We strongly encourage you to become familiar with the course terrain before registering for this event.
Rut Runner Race Photos:
Crystal Image Photos will be taking pics of Rut Runners this weekend. Checkout and buy their photos at this link post race.
The Rut 50K by the Numbers:
- Distance: 31 Miles / 50K
- Elevation Gain: 10,000 ft / 3,040 Meters
- Elevation Loss: 10,000 ft / 3,040 Meters
- 60% Single Track
- 30% Dirt Road
- 10% Off Trail
*The Rut 50K is limited to 500 Runners
Detailed 50K Course Description:
There are four aid stations located along the 50K course. Each aid station will be supplied with water, electrolyte drink, gels, snacks, first aid, and energetic volunteers!
- Mile 7.8: Madison Village (Cut-Off Time: 9:30AM/2:30 Hrs.)
- Mile 15.9: Tram Dock (Cut-Off Time: 11:45AM/4:45 Hrs.)
- Mile 18.2: Lone Peak Summit (Cut-Off Time: 1:45PM/6:45 Hrs.)
- Mile 25: Andesite (Cut-Off Time: 5:00PM/10 Hrs.)
- Mile 31: Finish Big Sky Resort Base Area (Cut-Off Time: 6:30PM/11:30 Hrs.)
~Cut-off times will be strictly enforced for the safety of the runners and the volunteers
~Runners must check into and out of each aid station. Again this is for the safety of the runners and any potential rescuers!
Runners will be able to have a drop bag at Tram Dock Aid Station (Mile 16) and Andesite Aid Station (Mile 25). Drop Bags can be turned in between 12:00 – 6:00 PM on Friday night at the Lone Peak Cafeteria. Participants may also drop them off at the race start by no later than 6:30 AM. You can pick up your drop bag at the post race awards ceremony and pizza feed!
You must inform the nearest aid station captain if you drop out of the race.
This is not an orienteering race. The race organizers will do everything they can to have the course marked well for race participants the day of the event. Off-trail sections of the course will be marked in a way that race participants should be able to see from each course marking to the next to help guide them along the course.
Pacers are not allowed in the 50K.
Please be prepared for any type of weather. Though weather in Big Sky is relatively mild and stable in mid-September historically we are still in the mountains and conditions can quickly change. This is a challenging run on challenging terrain and the race organizers reserve the right to stop the race at any time, should they deem the course unsafe due to weather. The race organizers will have a 50K Plan B course, which will not take race participants into exposed alpine terrain, should extreme weather exist on race day.