THANK YOU to our sponsor Avery Brewing, who provides the great Avery beer for our post-race barbecue! And to Succeed for providing S! Caps for our aid stations. And to Runners Roost for our bib numbers and start/finish banners.
The 2019 race will be June 1. Registration will open on UltraSignup on December 15 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time.
Entry fees: 50K $95; 50 Mile $105; increasing by $10 on March 1 and April 15.
275 total entries will be accepted for both distances combined. There will be NO WAIT LIST. Entries are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE and cannot be rolled to a future year. See the Registration page on this site for details of this policy.
THE BIG NEWS: The 2019 race (June 1) will start and finish at a new location! Jefferson County Open Space was unable to give us a permit for Pine Valley for 2019 due to a conflict with a Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing event. We have been very fortunate to find a new location that will allow us to use most of the same great trails, just in a different order and sometimes a different direction.
The 2019 race will start and finish a few miles down County Highway 126 from Pine Valley at the intersection of Buffalo Creek Road/FS 543 and Highway 126. The Buffalo Park Improvement Association (BPIA or "Bippy") is allowing us to start and finish at its Community Hall and to use their large field for parking. In honor of BPIA, the new start/finish location is nicknamed "Bippy."
The race will start and finish along lovely little Buffalo Creek. We will be able to have all parking on site--no more shuttle! The Community Hall will give us electricity, a kitchen, and a great inside room for the barbecue. We think it is going to be a wonderful place for our start and finish.
There is now a narrative description of the new course on the Course page under the Race Info tab above. Turn sheets, aid station table and 2019 race info are also now here on the site. We're working on the map and elevation profiles. Stay tuned!
The 50 Mile and 50K are 100% dirt, mostly single track trail and some double track and dirt road, in the beautiful Buffalo Creek Recreation Area in the Pike National Forest, starting and finishing along lovely Buffalo Creek at the Community Hall in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. The Community Hall belongs to the Buffalo Park Improvement Association (BPIA or, as the locals call it, "Bippy")--so our start/finish is nicknamed Bippy. The elevation ranges from 6,700 feet to 8,100 feet in the 50K and to 8,400 feet in the 50 Mile. With 3,800 feet of climb in the 50K and 6,500 feet of climb in the 50 Mile, the race is very challenging for those not used to mountain trail races, yet speedsters who are used to altitude will find the course quite runable.
The race benefits the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department, which protects the area where the race is run and for whom the race is named. They have helped to battle a number of wildfires in the area over the years that have changed the landscape, opening broad vistas of the high country and making way for new growth. You will run through some of the burn areas, but most of the course is in pristine pine and aspen forest. The beautiful scenery, friendly aid stations and generous time cutoffs make North Fork an excellent choice for first-time ultramarathoners as well as veterans. Runners get high quality tech T-shirts, unique finisher awards, a fabulous post-race barbecue and the satisfaction of a job well done.
Part of the proceeds are also donated to StageDoor Theatre in Conifer, which brings great entertainment to the local community and provides theater education and opportunity to area youth. StageDoor volunteers will be presenting the barbecue on race day.