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Every continent except Antarctica has a continental divide. In North America the divide runs from northwestern Canada along the crest of the Rocky Mountains to Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental, and it is generally the line that divides the flow of water between the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.
In 1968 a federal plan for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) was mandated, and today, construction of the CDT is estimated to be 85% complete.
The 14 Butte-iful kilometers along the CDT between Montana’s Homestake and Pipestone passes in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest are completed, and that section offers scenic vistas with majestic rock formations. This race along that route celebrates the trail and the memory of one of its greatest local proponents — the late John “the Wulfman” Wulf, who was the God Father of Butte’s Piss & Moan Runners. The race is run on Summer Solstice Saturday, the anniversary of the Wulfman’s last group run.
Race proceeds are used to help build and improve trails in southwest Montana.
We Piss & Moan Runners promise our best in creating a race experience that is challenging, memorable and fun for runners of all ages and abilities!!
Detailed information regarding registration updates, parking, directions, the amazing trail, and porta-john location were emailed the week before the race and added below. The seeded start times are also available:
Race Email #1
The Wulfpack looks forward to hosting you on June 18, 2022. Information regarding cancellations, parking, directions, the amazing trail, and essential honey buckets is provided below.
First things first, let’s address registration and cancellations. The race has openings, which is unusual at this late date. If you have friends who would like to participate, please let them know. Registration is handled through the RunSignUp website.
If you need to change your estimated time, use the RunSignUp website. For perspective, the fastest times ever run on this course are just under an hour. That is smoking fast, and hasn’t been done from the Homestake starting line for years. Remember, this estimate dictates where you are seeded at the start. If you are now feeling a little nervous about your estimated time, login to RunSignUp and go to your Upcoming Events / Manage Registration / then choose Questions. Modify your time, then check Update Responses. The deadline for modifying estimated time is midnight on Monday, June 13, 2022. If you find you will not be able to run this year, you can also cancel your registration through the RunSignUp website.
To find Wulfman’s race site, exit I-90 at Homestake Pass, Exit #233. Follow the signs and the directions of our volunteer parking attendants to designated parking NORTH of I-90. There you will find posted starting times and volunteers distributing race packets which will include your race number and bib chip.
Do not park near an I-90 entrance or exit ramp at any time. Our relationship with the MT highway department depends on your cooperation. We use the south side of I-90 near the starting line for emergency vehicles, porta-potties, and other needs. Please cross to the north side of I-90 to park.
Please do not park a private car at the finish in the main parking area of Pipestone Pass. Busses and emergency vehicles need to be able to enter and exit that parking area and navigate the corners of the road without obstruction. If you find it necessary to have a vehicle at the finish, please park in one of the off-highway parking areas around the top of the pass.
The section of CDT you’ll be traversing is currently clear of snow and deadfall. Conditions are subject to change, but currently they are fast.
The legendary Wulfman owned his own miniature “honey bucket” toilet and he rarely traveled far without it, but we don’t expect you to match his high standard. There will be porta-john’s at the start, at the finish, and in Homestake’s north parking lot. THere will also be a hand washing station on Homestake Pass. Remember that our Golden VIPs may cut directly to the front of the bathroom lines.
We would like to take this opportunity to begin thanking a few of our partners. This event would not be possible without the help of fine, local folks such as those at U.S.F.S. Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest, and Water & Environmental Technologies. Their generosity, along with that of numerous others is greatly appreciated.
Race Email #2
The following has before the start, at the start, during the race, and after the race information that you’ll want to read, especially if you’ve never participated in this event.
BEFORE YOU START
You will pick up your packet with your number in the parking area that is across the interstate from the start line. Make sure your number is visible to those of us who help herd and sort you into order. It makes everything go a little more smoothly when we can read your bib number. We will have a gear truck near the start, so if you want to send a gear bag with snacks or layers to be available when you finish, you will drop those items in the truck. Be sure to pick up the items when you finish.
Wulfman’s CDT-14K uses a time-trial format to help avoid crowding and bumping on the narrow trail. Each of you will be seeded with a starting time based on your self-predicted finish time. “Hares” go off first, with “porcupines” following to minimize the need for passing. Your race number will double as your starting time. The first runner to start will have the number “8:00:00” and that speed demon will set off at exactly 8 a.m. Another runner will start every 10 seconds thereafter. If your number reads “8:18:40” it means that your race time will start ticking at exactly 18 minutes and 40 seconds after 8 a.m. The clock will run whether or not you are physically in the starting chute. If you miss your start time, you may start as soon as you can safely access the trail without disrupting other starters. We will not attempt to correct times for late starters. 200 runners will be on the trail within 35 minutes, which means the process moves swiftly. You will be instructed to line up in race number order. You should be near the start, with eyes and ears wide open as your start time approaches. We will assist in lining up runners. A list of start times will be available a few days prior to the race. The same lists will be posted on the bulletin board in Homestake’s NORTH parking lot on race morning, and will be available at the packet pick up. At the starting line you will be cued by a display clock that will be counting off the time of day, and at the same moment when your start time shows on the clock, your official start signal will be produced by an automated device that beeps and flashes green. Pay attention to the herders and the runners starting before you so that you understand what you should do, and when you should do it.
DURING THE RACE
If seeding has placed you ahead of someone who is ready to pass you, let him or her safely pass by. If you choose to listen to a music device while touring the CDT’s tranquility, then please keep one ear free and stay alert for runners needing to pass. If you find you need to pass a runner and they have not moved aside, call out on which side you are passing and move through.
AFTER THE RACE
Busses will be waiting at the finish line to transport you back to your vehicle at the start. Your gear bag (don’t forget to retrieve it!) and refreshments will be available before you board, as well as a few porta-johns. We have added a bus this year so that there will always be a bus loading. Again, this event would not be possible without the generosity of our partners. PULSE Jefferson Valley EMS&R, Harlow Bussing, and Hoffman’s R&M help us keep you safe and comfortable. Their support and efforts are appreciated!
Race Email #3
Below you will find useful information regarding trail etiquette, runner accountability, on-course assistance, and a surprise**.
**The surprise is first. Homestake Lodge had a conflict on our race date, therefore we are unable to use the lodge for our post-race picnic. Instead, we will gather at the High Altitude Speed Skating Center. It is located at the base of Homestake Pass, just west off of the Continental exit. More on the picnic to come, but we wanted you to be aware of this change and be able to notify others in your party who may be meeting you after the race.***
The seeding list for runners will be sent out on Wednesday, and will also be available at packet pickup beginning at 7:00 a.m. on race morning.The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest asks us to remind runners that trail etiquette requires you to yield to horseback riders. The trail is not closed during our event, so you may encounter other users. If you meet horseback riders, you must stop and move off to the downhill side of the trail to not scare the horse or cause potential safety issues.
Although the Wulfman was rarely seen without his faithful four-legged companions, he would have secured his dogs away from the runners at an event like this. Dogs are not allowed in this race.
Be safe and accountable if you do not finish Wulfman’s CDT-14K. No matter which end of the trail you exit, you must check in your race number with a race official so that we know that you made it out. Otherwise we will notice that you are missing, and we will form a search party to look for you.
Please do not venture away from the trail. The trail follows a relatively uncomplicated single-track route and your way will be clearly marked, but it is still possible to get lost or injured. You may need assistance while on the course. The aid station will be equipped with water, minor first aid, and a cell phone.
There will be additional course monitors floating to places where they are most likely needed. They will be able to contact an ambulance service if necessary. There will be “sweepers” riding the trail on horseback a half hour or more after the last race participant begins, and they will offer assistance if needed.
In the days before this trail existed, the playful Wulfman explained to his “followers” how to successfully navigate the long version of the route, then he secretly veered onto a shorter route. Once at the top, Wulfman rested and waited to surprise his faster companions. The Wulfman could be sneaky, but you can’t. You will not be listed in results if you are witnessed leaving the course and gaining an advantage over your fellow runners. Your way will be marked, but should you find that you have mistakenly left the trail, you must return to the point that you got off course before proceeding. To do otherwise is absolute grounds for disqualification, and we know from experience that this type of DQ is unpleasant for all involved.
Again, this event would not be possible without the generosity of our partners. We would like to take this opportunity to show our thanks to more fine local businesses such as Butte Sunrise Kiwanis, Headframe Spirits, Marathon Machine Works, and MT Broom and Brush. Their support is appreciated!