Marathon

Marathon Approximately 27 miles, over 6,000 ft vertical elevation gain.

The course encompasses changing terrain from forest to an exposed alpine environment. With aggressive hill climbs and a challenging down hill. The Marathon course is sure to take your breath away. It’s tough! With over 6,000 ft elevation gain a race high point of 8,550 feet. Hiking poles are recommended.

The course follows a well-marked single track. Starting and finishing at Oregon Gulch.  Heading south along the river via the Saddle Trail to Chocolate Gulch full aid Station. Heading up and over towards Fox Creek to a limited aid station you can view the course that lies ahead. On the steep incline up Oregon Gulch you will feel like you’re in your own private Idaho with unforgettable views of the high surrounding mountains towards Galena climbing towards the race highpoint of 8,550 feet. Head down the road for one mile. At East Fork of Baker Road there will be a limited aid station, this aid station is at the top of Curly’s, turn right at Curly’s for a steep descent (1541feet over 3 miles) At bottom of Curly’s mile 16.5 there is a full Aid Station. This is a turn around or drop out point. Back up Curly’s for a steep climb and along East Fork of Baker Road for one mile and a different perspective. Don’t miss turn off to Oregon Gulch trail. At mile 23 you’ll find Oregon Gulch connector Aid Station, staying left at Fox Creek Loop along gentle terrain for a fast finish at Oregon Gulch. You’ll arrive at the same place you started the race.

Course map

Aid stations at Mile 4 , Mile 9, Mile 13 (Limited), Mile 16, Mile 19 (Limited), Mile 24, Mile 27 Finish

Providing energy food such as bananas, fitness bars, H20, isotonic drinks and Support

Thanks to Atkinsons Market.

Elevation gains between Aid stations

Oregon-Gulch Elevation 6,220 feet to Fox Creek Elevation 7,600 feet

4 miles 451 ft elevation gain

Fox Creek Elevation 7,600 feet to Oregon Fox Creek Elevation 6,740 feet 5 miles 1515 elevation gain

Oregon Fox Creek Elevation 6,740 to top of Curly’s Elevation 8,150 4 miles 1758 ft elevation gain.

Top of Curly’s Elevation 8,150 to bottom of Curly’s Elevation 6,640 3 miles 0 ft elevation gain.

Bottom of Curly’s Elevation 6,640 to Top of Curly’s Elevation 8,150 3 miles 1541 ft elevation gain

Top of Curly’s to Elevation 8,150 Oregon Fox Elevation 6,740 5 miles 385 ft elevation gain

Oregon Fox Elevation 6,740 to Finish Elevation 6220 3 miles 100ft elevation gain

Turn by Turn Directions

  • Start at Oregon Gulch
  • Run southwest on Saddle Trail.
  • Turn left onto Chocolate Gulch.
  • Keep left to take North Fork Loop.
  • Turn right onto Fox Creek Loop.
  • Run southwest on Fox Creek Loop.
  • Turn right onto Chocolate Gulch.
  • Turn left onto Oregon-Fox Connector.
  • Turn left onto Oregon Gulch
  • Run north on Oregon Gulch
  • Turn right onto East Fork of Baker Road.
  • Turn right onto Curly’s.
  • Run south on Curly’s.
  • Turn left onto East Fork of Baker Road.
  • Bear right to stay on East Fork of Baker Road.
  • Turn left onto Oregon Gulch
  • Bear left onto Oregon Gulch
  • Finish at Oregon Gulch

Elevation gain

Pre-race meeting

Friday 30th, 6pm at Limelight Hotel Silver Creek B Conference room . 151 South Main Street, Ketchum, ID 83340 (If you are coming from out of town and can not make it please email race director)

Race day start time 8:30am Oct 1st 2022

Everyone MUST board the complementary bus at 8am from Big Wood School, 100 Saddle Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340 (opposite YMCA Ketchum) Please don’t be late, we can’t wait for you.

There is a bathroom at Guy Coles Skate Park. There is very limited parking at Oregon Gulch, and we have an agreement with the Forest Service that we will only use 5 spaces at the trail head. You can get picked up and dropped off at Oregon Gulch.

The bus is a 71-seater and will operate at 60% capacity. The bus ride will take 10 minutes.

There will also be a shuttle bus to get you back to Ketchum from the finish.

Start/ Finish at Oregon Gulch. There is a bathroom at the Trail Head, Aid Station & First Aid.

Start time 8:30am Marathon

Race rules:

No dogs, leashed or unleashed, will be allowed along the course.

CREWING IS PERMITTED ON LAST 3 MILES OF THE COURSE ALONG OREGON GULCH TRAIL TO FINISH LINE

Be prepared for the weather! Rain, Hail or Snow is possible in October. Bring a extra layers and wet weather gear. There is also a possibility of Smoke from wildfires. You can view air quality with this website https://air-quality.com/place/united-states/blaine-county/60acab98?lang=en&standard=aqi_us If the AQI is over 185 at 7am on Oct 1st the race will be called off. The race director has final call.

Make sure you are checked in or you will get a DNS (Did not start)

Bib number must be worn at all times, preferably on the front.

Bag Drop Mile 4 Fox Creek aid station and Mile 16.5 Bottom of Curly’s

Be prepared for anything! It is required that all marathoners bring a spare jacket and hat to leave in bag drop at Bottom of Curly’s (poles are recommended for last section) Please name your items beforehand and remember to collect all personal belongings at the Finish line.

Cut off times

Runners must pass bottom of Curly’s 16.5 miles before 2:30pm (6 hours) Average pace 20 minutes per mile.

Marathon participants must reach finish line in before 5:30pm (9 hours) for an official finish.

If the participant has not reached the finish line by 5:30pm. Help will be provided to reach the finish line and get home safe. If the participant refuses help and decides to go on without help.  He/she takes full responsibility for their actions. All runners must follow these instructions.

Photos Race photographer from Smileys Mountain Photo will be at mile 3 and finish to capture the moment, photos can be purchased online.

Finish Runners will receive an event T-Shirt, Winners receive running shoes from Elephants Perch top three runners will be awarded prizes, spot prizes will also be given out.

Awards will be given out at finish line.

Our goal is to raise money for Higher Ground Website, 10% of proceeds will be donated to this worthy cause.

Kate Puddy the Membership and Fundraising Coordinator for the Wood River Trails Coalition. Will be at the pre race meeting. Wood River Trails Coalition is a trail stewardship organization working to create, maintain and sustain the trails in the Wood River Valley for all users. Please consider becoming a member Website

Legends Never Die operate under a special use permit from the US Forest Service.

Social Media: Let’s connect!  Legends Never Die is on, facebook or Instagram   

For those coming traveling to Ketchum

Athletes and Supporters receive 20% off all hotel bookings at the Limelight Hotel Use this link when bookinghttps://www.limelighthotels.com/ketchum#/booking/step-1?arrive=09%2F30%2F2021&depart=10%2F03%2F2021&promo=LNDM2