The John Cappis 50k Fat Ass
Silverton, CO July 29 2017
Course details are still TBD but you can expect a nearly impossible race to finish. Expect more than 14,000ft of elevation gain, and to go over at least 3 peaks that are over 13,000ft tall plus at least one other that is over 12,000ft. And the terrain will be a mix of dirt jeep road, single track trail and plenty of off-trail miles. Due to the steepness, the altitude and the rugged footing expect to average about two miles per hour at best, maybe three if you're really flying, and four if you're one of the best ultrarunners in the world. We directed a race, THE EPIC 50K, here in this area a decade ago with a 50% finisher rate and the winning time was 8 hours and 56 minutes, the winners were two of the best ultrarunners in the country Kyle and Erik Skaggs. The next runner to finish took 12 hours and the first female took 13 hours. This course will be based on THE EPIC course but we're gonna try to make it even better(read harder).
This being a free, small scale, fat ass style run you will not be pampered like at a normal race, nor will you get much support or free stuff like t-shirts or prizes. There won't even be aid stations but you can have a drop bag at each of the three check points. The course will be marked but because of the terrain, being above tree line and because animals in the area are known to eat/knock over course markings you shouldn't totally rely on signs and ribbon to guide your way--you should be able to navigate 100% on your own if need be.
All runners for this fat ass run must be experienced ultrarunners with ample experience running/surviving in the mountains. Ideally you have run tough mountain 100 milers like Hardrock, Barkley, Plain, Wasatch, The Bear, Bighorn, IMTUF, etc. and have experience running at high altitude(over 8000ft) and have plenty of experience running/hiking on very rugged terrain, such as scree slopes, boulder fields, river crossings, exposed ridges, avalanche chutes, etc. A large portion of this course is not on trails or is on trails that are not normal so you should be used to traveling in the mountains on your own under difficult conditions, if you're not used to doing that kind of thing then this is not the run for you, sorry. You will need to sell us on your abilities, otherwise your application will be rejected after it's been reviewed.
For those of you who don't know John Cappis, he's one of the founders of Hardrock and a pioneer of the sport having finished 3rd at Western States back in in 1978 in under 20 hours. When I first met him back in 2004 he was in his 60s and was on the tail end of his running days but he could still get up and down the San Juan Mountains like a mountain goat and he was organizing a bunch of difficult mountain fun runs in cool places all over the south west United States. John and Charlie Thorn were the masterminds behind the current Hardrock course and spending days with them out on the trails was always fun, educational and inspiring. John's not running the trails anymore these days but a run like this is the kind of thing he'd do all the time and if he could be the first to sign up I'm sure. Thanks John for all that you've given to us!
If you're interested in being considered for a spot in this run you can apply here
And if you're interested in volunteering please email James