Race Details

Seconds before the start of another loop. Photo by Ryan Thrower

— Gulch Countdown: Last Person Standing —

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Location: Adam and Josie Braddock’s Home: Mukilteo, WA. 

2024 Race Directors: Audrey Taber and Travis Cox

Schedule: Check-in 7:30-8:00 am, Race Briefing 8:15, Race Start 8:30, Race End ??

Parking: Please carpool with another racer to park in neighborhood streets nearby. A link to coordinate or join a carpool will be shared closer to race day. There is also parking for non-carpools at the 19th St Trailhead or Tails and Trails dog park, each connected by a half-mile trail. There will also be parking at the 76th St Trailhead (community garden). Hint: You could park at the 76th St Trailhead, find another racer, and then carpool to park near the start area. Please park legally and be considerate towards our neighbors, thank you!

Aid Station: We will have an aid station at the start/finish area with food and drinks (water, gatorade, soda, bananas, potato chips, etc). To be fair to all racers, no aid is allowed on the course. We will have one porta potty available; please give preference to the people currently racing. We will have an area for runners to place drop bags near the start line. Please bring a camp chair if you want a place to sit!

Course: The single-track trail is 2.18 miles with about 250’ of elevation gain. The hills are on the north end of the course. (See map below.) For the first eight laps, each racer can chose which direction they want to run the loop course. Starting at lap nine, all racers will run the same direction, alternating directions each lap. In addition to the halfway point, the ¼ and ¾ points will be marked. We will have a short out and back on the road before each lap to assist with passing before entering the single-track loop trail. Once on the single-track, please allow faster runners to pass you. Please be courteous to other trail users (e.g. hikers and mountain bikers) as we are sharing the trails. 

Strava route: https://www.strava.com/routes/16030473

Full course video: https://youtu.be/cjGejO5egas

Time Cutoffs: The first lap has a 32 minute cutoff. Those who finish ahead of the cutoff can use the remaining time at the start/finish area for aid. All finishers within the cutoff then start the next lap together, this time with a 31 min cutoff. With each additional lap, the cutoff is reduced by one minute. After 12 laps, a marathon distance, lap times decrease by 30 seconds until only one runner remains. (See table above)

Timing: The end of each lap is the same time as the start of the next lap. There will be whistle warnings for 3, 2, and 1 minute to go, then a verbal countdown to the start. We will have a countdown timer at the finish line so everyone will be able to see the time remaining when they finish. We will also mark the men’s and women’s winner of each lap.

Elimination: If you finish a lap after the cutoff (or decide not to start the next lap) you are eliminated from the race. Please let the person timing know when you are eliminated and we will mark your bib with the number of laps run. If all racers are eliminated in the last lap, the first racer to complete the lap is the winner. In the case where there are two runners starting a lap, the one with the most lap wins gets to choose their direction, and the other runs the opposite. 

Prizes: The Last Woman Standing and Last Man Standing will win trophies. There will also be “medals” for each racer. Placement will be determined by total distance run (including the final lap outside the time cutoff) and then by finishing order.

Fastest Lap Competition: There will also be an on-going competition (and special recognition) for the current fastest lap of the day for both men and women. For the first eight laps, the fastest lap racers must go in the clockwise direction. 

Cancelation Policy: We understand that life happens and sometimes you need to change your plans. We offer a 100% refund when canceling by September 1, 2024. Simply cancel through your registration history on UltraSignup, or via the “Edit” link on your receipt. Email us at gulchcountdown@gmail.com if you need to cancel after September 1, 2024.

Merch: We will a very limited supply of Japanese Gulch Runner merch for purchase and free stickers!

Volunteers: For those who are helping out, thank you so much! We’ll need help with timing, running the aid station, and taking down the course afterwards. Please contact us if you or someone you know can help!

Walkers: Anyone is welcome to stop by and run or walk a lap! You don’t need to be part of the race. To minimize disruption, please start at a start time after the racers.

Race Founder: Abram Elwell

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