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2022 Wild Wild West Marathon Sign Up
Race Manual

The Wild Wild West Marathon

(Concurrent races, 10 Mile, Marathon, 50K and 50 mile)

Organized by: Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce

Wild West Marathon Race in Lone Pine

Contact Ian Torrence: itgoes@aol.com

New for 2022, we are pleased to welcome Ian and Emily Torrence of Flagstaff Running LLC – race directors of the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line 100-Mile ultra and many other iconic events – as the race directors of our event.

As is the case every year, our team of super experienced, super supportive volunteers from the Lone Pine Community, along with Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce Staff and Board Members, will be out in force to support the runners. Also supporting the event is Chris Kostman of the Badwater races. If you or your family or friends would like to volunteer at the race, please contact us!

Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 749
Lone Pine CA 93545
www.lonepinechamber.org

Highlights

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.

Course Description

All races start at Horseshoe Meadows Road and include plenty 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 below the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains, including Mt. Whitney. 50 mile and 50k runners have additional climbs to the Tuttle Creek Trailhead and along Hogback Creek. A steady 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. The marathoners and 50k runners split at roughly mile 22 and 28 respectively from the 50-mile course and head downhill to the finish in Lone Pine. The 50-mile race continues onward for 18 more miles before returning to this point and descending to the finish. 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, numerous native birds, or rattlesnakes.

Pacers

50-mile runners are permitted one pacer beginning at Horseshoe Meadows Road (mile 37). However, this pacer must complete the remainder of the course (13 miles) with their runner from this point. Rides will not be provided to pacers who drop. Pacers must sign an event waiver at runner check-in on Friday or at Horseshoe Meadows Road aid station on Saturday.

Wild West Marathon Course Maps

2022 Sign Up

Race Logistics

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.

Start Times

5AM – 50 Mile
5AM – 50 K
6AM – Marathon
7AM – 10 Mile

*Sunrise is 5:50AM and Sunset is 7:45PM

Awards

Special medal for all finishers
Top three overall in each race
Top three masters (over 45+) in each race

Race Week Schedule

Tuesday May 3
Online registration closes. No race registration after online registration closes.

Wednesday, May 4
7pm: Virtual race briefing. Invitation to be sent out closer to the day.

Friday, May 6
5pm-7pm: Pasta dinner and packet pick-up at Lo-Inyo Elementary
School, 223 East Locust Street, Lone Pine, CA 93545.
Dinner is $9.00—A fundraiser for the Lone Pine Schools.

Friday May 6
7pm-9pm: Packet pick-up at the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, 120 South Main Street, Lone Pine, CA 93545

Saturday May 7th
Race morning packet pick-up:
• 50k and 50 Mile: 3:45am Spainhower Park, 430 N. Main Street
• Marathon: 4:45am Spainhower Park, 430 N. Main Street
• 10 Mile: 6:30am at Horseshoe Meadows Road Start Line (directions below)

Sign up will be at www.ultrasignup.com. No mail in entries will be available.

Drop Bags

Mark drop bags with your name, bib number, and aid station location. We will transport marathon, 50k and 50 Mile start line drops bags back to the finish line at Spainhower Park after you begin your race. Other aid station drop bags will be returned to finish line when those aid stations close.

10 Mile None
Marathon Hogback (mile 12.5, 13.5), Finish Line (mile 26)
50k Hogback (mile 14.3, 18.3), Finish Line (mile 31)
50 Mile Hogback (mile 14.3, 18.3), Horseshoe Meadows Road (mile 37), Finish Line (mile 50)

Crew Locations

Directions to these crew locations can be found below.
10 Mile Start and Finish Lines at Horseshoe Meadows Road (miles 0 & 10)
Marathon Moffat Ranch (mile 18), Finish Line (mile 26)
50k Moffat Ranch (mile 22), Finish Line (mile 31)
50 Mile Moffat Ranch (mile 22), Horseshoe Meadows Road (mile 37), Finish Line (mile 50)

Start Line & Aid Station Directions (from Spainhower Park)

We ask that you please use these directions for safety reasons, avoid congesting the
course route, and dusting out runners.

Spainhower Park Start Shuttle Pick-Up and Finish Line (Marathon, 50k, 50 Mile):
430 North Main Street, Lone Pine, CA 93545

Horseshoe Meadows Start Line (10 Mile participants ONLY) (7 minute drive):
0.3 miles south on Main Street (US-395) to Whitney Portal Road, turn right
3.1 miles on Whitney Portal Road to Horseshoe Meadows Road, turn left
0.8 miles on Horseshoe Meadows Road, park on the dirt lot on left

Moffat Ranch (Marathon, 50k, 50 Mile) (12 minute drive):
5.8 miles north on US-395 to Moffat Road, turn left
0.2 miles on Moffat Road to Moffat Ranch Road, turn left
2.0 miles on Moffat Ranch Road to aid station at creek. Park along side dirt road, but
park off the road—do not imped traffic please. Walk the few hundred yards to aid station.

Horseshoe Meadows Start Line (50 Mile aid station) (7 minute drive):
0.3 miles south on Main Street (US-395) to Whitney Portal Road, turn right
3.1 miles on Whitney Portal Road to Horseshoe Meadows Road, turn left
0.8 miles on Horseshoe Meadows Road, park on the dirt lot on left

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:  Varies
  • Time Course Closes:  7:00pm
  • Certification:  None
  • Elite Athlete Programs:  No
  • Requirements:  None
  • Temperature:  30°F – 100°F
  • Aid/Splits:  13 / 5-6 miles

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Photos by Stuart Siegfried,  CLICK HERE to see the whole gallery.

Questions?

For questions about registration, entry fees, credits from 2020-2021, and sponsorship, please contact Kathleen New with the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce at director@lonepinechamber.org or call 760-876-4444, Monday-Friday 1000am to 300pm.

For all questions about the course, support provided, operations, and such, contact Race Director Ian Torrence at itgoes@aol.com.

Policies

REFUNDS and CREDITS: No refunds will be given under any circumstances. Please do not ask. For those who must withdraw from the event, until 30 days prior to the race, an 80% credit towards the next year’s event UltraSignUp registration fee is offered. If you choose to withdraw, please log into your UltraSignUp account to request that credit.

EVENT CANCELLATION: If the event is canceled due to pandemic, extreme weather, community disaster, or other force majeure, neither refunds nor credits will be given.

ROUTE: Although we anticipate using the same or nearly the same route each year, the final, exact route is subject to approval from various government agencies and is always subject to change due to various factors beyond our control.

LATE REGISTRATION: If you enter three weeks or less before the race, you may not receive a t-shirt. Also, we will close registration the Tuesday prior to the event and there is NO registration at the event!

Photos by Stuart Siegfried,  CLICK HERE to see the whole gallery.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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