This year's race info:
Wasatch Back Marathon & Team Relay
Date: June 30th, 2012
Place: Town Square, Midway, Utah
The second annual Wasatch Back Marathon & Team Relay will be held June 30th, 2012 in beautiful Midway, Utah. The race starts and finishes at the Town Square and includes a climb up Lime Canyon, south across the range overlooking the Heber Valley, joining the Provo/Jordan River Parkway trail 1 mile from the Deer Creek Dam, and along Deer Creek Reservoir back into Midway via Stringtown Road. Eighty percent of the course is on dirt roads where you'll enjoy spectacular views of the Wasatch Back, Deer Creek, and the beautiful Heber Valley.
A Team Relay race is being run with the marathon. Two person teams will run the same course. The relay legs are 12.8 miles and 13.4 miles. The race has a cap of 1000 total runners.
(note: All landowner permissions have been obtained and final permits for the 2012 race should be approved very soon.)
June 30, 2012
Due to the nature of this course there are no wheelchairs or hand cycle divisions.
Team Relay (2 person teams)
The Entry Fee is non refundable.
All runners and relay teams must be able to finish the marathon course in under 6 hours .
Age Groups and Divisions
Start and finish at Midway Town Square, in Midway Utah
Beginning & ending elevation - 5613 feet
Highest elevation - 8221 feet (mile 7)
The weather will be cool prior to the race. Temperatures prior to the start are usually in the 50's It will warm up fast and you can expect temperatures in the 80's by mid-morning (10am). Of course there is always a chance of more exciting weather!
Course Description: The starting line is on 100 N. near 100 W. and heads East, turning left on N. Center Street heading north to Burghi Lane, turing West on Burghi Lane to River Road, turning right, north on Pine Canyon Road to Warm Springs Road turning left, south to Snake Creek Canyon Road, then east to the Wasatch State Park Visitor Center trail head (mile 3). Up the trail to the top of the ridge overlooking Lime Canyon, then west on trails to the top of Lime Canyon (this two miles is the HARD part!) and up to Cumming Parkway, then turning left - south on Cummings Parkway (mile 7.2) all the way to Cascade Springs Drive (top of the hill - mile 12.8) continuing south down to the Jordan River Parkway (1 mile East of the Deer Creek Dam), mile 16.9, turning left and then East and North around Deer CreekReservoir to Stringtown Road (mile 23.4), then north to 500 South, turning right and going east to 250 West, turning left and going north to 100 South,turning right and going east 1 block, turning left on 200 West and heading north into the Town Square and the finish area.
20.5 miles of the course is on trails or dirt roads. Awesome! Spectacular views and inspiriation on 26.2 miles of the course.
Description - team relay
The Team Relay starts with the marathon and follows the same course. The first leg is 12.8 miles, with 3 miles of generally flat and then 2.3 miles of trail climbing up to the top of the ridge overlooking Lime Canyon and then on the trail to the Lime Canyon road. From there the trail has a steady, sometimes steep climb from mile 5.3 to mile 7 (6932 feet up to 8221 feet in a little over 1.7 miles - 1289 foot elevation gain). The course is then generally downhill, except for a short, steep hill at mile 8.5, then gradual downhill to Cascade Spring Road at mile 12.8 and the Relay Exchange Point. Leg 2 starts here has an uphill segment just across the road, climbing from 6729 to 7148 feet - 419 foot elevation gain between mile 12.8 and mile 14.08. Then downhill near the dam on the Provo/Jordan River Trail - mile 16.85, elevation 5442. Here runners turn east and run along the trail until it comes out onto the pavement in the parking lot just below Stringtown Road. The course heads north into Midway and the finish. Leg 2 is 13.4 miles with a net elevation gain of 181 feet.
Exchange points & timing
We will be using disposable chip timing this year, with the chips attached to your bib number. At the relay exchange point, all runners will get a split time, and the incoming relay team member's leg will be recorded, providing the splits and pace time for that leg. After finishing, each team's results will include the pace and splits for each relay leg, along with the overall team pace and finish.
Relay Team Transportation
All relay team members should ride to and from the Relay Exchange point in the provided vehicles. Private vehicles shouldn't drive up Cascade Springs Road as it will cause conjestion and dust, and there is no place to turn around. Vans carrying the Leg 2 runners to the exchange point will depart from the starting area at approximately 6:30 am and will arrive at the Lime Canyon Exchange Point at approximately 7:00 am. (relay teams calculate the pace of your first relay leg runner to determine about when they will arrive at the exchange point. i.e. a runner averaging 7 minutes per mile would arrive in about 90 minutes - or at 7:00 am. However averaging 7 minute pace with the climb in leg 1 will be very difficult). Vans will wait at the Exchange point and carry finishing Leg 1 runners back to the start/finish area. Vans will depart on the half hour, or whenever they are full.
Aid Stations/water stops
Aid Stations will provide water, Powerade, and Vaseline, and will be positioned at approximately the following:
Mile 3 - Wasatch State Park Visitors Center
Mile 5.2 - Top of Lime Canyon paved road.
Mile 8 - Cummings Parkway
Mile 11 - Cummings Parkway
Mile 12.8 - Cascade Springs Drive top of hill
Mile 16.8 - Provo/Jordan River Pkwy (1 mile north of dam)
Mile 20 - Decker road intersection with trail
Mile 23.5 - Stringtown Road trainstop & bathroom
Mile 25.2 - corner 500 S. & Stringtown Rd. (one mile to go)
Toilets will be available at the start/finish, and at the relay exchange points.
Best places to cheer on runners
The best place to cheer for runners is at the Midway Town Square near the start/finish line. You can also cheer at the Wasatch State Park Visitors Center (mile 3), Stringtown Road Trainstop/bathroom area, mile 23.5.
Packets will be available for pick up at the Midway Town Hall on Friday, June 29th from 10am - 8pm. Morning of race packets can be picked up in the Midway Shelter - directly behind the Town Hall from 4:30am till the race begins.
Food & drinks. Water and Vaseline will be provided before the start. After the race there will be a finishers area fenced off which will contain water and other food including chocolate milk. Only runners with bib's on will be allowed in the fenced area.
Clothing retrieval. Numbered bags to all runners with the packet. Drop area at the start and drop boxes at mile 1, 3 and 5.3. Clothing bags will be arranged at the finish area for retrieval.
A finish line medical tent with on-duty IHC physician will be available from 7am - 1pm. Wasatch County EMTs will be stationed on the course to provide emergency medical service to the rest of the course.
Safety & Security
Course Signs. Course cones and signs will point runners to the exact route, including the side of the road to run on, when in Midway or on roads with traffic. Each mile will be marked. Each street crossing will include a sign with "Caution Runners On The Road" on both sides.
Traffic Control. Volunteer traffic control people with safety green vests will be positioned at all road crossings during the designated time frames. Traffic will be halted by them to safely allow runners to cross the road they are responsible for. At the conclusion of the allotted time for that intersection, traffic control volunteers will leave - but the Caution signs will be left up until the course is closed (after 12 noon).
Law enforcement will be asked to lead the first group of runners with flashing lights from the starting line to the Wasatch State Park Visitors Center (end of pavement).