Mountain View Trail Half Marathon
October 11, 2014, 9:00 a.m.

The 2014 Mountain View Trail Half Marathon

Hey, next up on the calendar of events is the 2014 version of the Mountain View Trail Half Marathon. The date this year is October 11. Once again we’ll start the race at 9am so we can sleep in a little bit.

So here’s the scoop:

Registration

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 $57.43 through September 30th, then we raise the entry fee to $67.95, 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 October 8th.  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 $70.00 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.

Course

BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR.  This year we will be starting AT THE RANCH at 9:00am.  That means if you’ve run this race before, you’ll be running it this year in reverse.  This is because I am combining both the half marathon and the Antelope Island 50K/100K.  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.

State Park Waiver

You need to sign the state park. We’ll have it at race checkin and you can sign it there.

Aid stations

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.

Stuff You Get

What do you get for running the race? Well, you get free entry on to the island. We’ll toss in some sort of tech shirt with the really cool race logo on it. Last year we gave away prize money to the top three men and women. It wasn’t much, but at least we gave some out. We’ll also have buffalo chili at the finish for runners and family (family costs a little bit extra, like $3 each). If you finish, we have some coffee mugs with the race logo on them to hand out. Oh, and we’ll give you a ride back to the Ranch to pick up your car. Are we nice or what?

Timing

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.

Some Rules

Here are a few of the rules. We’ll make up others as needed. First, 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 are going paper cupless for this race.  What that means is that you should take a water bottle.  We will have plastic reusable stadium cups at the aid stations. We will have trash cans setup a ways outside each refreshment stop. Drop your cups 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.

Check-in

Pre race check in will be Saturday morning from 4:30am-8:30am at the parking lot by the main gate to the island.

If you’re camping on the island, you’ll have to drive back out to the main gate to pick up your stuff and check in.

Oh, BTW, if you choose to be a no show on race day, please don’t ask for your shirt to be mailed to you. Ain’t gonna happen.

Post Race Feed

Like was mentioned above, we’ll have a bar-b-que. Nothing fancy, just hamburgers and hot dogs with the fixin’s, sodas and a limited supply of homebrew.

If you pre-order extra meals, you will have the extra tickets stapled to your bib. Your bib gets you a meal, the tickets get those that you brought a meal. If you do not have your tickets or if you bring people out on race day and don’t have tickets, they will need to buy a meal for $3/each. The reason we are doing this is one year there were a bunch of people that just got in line and got a meal. I think they were freeloading tourists just visiting the Ranch. If you don’t have a ticket, you may be asked who your runner is. Be prepared to give a name and fork over some cash if you didn’t prebuy, the ticket takers will have a list of runners who signed up.

Refunds

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.

Weather

The weather for the last four races was perfect. Sunny, cool at the start but by the time everyone was done, the temps had warmed up and it was very nice. Perfect day for a picnic at the ranch. 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 goody bag will contain a pass for the island that you will place on your dash. This pass is good for entry on to the island for Saturday only. It can be used multiple times, so if you or a family member needs to leave the island, you will be allowed back on.

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

Miscellaneous Stuff

You may encounter Bison out on the course. The first year there were some blocking the trail for the front runners just a quarter mile from the finish. 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.

Dogs are allowed in the race but must be on a leash at all times. The leash cannot be longer than six feet. If you bring your dog, great, we love dogs. If you are seen with your dog off leash, you’ll be yanked from the race and if a ranger sees you there may be a ticket issued.

If you have family following you, make sure they don’t speed. The speed limit on the island is 25mph. 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.

If you want us to take a bag of stuff (like, maybe clothes to change into?) to the finish, we’ll be happy to take it there. Just label the bag and don’t forget it.