BUFFALO RUN ADVENTURES | Mountain View Half Marathon
Date: November 5th, 2016
Start Time: 9:00am
There’s only one way to register and that’s electronically. Go to http://ultrasignup.com and sign up there. The cost for the race is $65.77 through October 1st, then we raise the entry fee to $75.78, so get it in early. Why the odd entry fee amount? Mainly because the race director is kind of odd. You’ll be able to register online until November 1st. I’m going to go out on a limb and offer race day registration for this one. We might even be able to take credit cards for that. I should really jack up the price for race day registration, but I won’t, it’ll be $80.00 even. That’s so we can make change easier. If you wait until race day to register, there is no guarantee of a shirt or any of the other goodies in your goody bag.
There are no refunds for this race. Think long and hard before entering, but don’t think too long or hard, that’ll just give you a headache.This is a fairly small race so the margins are pretty thin. No roll overs or transfers either.
DUMBEST IDEA EVER! Just makes your running buddy made that you got into this sweet race for less money then he/she did. I don’t do them and have no plans to have any. Just pay the entry fee if you want to run the race.
State Park Waiver
You need to sign the state park. We’ll have it at race check-in and you can sign it there.
This year we will again be starting AT THE RANCH at 9:00am, just like the last few years. This is because I am combining both the half marathon and the Antelope Island 50K. All of you will be running in the same direction. So, look forward to some flat and fast trail miles before you get to the fence, turn left and go up the hill, cross the pavement and continue on the dirt roads. There will be signs out directing you in the way you should go. That’s all there is to it. Pretty easy.
We’ll have four aid stations set up. They’ll have water, some sort of sports drink (probably whatever was left over from the Buffalo Run), and hopefully some gels at one aid station. Don’t count on the gels though. We highly recommend that you carry a bottle with you and bring your own gels. Remember, this isn’t some little foo-foo road half with an aid station every mile. This is a little foo-foo trail half with aid stations every 3-4 miles instead.
There typically hasn’t been any sort of time limit for this race. There won’t be for this year either. Try your best to be finished by 4pm.
Last year we hand timed the race. If we have a lot more runners this year, we’ll probably chip time it. If you have to go off trail to avoid wildlife, or if you get lost, there is no time adjustment, so deal with it.
If you want us to haul a bag full of your paraphernalia to the finish line, we’ll do that. Drop bags on the course? For a half marathon? Please, let’s not go there.
My insurance will not allow me to promote bringing your dog out to run any of my races. I know how much you love Fido, and I know Fido loves to run half marathons, but you know how lawyers are. So, here’s the rule regarding dogs. Dogs are allowed on the trails that the half marathon uses because the park allows them provided they remain on a leash no longer than six feet.
For this race I also don’t recommend bringing your dog because there are a bunch of goatheads (puncture vines) near the southern end of the trail. Have you ever stepped on one barefoot? I have, yeah, the air turned blue and there were tears in my eyes. My dogs have also stepped on them and they didn’t like it at all. Last year a runner had to carry their dog out to the road because of the goatheads.
Reserve a campsite if you want to camp out.
Here are a few of the rules. We’ll make up others as needed.
- NO TRASHING THE PARK. If you are observed purposely dropping litter of any kind (including the little gel tab thingies), you will be removed from the race. Period. We will have trash cans setup a ways outside each refreshment stop. Drop your cups and gel thingies in those or carry them with you. They aren’t that heavy. This ain’t no stinkin’ road race and we aren’t your Mother and don’t want to sweep the course to pick up your trash.
- Don’t cut the course. Of course that would be kind of difficult. Make sure your race number shows.
If you’re going to bandit the race, then we won’t give you anything at the aid stations. We might heckle you as well.
- No pacers. Come on now, really. If you need a pacer for a measly 13.1 miles, well, we won’t go there. Of course you can hang with someone else running the race if you’d like.
The weather for the past races has always been perfect. Sunny, cool at the start but by the time everyone was done, the temps had warmed up and it was very nice. Let’s keep it that way, so don’t bring any bad weather with you. However, it could be different. Just pay attention and dress accordingly.
Directions to Antelope Island
If you’re coming from either the north or south on I-15, take exit 332. This exit has a state park sign on the freeway. It’s also the Antelope Drive exit. Once at the traffic signal off the exit, go west on Antelope drive. This means turn left off the northbound exit and right off the southbound exit. Drive about 4-5 miles towards the Great Salt Lake (west). Just before the lake you will run out of houses, etc. and see the main gate on to the island causeway. Just prior to the main gate, there is a paved parking lot on the left. This is where you can check in Saturday morning if you didn’t on Friday. You will pick up your goody bag, etc. here. Your bib is your pass on to the island. There is no separate island pass this year. If you carpool with your friends and your family comes out later, they will have to pay the entrance fee to get on the island. Go across the causeway towards the island, enjoy the scenery of the mud flats, water and definitely enjoy the smell affectionately known as “lake stink”. The smell isn’t apparent on the island unless there is a good breeze blowing. Once on the island, follow the road as it veers left. Do not take the road to the visitor’s center. Follow the signs to White Rock Bay. We’ll have some race signs out on race day to help those that are directionally challenged. Once you get to the race area, you will be directed where to park by our friendly staff of parking enforcers.
You may encounter Bison out on the course. Last year there was a thundering herd of maybe 200 animals that ran across the trail in front of the front runners. It was very cool to watch, but I was a bit worried for the runners. No, you don’t get time compensation for buffalo delays. Go around the animals if you can, or just wait them out. Your call. Usually the females will move out of the way. Lift a tail and check if you’re not sure of the gender. If you can do that, then you’ll probably be eligible for a Darwin award. If you have family following you, make sure they don’t speed. The speed limit on the island is 25 mph except for the ranch road, where it’s 40 mph. The rangers do write tickets. For those that are coming out alone, we’ll have a shuttle again. Keep in mind that it only makes about two trips as it does take about an hour roundtrip. If you need to get your car back at the start and can hitch a ride with another runner, that would be great. The first shuttle generally leaves around 11-11:30 and the second trip is about 1:00 or so.