The Wild Wild West Marathon and Ultras
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 Marathon 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. The race enjoys a cult-like following as most of the nearing 500 (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 20 the marathon and ultras split course. The final miles for both the marathon and ultras have a moderate elevation gain on a single track trail followed by a 10 mile descent. Many wildflowers, including red Indian Paintbrush, lavender Lupine and Mojave Asters, and yellow 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 support. A sweep is conducted in the final hour of the race.
SIGN UP WITH BE 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 4:10am on Saturday for the 50 milers. Next bus will leave at 4:50am for the 50Kers and the marathoners.
10 MILERS AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CAMPING SPACES AT THE CAMPGROUND WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARK AT THE CAMPGROUND IN DESIGNATED SPOTS.
Shuttle service will be available from the finish point at Lone Pine Park to Tuttle Creek Campground for those who need to get back to their vehicle. The race start is about 5 miles from Lone Pine. The parking is a bit limited in Tuttle Creek Campground. In an effort to lessen the congestion it is suggested that runners connect with other runners to get to the starting point, or better yet use the bus shuttle.
Pasta Dinner and packet pick-up will be at Lo Inyo School 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 DURING THE DINNER
The Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, 120 S. Main St. will serve as packet pick-up site on Friday between 7:00pm and 10:00pm There will be NO late registration.
Award Ceremonies – 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
Every runner receives a T-shirt, and finishers earn ceramic medallions. The top three age-group finishers receive awards.
The 50 Mile ultra and the 50K start at 5:00am. The 10 mile starts with the marathon and at 6:00am, with the 3-mile Fun Run starts at 6:10am. 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||Tuttle Creek||6 miles||Tuttle Creek||Point to point|
|10 Mile||Tuttle Creek||3.8 miles||Tuttle Creek||Loop|
|26.2 Mile||Tuttle Creek||None||Lone Pine Park||Point to point|
|50 K||Tuttle Creek||20 miles||Lone Pine Park||Point to point|
All Military personnel fees are waived
The Wild Wild West Marathon and Ultras
(Concurrent races – 10 mile, 31 mile and 50 mile)
|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“
Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 749
Lone Pine CA 93545
Contact: Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce
- Date: First Saturday every May
- Start Time: 5:00 am for 50 Mile 6:00am for 10 Mile, Marathon and 50K
- Time Course Closes: 7:00pm
- Certification: None
- Elite Athlete Programs: No
- 50 Mile: $100 til’ 11/30/2017. $135 til’ 5/1/2018
- 50K: $70 til’ 11/30/2017. $85 til’ 5/1/2018
- Marathon: $60. Til’ 11/30/2017. $75 til’ 5/1/2018
- 10 Mile: $60. Til’ 11/30/2017. $70 til’ 5/1/2018
- 3 Mile Fun-Run: $0
- 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.
- Walkers: Yes
- Requirements: None
- Temperature: 30°F – 100°F
- Aid/Splits: 14 / 4-5 miles
Photos by Stuart Siegfried, CLICK HERE to see the whole gallery.
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