ATTENTION 100 MILERS:
SEARCH & RESCUE IS IMPLEMENTING MANDATORY GEAR TO BE CARRIED WITH YOU FROM SALLY'S FOOTBRIDGE OUT AND THROUGH THE NIGHT. THIS IS FOR THE SAFETY OF NOT ONLY YOU AS A PARTICIPANT, BUT OF OUR VOLUNTEER SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM.
1) LONG SLEEVES OR JACKET (HOOD RECOMMENDED)
2) LONG PANTS OR TIGHTS
3) HAT OR HOOD ON JACKET
4) GLOVES OR MITTENS (USE SOCKS FOR GLOVES IF YOU LEFT THEM @ HOME)
5) CUP PROVIDED IN PACKET OR BOTTLE FOR LIQUID (ON THE ENTIRE COURSE)
Thank you for your compliance in this matter.
Bighorn Trail Run Team
ATTENTION 50 MILERS:
SEARCH & RESCUE IS IMPLEMENTING MANDATORY GEAR TO BE CARRIED WITH YOU FROM THE START TO SALLY'S FOOTBRIDGE. THIS IS FOR THE SAFETY OF NOT ONLY YOU AS A PARTICIPANT, BUT OF OUR VOLUNTEER SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM.
1) LONG SLEEVES OR JACKET (HOOD RECOMMENDED)
2) CUP PROVIDED IN PACKET OR BOTTLE FOR LIQUID (ON THE ENTIRE COURSE)
SEARCH & RESCUE IS RECOMMENDING THE FOLLOWING GEAR TO BE CARRIED WITH YOU AS IT WILL BE DARK & TEMPERATURES WILL BE BELOW FREEZING AT START TIME.
1) LONG PANTS OR TIGHTS
2) HAT OR HOOD ON JACKET
3) GLOVES OR MITTENS (USE SOCKS FOR GLOVES IF YOU LEFT THEM @ HOME)
Thank you for your compliance in this matter.
Bighorn Trail Run Team
We know that many of you are anxious to hear current course conditions. Thank you for being patient with us up to this point. The accessibility to our aid stations and runner access to the course is a major concern for us right now. Snow is still on access roads to areas of the course. The safety of our runners, volunteers, families, and crew is our number one priority. There will be aid station teams on the 50-mile and 100-mile course including Spring Marsh, Elk Camp, Cathedral Rock, & Bear Camp that cannot drive to their station, therefore, they will be packing all supplies in on foot or horseback. The aid stations in the upper Little Horn Canyon will have less aid than they have had or planned to have this year due to impassable roads leading to their stations. Runners should be prepared to carry more food and personal safety gear and clothing between “major” aid stations (drop bag stations). Adequate clothing will be essential for Bighorn this year. Over the past week the course team has been in the high country daily and has seen changes in the snowpack at the high elevations with each passing day. The 100 and 50 milers will pass through snow in the high country, experience our famous Bighorn MUD, their feet getting wet, rutted trails from wildlife, and possibly even seeing wildlife. There will be extreme temperature changes, both cold and hot, during this adventure, but runners will be well cared for by our selfless, hard-working aid station volunteers. You will be treated to a spread of great food in the major aid stations, but be conscious to carry extra food and hydration when leaving Footbridge and Jaws Aid Stations as the stations between these “major” ones will be limited to supplies they can pack in. Bighorn’s Course Team is evaluating the course conditions, accessibility of the aid stations, and the safety of our participants and volunteers every day, but at this time we do have changes the race organization team has very thoughtfully made. Please see below for these changes. We appreciate your patience while Mother Nature is working her magic allowing us to enjoy another great year for the Bighorn Trail Run. Remember, Bighorn offers a wild and scenic adventure. That’s why you signed up after all! Please stay posted to our Facebook page and website as there is still a possibility for changes in the next few days.
Riley Point aid station cannot be accessed by the aid station team and will be completely removed from the 32M course.
Devils Canyon Road cannot be accessed; therefore, the start will return to JAWS Aid Station.
50-mile start time will be moved to 4:30 am to allow extra time for course conditions. All cut-off times will remain the same (allowing the extra time as a “head start”).
50-mile bus will depart Dayton at 2:45 am at the Tongue River Community Center.
Pre-race meeting will be moved to Thursday evening June 13 at 6:30 pm with the location TBA.
Pre-race briefing will be mandatory to all participants. Each participant must check in to the meeting with race officials. The mandatory pre-race meeting location is Whitney Commons Park next to the library on West Alger St., Sheridan, WY in the amphitheater. The meeting is walking distance from packet pick-up.
100-mile start has moved to 9:00 AM, allowing an extra hour for tough course conditions. The start location will remain the same on Tongue River Canyon Road. Cut-offs will also remain the same (with the extra hour providing a head start)
Bus transportation times to the start will be from Scott park in Dayton beginning at 7:30 am. Buses will circulate between the park and the start until 8:40 am when the last bus will depart Scott Park. All participants must be on board to get to the 100M start.
100-mile participants are strongly encouraged to carry or wear long sleeves and legs (tights or pants) OUT of Sally’s Footbridge Aid Station and JAWS Aid Station. Should any participant get themselves in trouble due to cold temps, getting wet, or running out of supplies it will be the responsibility of the participant to pay for any and all search and or rescue costs involved.
From the entire race team, we want to thank you for your patience in waiting for this announcement and for the changes we are making to allow for weather conditions. While it has not been easy to make these changes, we also know this will be an incredible year of Bighorn, with many stories of adventure, beauty, camaraderie, and friendship. Soak up all the good and let this be an experience of a lifetime.
**With adjusted times for starts and buses, we will print a final schedule that will be available at Packet Pick-Up**
We welcome you with our western hospitality and extend our most cordial invitation to a remote rugged test of your endurance.
We created this ultra-running event to preserve the atmosphere of the Bighorn Mountains once threatened by a West Coast power development strategy called the “Dry Fork Project”. Through the commitment and perseverance of a few dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, attention to the potential fate of our mountains became a local concern. Ultimately, the “Dry Fork Project” was tabled and Bighorn Trail Run was born during this process to increase public awareness of the natural beauty, rugged terrain, and unique geology of the Bighorn Mountains and the Dry Fork and Little Bighorn River drainages.
The Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run is founded on values and beliefs that knit us together as a family. We provide a multi-event experience created by a community for a community, meeting everyone’s desire for challenge. We value family, friendships, thoughtfulness, hard work, consistency and nature’s beauty – all the essentials required to get you to the finish line. However, don’t let Bighorn mislead you, it is a tough contender in the ultra-world boasting its name on the top 10 most difficult ultras in the nation. We met with Mother Nature to custom design a challenging course: full of steep climbs, difficult down hills, shoe sucking mud, and relentless technical terrain leading you to spectacular views with a possible wildlife encounter here or there. Participants, be prepared to endure extreme ever-changing mountain weather conditions and temperature variations. This runner’s trail is the showcase of the human spirit.
Our commitment to you: During your time in our beautiful backyard, we commit to providing a team of tough and rugged individuals supporting you. Consider these experienced volunteers your trail family. With their commitment to lifting up a fellow human they provide well-stocked aid stations, first aid, and a fun atmosphere. Be aware however, much like you, these volunteers also endure sleep deprivation and harsh mountain conditions. Show them your appreciation and don’t be surprised when they encourage you to pull up your bootstraps so you can head on down the trail to claim your finish. After all, it did seem like a good idea during the winter sign-ups. Yeehaw!
Our Course: The Bighorn Mountain Trail 100 is an epic mountain endurance adventure crossing through Little Bighorn and Tongue River areas of the Bighorn National Forest. Participants have 34 hours to navigate this remote, technical out-and-back course (average 2.94 mph). Mother Nature provides over 20,500 feet of ascent and 20,750 feet of descent testing the most seasoned ultra-runners with 76 miles of technical single-track trail, 16 miles of rugged 2-track jeep trail road, and 8 miles of gravel road. The Bighorn 100 is one of the classics, demanding you to reach deep down to your core of mental and physical fortitude.
Our event is truly remote. Stretches of 18-mile technical trail will serve as your only way in and out of the backcountry. Have no fear; we have a family of trail crew volunteers that are crazier than you. They’ve been on the trail for weeks leading up to this event preparing the trails for the adversity you are about to experience.
This is not a mountaineering experience and we pride ourselves on a well-marked course. Trail markings will consist of orange flagging tape frequently attached to trees, bushes, rocks, rattlesnakes, and black bear (haha just making sure you are paying attention). In meadow areas, orange flagging will be attached to wire ground flags. White powder arrows (made from lime) will be used at a few junctions on the course. Reflective tape attached to the flagging and glow sticks will be used to enhance visualization during the night sections of the course (Kern’s Cow Camp - Jaws Trail Head). However, despite the best efforts of race management, occasionally the elk have other plans in mind for you and have been known to devour the markings on sections of this course within 48 hours of placement. Our course director and trail team work endlessly to replace flagging during the event.
We are guests in God’s country so expect to share this course with elk, deer, moose, black bear, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes in the lower elevations.
Preparation: Our course requires ultimate individual preparation. Remember you have committed to an extreme mountain endurance event in the Wild West and crew access points are limited. Our aid station volunteers are experienced and will do their best to help each runner, however responsibility falls on participants and it is imperative each runner is adequately prepared for this challenging quest. Please study the course and plan to carry the necessary equipment to ensure your safety and the safety of our volunteers.
Please continue to "RUNNERS" tab to see specific information about the race you entered. See you in June !
Entries cannot be traded or sold. Picture ID is required at packet pick-up. Each participant will be issued a non-removable wrist band that must be shown at the start and worn on course in order to start the race. Participating under another name is FRAUD and will be prosecuted.
Thursday Packet Pick-up and Drop Bag Drop off NOON-6PM
18 mile bus leaves Tongue River 8:30 am
18 mile start 10:30 am
NEW 50 mile start location this year. The 50 mile will NOT start at JAWS Trailhead. Instead it will begin approx 2 miles from JAWS on FS Road #13. There will be portable restrooms but limited shelter. Please wear warm clothing to the start and bring a labeled plastic bag to deposit them into. Race volunteers will collect the bags and bring them to Tongue River Valley Community Center to be claimed.
Every participant is required to check in at the start under the 15 FOOT ORANGE check-in flag. Participants must show their non-removable wristband issued at packet pick-up and a cup or bottle for liquids on the course.
We are a "cupless" race. Aid Stations will NOT have cups.
No cup (or bottle) - NO START
Participant Handbooks! Handbooks are available for each race distance. YOU are responsible for ALL information in the handbook. Race rules and regulations will be listed, as well as important race information, CREW and PACER information. Handbooks will be downloadable. There will be NO paper handbooks available at race packet pick-up. Print your copy before traveling to Wyoming.
Please be considerate of our resident friends of Dayton when parking on race day. Do not block driveways and obey all signs posted by the Town of Dayton and its residents. Parking and shuttle service is available on race day from Noon to
8 pm for participants and spectators. There will be NO parking inside Scott Park on race day. There will be a 10 minute loading/unloading zone for equipment and supply drop off and for picking up finished participants.
Do not leave dogs in your car while participating or spectating. Dogs are best left at home, but allowed at the finish on a leash.
"On race day, find the comfort within being uncomfortable and hold on tight."
Bighorn Trail Run is operated under a special use permit with the Bighorn National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.
To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Bldg, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).