We have an exciting change of race site for our Outrun Backyard Ultra presented by Sanofi Genzyme set for June 21. We are setting up our event tents and hitting the trails at the Millarville Race Track just 20 minutes SW of Calgary nestled in the beautiful foothills. The course will start and finish each loop at the Creekside Campground in the Millarville Race Track and will run alongside the Three Point Creek and wind through a private ranch owned by our friends the Tosh family. Half the course is tucked away in the trees and the other half is exposed in the valley. Our previous course was 120 meters of elevation per loop, this new course irons out a lot to a super fast and runable 10 meters of elevation. Laz says that the easier the course the harder the race, well folks, we just handed you a course you can run on for hours and hours and hours. We will not be releasing the course map prior to the race out of respect for the land owners who are generously and selflessly donating their land for our use. I just know if we released a map we would get a handful of people out there on a Tuesday jumping fence to take a sneak peak. Everyone is on a level playing field, even my best friend Hubs won’t know.
Since we are staging in a campground and we have the whole place to ourselves we want to extend an invite to all you campers to come and pitch a tent or camper van or equal size single axle vehicle. After setting up, we ask you to please make your way to the start finish line and pay $30 for each night you plan on staying. Since we think this’ll be a popular option it’s on a first-come first-serve basis. We’d like to accept all forms of camping alongside the staging area but RVs take up loads of room. The good people at the Millarville race tracks will accommodate many if not all RVs. To arrange accommodation with them please call Karen at 403-931-2404 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org call early to insure a spot.
The parking situation is excellent. It will be well marked on the Friday morning and please park tightly so we can get more vehicles in. If the parking lot thats closest to the campground fills there is plenty of parking in the lot east of that lot. A volunteer team will help you park in the middle of the dirt field. If anyone arrives on Saturday or leaves Saturday and then comes back parking will be a challenge and a 3$ charge will be taken to park. The Millarville Farmers Market is hugely popular and attracts a line up extending miles down the highway. My advice is if you are still parked Saturday morning, don’t move!
We still suggest all runners bring a cooler with all the food they will want. Planet Foods will be onsite hooking you up with all the best running fuels and snacks but if you want a turkey cranberry sandwich we don’t have it for ya. There will be food trucks on site, which ones yet we don’t know and if you are still running Saturday you will have endless options for the best farmers market around. We are planning to have a beer garden where the only beer that will be sold is the best beer in the world, the Outrunner from Citizen Brewing Company. I’m thinking Laz maybe frequenting the beer garden a time or two during these festivities. If you see him there go have a beer with him.
Daniel Bowie will be up to his shenanigans playing music and keeping all entertained during daylight but at 10 pm we will be lowering the volume a bit to not make enemies.
Many of you might be asking why the change in venue with 6 weeks to go. Truth is, even with a large team of capable volunteers, putting on an inaugural race that runs overnight in Alberta parks was a tall order and in the end it just didn’t pan out. The positive take away is that I now know just the lengths that the good people at Alberta parks will do to steward our land and wildlife.
Besides this post we will do our best to answer all your questions and concerns either on our website www.outrunrare.com, an UltraSignup email will be sent out to all racers and don’t forget about the Outrun Backyard Facebook page. Refunds will not be given for this event as we feel that we have found even a better venue, kept the race date the same, and kept the region similar. Please remember that all proceeds from this race go directly to continue the valuable work of the Rare Disease Foundation.
See you at the race track.