Old Gabe and Blanket Chief are both nicknames for Jim Bridger having lived in the wild west from 1822 (age 17) until 1867. He discovered Salt Lake, South Pass and the current pass for I-80 going into Salt Lake City. He explored the Gallatin Valley area and trapped in the area in the 1840's. He has lots of things named for him including the Old Gabe 25K/50K and the Jim Bridger Trail Run (10 miles, the week before the 25K/50K).
Major Sponsors: US Forest Service, ProLite Gear, The North Face, La Sportiva, Bozeman Brewery, Hammergel/E-Caps of Whitefish
Date and time: Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. Starts promptly at 6:00 AM
Directions: Bridger Mountain Range, Bozeman, Montana. Start at Middle Cottonwood: 20-30 minutes from town, off I-90, exit 305 or Frontage Rd, north 2 mi on Springhill Rd, right on Sypes Canyon Road across from Springhill Sod Farm sign, then 1 mile watching for hard left on Summer Cutoff Road, up hill and over to take a right and go 1.5 mi on Saddle Mt Rd to end, left on Forest Service road 2 mi to Middle Cottonwood trailhead. Tough parking on side of road, carpool if possible. Because this course is out and back on narrow trails, no dogs on the course.
Directions to Truman Gulch trail head: Fom Middle Cottonwood backtrack down Saddle Mountain Rd past Summer Cutoff to Walker Rd, travel right (north) on Walker road (along the base of the west side of the Bridgers) about 3 miles until you reach Forswell Road. Go right. Travel about 3 miles until the road ends at the trail head.
Directions to Sypes trail head: Back down Saddle Mtn Road and then first left on Summer Cutoff Rd. Go about a mile and then left on Sypes Canyon Rd. Go up the road about 1.5 miles until it turns to gravel. It curves right to the trailhead parking lot.
Entry: Must be 18 for 50K. $50.00 for 50K. $35.00 for 25K, by June 17. Increases by $10 received Monday thru Thursday race week. No registration after Thursday evening at 6PM. T-shirt sizes and/or availability not guaranteed after 10 dyas prior to race though we will do our best and $8 refunded if t-shirts run out. 50K is free to last year's winners and anybody over 75-years-old (email race director). Entry includes T-shirt, prizes, food and drink provided at post race party. Special finishers' awards for the 50K. All profits go to the Bozeman Track Club (only available XC running team for middle schoolers). Only enter online (fee absorbed by race) by clicking on: RaceMontana
Party: There will be post race party at Lindley Pavilion at 6:30 PM. Go east on Main Street out of town. As you start up a hill by the Exxon, turn right into the Park (either before or after the cowboy statues).
Course and other info: Course starts and finishes at Middle Cottonwood Trailhead and is M-shape out and back on 100% trails with four significant climbs totaling over 11,000 feet making this one of the toughest 50K's in the world. 12 hour time limit. 25K is one leg to Truman Trailhead and back. 25K starts with the 50K. See detailed description Details.
Cut off times: The two aid station cut off times will be strongly enforced for the safety of all runners and volunteers. If you are not LEAVING the aid station by these set times, you must stop. Race management's goal is to see that everyone crosses the finish line in 12 hours or less and to help the volunteers plan out the time they will be at the aid stations. These cutoff times have been established to help accomplish this. 6.5 hrs out of Middle Cottonwood and 9.25 hrs out of Sypes.
|Male Open||Scott Creel , 5.31:40 (2007)||Tommy Manning 2.47:51 (2005)|
Zusana Drobnik , 6.58:18 (2007)
|Rhea Fuller, 3.23:28 (2005)|
|Male Master||Harry Johnson, 6.05:27 (2000)||
Jay Rotella 3.05:43 (2006)
|Female Master||Liz McGoff, 7.08:14 (2006)||Shelley Wunsch, 4.06:42 (2007)
Tammy Engebrecht 3:53:21 (2008)*