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Wulfman's CDT-14K

Saturday, 24 June 2017

 

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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!!

 

Race Results at Competitive Timing

 

Pre-Race Informational Emails:

 

Bussing & Starting Assignments, Photo ID Required for Number Pickup

Wulfman's CDT-14K seeded starting times and corresponding bussing assignments are linked here alphabetically in a pdf file. Those in yellow are Golden VIP runners.

The same chronological lists will be posted on the bulletin board in the NORTH parking area at Homestake Pass on race morning. Remember that, when you board your bus, you must bring your personal gear bag for items you want to leave at the gear truck prior to running. Get your t-shirt before loading the bus or at the finish.

 

Welcome, Trail Conditions, Cancellation Credits, Fine-Tuning Registration

Butte's Piss & Moan Runners, thank you for registering to run Wulfman's 14 km, Continental Divide Trail race on Saturday, 24 June. Each year we post informational releases during the final week leading up to the race. In addition to these e-mails, the posts will be placed at the bottom of the Wulfpage on our website.

As of last weekend, the fallen trees have been cleared from the trail. Jocelyn Dodge, the Recreational Forester for the Butte Ranger District cautions that even when the trail is clear and dry, it is not groomed in all places. There are roots, loose rock, and other debris making for potentially dangerous footing. Please watch your step!

We will attempt to tell you everything you want to know about the event, including such critical details as bussing assignments, starting procedures and seeded starting times.

Wulfman's traditional 250-person registration cap filled in early March this year. Several of those pre-registered have already cancelled out of this year's race, and their empty registration slots were snapped up. At this moment, the only way to enter Wulfman’s race is to capture an opening when a registered participant cancels. Please, if you are not able to run, please cancel your registration to open your place for another runner.

When you registered, you may have under/overestimated your predicted finish time. The accuracy of your predicted time is important because we use it to figure out a fair starting order, and because we award a prize for the most accurate prediction. You can log into RunSignUp to update your predicted time.

The site for canceling, capturing openings and updating your predicted time is runsignup.com/Race/MT/Butte/WulfmansCDT14K

Use the Find Participant option to locate your entry, then select More Details. You will be prompted for you RunSignUp password. Select the Request Refund if you wish to cancel your entry. Select Questions to view and update your estimated. If you have never run the race before, we estimate it take 1.65 to 1.7 time longer to finish than your current 10K time for a relatively flat course.

 

The Wulfman and the Golden Charity VIPs

Previous runners in Wulfman's CDT-14K have expressed curiosity about the late John “the Wulfman” Wulf, the race's gregarious namesake. In response we have posted anecdotes and photos about Wulf. There are stories about naming our club, his work, early CDT explorations, and a Wulfman ode.

Due to the high demand for the 240 Wulfman's CDT-14K entry slots, we offer ten additional $100 Golden VIP Charity Registrations. They cost a lot, but the proceeds go to a worthy cause benefitting trails in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF. To date we have donated over $12,000 toward the cause. Our Golden VIPs enjoy the same benefits extended to other registrants plus a few additional perks, including a shimmering golden bib number. The VIPs may self-seed their position in the starting order. They have privileged parking at the Homestake Lodge for the post-race picnic, and they may go to the front of the food line for immediate service. And perhaps most crucially, the Golden VIPs are granted go-to-the-front privilege at all race "honey buckets". The Wulfman would have loved that perk.

 

Directions, Parking, & Honey Bucket Port-a-Potties

Think car-pool! To find Wulfman's race site, exit Interstate Highway 90 at the Homestake Pass exit #233 between Butte and Whitehall. Follow the signs and the directions of our volunteer parking attendants to designated parking NORTH of I-90. There, you will find posted lists telling who is assigned to which bus. More exact bussing and race number handout details will be revealed in subsequent postings.

Overflow parking is abundant, so do not park near I-90 exit or entrance ramps. Those areas are hazardous, and our club's good standing with the Highway Department hangs in the balance. The south side of I-90 is off limits as well -- that area is needed for ambulances, official vehicles, and finish line activities.

Also please avoid placing a private car at the start area at Pipestone Pass. Off-highway parking there is cramped and is needed for operation of busses, gear trucks, emergency vehicles, official race vehicles, and outhouses. There is a blind corner on this section of highway with just enough space to allow the busses' tight fit. If your posse has an unstoppable notion to see you vanish into the forest at the start, they must park at the pullout that is located 1K below the crest of Pipestone Pass and walk to the start.

Outhouses: As previously reported, 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. Remember that our Golden VIPs may cut directly to the front of the honey bucket lines. There is one permanent USFS outhouse in Homestake's northern parking lot and there will be additional honey buckets there. You will find honey buckets at the bus unloading zone that is on the very top of Pipestone Pass. That is also where your gear-drop will be. After your race you will find another honey bucket near the finish line, and Homestake Lodge will be equipped with honey buckets for the post-race picnic.

 

Bussing, On-Bus Number Distribution, & SWAG

On race morning you will take or wear the items you want to have until the start of the race. Bring along a clearly marked gear bag for us to carry your items from Pipestone back to Homestake. Your gear bag should be reasonably compact and clearly marked with your name.

You are NOT allowed to let another runner race using your bib number, and such an act would likely result in the recipient’s embarrassment and disqualification. There IS an acceptable method of transferring your registration prior to 11:59 p.m., Saturday, June 17. Please if you won't make it to the race and need help cancelling. Bussing assignments and exact bussing schedules will be e-mailed late on Wed, 21 June, and hardcopies of the lists will be posted near the parking area on race morning. Who rides which bus will be determined by the seeding of runners.

The first of five busses will arrive at 7:30 a.m. for immediate boarding. It will depart for Pipestone at 7:45 a.m. The four remaining busses will depart periodically thereafter. The bus ride to the unloading zone will last ~20 minutes, leaving you at least 30 minutes before you need to be at the starting line. You will be able to identify your bus by its numbered sign (1 through 5). Please do not attempt to ride an earlier bus because switching busses would cause you to miss getting your assigned race number. You would also occupy a spot that is reserved for someone who is scheduled to start the race before you.

Race number distribution: A race volunteer on each bus will issue race bib numbers/timing chip to the runners assigned to their bus. Make sure your race number has your name on it. Your number will come with 4 safety-pins to fasten the number visibly on the front of your outermost garment throughout the race. During your bus ride, you will also be given last minute verbal instructions to help you remember the other important stuff. Race numbers unclaimed during the bus ride will be left at the unloading zone.

If the weather is inclement, your bus driver has instructions to stay at the unloading zone until the last rider chooses to brave the outdoors. Do not leave your gear bag on the bus. There will be a gear truck taking your gear bags back to Homestake.

Gear Drop & Starting Procedures

Please manage your time efficiently after leaving your bus because your personal starting time will seem to come quickly and the starting line is ~800 m away from the bus parking. To get to the start you should avoid walking on the highway. From the busses take a trail (counter-intuitively) SOUTH a short distance then turn down/east paralleling the highway to get to the northbound CDT which is across highway.

When you are ready to strip down to your running outfit, place your excess belongings in your gear bag and place it in the clearly marked "gear truck". The gear truck will transport all bags back to the finish area, and your bag should easily beat you there. Proceed north up the CDT ~300 m to the starting line. Make sure your race number is pinned visibly on your front of your outermost garment throughout the race. Our volunteers will start and time Wulfman's CDT-14K using a time-trial format to help avoid crowding and bumping on the narrow trail. Each of you will be seeded for a starting time based on (at Race Directors' discretion) your self-predicted finish time. "Hares" go off first and "porcupines" later in order to minimize the need for passing and being passed.

Your race number will double as your identification number and your starting time. The first runner to start will have the number "9:00:00" and that person will set off at exactly 9 a.m. Another runner will start every 10 seconds thereafter as seeded. If your bib reads "9:18:40" it means that your race time will start ticking at exactly 18 minutes and 40 seconds after 9 a.m., whether or not you are physically in the starting chute at that time. If you miss your start time, you may start as soon as you can safely access the trail without interfering with another runner.

There will be volunteers to help you coordinate your start. You will be instructed to line up in order by race numbers. It will all happen very quickly, so please be nearby, with eyes and ears wide open. Borrowing baseball terms to illustrate, you will go from "in the hole" to "on deck" to "at bat" all within 20 seconds. A large number of individuals must be started in a short period. One of our starting line "sorters" reported that most of the runners already knew how to line up in order without his help. He said he spent most of his time there giving 10-second counseling sessions to the many anxious runners who expressed concern and self-doubt as they were poised to start -- behavior that the Wulfman would have labeled "pissing and moaning."

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.

If, after you start, you find that your seeding has placed you ahead of someone who is ready to pass you, please use good judgment and courtesy to let him or her safely by. If you feel an unrelenting desire to listen to a personal music device while touring through the CDT's tranquility, then please leave one ear open and keep a watchful eye peeled rearward to scan for would-be passers. Seeded starting times and corresponding bussing assignments will be posted here a few days prior to the race. The same lists will be posted near the parking lot on race morning.

Post-Race Picnic

Wulfman's CDT-14K will be followed immediately by a picnic, prize drawing, and awards ceremony that you will not want to miss. It all happens at Homestake Lodge, beginning as runners arrive from ~11 a.m. until ~1:30 p.m. Car-pooling is strongly encouraged for the 5K drive to Homestake Lodge. Chris & Mandy, who own and operate the Lodge, kindly support Wulfman's race by hosting this picnic. Most of their parking for a crowd our size is at road-side, so the fewer cars there the better.

Directions: Drive gravel surfaced Forest Service Road 240 (Rader Creek) SE from Homestake Pass (this year's finish line) until you go under the big electrical transmission lines, where you will see a road to your right that leads to the Lodge. Golden VIP's will enjoy premium parking in front of the Lodge. The Lodge's new wooden pavilion will provide shade for seating and eating. Your posse is welcome to enjoy the picnic fare. We ask that a donation be made to offset costs for non-runners who wish to dine.

Again this year, Wulfman's Race Committee made the commitment to provide you with the highest quality of picnic foods available in our market. Although we feel uncertain that Wulfman would have endorsed our plan, we have gone organic where possible, and Butte's Hennessy Market has helped us make that move. We will again offer homemade chili with garnishes. You will also enjoy several salads, homemade cookies, chips and fresh salsa. If none of those foods appetize you, then you may try PB&J sandwiches made with real Adams' peanut butter, or feel free to bring picnic items of your own.

We'll have beverages too. In addition to water (and coffee if it's cold outside), Butte’s Quarry Brewery will provide complimentary beer. The Wulfman preferred Miller Lite from the can, but we think you'll be happier with the local brew. Have a designated driver among your car-pool if you are taking advantage of the free beer.

Runner Accountability, Trail Etiquette, and On-Course Assistance

Be safe 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.

The trail follows a relatively uncomplicated route over nice single-track with only a few minor branches, and your way will be clearly marked, but it is still possible to get lost or injured up there. A lot can happen during a 14K through the woods, and we do not want you to be stranded.

If you find you've gone off trail and want to avoid disqualification, you need to return the spot you left the trail and continue from there. Although the Wulfman was playful and might sneak around to startle his friends, you don’t get to do that. In other words, stay on the course.

Our Forest Service reminds us that trail etiquette requires that runners yield to horseback riders. The trail is not closed to other users during our event, so be aware that you may see other trail users on the race course. If you meet horseback riders, you must stop and move off the trail to the downhill side of the trail, in order not to scare the horse and cause potential safety issues.

Although the Wulfman was rarely seen without his two happy and faithful four-legged companions, he would have secured his pooches away from the runners at an event like this. Please do the same with your dogs. Dogs are not allowed in this race.

The Wulfman always reserved a couple NSAID capsules, which he referred to as his "little buddies," for runs like this one. You may also need assistance on the course. Should you find that you can no longer continue your run, you will have some options for getting help. There will be an aid station at ~5K, and it will be equipped with water, Heed electrolyte beverage, minor first aid, and a cell phone.

There will be course monitors floating to places where they are most likely needed. They will be able to contact ambulance service if necessary. There will be a couple "sweepers" plodding the trail on horseback a half hour or more after the last race participant goes off, and they will offer assistance as needed.

T-shirts, Finish, Timing, & SWAG

T-shirts and first-50 registrant surprise distribution: If you purchased a race t-shirt and/or were one of the first 50 entrants, your items will be available near the parking area if you'd like to place them in your car before loading the bus. Primary pick up will be at the refreshment area at the finish line. Complimentary refreshments will also be available.

You can help the timers by wearing your race number easily visible on your front. You will finish your race when you cross over a timing mat at the Homestake Trailhead Once finished, please move away and stay away from the finish area, and do not attempt go back up the trail. Our assigned "trail Nazis" have license to harshly enforce this rule. Your fellow runners will appreciate being allowed to finish their races unobstructed and unescorted.

Please avoid obstructing or engaging the timing crew, and instruct your "posse" of friends and family to do the same.

At the trailhead you will find your race t-shirt (if you ordered one), first 50 registrant surprise, your gear bag, refreshments (water and snacks, and a 'honey bucket.' There will also be a kiosk for you to print off a non-official, preliminary result. Preliminary race results will be available at the post-race picnic and final results will be reported to the press and posted online within 24 hours.

Bussing & Starting Assignments, Photo ID Required for Number Pickup

Wulfman's CDT-14K seeded starting times and corresponding bussing assignments are linked here alphabetically in a pdf file. Those in yellow are Golden VIP runners.

The same chronological lists will be posted on the bulletin board in the NORTH parking area at Homestake Pass on race morning. Remember that, when you board your bus, you must bring your personal gear bag for items you want to leave at the gear truck prior to running. Get your t-shirt before loading the bus or at the finish.

 

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