sure you have these with you and pack them in your drop bags. Think carefully about warm/weather gear you may need as well, particularly for the mornings and evenings, weather in the mountains can change quickly. Monsoonal rains are typically in the afternoons in late summer. Be prepared for hot weather and cold weather in the same race.
On Course Fuel & Nutrition
Thanks to Clif Company for supplying on course fuel for this race (lemon/lime and raspberry shot, blocks, a variety of gels, protein and energy bars). We'll also have a variety of sweet and salty runners snacks and water at every aid station. Only 50/50 ultra runners will be able to use a drop bag. Aid stations locations and distances will be clearly marked on the new map (and are marked on the existing Demons of Dust map already).
All runners will receive a plastic electronic timing chip with a neoprene/velcro ankle strap at registration/packet pick up. The number on your timing chip will correlate with the number on your race bib.
It is important that for accurate timing and results the chip is fixed to the outside of your right ankle using the neoprene/velcro strap. Timing chips will be removed and collected as soon as you cross the finish line and any damaged, broken or missing chips will incur a fee of $20.00.
Crew can get to aid 4 (please NO DOGS ALLOWED HERE), approx mile 21.5. It is a 6 mile drive on dirt road and then a 3/4 of a mile hike on closed dirt road, mellow but uphill all the way. For 50 milers this is also aid 7 at qpprox mile 43. Crew can also get to aid 5/6 mile 29 and 32ish. but it is a long way (hour or so) on dirt road. Drop bags will be collected at the start/finish onthemorning of the race for these two locations. We STRONGLY recommend the 50 milers have a light in aid 4/7 as many of you will finish in the dark. And, if you are slow but steady you would want a light at aid 5/6 (someone spent the night out there a couple of years ago, and we'd prefer to avoid that this year.) We suggest warm clothing for after dark as well.
The start/finish line is far from any shops or amenities so please have your family and friends crewing or spectating bring weather proof clothing, deck chairs or blankets and any picnic food and drink they may need for the day. There are no vendors at the start/finish and the aid stations are for athletes. Turkey Springs is a beautiful place to spend the day but it's far from town.
Finish Line Celebrations
As ultra runners finish late into the night we encourage finishers and spectators to help cheer them in. We will have a bonfire and smors, so bring your campfire chairs and rug up warm. Sierra Nevada kindly offers a celebratory beer to finishers over 21yo, and we'll have those cold and in coolers waiting for you!
Awards Presentation and Sunday Breakfast
The pancake breakfast will start at 8am on Sunday morning with the Awards Presentation & Swag giveaway at 9am. We’d love to see as many of you there as possible. It is free to athletes and volunteers, and a donation of your choosing is requested from non-athletes.
We are pleased to have Elite Recycling sponsor this eventproviding receptacles for trash that will be sorted and recycled.
There is primitive/bush camping near the start/finish area (it is National Forest) and you are welcome to camp out with the GECKO team on Friday and Saturday night. PLEASE make sure that you are camped off the actual race trail and parking lot at the trail head - we will try to designate camping areas.
There are no ablution facilities (besides the porta-potties provided for the race) and no water or showers. GECKO has number of accommodation partners www.joingecko.org/accommodations with great discounts for those with race bibs.As an added incentive to book the Quality Inn or Quality Resort during your stay, there is a generous discount of 20% off.
Down town Quality Inn
Up Town Quality Resort
Both links will give the 20% discount automatically when booking.
Kids 10 and under Free Fun Run
There is a low key, fun trail run for the kiddos at 830am (approximately 1 mile) hosted by a local non profit called Retro Metro. Check them out!
It’s completely free and aimed at kids 10 years and younger, but there’s still a registration and complusory waiver to sign (this opens at 730am). They get a Clif Kids Bar and a medal at the finish line as well as a race bib just like mom and dad!Parents are welcome to run with smaller kids.
The Hub Bike Shopalso has nutrition, hydration and running gear for any last minuterequirements, and ask for 10% off as a GECKO racer. If you’re in town early and you’re looking for good fare Higher Grounds Coffee (uptown) and Pagosa Baking Company (downtown) make the best coffee and have delicious breakfast, lunch, snacks or cakes all day.
Higher Grounds Coffee will be providing fresh brewed coffee at the 8am race start and at the Awards Breakfast.
We'll have a weather check the week of the race and send any updates or pertinent information.
There’ll be race surveys for you to fill out at the finish line and the awards breakfast. You go into the draw to win SWAG if you do! Look out for the surveys.
If you can't race any longer
If for some reason you're no longer able to race - please let us know so that can update the start list. Also read our refund and transfer policy here(www.joingecko.org/refund_policy) to help you decide the best way forward before contacting us.
Facebook & Twitter Updates
If you want fun updates and latest news about the race, please keep an eye out on theGECKO Facebook pageand Twitter @joingecko - it's where we post photos, videos, and updates!
Check the gallery from previous years - you get a good sense of the event, and there are blogs, videos and photos to look through.
2014 Photo Gallery
Devil Mountain is one of GECKO's favorite and treasured events and we'd love you to enjoy the race as much as we do, so if you have any concerns, or have any questions,please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you in the dirt!
Mike Le Roux