The Wild Wild West Marathon
(Concurrent races, 10 Mile, Marathon, 50K and 50 mile)
Organized by: Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce
As the United State’s third oldest trail marathon behind Pikes Peak and Catalina Island, the Wild Wild West features a challenging point to point course starting in the foothill outside of Lone Pine, California (220 miles east of Los Angeles) and traversing the eastern Sierra foothills. A favorite among ultra runners, the route includes several steady climbs and moderate declines at altitudes between 3700 and 8600 feet. Despite the hills, elevation, and typical heat (90° by high noon), the spectacular scenery may be worth the discomfort. Striking vistas, the snow-capped eastern Sierra, and the expansive Owens Valley are just a few of the sights along the way. In fact, the area should look familiar to you. This is the site for many Western movies from Roy Rogers in the 1930s to James Garner and Mel Gibson (Maverick) in the 1990s. Iron Man, Lone Ranger and Django Unchained in the 2000s The race enjoys a cult-like following as most of the nearing 300 (whether looking good, bad, or ugly at the finish), return the following year.
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The course starts at the Tuttle Creek Campground (about 5000 feet) and includes about 8600+/- feet of up and down and a few creek crossings. The first third of the course runs mostly uphill on fairly steep jeep roads and trails contouring and climbing to the highest point at 8600 feet at the Whitney Portal (11.5 miles). A long, winding 9-mile descent on a wide graded dirt road leads to the north end of the famed Alabama Hills. Winding and rolling Movie Flat road takes runners southbound through this unique geological formation of huge rounded oblong rocks. Around mile 18 the marathon and ultras split course. The final miles for the marathon and the ultra have a moderate elevation gain on a single track trail followed by a 5 mile descent. Many wildflowers, including Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and Mojave Asters, and Desert Dandelions, bloom along the course. Also, don’t be surprised if you see bear, Tule elk, deer, badger, raccoons, coyotes, skunks, and numerous native birds or rattlesnakes.
Other than the finish line, there is no spectator involvement in the race. You will, however, receive course support in the form of 14 aid stations along the way. The stations stock water, sport drinks, fruit, pretzels, and other snacks. Many runners carry water bottles and/or fanny packs with personal supplies. The course is controlled as much as possible and there is some radio communication. A sweep is conducted in the final hour of the race.
SIGN UP IS THROUGH ULTRASIGNUP.COM ONLY
There will be NO mail in entries. If you need help with this call the Chamber 760-876-4444
There will be a bus to take the runners from the sports complex across 395 from the Lone Pine Park, to the start line. The first bus will leave exactly at 3:45am on Saturday. Next bus will leave at 4:20am
10 MILERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARK ON HORSESHOE MEADOWS ROAD. EVERYONE ELSE MUST TAKE THE SHUTTLE FROM THE SPORTSCOMPLEX ACROSS FROM THE LONE PINE PARK, OR HAVE SOMEONE DROP THEN AT THE STARTLINE.
Shuttle service will NOT be available from the finish line back to the start.
PASTA DINNER AND PACKET PICKUP WILL BE AT LO INYO SCHOOL FRIDAY FROM 5PM UNTIL 7PM. THIS IS A FUND RAISER FOR THE SCHOOLS AND IS NOT INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION. $9.00.
THERE WILL BE A PRE-RACE MEETING AT 6PM AT LO INYO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY AT THE DINNER.
The Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, 120 S. Main St. will serve as the packet pickup site on Friday between 7:00pm and 10:00pm. There will be no late registration.
10 mile awards will be at the finish line for the 10 mile race as the runners come in.
Marathon and 50K awards will be at Lone Pine Park finish line 2PM
50 Mile will be at 6pm at the park
All runners who register before April 1, 2019 receive a T-shirt, and all finishers earn ceramic medallions. The top three age-group finishers receive awards.
All races start at 5am. You can start early or late and keep your own time if you wish, just let us know at the finish line.
Sign up will be at www.ultrasignup.com. No mail in entries will be available.
|50 mile||Horseshoe Rd.||27 miles||Lone Pine Park||Point to point|
|10 Mile||Horseshoe Rd.||6.8 miles||Horseshoe Rd.||Loop|
|26.2 Mile||Horseshoe Rd.||24 miles||Lone Pine Park||Point to point|
|50 K||Tuttle Creek||27 miles||Lone Pine Park||Point to point|
*All Military personnel fees are waived
The Wild Wild West Marathon and Ultras
|Overall: 84.7||Course Beauty: 10 +|
|Course difficulty: 9+||Appropriateness for First Timers: 1|
|Race Organization: 9||Crowds: 1|
|Quickness Ranking: 103|
* Statistics according to the 1999 “The Ultimate Guide to Marathons”
- Date: First Saturday every May
- Start Time: 5:00 am – All races
- Time Course Closes: 7:00pm
- Certification: None
- Elite Athlete Programs: No
- 50 Mile: $100 til’ 11/30/2018. $150 til’ 4/20/2019
- 50K: $75 til’ 11/30/2018. $100 til’ 4/20/2019
- Marathon: $65 Til’ 11/30/2018. $85 til’ 4/20/2019
- 10 Mile: $60. Til’ 11/30/2018. $70 til’ 4/20/2019
- Age group/Divisions: Runners must be 17 years or older to sign up. Divisions are 17 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 plus.
- Requirements: None
- Temperature: 30°F – 100°F
- Aid/Splits: 13 / 5-6 miles
Photos by Stuart Siegfried, CLICK HERE to see the whole gallery.
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