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G-Bar Ranch Ultra & Trail 1/2 Marathon

Sat April 20, 2024 Mariposa, CA 95338 US Directions

Events

G-Bar Ranch Ultra

$144 8:00AM PDT - 6:00PM PDT
11 spots left. Registration ends April 17, 2024 at 11:59pm PDT

G-Bar Ranch Half Marathon

$129 10:00AM PDT - 6:00PM PDT
12 spots left. Registration ends April 17, 2024 at 11:59pm PDT

Place

2792 Oak Grove Road
Mariposa, CA US 95338

Description

Registration is open for the 2nd annual G-Bar Ranch Ultra & Trail 1/2 Marathon on Saturday April 20th, 2024.  April is the optimal time for bloom and green foothills in the Sierras. It’s also a great time to head to Yosemite just a few miles down HWY 49.

Thank you and congratulations to all that finished the inaugural G-Bar Ranch Ultra & Trail 1/2 Marathon.

50K Champion - Danil Treschin 6:17

Trail 1/2 Marathon Champions

Male - Morgen Lanning

Female - Jessica Welker

Results: (See Tab)

***Photos:  https://crowdpic.com/events/G-BAR-Ranch-Ultra-Trail-1-2-Marathon

***Please note the 2023 inaugural race happened in June and that is why the ranch is browning in the pics. Our goal has always been to produce this event in April as it will occur from now on. See you in 2024.

 6/5/23  UPDATES: How to get their update. Plug "GRUPE RANCH AIRPORT" into your navigation or map app. But, first, please print out this page so that you have written directions. As I keep pushing races into the mountains, mobile reception gets worse and so does your app. 

NO FIRES OR SMOKING: If you need to get your mental groove on, please use edibles. No flame allowed. :-)

ULTRA CREEK CROSSINGS: There are several and all avoidable. 

Reminder about Cup-Free Racing: Reminder that we are cup-free. Please bring a portable cup or handheld water bottle, or hydration pack to refill at aid stations.

PARKING: Parking is free. Please do not park on the edge of the airstrip. To clarify, the edge is the asphalt meeting the sandstone base along side of the asphalt airstrip. If your tires turn or ride along the edge, then the asphalt may be damaged. Please be careful.

DIRECTIONS (PLEASE PRINT)

DO NOT USE THE ADDRESS ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE: That is a house address. That is not where the race is. The address is required by RunSignup.com to create tax zones for the event. THE ADDRESS IS "GRUPE RANCH AIRPORT" Plug this name in your navigation app now.

From HWY 49 (Yosemite): Turn Left on Indian Peak Rd, Follow to Oak Grove Road and continue straight. You are now on a dirt road that will take you past massive and beautiful ranch properties. As you near the property, you will see small trail running / parking signs (8.5" x 11" Arrows). Follow all the way up and on to the Grupe Ranch Airport 5CLO Airstrip.

From HWY 49 (City of Mariposa): Turn Right on Indian Peak Rd, Follow to Oak Grove Road and continue straight. You are now on a dirt road that will take you past massive and beautiful ranch properties. As you near the property, you will see small trail running / parking signs (8.5" x 11" Arrows). Follow all the way up and on to the Grupe Ranch Airport 5CLO Airstrip.

From the City of Raymond: Take Bailey Flats Road (AKS Rd 800) for 7.0 Miles. Turn left on Rd 820 for 1.7 miles and veer slight right on to Oak Grove Road. As you near the property, you will see small trail running / parking signs (8.5" x 11" Arrows). Follow all the way up and on to the Grupe Ranch Airport 5CLO Airstrip.

6/5/23 COURSE UPDATE

THE COURSES: The Half Marathon Course will remain as is in the link below. The Ultra course got some great work done the past few weeks and we are opening the "Balancing Rock Loop" WOOOOO! Many days and hours have been required to create this course. Good news is that for years to come as we grow this event, It will be legendary. Those who complete this course will know what a ranch with heart looks like and be proud they finished this event. Thank you Grupe Family.

Time Limit: 10 hours. NO PREDETERMINED CUT-OFF. We will just have a chat after the Balancing Rock Loop to see how you are doing. Please note that the Pink (AllTrails Red) Loop is the first loop. When editing the map, AllTrails.com would not allow for a resort. Rather than spending 8 hours to remodel... well, you will be stoked you finished this course.

Ultra: Update to "A" Course -->

https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map-may-28-2023-4871293?u=i&sh=k7k8tx

 

Ultra Aid Stations (A/S):

Miles - Direction (Elevation chart at bottom of alltrails map above. Please remember Orange/Red Loop first, then..)
0.0 - Start Orange Loop
2.1 - Gas Pump A/S (FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Fruit Only)
7.4 - H20 & ICE Table ONLY
10.7 - Steven's Pond A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes) 
12.0 - GRAB BRACELET FROM TREE MAIL BOX AND RETURN TO AID STATION
13.6 - Steven's Pond A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes)
17.1 - Airstrip 5CLO A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes)
17.1 Start Pink Loop (Run down the airstrip and turn left)
21.7 - Airstrip 5CLO A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes)
21.7 Start Blue Loop (Run down the airstrip and turn right)
26.4 - Gas Pump A/S (FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Fruit Only)
29.9 - Finish, Eat, Drink, Celebrate

Half Marathon: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D_RhYTuiN_iyybtNy9Q1TBL3kMx9uB70/view?usp=sharing

0.0 - Start Pink Loop (Run down the airstrip and turn left)
4.6 - Airstrip 5CLO A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes)
4.6 -  Start Blue Loop (Run down the airstrip and turn right)
9.3 - Gas Pump A/S (FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Fruit Only)
13.8  - Finish, Eat, Drink, Celebrate

Welcome to the inaugural G-Bar Ranch Ultra & Trail 1/2 Marathon, featuring a 29 mile Ultramarathon and Half Marathon on the Grupe Family Ranch. The Grupe family has offered their 9,000 acres of private property to Pacific Coast Trail Runs so that our trail running community can enjoy a new place to run. G-Bar Ranch is named after the "Livestock Brand" for this ranch, and not named after Greg your race director who likes to serve open bars at his events. It's the second oldest livestock brand in California. The history for this property is rich in cattle ranching, hunting, and outdoor education. Locals will tell you that they probably worked on the ranch as a teenager or young adult. The ranch also is home to the Grupe Ranch Airport. So, if you have a plane that can land on a half-mile runway, we would be happy to have you with permissions - Grupe Ranch Airport 5CLO

Your hosts for the weekend: Mark Grupe & Family. Greg Lanctot, Jennifer-Lopez Lanctot, Yaku Moton-Spruill & family, and Steve "Captain" Prior. 

The Grupe Family History

The Grupe family has played an important role in the growth of Northern California since the Gold Rush. John Carsten Grupe came to California in search of gold in 1849. When mining proved less than lucrative, John established a successful freight line from Stockton to the Mother Lode. A portion of his farm, located in Linden and purchased in 1853, is still owned by Phyllis and Fritz Grupe. Since 1966, The Grupe Company has built award-winning single family communities. The company has created 12 master-planned communities and more than 50,000 homes in 35 cities nationwide.

Since its beginnings, the Company has demonstrated an extraordinary sensitivity for environmental concerns. The Grupe companies take great pride in creating environments throughout the United States in which nature and people can flourish together.

G-BAR Trail Run is a "Private Event":

  • We are inviting 15,000 runners for 50 spots to this event.
  • Shall you must attend this event and desire to be one of the invitees, please email greg at the trail portal dot com.
  • All Entrants will be required to have an invitation and code to enter the event.
  • The event will be capped at 150 runners (75 Ultramarathoners & 75 Half Marathoners).
  • The Start & Finish Line will be staged on the airport runway at 1,625 feet of elevation.

The Courses:

  • Each course will be a "loop course" design.
  • 29 mile course is above
  • Half Marathon is one half marathon loop.
  • Both courses have been designed and will provide a very challenging race.
  • Since the race is ON PRIVATE PROPERTY we will not be providing a map, gpx file, or turn-by-turn sheet AT THIS TIME. TBD later. 
  • I can tell you that I will provide an elevation chart on June 1st.
  • The 29 miler is around 5,151 feet of elevation gain and will have a 10 hour time limit.
  • The Half Marathon is around 3.000 feet of elevation gain and have a 7 hour time limit.

Aid Stations

All Entrants to Receive:

  1. G-Bar Ultra & Half Marathon Trail Run - Technical Shirt by Green Layer
  2. Pacific Coast Trail Runs - Trucker Hat
  3. All finisher receive a unique wooden finisher medal by Trailblazer Awards (Made in the USA)
  4. All finishers may receive an "Age Group Announcement and Award" if qualified.
  5. Chef Yaku Post Race Meal and Beverages presented by TRAEGER GRILLS.
  6. Free downloadable on-course professional photos of your Race.
  7. Free Parking
  8. Free Dry Camping (FRI & SAT NIGHTS) on Airport Runway (MUST CONTACT RACE DIRECTOR SHALL YOU WANT TO CAMP)
  9. From time to time we get some other free items from sponsors or partners.
  10. Epic airport runway start/finish line area atop this beautiful property to relax after your run and hang your trail running buddies.

Chef Yaku & Traeger Grills present - "THE PIG-OUT ON THE AIRSTRIP."

Yes, we will be smoking some wild boar to go along with some of Chef Yaku's post race grill. Chef may even be the one to catch it. For those sensitive to eating animals and story telling of hunting with crossbows or even guns, then this event may not be for you. We respect our "plant based/vegetarian/vegan" trail runners. We just need you to know that ranching and hunting has happened on this property over the years. We will continue to gladly serve 30% of our post-race meals as a plant based option.

RACE DAY EXPERIENCE!

Happy Tuesday, Entrants!

Congratulations to all 18 of you. You made a sound decision without vision of this race beyond your credit card. We are thankful for the few of you and look forward to you having a great day with Pacific Coast Trail Runs. Sounds like Age Group awards for everyone. After some withdrawals, we now have a nice and cozy race, if it already wasn't cozy enough :-). We may get some last minute entrants as registration closes Thursday at 11:59pm. Thank you all for entering this race. You know I like to make things complex. We are taking big risks to create new races away from the suburbs. This is our PCTR 5.0 vision... you all travel and experience new courses. This will be memorable and so will all the new races we produce for you. 

Thank you all!

Greg, Jenny, Yaku, and Steve

Ready to have some fun?

PUT A PORTABLE CHAIR IN YOUR CAR TO RELAX A BIT AFTER YOUR RACE.

75 degrees forecasted for race day!

WEATHER: 10-Day Mariposa  Link -->https://weather.com/en-BZ/weather/tenday/l/41eb4b33dee5f87f4b537296fe19b6ca2c56dcdfc5a52687bd519d13d930c968

Now, please read this entire email. It's paramount for you to have a good time. Good times start with planning your trip. Waiting until race morning, when you get in your car to set up your navigation app, will only set you back. With that being said, if you are then driving to the airport to pick up your Cessna Aircraft or Helicopter, well then you should be fine. 

THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD DO IS PRINT THIS PAGE, or screen shot it and save to photos. Why? Well, mobile reception is challenging as you near the event, and we would hate for you to miss the start of the event.

RACE INFO PAGE: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Mariposa/GBarTrailRun

REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY at 11:59pm: Race Day Registration Available starting at 7am.

ADDRESS: Grupe Ranch Airport, Mariposa, CA (Coordinates: N37°20.43' / W119°51.73')

CAMPING: Camping is Free. PLEASE RSVP to 408-583-7122 (Greg Lanctot, RD). You must arrive by 8pm Friday. Please text me at if you are challenged with your trip. There is no campground. Yet :-) You can camp Friday and/or Saturday Night. Tent, Motorhome, Car, Sprinter van, truck top camper, etc. You can set up your tent on the sandstone hardpack alongside the asphalt airstrip. You can park your vehicle on the airstrip. No planes will be landing, though in case of an emergency, you never know.

NO FIRE OR FLAME: If you need to get your mental high or groove on, then please bring edibles.

DIRECTIONS (PLEASE PRINT OR SAVE TO PHOTOS)
DO NOT USE THE ADDRESS ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE: That is a house address. That is not where the race is. The address is required by RunSignup.com to create tax zones for the event. 

THE ADDRESS IS "GRUPE RANCH AIRPORT" Plus this name in your navigation app now.

 

PLEASE DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE ELSE EXCEPT FOR THE ABOVEMENTIONED LOCATION.

START/FINISH LINE: The staging area (start & finish Line) for both races is at where?

Grupe Ranch Airport 5CLO

6/5/23 COURSE UPDATE
THE COURSES: The Half Marathon Course will remain as is in the link below. 

Courses Designed by Mark Grupe and Greg Lanctot

The Ultra course got some great work done the past few weeks and we are opening the "Balancing Rock Loop" WOOOOO! Many days and hours have been required to create this course. Good news is that for years to come as we grow this event, It will be legendary. Those who complete this course will know what a ranch with heart looks like and be proud they finished this event. Thank you Grupe Family.

Ultra Time Limit: 10 hours.

NO PREDETERMINED CUT-OFF. We will just have a chat after the Balancing Rock Loop to see how you are doing. Please note that the Pink (AllTrails Red) Loop is the first loop. When editing the map, AllTrails would not allow for a resort. Rather than spending 8 hours to remodel... well, you will be stoked you finished this course.

RUNNER CHECK-IN (PACKET PICK-UP): Runner check-in opens at 7am. This is where you will pick up your bib and race shirt and swag There is no "off site packet pick-up". 

BIBS: You must wear your bib on the front of body (your shirt or shorts only). If you wear a jacket, the bib must be visible so that the timing mats and manual timers at the aid stations can take down your time. Please do not wear on hat or pack.

START TIMES:

8am - Ultra (5 Entrants)

10am - Half Marathon (13 Entrants)

RACE BRIEFING: 15 Minutes before your start time. The Director will give you a 5 minute and 2 minute warning. During the race briefing you will here about pertinent information related to the course and markings to keep you on course.

ULTRA COURSE Marking:

1st Loop is Orange (Balancing Rock Loop)

2nd Loop is Pink (Chowchilla River Loop)

3rd Loop is Blue (Horsecamp Mountain Loop)

  • You will complete three unique loops (Orange-->Pink-->Blue) Forget about the old map.
  • All courses will be marked with Ribbons attached to clothes pins. 
  • There will also be signage (Arrows) We don't do this much in public parks because of vandals.
  • Recommendation to wear ankle gaiters. Why? Well, we mowed, brushed, trimmed and there are stickers that will bounce up in to your socks and shoes.
  • There is no bush whacking! 
  • The Orange Loop is about 50% on cut grass from overgrown trails from the extreme winter. Very freaking cool loop. Please note that we were able to get the trail mowed on on the Balancing Rock Loop and this is why we opened up the loop.
  • Between Mile 7 & 8 you will have a "self-service Ice Water Station" At 9am or 10am for some of you this is simply a place to refill to get you to the next aid station.
  • Getting volunteers is very challenging for events that require excessive travel. Shall anyone in your family want to volunteer, then  you or they can earn credits for another race.
  • Steven's Pond Aid Station - Here you will see PCTR partner we call The Captain. His name is Steve. The aid station however, is named after the pond about 200 yards away.
  • At this Full Service Aid Station you can leave your pack and run up to grab your bracelet past the McPherson Barn and up at the Tree Mail Box about 1.5 miles up. Put one on, continue around the eyelet loop and back to Steve.
  • Then you are on your way to the Airstrip. Please note we moved the aid stations since last week. All for your enjoyment :-)
  • After the Airstrip 5CLO A/S (formerly known as Runway 5CLO), you will run the Pink Loop.
  • Super easy to follow and you may want to run down 100 yards to the river to grab a selfie.
  • You will return to the 5CLO A/S and then head back down the runway to run the Blue Loop.
  • The blue loop will feature an aid station after 4.7 miles on freshly scraped trail. Grab your camera as the 360 degree views atop Horsecamp Mountain will be amazing. Look east for the crests of Yosemite.
  • The finish is the best. Complements of Mark Grupe, fellow ultrarunner and ranch owner.   

Ultra  Course: 
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map-may-28-2023-4871293?u=i&sh=k7k8tx
 

Ultra Course Aid Stations (A/S):

Mile Marker - Location
(Elevation chart at bottom of alltrails.com map above.)
0.0 - Start Orange Loop
2.1 - Gas Pump A/S (FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Fruit Only)
7.4 - H20 & ICE Table ONLY
10.7 - Steven's Pond A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes) 
12.0 - GRAB BRACELET FROM TREE MAIL BOX AND RETURN TO AID STATION
13.6 - Steven's Pond A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes)
17.1 - Airstrip 5CLO A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes)
17.1 Start Pink Loop (Run down the airstrip and turn left)
21.7 - Airstrip 5CLO A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes)
21.7 Start Blue Loop (Run down the airstrip and turn right)
26.4 - Gas Pump A/S (FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Fruit Only)
29.9 - Finish, Eat, Drink, Celebrate
 

Trail Half Course MARKING:

1st Loop is Pink (Chowchilla River Loop)

2nd Loop is Blue (Horsecamp Mountain Loop)

  • You will complete two unique loops (Pink-->Blue)
  • All courses will be marked with Ribbons attached to clothes pins. 
  • There will also be signage (Arrows) We don't do this much in public parks because of vandals.
  • Begin by following the pink ribbons down the runway. Turn Left at the sign.
  • Super easy to follow as you head down to the Chowchilla River. This is not the Merced river which has flooded out Yosemite. It is a very freindly and approachable river. Feel free to explore and have some fun.
  • Complete the loop and get some aid at the aid station or your drop bags.
  • You will leave the Airstrip 5CLO A/S (Formerly known as Runway 5CLO), then head back down the runway to run the Blue Loop. Make sure to hang a right this time.
  • The blue loop will feature an aid station after 4.7 miles on freshly scraped trail. Grab your camera as the 360 degree views atop Horsecamp Mountain will be amazing. Look east for the crests of Yosemite.
  • The finish is the best. Complements of Mark Grupe, fellow ultrarunner and ranch owner.

Half Marathon Course: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D_RhYTuiN_iyybtNy9Q1TBL3kMx9uB70/view?usp=sharing

 

Half Marathon Aid Stations:

Mile Marker - Location (Elevation chart above in link)

0.0 - Start Pink Loop (Run down the airstrip and turn left)
4.6 - Airstrip 5CLO A/S (Full Aid Station, FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Coke, Fruit, sweet & salty snack packs, Uncrustables, and Fruit Chews & Squeezes)
4.6 -  Start Blue Loop (Run down the airstrip and turn right)
9.3 - Gas Pump A/S (FLUID Electrolyte, H20, Fruit Only)
13.8  - Finish, Eat, Drink, Celebrate

AWARDS: All distances will have podium and age group awards announced. Last year we sources stone and wood awards from local artists for the podium. This year we will present "Race Credit Check" in large form. Age Group awards will come in the form of an insulated lunch cooler with shoulder strap. 

NEW WEBSITE: https://pacificcoasttrailruns.com/

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