For 2014 the Flagline 50k will serve as the USATF National Championships. You will need a current USATF number to be scored for the championship. However it you it is not required to be a member to race the 50k. Results will be scored normally with USATF members scored in an additional separate category.
There will be a prize purse of $2500 will be shared between the overall top three male and female and overall male and female master (40+).
Start Times: 8am or 7am early start
This will be the fourth running of the Flagline 50k trail run. Runners will be treated to a long tour of Central Oregon’s high country trails with amazing views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Mt. Bachelor. The course has some great mix of old growth pine and lodgepole forests, above treeline singletrack, a couple of stout climbs, and a creek to cool the feet. 5 aid stations fully stocked with food and drink to power you through your journey to finishing a challenging 50k run.
Once again the Flagline 50k will be part of theOregon Trail Ultramaraton Series. for more info on this trail running series hit this LINK. Also new for this year is that the cut off has been extended to 8hrs.
Packet Pick up
Packet pick up will take place Saturday September 20th from Noon to 6pm at Footzone of Bend located at 842 NW Wall st in beautiful downtown Bend Oregon. Packets will also be available Sunday Morning before the race up at the Sunrise Lodge Parking area at Mt Bachelor.
Refund Policy A 50% refund will be issued via check up until August, 2nd 2012 for all races. After August 12th NO REFUNDS will be given.
Course starts out with a net down from Dutchman Flat to aid 1 with some great double and singletrack through some lodgepole forests that skirt Vista Butte on the way to Swampy Lakes Snow Park. After a quick stop at the aid station you will proceed through some of the Nordic trails to where you hang a left for the Flagline Trail. This is one of the hardest climbs on the course and will be a challenging run for the next 6 or so miles to Aid 2. Once you are through the second aid station you will proceed through some rolling single track that flirts with some great alpine glades, a creek crossing (feet wet) and great views for miles. At aid 3 you will start a dirt road decent down to the headwaters of Tumalo Creek. After crossing the creek (on a bridge) you will begin the toughest climb on the course for 3.5 miles back up to the aid station you just left. Enjoy the climb and all the little glades, big ol’ trees, and more amazing views. After aid 4 your brain will get a break from sinlgetrack and be treated to one of the most beautiful dirt roads I have ever been on. Well the road itself is nothing special but the views from there are quite amazing. After your coast downhill we throw you right back in the woods and a short jog to the last aid station (aid 5). After topping off you get a rolling trail back to Mt. Bachelor. When you get back to Dutchman flat you will be guided out to cross Century Drive and finish via the dirt service road to finish Sunrise Lodge.
Time limit/Cut offs
Participants will have 7.5 hrs if they start at 8 or 8.5 with the 7am early start
Participants will need to be through Aid station 4 (mile 24) by 2:00pm.
What to Bring
Well this event has has experienced warmer than normal temperatures, winter storms and gigantic forest fires. I suggest finding a bag and putting every piece of clothing you have that somehow relates to running in it. Jacket(s), multiple pairs of gloves, socks, tights, knickers, shorts, hats, warm hats, lots of shirts of varying sleeve length and insulation levels, and a waterproof drop bag to put at aid stations.
Directions to Mt. Bachelor’s Sunrise Lodge
Mt. B has taken care of directions. Check out the site HERE
Need a place to stay?
Check out Visit Bend for a complete list of lodging options.
Contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year the Flagline Trailfest will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to the Bend Endurance Academy. http://www.bendenduranceacademy.org/.
Dave's day job in NYC is with a rug cleaning business that is doing well enough to sponsor a runner this year. In addition to knowing how to clean large area rugs properly, they also know that physical exersize and an active lifestyle are essential to keeping your sainity in the Big Apple. We're grateful to the folks at Sunshine Fine Rug Care for providing our event with a generous grant in exchange for a few mentions in this post and in our promotional material.
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OK folks, we are nearly there for the 2013 Flagline 50k and High Alpine Half. Just wanted to clear up one thing that has been admittedly a little confusing. The High Alpine Half will start and finish at SUNRISE LODGE. The 50k will still start at Dutchman Snow Park and finish at SUNRISE LODGE. My plan is to use Sunrise Lodge from here on out, it is a better place to finish because we have the area to ourselves and the surface we run in on isn’t as sandy as the Nordic Lodge finish. Also Mt Bachelor is expanding summer services that are taking place at West Village in talking with Mt B it was decided that using Sunrise Lodge for the races made more sense.
Looking forward to Sunday!
Game Day Decision
Ok folks we are getting close and I still can’t say with any certainty that the race will be able to go. This is due largely to the smoke being blown in at a moments notice. I was up there tonight marking the course and it was beautiful until about 5:45 and within minutes it was very smoky and not a healthy environment. Especially while running hard.
So with that said I am going to roll the dice as I want the race to happen but if it is unsafe to proceed I will unwillingly have to cancel race morning. I am very sorry for all of this but I just want to be honest and realistic with all of you. Dealing with mother nature is always an adventure.
Thank you for your understanding,