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This off-road marathon will be held at Red Lodge Mountain Resort. In its sixth year running, the Nitty Gritty is starting to earn quite the reputation. And that is, that its, one nitty, gritty marathon with LOTS of climbing all on dirt roads and single track trails.
With a September date, your summer of running and racing will be what prepares you for this “battle royal” event. Form a six, three or two runner relay team to tackle the marathon, or if you have the grit, try the solo hot lap, half, or full marathon!
The Nitty Gritty embodies our motto the most out of any race: low key, high elevation. While the terrain is challenging, everything else is lowkey and there is distance for all abilities. Dogs are welcome to run with you on or off leash, the beer and snacks might be the biggest draw….second only to the awesome people! Small but mighty, this race is for those who love trail running and everything that comes with it! Bring your bear spray, camp chair, and good attitude.
So lay the peer pressure on your friends, because its time to get down to The Nitty Gritty!
Race Start Times: (Please arrive 45 minutes before your start time for registration and a pre-race meeting)
Solo Full: 7:30am
Solo Half: 11:00am
Hot Lap: 2:00pm
Each lap is about 4.31 miles and features a mix of single track, access road, and bush whacking. You'll gain approximately 1000ft per lap. There are no aid stations on the route. You will pass by the start line and can grab snacks/water and use the restroom. If you need water/snacks in between, it is your responsibility to carry it with you.
A rough draft of the course map can be found here: http://www.movescount.com/moves/move349349793
The course will be marked with pink and green flagging, signs at junctures, and spray painted arrows.
Bear spray is required for every participant (we have some you can borrow). We recommend all participants carry their phones on the route. Event medics will be onsite at the main base area. There will be no course monitors.
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