Saturday, 23 June 2018
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Every continent except Antarctica has a continental divide. In North America the divide runs from northwestern Canada along the crest of the Rocky Mountains to Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental, and it is generally the line that divides the flow of water between the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.
In 1968 a federal plan for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) was mandated, and today, construction of the CDT is estimated to be 85% complete.
The 14 Butte-iful kilometers along the CDT between Montana's Homestake and Pipestone passes in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest are completed, and that section offers scenic vistas with majestic rock formations. This race along that route celebrates the trail and the memory of one of its greatest local proponents -- the late John "the Wulfman" Wulf, who was the God Father of Butte's Piss & Moan Runners. The race is run on Summer Solstice Saturday, the anniversary of the Wulfman's last group run.
Race proceeds are used to help build and improve trails in southwest Montana.
We Piss & Moan Runners promise our best in creating a race experience that is challenging, memorable and fun for runners of all ages and abilities!!
2018 Starting Times
Start times are now available here.
Race Results at Competitive Timing
Pre-Race Informational Emails:
The Wulfpack has emerged from its den. We look forward to hosting you on . Information regarding cancellations, parking, directions, the amazing trail, and essential honey buckets is provided below.
First things first, let?s address full registration and cancellations. The race has one coveted Golden Charity slot open for this year's race. If you have friends that did not get into the race before it filled, please let them know. We expect cancellations as the final cancellation and partial refund deadline fast approaches. As racers cancel, we do open spots but you must be more addicted to your device than usual to get one. Registration, cancellations, and refunds are handled through the RunSignUp website.
To find Wulfman?s race site, exit I-90 at Homestake Pass, Exit #233. Follow the signs and the directions of our volunteer parking attendants to designated parking NORTH of I-90. There you will find posted starting times and volunteers distributing race packets which will include your race number and bib chip.
Do not park near an I-90 entrance or exit ramp at any time. Our relationship with the MT highway department depends on your cooperation. We use the south side of I-90 near the starting line for emergency vehicles, porta-potties, and other needs. Please cross to the north side of I-90 to park.
Please do not park a private car at the finish in the main parking area of Pipestone Pass. Busses and emergency vehicles need to be able to exit that parking area and navigate the corners of this narrow road without obstruction. If you find it necessary to have a vehicle at the finish, please park in one of the obvious off-highway parking areas below the top of the pass.
The section of CDT you'll be traversing is currently clear of snow and deadfall. Conditions are subject to change, but currently they are dry and fast.
The legendary Wulfman owned his own miniature ?honey bucket? toilet and he rarely traveled far without it, but we don?t expect you to match his high standard. There will be porta-john?s at the start, at the finish, and in Homestake?s north parking lot. Remember that our Golden VIPs may cut directly to the front of the bathroom lines. Homestake Lodge will also be equipped with porta-john?s for the post-race picnic.
We would like to take this opportunity to begin thanking a few of our sponsors. This event would not be possible without the help of fine, local folks such as those at Northwestern Energy, Dr. Randy Shannon of Butte Pathology, U.S.F.S. Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest, and Copper City Crossfit. Their generosity, along with that of numerous others is greatly appreciated.
Email #2 - Starting Line
We will have a gear truck near the start where you can drop the items you want available to you at the finish.
Wulfman’s CDT-14K uses a time-trial format to help avoid crowding and bumping on the narrow trail. Each of you will be seeded with a starting time based on your self-predicted finish time and prior results. "Hares" go off first with "porcupines" following to minimize the need for passing.
Your race number will double as your starting time. The first runner to start will have the number “8:00” and that “hare” will set off at exactly 8 a.m. Another runner will start every 10 seconds thereafter. If your number reads “8:18:40” it means that your race time will start ticking at exactly 18 minutes and 40 seconds after 8 a.m. The clock will run whether or not you are physically in the starting chute. If you miss your start time, you may start as soon as you can safely access the trail without disrupting other starters. We will not attempt to correct times for late starters.
250 runners will be on the trail within 45 minutes, which means the process moves swiftly. You will be instructed to line up in race number order. You should be near the start, with eyes and ears wide open as your start time approaches. You go from “in the hole” to “on deck” to “at bat” all within 20 seconds. A list of start times will be available a few days prior to the race. The same lists will be posted on the bulletin board in Homestake’s NORTH parking lot on race morning, and will be available at the packet pick up.
At the starting line you will be cued by a display clock that will be counting off the time of day, and at the same moment when your start time shows on the clock, your official start signal will be produced by an automated device that beeps and flashes green. Pay attention to the runners starting before you so that you understand what you should do and when you should do it.
DURING THE RACE
If seeding has placed you ahead of someone who is ready to pass you, please let him or her safely pass by. If you choose to listen to a music device while touring the CDT’s tranquility, then please keep one ear free and stay alert for runners needing to pass. If you find you need to pass a runner and they have not moved aside, call out on which side you are passing and move through.
AFTER THE RACE
Busses will be waiting at the finish line to transport you back to the start. Your gear bag (don’t forget to retrieve it!) and refreshments will be available, as well as a few porta-johns.
Again, this event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude to these local businesses: Town Pump and Town Pump Hotel Group, Homestake Lodge, Backcountry Horsemen, and Discovery Ski Area. Their support is appreciated!
Email #3 - seeding, trail etiquette, runner accountability, and on-course assistance.
If you need to update your start time you need to do so before Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. We will seed runners Tuesday evening and once completed, no further changes will be made. To make a change, log into the website / find participant / choose you / select more detail / select the questions tab. https://runsignup.com/race/mt/butte/wulfmanscdt14k The seeding list will be sent out on Wednesday and will also be available at packet pickup beginning at 7:00 a.m. on race morning.
Our Forest Service asks us to remind runners that trail etiquette requires you to yield to horseback riders. The trail is not closed during our event, so you may encounter other users. If you meet horseback riders, you must stop and move off to the downhill side of the trail in order to not scare the horse or cause potential safety issues.
Although the Wulfman was rarely seen without his faithful four-legged companions, he would have secured his dogs away from the runners at an event like this. Dogs are not allowed in this race.
Be safe and accountable if you do not finish Wulfman’s CDT-14K. No matter which end of the trail you exit, you must check in your race number with a race official so that we know that you made it out. Otherwise we will notice that you are missing, and we will form a search party to look for you.
Please do not venture away from the trail. The trail follows a relatively uncomplicated single-track route and your way will be clearly marked, but it is still possible to get lost or injured. You may need assistance while on the course. The aid station will be equipped with water, minor first aid, and a cell phone.
There will be additional first aid providers floating to places where they are most likely needed. They will be able to contact an ambulance service if necessary. There will be “sweepers” riding the trail on horseback a half hour or more after the last race participant begins, and they will offer assistance if needed.
In the days before this trail existed, the playful Wulfman explained to his "followers" how to successfully navigate the long version of the route, then he secretly veered onto a shorter route. Once at the top, Wulfman rested and waited to surprise his faster companions. The Wulfman could be sneaky, but you can’t. You will not be listed in results if you are witnessed leaving the course and gaining an advantage over your fellow runners. Your way will be marked, but should you find that you have mistakenly left the trail, you must return to the point that you got off course before proceeding. To do otherwise is absolute grounds for disqualification, and we know from experience that this type of DQ is unpleasant for all involved.
Again, this event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to show our thanks to more fine local businesses such as Wagner Nursery and Landscaping, Butte Sunrise Kiwanis, Headframe Spirits, Marathon Machine Works, MT. Broom and Brush, St. James Hospital, Water and Environmental Technologies. Their support is endlessly appreciated!
Email #4 - post-race picnic directions, and awards ceremony.
Wulfman’s CDT-14K will be followed immediately by a picnic, prize drawing, and awards ceremony that you will not want to miss. It all happens at Homestake Lodge, beginning as runners arrive from ~11 a.m. until ~1:30 p.m.
Car-pooling is encouraged for the 3 mile drive to Homestake Lodge. Chris & Mandy Axelson who own and operate the Lodge support Wulfman’s race by allowing us to host our picnic in their beautiful facility. Most of their parking for a crowd of our size is at road-side, so the fewer cars there the better.
Directions: Drive the gravel road that is parallel to this year’s starting line (FS 240/Radar Creek) SE from Homestake Pass until you see signs, cars, and a road to your right that leads to the Lodge. Golden VIP’s will enjoy premium parking at the Lodge.
Homestake Lodge's wooden pavilioin will provide shade for seating and eating. Picnic fare will be served from the lodge. Please bring your race number for us to track picnic attendance.
Preliminary race results will be posted ~11 a.m at the picnic, about the same time that runners begin to arrive. The timing crew will compile the results and send from the finish line, over the mountains, to Homestake Lodge. The awards ceremony will start around noon with awards and random prizes given out as you feast on complimentary picnic fare. You must be present at the awards ceremony to win any prize or award.
We do allow double or even triple “dipping” for awards. For example, if a 50 year old man won the race outright, he would be awarded the first place prize for men in the overall, 40-50 year age group, and possibly also the age-adjusted category.
Again, this event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank more fine local businesses such as Metals Sports Bar, 5518 Designs, Wipfli LLP, Quarry Brewing, Park 217, Butte 100, Dr. James Hueftle, and Jefferson Valley EMS&R. Their support is appreciated.
2018 Starting Times
Start times are now available here.