Beaverhead 55K - Salmon, Idaho
Elevation Range: 5577' - 10,053' ......... .......... Elevation Gain: 5900' ................. Elevation Loss: 8900'
July 13, 2019 - The 55K race starts at 0700 at Lemhi Pass. The course from the start to mile 18 is on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT). The CDT is on or very near the Continental Divide from the start to mile 18. The length of Continental Divide covered in this event also represents the boarder between Idaho and Montana. At mile 18, runners will leave the official CDT for the remainder of the course, but will continue along the true Continental Divide boarder for another 5 miles (mile 23). FYI, at mile 18 the CDT dips into Montana then turns parallel to the Continental Divide in-order to divert away from a section of hard to navigate terrain consisting of high mountains, skree, and cliffs. We as masochistic trial running RDs think you should experience some of the beautiful skree fields but not the cliffs, so we will drop off the Continental Divide at mile 23 and descend into the head waters of Bohannon Creek and onto the finish line. Because you are following the Continental Divide you will always be high in the mountains following the natural elevation changes along the divide and will not ascend or descend into the deep creek and river valleys that boarder the course, except when you drop off the divide to the finish. Because of this, the entire race is at a high elevation with respect to this part of Idaho and Montana. This course has a good mix of terrain, with a mix of climbs, descents, smooth trail and technical sections.
Packet pick-up will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday July 12th at the Salmon City Park (On Hwy 28 south of Salmon next to the softball fields and gold course). A pre-race meeting will take place at 6:00 PM. Drop bags at ppu. All runners must check in at the starting line. You will receive race bib at this time.