Racer Information Package

WELCOME FROM THE RACE DIRECTOR

Thanks for signing up for the Black Spur Ultra. Sinister Sports (formerly Full Moon Adventure Company) has been hosting endurance events since 1999, and we are so excited by this spectacular venue that we have chosen. Kimberley is truly a special place; if you have not been there recently, you will soon see why.

Black Spur Ultra combines some of the best trails in the area with viewpoints and scenery that only a few people ever get to enjoy. With several hard climbs across the 54km and 108km course, this race is going to put your endurance to the test. Both solo and relay runners alike will find this race challenging.

We hope this package will cover all of the information you need to know and more. It was written with the über-planner in mind, so we hope it covers all of the details. We want to provide an amazing experience from start to finish. We’re racers too and know it can be frustrating if something seems to be missing or vague. Contact us at any time and we will be happy to answer your questions or clarify race details for you.

Thank you again for signing up and we look forward to seeing you before the race.

 

Brian Gallant
Race Director

Black Spur Ultra

WHAT'S NEW?

We are getting rid of individually packaged gels. Instead, we will provide all of our racers with a custom, HydraPak gel flask and have bulk pouches of GU Energy Labs available. We have been working on this concept for close to a year, and we’re so happy to have both HydaPak and GU on board.

Our first goal is to decrease the amount of waste generated at the races. With upwards of 3,200 competitors across our season, we are looking at how to decrease our footprint as a whole. The second goal is to reduce the possibility of garbage on the trail. Most litter isn’t intentional; you stuff a bit of trash in your pocket and the next time you reach in something falls out. The third goal is to provide something memorable for you, our competitors.

HydraPak is sponsoring the gel flasks and GU is supplying bulk 15-Serving Energy Gels for the season. It’s so exciting to be partnering with two companies that share the same vision. We already removed disposable cups from our remote aid stations in 2013, and we plan to take on at least one big project like this every year.

Yes, you can bring your own gel packages, but we enourage you to buy bulk and use this nice flask.


DIRECTIONS TO THE RACE

Air Travel

The closest airport to Kimberley is the Canadian Rockies International Airport, which is located 20 minutes south between Kimberley and Cranbrook on Hwy 95A. The airport offers daily flights to regional destinations on Pacific Coastal and Air Canada. For ground transportation, you can rent a vehicle, take a taxi, or pick up a shuttle to Kimberley.

Driving Directions

Please use this map for basic driving directions to Kimberley or go to our website: http://www.blackspurultra.com/travel.php.

HOST SITE INFORMATION

Race Package Pick-up & Post-Race Breakfast

Race package pick-up and sign in will be held at Kimberley Alpine Resort Conference Centure from 15:00hrs to 21:00hrs on Friday. Solos will also check in drop-bags, if necessary, at this time. If you are unable to attend on Friday night, we will accept registrations up until 7:15hrs on Saturday. The Cafeteria is downstairs on the east side of the plaza, just north of the main office.

The post-race breakfast and awards will be held in the conference centre to the southwest of the plaza.

RACE WEEKEND AGENDA

 

Ultra + Relay Details

Date/Start Time:
August 23-25, 2019
  • Friday
    • 2:00pm-8:00pm - Racer Check-in
    • 7:15pm - Volunteer Meeting
    • 8:00pm - Racer Meeting
  • Saturday
    • 6:30am-7:30am – Late Racer Check-in
    • 8:00am Start
    • 7:30pm-8:30 – 54k post-race dinner
    • 8:00pm – 54k Finish
    • 8:15pm – 54k Awards
  • Sunday
    • 8:00am – 108k Finish
    • 8:00am-9:30am – 108k post-race breakfast
    • 9:00am 108k Awards
Host Site:
Distance:
108km, 54km, 108km Relay
Elev. Gain/Loss:
2,230m /2,230m (54k) – 4,460/4,460 (108k)
Duration:
  • 108km - 24 hours
  • 54km - 12 hours
  • 108km Relay – 24 hours
Course:
Registration Cap:
500 racers
Registration Opens:
December 1, 12:00hrs (MST)
Registration Deadline:
August 17, 23:59hrs (MST) or when full
Support Crew:
This is about the easiest race your crew will ever attend as they only have to be in one place. A support crew (someone to attend your gear and food) is not required but recommended for solo runners.
Transition Area(TA):
  • The transition between stages is located at the Kimberley Alpine Resort
  • Solo runners, and teams if need be, are allowed a drop bag at the transition area
  • Relay racers should be at the TA approximately one hour before their previous runner
  • The TA is staffed and have drinking water available as well as food for all runners (note that this is snack food and should not be your primary sustenance)
  • Runner support crews are able to meet racers at the TA
Aid Stations (CPs):
  • There is one CP on each stage at approximately the half way point
  • Runners are not allowed to cache gear at CPs (picking up or dropping off) but they are encouraged to leave garbage here
  • CPs are staffed and have snack food and drinking water available
  • Support crews should not meet their runners at CPs
Categories:
  • Female Solo – 54km
  • Male Solo – 54km
  • Female Solo –  108km
  • Male Solo –  108km
  • Co-ed Team – 108km
  • Female Team – 108km
  • Male Team – 108km
Prizing:
  • Female & Male Solo 54k – $250 cash + prizes
  • Female & Male Solo 108k –  $500 cash + prizes
  • Top Team in Category – $100 per person race credit + prizes
  • We will have numerous prize packages for all podium finishers
You Receive:
  • A high quality tech or cotton shirt
  • Entry to the awards ceremony and post-race meal
  • Complementary race photos
  • Solo finishers get a one of our prized Black Spurs – Relay finishers get a custom medal
  • Live timing updates and tracking
  • Medical support provided by professional Paramedics
  • Most importantly, an expertly organized and exciting race

Post-Race Awards Ceremony

Celebrate the Black Spur with your fellow runners. Competitors receive tickets to the post-race meal and awards as part of their registration. Extra meals will be available for purchase online prior to the race. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you finish the race, so please do stay and share your experiences. We will also honour racers for achievements such as “first blood”, the Marty Lund Spirit Award, and more. Stick around – who knows what awards you may qualify for.

Black Spur Ultra

RACE INFORMATION

Be prepared for the Black Spur Ultra. You are the best person to help get yourself through the course and out of any trouble you encounter. During the race, you will be in some very isolated areas and may not have immediate access to facilities, or assistance of any sort. If you are running solo and cannot complete the 108km in the less than 13 hours, you will be running in the dark. The Black Spur Ultra is as mentally demanding as it is physically gruelling. We cannot stress enough that you will need to be self-sufficient when you are out there and the help you receive on course is very limited.

Please note that any course descriptions in this document are subject to change due to environmental factors, weather, and wildlife activity. We will do our best to update you if changes arise prior to the race but we will confirm all of the details at the pre-race meeting.

Dogs

We love dogs so much... but please do not bring them onto the racecourse. Even if you have a good dog, they tend to get in the way and cause a bit of disruption. A number of our competitors have expressed concerns over their fear of dogs while running, and we have to respect that. Even if your dog is in great shape, this route is going to be really tough on them. There is very little water on the course for them to drink, it tends to be very dry, and the terrain is brutal on their feet. My own dog suffered from heat exhaustion while scouting. :(

Safety

You will be running in remote wilderness, and the chance of injury is very real so prepare to be self-sufficient. We hire top-notch medical staff but they cannot be everywhere at once. If you are injured out on the course, be ready to hunker down for a few hours until a course sweeper or medic comes by. If you are injured but able to move, try and make it to the nearest Staging Area or Checkpoint. If not, try and send word with another racer or use a cell phone. Race marshals will be on foot and mountain bikes, sweeping the course one to two hours after all runners have started the leg. Please take the time to read the Emergency Protocol document on our website.

There are definitely bears and cougars in the area. If there is reported activity around the course prior to, or during the race, we may modify the course. We cannot predict random animal activity so please stay alert. Take note of the information pamphlets, which will be available at registration, on what to do if you come across a bear or cougar on the trail.

If you drop out of the race, it is essential that you contact the race HQ. If you do not, we will assume you are lost or injured and we will be out looking for you. If we mobilize a search party, you will be charged for any search and rescue fees that are incurred as this takes up valuable resources. Please just take a few minutes to check in. Even if you do drop out, we want you to join us at the awards lunch so you can share your stories and join in the camaraderie.

Medical and Health Concerns

If you have a medical condition or take medications that may affect your race in any way, you should consult your doctor before competing. We will have medical staff on site to help with first aid, search and rescue, and emergency transport only. They will not assess if you are capable to run. If you do have a condition that our medics need to know about, please fill out the Medical Form on our website. This is confidential and only used by our medics in case of emergency.

Cut-off and Start Times

54k runners have 12 hours to complete the course. 108k runners have 24 hours. After that, you will not be able to continue the race. Each leg also has a cut-off time defined in the Race Rules; you must keep up with these times or you will not be able to finish in the allotted 12 or 24 hours. In addition, you must also start each leg by a specified time or you will not be allowed to continue.

Please see the Race Rules for details.

Race Start and Finish

The start and finish area is located west of the central plaza at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Parking is located at the south end of the resort.

Transition Area

Between each stage of the race is a Transition Area (TA) located next to the start/finish area. At the TA you will be able to access supplies, meet your support crew or relay runner and take a break in relative comfort. The TA will also have some basic facilities such as washrooms, snacks, water, and shelters.

When you finish a leg, you will pass through a chute which will allow you to check in, get your time, and continue on to the next leg. This is also where relay runners will tag off. These chutes are extremely visible and will have large signs stating the end of the leg and where to go for the start of the next leg. Race crew and volunteers will be waiting at the chutes to assist you if required. The TA is used multiple times so it is critical that you follow instructions in order to avoid confusion. We know you will be tired and probably delirious, but please be aware of the signs.

Drop Bags

All solos are allowed to have a drop bag at the TA. If you are running the relay, you are still allowed to have drop bags, but please try to have any necessary gear with your teammates.

We will provide labels for your bags at racer registration. Racers should take their drop bags to the start area on Saturday morning before the race. Bags will be placed in a line at the TA so make your gear noticeable. Use a weatherproof bag or bin, as we may not be able to shelter this gear. If you feel you can get by without support or drop bags, this is perfectly acceptable.

Transition Information for Relay Runners

You will need to meet the previous runner on your team at the TA. There is a designated chute for racers to enter and leave a TA. Please do not linger at the entrance or exits to the chutes – this holds up everyone else and creates a traffic jam.

Try to be at the TA, ready to meet your runner, 30 minutes before they are expected. We are not able to give ongoing updates as to where runners are on the course so it is up to you to be ready. If you are not at the TA when your runner comes in, you do not get any time credit. There are also cut-off times listed in the Race Rules. If a team cannot keep up with these times, they will be given a forced start or disqualified. In the event of a forced start, relay racers are more than welcome to run but without an official time. If this is the case you still must start by the specified time.

Checkpoints

The course is further divided by several Checkpoints (CPs) staffed by race marshals. These locations are typically remote and act as safety points. All CPs are equipped with a radio and some have emergency supplies. You can expect at least one checkpoint per leg and the distances between them will vary.

Course Markers

The Black Spur Ultra course will be well marked with flagging, signs and reflectors. There are a lot of trails out there, so you must pay attention to which leg you are running. Leg numbers are posted on all of our signs to help remove any guesswork. We cannot flag every 100m of the course but we will put markers in critical areas. All trail junctions will have a number of markers to show the right direction. If you don’t see a flag or sign for a while, you may want to retrace your steps to the last junction. Since the course is all counter-clockwise, you will be making mostly right turns at junctions… but watch the signs.

We will talk about course markings at the racer meeting. Remember: It is still up to you to stay alert and watch for markers. We will do our best to make them frequent and visible, but the rest is up to you. We highly recommend reviewing the route on our website and making a visit to the area to run the course ahead of time.

Food and Water on Course

We will have a variety of snacks available at the TA and some hot food later in the race. We cannot accommodate every need so please plan to bring anything you really want via support crews, drop bags, or your relay teammates.

All CPs will also have water and snack food. Water stations are marked on the course map.

We strongly recommend that you be prepared to drink from streams or rivulets if you need water when higher up in the mountains. The water in the area is generally clean, and besides, illnesses like Beaver Fever take about two weeks to manifest symptoms so you should be fine for the duration of the race!

Also note that all food and supplies are for racers and volunteers only. Relay runners are welcome to eat at aid stations on their leg, but spectators and support crews need to bring their own food; we do not want to run short.

Race Rules

  1. Racers are required to sign a waiver provided by Sinister Sports prior to commencing the race. You are not considered a participant without a signed waiver.
  2. Racers are responsible for their own medical coverage and all costs incurred by any form of treatment or hospitalization if they are injured during the race.
  3. The race officially begins at 08:00hrs on race day.
  4. 54km racers have 12 hours to complete the race.
  5. 108km racers, including teams, have 24 hours to complete the race.
  6. Cut-off times are as follows:
    1. 54k runners - must start loop 3 by 6:30pm Saturday
    2. 108k runners - must start loop 6 by 6:00am Sunday
  7. Competitors cannot change categories or distances once the race has commenced.
  8. The only means of travel allowed for racers on the course is self-powered on foot (running, walking, crawling); if you accept or partake in any other means of travel, you will be disqualified.
  9. Pacing by a runner not registered in the race is prohibited; registered runners can pace each other.
  10. Racers must adhere to the minimum mandatory gear requirements; all solo athletes and relay runners must be carrying the minimum mandatory gear requirements through all legs of the race. Any violation of the minimum mandatory gear requirements may result in disqualification.
  11. Headphones are not allowed on the race course.
  12. The timing chip provided at registration must be returned at the end of the race.
  13. Race numbers must be visible and worn on the front of your body.
  14. All runners must check in at all Checkpoints and Transition Areas. Your number and time will be recorded before you continue on the course.
  15. The course is marked and runners must adhere to the designated route; any deviance or short cuts will result in disqualification.
  16. If any act of nature and/or uncontrollable act takes place that inhibits your progress on the course (e.g. train crossing, rockslide) no time credit will be given; these factors are a part of the race.
  17. Racers are allowed assistance (i.e. support crew, volunteer, race marshal or bystander) only at designated Transition Areas (TAs). This assistance can in no way help you in covering mileage on the course or give you required items after the race start. Accepting assistance outside a TA from anyone besides a registered racer or medic will result in disqualification. You can receive assistance from registered runners or appointed race medics anywhere on the course, even outside of designated transition areas, providing that the assistance is not in the form of transportation.
  18. Racers are not allowed to cache food or gear along the course except at the designated Transition Area.
  19. Littering on the course is unacceptable and will result in immediate disqualification.
  20. Any racer found using, or supplying performance-enhancing drugs to other racers, will be disqualified and permanently barred from all Sinister Sports races. See http://list.wada-ama.org/ for banned substances.
  21. Any competitor that drops out of the race must notify the nearest race marshal or director at the earliest opportunity. Do not drop out of the race without telling race officials as this will result in a costly search and you will be billed.
  22. If emergency evacuation is required, the cost will be the responsibility of the individual in need of assistance. This includes the cost of airlifting and helicopter or ground search if required.
  23. Medical staff and/or Race Directors may remove any racer from the race course if they feel it is unsafe for the racer to proceed (e.g. natural hazards, hypothermia, dehydration, frostbite, debilitating injury).
  24. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification at the discretion of the Race Director.
  25. Any disputes with the race course, race results, course management, or the actions of other racers must be submitted to the Race Director, in writing, within 30 minutes of the end of the race. If not received within this time, complaints will not be considered.
  26. The Race Director will determine if there has been a violation of these rules and will be the final authority in assigning penalties.

Gear List

All racers should consider carrying the following gear. If we experience inclement or hot weather during the race, we may make adjustments to lighten your load, but have it handy. You may elect to carry additional gear, like bear spray, at your discretion.

  1. Headlamp w/ new batteries (must be carried after 8:00pm)
  2. Full water bottle or hydration pack
  3. Wind/water resistant jacket
  4. Toque or warm hat
  5. Whistle
  6. Space blanket
  7. Timing Chip (assigned at registration)
  8. Race number (assigned at registration)

Additional Gear

While the list above is for mandatory gear, please consider bringing extra kit that will help you in case of foul weather or crushing heat. These items can be stored in your support vehicle for easy access. Also see the Support Crew Information on page 13 for other TA ideas.

 

Restricted / Prohibited Items

ROUTE MAPS & DESCRIPTIONS

Ultra

Distance: 54km / 108km

Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,230m / 2,230m (54k) – 4,460/4,460 (108k)

Duration: 12h (54k) – 24h (100k)


Vertical Climb

Distance: 4.8km per full loop

Elevation Gain/Loss: 540m / 540m per loop

Duration: 6h


For the full elevation profile or to download the GPS coordinates for each leg, please visit our website at http://www.blackspurultra.com/course.php.

Leg 1 & 4 – Goat

16.1km – 886m gain

c5

 

Leg 2 & 5 – Toad

18.3km – 674m gain

c6

 

Leg 3 & 6 – Bear

19.4km – 670m gain
54km race cutoff – racers must start Leg 3 by 18:30 hrs Saturday
108km race cutoff – racers must start Leg 6 by 06:00 hrs Sunday

c7

SUPPORT CREW INFORMATION

Support Crew’s Role

Support people (aka Support Crews) are typically only required for solo runners as most relay runners do one leg and hand off to a teammate at the TA. A good support person can truly be the lifeline for a solo racer. Nothing beats coming into a TA where there is food, fresh gear, and encouraging words waiting. Support people help keep their racer moving. If you intend to support a racer, do not be afraid to ask questions – we want your experience to be as rewarding for you as it is for the competitors.

Support Crew Area

Support crews may set up a site next to the TA. We ask that you keep your site minimal.

Medical Help

If your racer doesn’t look well (delirious, dehydrated, or somehow broken), please contact our staff. The racer will not be disqualified for receiving medical aid.

Stuff to Bring

Please keep your site simple as there is not a lot of room. You cannot light a fire at the TA. Make sure you have enough gear to keep yourself comfortable during the race. You will be in the mountains and it can get pretty cold at night. There can also be blistering heat during the day. Suggested crew gear:

Black Spur Ultra Support Crews
Fast Trax Kimberley Alpine Resort

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