6 AM start on Saturday, September 13th, 2014
The Rut 50K is an extremely challenging mountain run held on Big Sky Resort property. Race participants will find themselves covering ALL types of terrain including jeep roads, forested single track trails, alpine ridge lines and even to the iconic summit of Lone Peak!
There are sections of this course, including the ascent and traverse of Headwaters ridge, as well as the ascent and descent of Lone Peak, which are EXTREMELY STEEP & TECHNICAL with sections of exposure and potential rockfall hazard. We will have safety personnel along these sections keeping an eye out for runners and assessing any objective hazards, but the responsibility falls on the race participant to be aware of your surroundings and other runners. This is a true mountain course so please treat it with the respect it deserves! We strongly encourage you to become familiar with the course terrain before registering for this event.
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
- 25% Dirt Road
- 15% Off Trail
*The Rut 50K is limited to 500 Runners
Plan B 50K Course:
Due to the alpine and exposed nature of our 50K course, race organizers reserve the right to change the course in order to limit risk to rut runners. Here is a description of our 50K plan B course. It is a few miles shorter, has near 7,ooo ft elevation gain, and does not access the Headwaters Ridge, or Lone Peak Summit. Check it out.
We will have unique and fun handmade awards for top three in each age group. (20-29,30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+)
Oh yeah, we also have a $5000 prize purse for the top 3 overall Men and Women in the 50K this year!
- 1st walks away with $1500 (USD)
- 2nd gets $750 (USD)
- 3 wins $250 (USD)
To limit trail congestion and promote safety along the course, the 50K will be started in 3 waves at 5 minute offsets. If you believe you will finish in the first third of the field we recommend you sign up for wave one. If you think you will be in the middle third, please sign up for wave two. If you believe you will be in the back third then wave three is the one for you!
There are four fully stocked aid stations, plus one water only station, located along the 50K course. Each aid station will be supplied with water, electrolyte drink, gels, snacks, first aid, and energetic volunteers!
- Mile 7.5: Madison Village (Cut-Off Time: 8:30AM/2:30 Hrs.)
- Mile 12.1: Top of Elkhorn Climb (WATER ONLY No Cut-Off)
- Mile 18.0: Tram Dock (Cut-Off Time: 12:00AM/6:00 Hrs.)
- Mile 20.1: Lone Peak Summit (Cut-Off Time: 1:45PM/7:45 Hrs.)
- Mile 26.5: Andesite (Cut-Off Time: 4:30PM/10:30 Hrs.)
- Mile 31.3: Finish Big Sky Resort Base Area (Cut-Off Time: 6:30PM/12:30 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 one drop bag on the course in 2014, which will be at Tram Dock Aid Station (Mile 18) .
(UPDATED 9/4) Due to logistical constraints we are now asking that if you plan to have a drop bag at the Tram Dock Aid station you bring it to our packet pick up no later than 6:30 PM on Friday. In order to get all gear, drop bags and volunteers in place for our event we must start this process of transporting the materials as early as possible. Thanks for your understanding!
NEW THIS YEAR: To be more organized in transporting our drop bags and having them ready for you at the Tram Dock aid station each 50K participant will receive a drop bag to use at packet pick up. The drop bag will have a place to write your bib number. If you can’t fit something into the provided drop bag then you don’t need it Thanks for your understanding.
The 50K starts at 6am which will be in the dark this year for the first 30-45 minutes of the race. Although, we do not have drop bags at our first Aid Station (Madison Village – Mile 7.5) We will have a volunteer collecting headlamps from runners should you choose to leave yours there. The headlamps will then be transported back to the 50K start and finish area and you may pick them up in the same location where you can retrieve your 50K returned drop bags. For this to work, you must have your name or bib number on your headlamp to retrieve it! We are working hard to offer this as a service to you so you do not have to carry any extra weight around the course, however, we are not responsible for any lost of broken headlamps. You are leaving them with us at your own risk!
Due to the nature of our course and the fact that this is just a little ‘ol 50K, there will be no crewing of runners allowed. You are, however, highly encouraged to get out on the course and see your runners as much as possible and cheer for them!
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. The Rut 50K will be marked with yellow tape and pin flags with a black Rut Logo on them.
Although they are part of the 50K course, please be aware that you may not run or hike on the Downhill Mtn. Biking Trails of Big Sky Resort as they are built specifically for downhill mountain biking and are used by downhill mtn bikers. Not only is it not allowed, it is not safe during lift operation hours when those trails receive a lot of use. We understand this makes it challenging to scout the course, but if you are to get out on the course we recommend getting into the terrain on the summit as well as some of the nice single track on the Moonlight Basin side of the resort, as well as some of the single track trails on Andesite mountain. Those are open to hikers and runners. Lastly, the course will not be marked until a day or two prior to the race, so finding your way around the course will be quite hard. Again, we recommend getting a general understanding of a flow for the course and the type of terrain you will encounter instead of dialing in the exact route.
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.
50K fine print:
- Pacers and dogs: Not allowed in the 50K.
- Strollers: Allowed only if your child is wearing a GoPro
- Trekking poles: Allowed
- Headphones: highly discouraged due to areas with rockfall hazards and potential wildlife hazards along the trail.
- Due to the mountainous and technical nature of this course, race organizers may choose to make course changes on race day due to severe weather with the race participants safety in mind.