As previously reported the 2018 Cactus To Cloud race has been altered and is now the 2018 Cloudcroft Ultra 53k / 10 miler. The race will begin at 7am and conclude no later than 7pm. The new race course starts at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft and ends there as well.
There will be three aid stations, which each runner will pass through two times…once on the way out and once on the way back. The aid station locations are as follows:
Aid 1/6: Rim Trail Entrance #2 near MM1 on Sunspot Highway
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Aid 2/5: FS Road 636 (right off Sunspot Highway just past the old Snow Play Area)
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Aid 3/4: Rim Trail intersection with Alamo Peak Road
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AID STATION TIMES
Due to the relatively quick nature of the course through Aid Station 3, I’m suggesting the following times on station:
AID 1/6: On station by 7:30am. Expect first runners by 7:45am. Cutoff time into Aid 6 on the return trip is 6:00pm.
AID 2/5: On station by 8:15am. Expect first runners by 8:30am. Cutoff time into Aid 5 on the return trip is 4:30pm.
AID 3/4: On station by 8:45am. Expect first runners by 9:00am. Cutoff time into Aid 3 on the outbound trip is 11:00am. Cutoff time back into Aid 4 on the return trip is 2:00pm.
All of the Aid Stations are accessible by vehicle, however, Aid 2/5 is on a fairly small twin-track road with no room to turn around, so you may have to park your vehicle and walk in about 1/4 mile to get to the station itself. (This is the station Bob Good usually mans every year).
AID STATION/NET CONTROL MANNING
Due to the potentially long times at the aid stations, I’m suggesting we break up the manning periods into two blocks:
AID 1/6: First block – 7:30am to 1:30pm. Second block – 1:30pm to 7:00pm.
AID 2/5: First block – 8:15am to 1pm. Second block – 1pm to 5:30pm.
AID 3/4: First block – 8:45am to 12:30pm. Second block – 12:30pm to 3:00PM.
NET CONTROL: FIRST BLOCK – 7AM TO 1PM. SECOND BLOCK – 1PM TO 7PM.
If you are interested in manning an aid station, please email me at my callsign at gmail.com and let me know which block(s) you are interested in staffing. If you want to staff both blocks at an aid station, that is fine…just let me know.
I’m still looking for Net Control manning in Zenith Park. It’s an easy job, there’s great food, and lots of great folks to hang around with. I’m planning on running most of the course, particularly the loop from Aid 3 back to Aid 4, as that is a very difficult trail and will be run in the hot part of the day with no shade and steep terrain. (Sounds fun…feel free to join me!)
I’ll publish a race bible as soon as I get one, so we have more complete information about the Aid Stations, but the above info should get us started. Pick your participation, and please send me an email ASAP so I can identify if we have any coverage gaps. All timeslots at all aid stations are currently open, so feel free to pick the time/location which best fits your schedule. When you email me, please also email me your preferred T-shirt size so I can get the order back to Cindy ASAP. Request you email me no later than right after the net this Saturday night.
Thanks to everyone in advance for supporting this great event and flexing with the last minute changes. Let’s get ready for a race!