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Mountain RATS Trail Runs

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Mountain RATS
Eagle, CO
September 17-18, 2022

2022 Online registration has closed – Race day registration is available at packet pickup (5-7pm Friday at Color Roasters) or at the start area Saturday morning before the races

2021 race photos


A Colorado end-of-summer outdoor celebration! Come celebrate the beginning of fall in the mountains with a trail running challenge! An exciting day of festival fun and adventure on the trails near Eagle, Colorado. With the start/finish line right in the heart of Eagle Ranch friends and family can enjoy themselves while you push yourself in the rugged mountain race. Afterwards, relax with a beer, hot meal, live music and more. Racers can choose from a Heavy Half, Marathon or 55K.

Our packet pickup and start/finish area will be well provided for by our incredible sponsor – Color Roasters.
Accommodations

Our host hotel for the weekend events is the Quality Inn & Suites Vail Valley. When you call to reserve please mention you’re booking for “Mountain Rats races” to receive the best rate. They will sell out, so be sure to book soon.
Start/Finish Area and Parking
Color Roasters (717 Sylvan Lake Rd) will host the packet pick-up on Friday evening. The start/finish line will be at the corner of Capitol and Sylvan Road. Your race number and packet will be available at this location Saturday morning and Sunday morning before the race start.
Parking
Parking will be at the Brush Creek Elementary School parking lot. It is located at 333 Eagle Ranch Rd, Eagle, CO 81631 and is a very short walk across the street to the start/finish area

Pricing
Early (until March 31st)
Heavy Half Marathon – $80
Trail Marathon – $100
55K – $105

Standard (until June 30th)
Heavy Half Marathon – $90
Trail Marathon – $110
55K – $115

Late (until September 16th)
Heavy Half Marathon – $100
Trail Marathon – $120
55K – $125

Race Weekend
Heavy Half Marathon – $110
Trail Marathon – $130
55K – $135

Finish Line
All registered racers will get a free beer or a Color Roasters coffee.
Cut-offs
The 55K will have an 11 hour cut-off.
There will be an intermediate cut-off at the first School House aid station at 7 hours. Runners not reaching this location by 7 hours will be asked to take the final 1.7 miles to the start/finish area.
Weather
Weather in Eagle can vary. The averages for September are a low of 42F and a high of 73F degrees.
Awards
Finisher’s mementos will be handed to you as you cross the finish line and awards will be given out at our Awards Ceremony (details TBD).
Don’t miss out on a chance to win raffle prizes and socialize with other runners.
King of the Mountain primes: We will have a $100 bill for the fastest male and female to ride from the Firebox aid station to the Dead Cow aid station as recorded by aid station staff. This will be presented at the awards ceremony on center stage.
Men’s & Women’s overall winners of each distance (55K, Marathon, Heavy Half) will receive comp entries to next year’s races.
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age groups:
Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Racers will receive customized dog tag finisher’s awards as they cross the finish line. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.


Dogs
We love dogs! Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at the Start/Finish and aid stations. Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on course with their runners.
Medical
There will be emergency vehicles throughout the event and all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters will be at the start/finish area. In addition, a certified Emergency Medical Technician will be in attendance. Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
Staying on Course
Racers must stay on the designated course. Short-cutting will result in a disqualification. If you go off course, you must return to the same point you exited in order to continue.
Unforeseeable Circumstances
In the case of unforeseeable circumstances due to weather or other extenuating circumstances that prevents the safe continuation of the race, race officials may end the race at any given time without a refund of unused portions. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the runners or officials.
Local Laws
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
Transfers & Cancellations
There will be no entry transfers. If you regrettably need to cancel your registration, please use UltraSignup. Cancellations are given credit of their registration payment toward any Gemini Adventures event within one year’s time, minus a 15% fee. Login to your account, go to Registration History, Edit for the event, and Cancel Registration
Refund Policy
30 Days or more prior to the Event: 85% credit of registration fee (excluding UltraSignup fees).
Less than 30 days prior to the Event: No refunds or credit given.
Credits may be applied to any future Gemini Adventures race and will be valid for 12 months.
Registered runners may also switch between distances. No refunds or credit will be given for dropping down in distance. If stepping up in distance, the added current pricing of the longer distance will be charged (excluding Ultrasignup fees).
To request credits, log in to your UltraSignup account, and go to Registration History. Select Edit for the event, and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Course

The Mountain RATS courses will be challenging, beautiful, and almost 100% dirt.

Aid Stations
In order to be environmentally friendly and cut down on the amount of trash we produce, we will not have cups at the aid stations. Please carry a water bottle, cup or hydration pack on the course.
We will have nine aid stations located throughout the 55K course, six for the marathon and four for the half (at approximately five-mile intervals).
Aid Stations will have: gels, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly rolls, chocolate, bananas, ice water and sports drink.
To reduce waste, cups will not be provided at the aid stations.
Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
55K
36.1 mi with 6400’+ of climbing
Low Point 6613′ – High Point 9138′
Aid Stations:
Arroyo (2.4 miles)
Firebox (7.3 miles)
Dead Cow (12.0 miles)
Spring Creek (14.5 miles) Cut-off 11:40am
Easy Rider (18.5 miles)
School House (22.5mi) Cut-off 2:00pm
Spring Creek II (26.5 miles)
Easy Rider II (30.5 miles)
School House II (34.5 miles)
Finish Cut-off 6:00pm
Marathon
24.2 miles with 4500’+ of climbing
Low Point 6613′ – High Point 9138′
Aid Stations:
Arroyo (2.4 miles)
Firebox (7.3 miles)
Dead Cow (12.0 miles)
Spring Creek (14.5 miles) Cut-off 2:30pm
Easy Rider (18.5 miles) Cut-off 3:30pm
School House (22.5 miles)
Finish Cut-off 6:00pm
Heavy Half
15.4 miles with 2500’+ of climbing
Low Point 6613′ – High Point 7942′
Aid Stations:
School House (1.7 miles)
Spring Creek (5.7 miles)
Easy Rider (9.7 miles)
School House II (13.7 miles)
Finish (15.4 miles)
There are no cut-offs for the Heavy Half Marathon!
55K Aid Stations:
Arroyo (2.4 miles)
Firebox (6.5 miles)
Dead Cow (11.5 miles)
Spring Creek (14.2 miles) Cut-off 11:40am
Easy Rider (21.5 miles)
School House (24.5mi) Cut-off 2:00pm
Spring Creek II (24.0 miles)
Easy Rider II (28.5 miles)
School House II (31.5 miles)
Finish Cut-off 6:00pm
Marathon
24.0 miles with 5000’+ of climbing
Low Point 6607′ – High Point 9142′
Aid Stations:
Arroyo (2.4 miles)
Firebox (6.5 miles)
Dead Cow (11.5 miles)
Spring Creek (14.2 miles) Cut-off 2:30pm
Easy Rider (21.5 miles) Cut-off 3:30pm
School House (24.5 miles)
Finish Cut-off 6:00pm
Heavy Half
15.4 miles with 2720’+ of climbing
Low Point 6607′ – High Point 7942′
Aid Stations:
School House (1.7 miles)
Spring Creek (5.2 miles)
Easy Rider (9.7 miles)
School House II (12.7 miles)
Finish (15.4 miles)
There are no cut-offs for the Heavy Half Marathon!

 


55K
You will start in the heart of Eagle, next to Color Roasters. Begin by running 2 miles on the bike path along Eagle Ranch Road and Haystacker Drive, where a right turn onto the Turniphead Trail marks the start of dirt miles until the finish.
Just shy of a mile after turning onto dirt, you’ll encounter your first aid station, Arroyo, at mile 2.4. From Arroyo, the course continues steadily up, first on double track on Third Gulch Trail, then veering left onto singletrack on Pipeline Trail. Throughout this climb you’ll travel from sage-covered high desert into beautiful aspen groves on the Pipeline Trail. 1300 vertical feet above Arroyo, runners reach aid station #2, Firebox, at mile 7.3.
Leave the aid station and continue uphill on Hardscrabble Road briefly to a hard right turn onto Firebox Road. After 2 miles trending up through forest and pastureland on Firebox Road veer left onto singletrack and descend to Spring Creek. After veering left, the singletrack crosses the road again soon; watch closely and keep straight at this intersection. Once at Spring Creek, a left turn on Dead Cow Trail leads back uphill to aid station #3, Dead Cow, at mile 12.
A steep but short climb awaits you as you leave the aid station on Mike’s Night Out. The course rewards with sweeping views as it continues on Mike’s Night Out, quickly descending to aid station #4, Spring Creek, at mile 14.5. From the aid station turn left and begin a stretch of dirt road that again offers views northward across much of the trail system. This stretch begins with a gentle descent but soon climbs steeply over a saddle. Shortly after the saddle leave the road with a slight right turn onto Easy Rider Trail.
A bit of climbing at the start of Easy Rider Trail leads to a cruisy 800-foot singletrack descent over 2.5 miles ending at aid station #4, Easy Rider at mile 18.5. Cross the road and continue on double track that eventually merges with Star Wars Trail, a fun singletrack descent. The descent ends abruptly with a right turn onto Pole Road, where the climbing begins again in earnest. Climb straight up the exposed Pole Road to its high point then turn right onto a short section of singletrack that joins the Hockett Gulch Trail. Here, you will enjoy a smooth descent to a right turn onto School House Rock Trail. Follow this short section of rolling trail into aid station #5, School House I at mile 22.5.
Here, 55K runners part ways with marathoners and turn uphill and right onto Elmer’s Trail. Over the next 3.7 miles you’ll veer left onto World’s Greatest Trail then right onto Scratch Trail, meanwhile netting 1100 feet of vertical gain (with some short, fun descents and wide open views in the mix). The course reaches Spring Creek Aid Station for a second time at mile 26.5.
Venture onto familiar territory, following the same route you covered already between Spring Creek AS and School House Rock AS. The course passes through aid station #8, Easy Rider II, at 30.5 miles and reaches aid station #9, School House Rock II, at 34.5 miles.
From here, the fun isn’t quite over as the course heads up one final 200-foot climb. From the top of this punchy climb, the trail makes a serpentine descent to the Horton Street Trailhead. Runners head down the neighborhood street and turn left onto the bike path. A short 0.4 miles along this path lead to the finish line and after party at Color Coffee Roasters.
Marathon
You will start in the heart of Eagle, next to Color Roasters. Begin by running 2 miles on the bike path along Eagle Ranch Road and Haystacker Drive, where a right turn onto the Turniphead Trail marks the start of dirt miles until the finish.
Just shy of a mile after turning onto dirt, you’ll encounter your first aid station, Arroyo, at mile 2.4. From Arroyo, the course continues steadily up, first on double track on Third Gulch Trail, then veering left onto singletrack on Pipeline Trail. Throughout this climb you’ll travel from sage-covered high desert into beautiful aspen groves on the Pipeline Trail. 1300 vertical feet above Arroyo, runners reach aid station #2, Firebox, at mile 7.3.
Leave the aid station and continue uphill on Hardscrabble Road briefly to a hard right turn onto Firebox Road. After 2 miles trending up through forest and pastureland on Firebox Road veer left onto singletrack and descend to Spring Creek. After veering left, the singletrack crosses the road again soon; watch closely and keep straight at this intersection. Once at Spring Creek, a left turn on Dead Cow Trail leads back uphill to aid station #3, Dead Cow, at mile 12.
A steep but short climb awaits you as you leave the aid station on Mike’s Night Out. The course rewards with sweeping views as it continues on Mike’s Night Out, quickly descending to aid station #4, Spring Creek, at mile 14.5. From the aid station turn left and begin a stretch of dirt road that again offers views northward across much of the trail system. This stretch begins with a gentle descent but soon climbs steeply over a saddle. Shortly after the saddle leave the road with a slight right turn onto Easy Rider Trail.
A bit of climbing at the start of Easy Rider Trail leads to a cruisy 800-foot singletrack descent over 2.5 miles ending at aid station #4, Easy Rider at mile 18.5. Cross the road and continue on double track that eventually merges with Star Wars Trail, a fun singletrack descent. The descent ends abruptly with a right turn onto Pole Road, where the climbing begins again in earnest. Climb straight up the exposed Pole Road to its high point then turn right onto a short section of singletrack that joins the Hockett Gulch Trail. Here, you will enjoy a smooth descent to a right turn onto School House Rock Trail. Follow this short section of rolling trail into aid station #5, School House I at mile 22.5.
From here, the fun isn’t quite over, as the course heads up one final 200-foot climb. From the top of this punchy climb, the trail makes a serpentine descent to the Horton Street Trailhead. Runners head down the neighborhood street and turn left onto the bike path. A short 0.4 miles along this path lead to the finish line and after party at Color Coffee Roasters.
Heavy Half
You’ll begin the Mountain RATS Heavy Half Marathon in the heart of Eagle, next to Color Roasters. A short stretch on bike path and up Horton Street leads to singletrack on the School House Rock Trail. Upon accessing dirt, you’ll run a quick 200 vertical feet over 0.7 miles, followed by a similar descent to aid station #1, School House, at mile 1.7.
A hard left turn onto Elmer’s Trail marks the start of the race’s longest climb of 4 miles and 1100 net vertical feet. This mostly steady climb offers occasional breaks of short, fun descents and wide-open views. During this climb, runners veer left onto World’s Greatest Trail and right onto Scratch Trail. The climb tops out at aid station #2, Spring Creek, at mile 5.2.
From the aid station, runners turn right and begin a stretch of dirt road. This stretch begins with a gentle descent but soon climbs steeply over a saddle. Shortly after the saddle, runners leave the road with a slight right turn onto Easy Rider Trail.
A bit of climbing at the start of Easy Rider Trail leads to a cruisy 800-foot singletrack descent over 2.5 miles ending at aid station #3, Easy Rider at mile 9.7. Runners cross the road and continue on double track that eventually merges with Star Wars Trail, a fun singletrack descent. The descent ends abruptly with a right turn onto Pole Road, where the climbing begins again in earnest. Runners climb straight up the exposed Pole Road to its high point then turn right onto a short section of singletrack that joins the Hockett Gulch Trail. Here, runners enjoy a smooth descent to a right turn onto School House Rock Trail. Runners follow this short section of rolling trail into the final aid station, School House II, at mile 12.7.
From here, the fun isn’t quite over, as the course heads up one final 200-foot climb. From the top of this punchy climb, the trail makes a serpentine descent to the Horton Street Trailhead. Runners head down the neighborhood street and turn left onto the bike path. A short 0.4 miles along this path lead to the finish line and after party at Color Coffee Roasters.

Schedule

Weekend Event Schedule 2022

Thursday:

6:00p – Adam Palmer Fund Trivia Night at Color Roasters. Register here

Friday:

5:00p -7:00p – Packet Pick Up at Color Roasters breezeway (west side of Color Roasters)

5:00p – 8:00p – Live music at Color Roasters

Saturday:

6:00-7:45a – Packet Pick-Up and race day registration at start line on Capitol St.

7:00a – 55K Ultra and Marathon start

8:00a – Heavy Half start

9:00a – 6:00p Endorphin gym open to all registered participants

10:00a – Endorphin Boot camp on Capitol Street. Register here

10:30a – Cycle Effect bike clinics on Capitol Street. Register here

11:00a – Kids “sprint race” on Capitol St. (10 and under). Register at start/finish area

11:30a – Heavy Half awards at start/finish

11:40a – Spring Creek Aid 55K Cut-Off

12:00p – 6:00p Live Music on stage on Capitol St.

2:00p – School House Aid 55K Cut-Off

2:00p – Amazing Race start on Capitol St.

2:30p – Spring Creek Aid Marathon Cut-Off

3:30p – Easy Rider Aid Marathon Cut-Off

4:00p – Marathon/55K Race Awards at start/finish

4:30p – Amazing Race Awards at start/finish

6:00p – Marathon/55K Cut-Off

Sunday:

6:30-7:45 – Packet Pick-up and race day registration at start line on Capitol St.

8:00a – Firebird 50 Mountain Bike Start

8:30a – Firebird 25 Mountain Bike Start

9:00a – 6:00p – Endorphin gym open to all registered participants

10:00a – 1:00p – Live music on stage on Capitol St.

11:00a – Super Strider event (4 years and under). Register at start/finish area

12:00p – School House Aid Cut-Off for 50K

12:00p – Firebird 25K Mountain Bike Awards at start/finish

1:30p – Firebird 50 Mountain Bike Awards

3:00p – Firebird 50 Mountain Bike Final Cut-Off

Register

Gallery

Results

Course Records:
55K Female – Mary Baughman – 5:41:34 (2020)
55K Male – Jeremy Scanlan – 5:20:23 (2021)
Marathon Female – Myriah Blair – 4:00:16 (2020)
Marathon Male – Ethan Kirk – 3:37:12 (2020)
Heavy Half Female – Kim Dobson – 2:02:27 (2018)
Heavy Half Male – Mike Dorr – 2:01:03 (2020)

Volunteer



Thank you to our 2022 Mountain RATS sponsors!