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Old Gabe and Blanket Chief are both nicknames for Jim Bridger who lived in the wild west from 1822 (age 17) until 1867. He is the first non-native to describe the Great 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 there in the 1840's. He has lots of things named for him including the Old Gabe 30K/50K and the Jim Bridger Trail Run (10 miles, generally the week after the 30K/50K).

Major Sponsors: US Forest Service, La Sportiva, Map Brewery, Hammergel/E-Caps of Whitefish, Bar-3 BBQ, Schnees Boots and Shoes

Date and time: Saturday, June 17, 2017. 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, then 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.

Directions to Truman Gulch trail head: From 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, prior to raceweek. Increases by $10 received Monday thru Thursday race week. No registration after Thursday evening at 6PM. 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. If t-shirts run out we will order more. 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 UltraSignup

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 Town Pump, turn right into the Park (either before or after the cowboy statues).

Showers: If you want a shower after the event my best suggestion is the Bozeman Swim Center which charges $4 for entry (shower and swim!). Next to Bozeman High School on W. Main between 11th and 19th Avenue.

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 hrs out of Middle Cottonwood and 9 hrs out of Sypes.

Volunteers: Many volunteers are needed on race day. Lunch and beverages will be provided to those who volunteer. Free entry for six hours service. If you know of someone willing to help, please have them contact 406-556-1496.

Records (three courses for now, the old course, a slightly shorter snow course in 2008, 2011**, and the new longer course*):
Current course is about ten minutes longer so records starting in 2016 must be no more then ten minutes longer then the old records.

 

50K

25K

Male Open

Jim Walmsley, 5.26:04 (2014)

Tommy Manning 2.47:51 (2005)

Female Open

Zusana Drobnik , 6.58:18 (2007)
Christi Richards, 6:55:5 (2016)*
Lindsey Swan, 6.51:19 (2011)**  

Rhea Fuller, 3.23:28 (2005)

Male Master

Harry Johnson, 6.05:27 (2000)

Jay Rotella 3.05:43 (2006)
Mike Carey 3:05:43 (2008)**

Female Master

Becky Wheeler, 6:54.17 (2015)

Wendy Bauman, 3:59.52 (2014)
Tammy Engebrecht 3:53:21 (2008)**

**New longer course as of 2016
**Alternate course due to snow 2008, 2011

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