Sent to all participants via e-mail, but just in case you missed it:
Welcome to the 25th edition of the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon! Let’s get ready to run! I wanted to mention a couple things:
Registration – if you are receiving this e-mail, you are registered! We’re glad to have you join us! If for some reason you will not be participating on Saturday, please respond to this e-mail and let us know. We currently have 370 people registered to run, which is a record for us. For some perspective, last year was a record year for us with 254 participants.
Transportation – as usual, we will provide transportation from the finish line to the starting line BEFORE the race. We are going to board the shuttles in a slightly different location this year. Magnum Trucking in Carlton has kindly offered us the use of their very large parking lot. Information about how to get there can be found here: http://www.curnowmarathon.com/course-information/directions/. We will also have signs posted in Carlton on race day directing you to the parking area.
Shuttles will be leaving Magnum Trucking in Carlton between 4:45am and 5:00am. Do NOT park in the small firefighter parking lot across from the fire hall (those spaces are marked).
Fairmont Park – we do not recommend parking at Fairmont Park (behind the zoo), and we do not provide any shuttles after the race back to the start. If you choose to park in the Fairmont Park lot, please note that you may NOT park in the paved area (that is the zoo’s lot). You may park in the gravel area and the surrounding city streets.
Course – it’s a Jarrow’s Beach year! Life is good at the beach! The hill with the ropes course is back again too. At some point the city is planning on building a sustainable trail to replace the ropes course, but we do not know when that will be.
Litter – Thank you for being extra cautious with litter! Our race is run on public trails, and the condition we leave the course affects the enjoyment of other trail users. All of us made an extra effort to be aware of litter last year, and we were successful! The sweepers reported they found very little litter last year. Thank you so much! Let’s do it again this year! We’ve tried, but we just can’t get that street sweeper up the Powerlines…
Drop Bags – Our drop bag location is Peterson’s aid station. There are about 9 miles left in the race at this point. You will have an opportunity at the starting line to leave a bag with items you would like to access at this location. Many people use drop bags, and many people don’t – it’s up to you if you would like to utilize one. Some people put special food items or spare clothes in theirs. The aid stations will be well-stocked, so you shouldn’t have to worry about running out of hydration or calories, but you may want to use a drop bag if you have something special you want use during the race. We will also provide a drop bag service to bring bags directly to the finish line. For both the Peterson’s and finish line drop bags, you will need to supply your own bag, but we will provide stickers and markers you can use to identify them. One further note – if you choose to use a drop bag, please make it as small as possible. This helps us transport it easily.
Aid Stations – the aid stations will be well-stocked. This year’s energy drink is Powerade. The aid stations will also have water and pop (Coke, Ginger Ale, and Sprite). There will also be many food options, including fruit, cookies, pretzels, chips, etc. The energy gels will be Clif Shots, many of which have caffeine. Please note that we are not providing Hammer’s Endurolytes this year (an electrolyte replacement).
Clif Energy Food – last year we tested out Clif’s Energy Food. Many of you tried it out and gave us feedback, which we passed on to Clif. Clif was very impressed with the detailed feedback you gave, and they would like to do it again this year. They have sent some of the same flavors as last year and some new ones. Some of the aid stations will have Energy Food, and we will have some available after the race for you to try out on your training runs. If you have any feedback about their product (good or bad), please send us an e-mail after the race. Clif is interested to hear what you think.
After the Race – there will be one final aid station at the finish line to help replenish calories and water. There are limited amenities available (no showers), but there is a hose available to help you get most of the mud off. The Streetcar restaurant is just a block from the finish line and will be offering a pasta special again this year.
Results – results will be posted on the race website (http://www.curnowmarathon.com/results/) and UltraSignup after the race. Our web guru, Ron Hendrickson, spent the offseason compiling all our old race results. He has posted the results from each year, along with course records and number of finishes by participant. If you ran our race back in the day, check it out!
Questions – feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions. Also, look for people on race day wearing yellow shirts – they are our race committee members and can help answer any questions you may have.
We are excited to have you join us and are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
-Kris Glesener and the Curnow Race Committee