Aid stations will be roughly every 1.5 miles along the marathon, 1/2 marathon, 5K, and 10K courses. Aid stations along the remainer of the 50 miler course will be roughly every 4-6 miles. Aid stations will accommodate runners by either bottle refill or filled cups. Though this race is in much milder winter desert conditions, it is still the desert and very dry. Don't underestimate this in your hydration strategy.
That being said, aid stations designated below as *ultra* will be well stocked with water, Hammer HEED energy replacement drink (variety of flavors), Hammer Gel (variety of flavors), salty snacks, sweet snacks, frest fruit, boiled potatoes and salt, and limited first aid provisions. "Ultra" Aid Stations will have all of the above provisions, the remaining aid stations will have just water and HEED.
50 Mile Runners: Aid Stations will be roughly every 4-6 miles before and after the official marathon course is manned and set up (8am- 2pm). Meaning- on the way out plan on hitting an aid station at roughly miles 4.0, 9, 13.1, 19.1 (drop bag), 25, 30.9 (drop bag- same as 19.1), 36.9, 41, and 46.0. If you are running while the marathon aid stations are set up and manned you are more than welcome to use these as well. Note: The above mile markers are the official ultra aid stations and will have the complete ultra spread of food and provisions, while the others will be more limited of a selection.
LIGHTS: The 50 mile run starts before sunrise and finishes after sunset. No additional lighting will be brought in. Please plan on bringing a head lamp or hand held flashlight. You may drop this at an aid station and retrieve it either on your way back in or at the finish line. Please have it designated with your name on it if you want it back.
** You must give your bib number to the "clip board" volunteer at the turn around point for your race.
*** Bandits will be shot and left to dehydrate. NO BIB, NO AID! Bandits steal from the paying participants- not only in the form of aid stations, but unnecessarily crowding the roadway at the same time of the event, jeopardizing the permit, confusing the volunteers and timers, and soaking up the atmosphere of the race that I have so laborously worked to provide. Please respect me, the other runners, and the sport: If you did not pay for the race, please do not run at the same time as the course!!!!
**** Exact aid station locations are subject to change before race day.
50 mile runners drop bags. Runners may have 2 drop bags, each of which can be accessed twice. Please deliver it to the start line on race morning and it will be transported to the station for you. Please label it with your name and which location it is intended for: i.e 9 / 41 OR 19/ 31. **PLEASE NOTE** Anyone remaining on course after 4:15pm MUST be wearing reflective clothing and carry a flashlight/headlamp. Reflective clothing can be a vest, arm band, leg band, reflective tape, etc: but must be reflective from front and back. Most people planning on finishing in 10+ hours should plan on having their reflective gear in drop bag 9/ 41. Those closer to 12-13 hours may want it in their 19/ 31 drop bag. Note also, it will be dark the first 50 minutes of your race. You can drop your light at aid station 9 /41 and collect inbound. Please label it with your name. **This is a requirement of the permit- your cooperation is appreciated and expected**
AID STATIONS (this is an out and back course so you will hit each aid station twice)
Marathon Aid Stations: Will be located at miles 1.65, 4.0 (*Ultra*), 5.7, 7.5, 9.0 (*Ultra*), 9.9, 11.2, 13.1 (*Ultra*), 15, 16.3, 17.2 (*Ultra*), 18.7, 20.5, 22.2 (*Ultra*), and 24.55
1/2 Marathon Aid Stations: Will be located at miles 1.65, 4.0 (*Ultra*), 5.7, 7.4, 9.1 (*Ultra*), and 11.45.
10K Aid Stations: Will be located at miles 1.17, 2.45, 3.75, and 5.03
5K Aid Station: Will be located at mile 1.17 and 1.93