Friday, January 2, 2009

A New Idaho Ultra: Pocatello 50

Update 2010:
Pocatello 50 Miler Scuttled Mid-Race by Nasty Weather

Update 2009:
Pocatello 50 results
Run Junkie 60-second race report

With confetti and corks still littering the ground, I hopped on over to and registered for the inaugural Pocatello 50, officially setting up a nice (read: arduous) 2009 early season race schedule, which also includes the Coyote Two Moon 100k and, if things move according to plan, the Bighorn 100 miler.

While it's great to live in the Sun Valley, Idaho area, with its quick access to the backcountry and ski slopes, there are very few ultras one can drive to in less than 9 - 10 hours. So, it's great to see race directors, Jared Campbell and Ryan McDermott, put together what looks like a fabulous, hard 50 mile ultra on May 23, 2009, which is also just a few short hours away. With solo, or 2-3 person teams, the course posts over 13,000 feet of climbing and, given the winter we've had so far, should feature a good deal of glissadable snow come May.

Check out the videos below for a quick tour of the course (classic Idaho trail running) and the glissading skills you may want to bone up on beforehand.

To sign up online visit

Related posts: Photo Guides to Trail Runs in Sun Valley

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see a lot of local Idaho runners signed up for this event. Don't worry, if the permits go through, we will have a new 100 in the Garden Valley/Crouch area next summer too.