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Hello runners, with Covid-19 infections on the rise in the Flathead Valley, in Montana, and across the country, we are canceling the 2020 Whitefish Trail Legacy Run this year. It was a tough decision to make, as we look forward to the event every year and depend on it for our fundraising.
So...what are your options if you are already registered?
What if I was training and still want to run on the Whitefish Trail this fall? Well, thanks to Whitefish Credit Union, we are offering a free DIY Legacy Run! In the next few weeks, we will announce 5 Strava segments for varying lengths and routes on the Whitefish Trail. Complete a segment during October 1-18, upload to Strava, and we'll track your pace. We'll be giving out fun prizes and even doing fun scavenger hunts each week. If you would like to sign up, simply enter your email in the below Google Form. It's FREE!
October 3-4, 2020 - Whitefish Legacy Partners is excited to introduce a weekend of running events on the Whitefish Trail!
Saturday's 50k Mountain Ultra, presented by Whitefish Credit Union, will start in Depot Park at the Great Northwest Oktoberfest, climb to the summit of Big Mountain via the Whitefish Trail in Haskill, and finish back at the Beirgarten in downtown Whitefish! Registration will be capped at 400 runners for the 50k Mountain Ultra.
Sunday's Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and family-fun run, presented by Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center, will explore the Whitefish Trail in Beaver Lakes, starting and ending at the Whitefish Bike Retreat. The event is also made possible by event sponsor Hammer Nutrition. There is no cap for the Half Marathon, 10k+, 5k+, or Family Fun Run.
The COVID19 pandemic has caused us to develop an implementation plan to help decrease the spread of the virus for race participants, volunteers, and the community of Whitefish, MT. We will take steps to reduce crowding and congestion, and the proposed health plan for the event will be reviewed and approved by Flathead County Health Department in hopes of ensuring the health and safety of participants and volunteers.
A final decision regarding the race and possible cancellation will be made on or before September 1st based on guidance from Flathead County Health Department and the Montana Governor’s Office.
Covid-19 Cancellation/Refund Policy: In the event that Whitefish Legacy Partners cancels the Legacy Run due to the Covid-19 pandemic, registered runners will have the option to receive either 50% refund or registration deferment to 2021.
Some changes to the race that we are considering in order to reduce congestion and crowding at the start/finish, at aid-stations, and on the trail:
Additional guidelines and/or protocols may be added prior to race day. We will communicate via email and on our Facebook page.
If anyone has any COVID19 related symptoms please stay home: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
Pre and Post Race – Whitefish, MT
All visitors and spectators (including runners, crew, runner family and friends) should wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while in public places in Whitefish, MT.
All spectators and runners must wear face covering at the start lines. Race start times may be changed in order to spread out runners on the course. Final start times will be communicated to runners via email and at packet pick up.
On the Trail
NOTE ON FACE COVERINGS: buff/neck gaiter-like coverings would be ideal for runners during the race because when not being used, they can hang around necks or around wrists for easy access. Face coverings do not need to be medical type coverings; cloth ones are recommended for runners.
From the CDC: “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.” Click here for the CDC information on cloth face coverings.
Saturday October 3rd - Brought to you by Whitefish Credit Union, the 50k Mountain Run course will start and finish at the Great northwest Oktoberfest in Depot Park in downtown Whitefish. Runners will climb to the summit of Big Mountain via the Whitefish Trail in Haskill, Whitefish Mountain Resort trails, and Flathead National Forest trails. Runners will enjoy awards and after party at the Biergarten at Oktoberfest with free entry, free beer, and free food.
Of the 31 mile course, approximately 25 miles is on natural surface, single-track trails and 6 miles is on paved roads and bike paths leaving and re-entering the City of Whitefish. The lollipop/loop section at Flathead National Forest** and Whitefish Mountain Resort is approximately 16 miles in length. Runners will utilize 5.5 miles of the Whitefish Trail in both directions to access Flathead National Forest and Whitefish Mountain Resort. See the approximate race course map. Total elevation gain is approximately 6,000 feet. We will provide a detailed map and GPS file for the race course, once it is finalized.
All runners will also receive a custom race buff (neck gaiter), Hammer nutrition products, and a custom 50k finisher patch. Awards to be announced.
Our 2020 Forest Service permit for the 50k has been approved for 400 runners!
For the safety of runners and volunteers, there will be a cutoff time of 10 hours to complete the course. Specific aid-station cutoff times will be announced. This race course travels through a high alpine environment up to 6,800 feet in elevation. The course could have high wind, snow, ice, and/or wildlife. We expect all runners to be prepared for inclement weather (no cotton clothing), and carrying bear spray is highly recommended. A limited number of bear spray canisters will be available to runners.
This event is made possible by Flathead National Forest, the City of Whitefish, Whitefish Mountain Resort and event sponsor Hammer Nutrition.
Sunday October 4th - Brought to you by Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center, the Half marathon, 10k+, 5k+, and family fun-run courses in Beaver Lakes will be very similar from last year, with a few minor changes. The half marathon has about 2,000 feet of elevation gain spread out throughout the course, the 10k has about 750 in elevation gain, and the 5k has about 500 feet in elevation gain.
Food and beverages will be provided at a finish celebration. Awards will be given with categories to be announced. All runners will also receive a custom race buff (neck gaiter), Hammer nutrition products, and Half marathon runners will receive a custom finisher patch. Start times to be determined. We may adjust start times to help avoid runners overlapping at the finish.
These events are made possible by Title Sponsor Whitefish Therapy and Sport Center and event sponsor Hammer Nutrition.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.whitefishlegacy.org/event/whitefish-legacy-run/.
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