Online registration from the Headfirst Performance website has closed. Late registration is available at packet pickup on Friday (6th) at Ken Combs Running Store from 12 noon to 6:00 pm EST and on race morning from 6:30 - 7:30 am EST at the Horine Center at the FINISH area.
The time for the free pre-race pasta dinner at Quest Outdoors has been confirmed as 5:30 to 8:00 pm EST Friday night (6th). The location will be at their store at 2330 Frankfort Road in Louisville.
The Forest had some very light rain & snow last night. The trails are frozen with a light dusting of snow this morning. With temps reaching the 40's & 50's the next couple days, you can expect to encounter muddy sections on race day. Some of the stream beds will have some water flowing, but with careful stepping or jumping, you should be able to avoid the water. This is on the Blue Trail (about mile 7) at the dam this morning:
Flagging is pink again this year. Trail junctions will be marked with several flags & major junctions will also have signs or a volunteer on site. Intermediate flagging is spaced approx. 100 to 200 feet along the entire course.
A couple notes about this week --
A crew from the Forest Service mistakenly closed off & filled in (with brush & large downed trees) the last 200' of single track trail left in Yost. The problem is, this short connector trail is used in the 15m & 50k to finish up the Yost loop (2nd section). Last minute new trail construction (for one time use) is being performed today to remedy this situation. It will be a little rough & steep but relatively short. Apparently the Forest Service intends to close out this section permanently, so an alternate course looks to be in store for next year.
Bonus buffs (for 50k & 15m):
A phone call was received from Buff, Inc. on Tuesday informing us the custom designed buff order was somehow lost and buffs would not be available race day. To hear this was beyond our belief. This had been in the works since in December (sometimes with daily communications) with assured delivery. In order to have any buffs for race day, they now have said they could deliver certain buffs from their catalog that they had in stock -- but since they didn't have 200 of any one design, there would have to be 3 different designs: 100 of one design (for 50k) and 50+50 (for 15m) of 2 different designs. Headfirst Performance has said they could possibly add some LLTH print to the buffs, even with only a day notice. Of course, this all depends on Buff, Inc. to come thru with delivery today. The bonus buff is limited to the 1st 200 registered for the 50k & 15m.