Good luck to everyone running the race this year. Make wise decisions and enjoy the experience.
FYI: The course has changed a bit from last year. The race will start at the Black Rapids Lodge instead of at the Gerstle River.
Here are some last minute updates from the race director Michael Martin.
Alpacka Rafts has donated an Alpacka raft as a prize. All the entrants to the race are eligible and the winner will be drawn after the race. Just a note, Alpacka is the go-to place if you do any packrafting at all. Here is a link to there website. http://alpackaraft.com/
If you need a ride to the starting line, contact Michael Martin. He has room to take 10 or 12 people. Also, don't forget about the pre-race party at Dick Griffith's house Friday evening. This party is a great place to meet other racers and check out the competition. A lot of newbies find this gathering intimidating because the collection of raw talent that shows up is amazing. Most experienced racers are understated but then you start talking with them and realize they've done endurance training in the last month that would put Ironman triathletes to shame. Combined with a Grizzly Adams knowledge of the wilderness makes for some very interesting people.
There will be a pasta dinner at the Black Rapids Lodge on Saturday the 16th for all racers and others. Racers will be paid for, others will need to pay for themselves. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. at the Lodge.