Hello Voyageur Runners,
Welcome to race week! We’re looking forward to seeing you in Carlton this weekend! Here are a few notes to keep in mind for race day.
If you will not be able to attend the race on Saturday, please reply to this email and let us know.
You may pick up your packets (containing your t-shirt and bib number) either on Friday night or race morning. On Friday night you can pick up your packets at the Four Seasons Athletic Complex in Carlton from 4pm to 7pm. The Carlton Daze spaghetti dinner also takes place at the Four Seasons.
On Saturday morning you can pick up your packets at Carlton High School starting at 5am (race starts at 6am). If you pick up your packet on Friday night, you do NOT need to check in on Saturday (new policy for this year). If for some reason you check in Friday and don’t plan to run on Saturday, let us know.
If you know someone who is not registered, he/she can register in person on Friday night or Saturday morning. Online registration is open through Wednesday night (closes at 11:59pm).
In the past we have offered early starts to slower folks who are worried about missing the cutoffs. Unfortunately, we are no longer offering early starts. All runners need to start at the same time: 6am.
There are 9 aid stations along the course, and you will encounter them quite frequently. The longest stretch between aid stations is 3.4 miles, and the shortest stretch is 2 miles. The aid stations will be stocked with water, Powerade, pop, fruit, cookies, PB&J sandwiches, potato chips, and many other food items. There will also be some Clif gels available, but plan on carrying your own if you rely on them heavily. The aid station mileage chart is available here: http://www.voyageur50.com/course-information/course-description/
We highly recommend you carry a water bottle or some sort of hydration system during the race. Even though the aid stations are close together, it may take you quite a while to get through the tough sections.
We are not supplying the Hammer Endurolyte product at our aid stations this year. Plan to supply your own if you like using a concentrated electrolyte supplement.
Drop Bag Procedure
Two aid stations are drop bag locations. They are Peterson’s, which you will encounter at miles 9 and 41, and Skyline, which you will reach at miles 22 and 28. It is your choice if you would like to use a drop bag. Some people use them if they have a specific food or beverage they would like to have access to on the course. Some people do not use them at all. If you would like to utilize the drop bag service, bring your bags to the starting line on race day. We will have a station where you can mark your bags with your bib number and the drop bag location. If you do use a drop bag, please keep it as small as possible. This is not the time to use the luggage your great aunt Edna gave you. :)
If you have friends or family who would like to follow you along the course, they may drive to most of the aid stations to see you come through. The driving directions for each aid station are located here: http://www.voyageur50.com/course-information/directions/. Please note that there is no crew access to the Grand Portage aid station. The Seven Bridges aid station is walk-in access only.
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