The 50 Mile and 50K are 100% trails, mostly single track and some double, in the beautiful Buffalo Creek Recreation Area in the Pike National Forest, starting and finishing along lovely Buffalo Creek at the Buffalo Creek Community Center in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. The Community Center belongs to the Buffalo Park Improvement Association (BIPA or "Bippy")--so our new 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 4,800 feet of climb in the 50K and 7,500 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.
Check out the photo galleries on the Photos page. And all the course and race information can be found under the Race Info tab above. If you have questions, feel free to email the race director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-903-3533.
The 2019 race will be June 1. Registration will open on UltraSignup on January 15 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time.
The 2018 race is now history! It was a picture perfect day, just a little warm. Congratulations to our 205 finishers! Results are on the Results page under the Race Info tab above. Photos from the race are available on Chris Combs' website www.fourfirescreative.com/nf50/ .
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 Buffalo Creek Community Center 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 Center 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.
We will be revising all the race and course info on this site over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
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.