Gnarly Bear Endurance Run
Ririe , Idaho
The 25k and 50k course is a unique but challenging course that has something for every style of trail runner. The 50k is a two loop course that starts and ends at the base of Kelly Canyon ski slopes. The start is a half mile semi-flat start before a one mile climb to the backside of Buckskin-Morgan Ridge and turning into a double track section of trail we call "The Roller Coaster" for another 2 miles before entering the 218 dirt road. You run this slightly up hill road for just over one mile. Towards the top of Buckskin-Morgan Ridge you leave the road and enter a single track trail that will slightly climb before descending down Buckskin and back onto the 218 dirt road. Here you will come to your first aid station called the Y junction aid station and will be able to see family and friends. Leaving the Y junction aid station you will head down the 217 dirt road for an out and back. Here you will head down hill for one mile to Table Rock campgrounds and then back up to the Y junction aid station again before heading up the ski hill. You will have a short uphill run before heading back down on a nice cat track descent to the base of Kelly Canyon lift three and four. This is where the work really begins as you start the biggest climb on the course up the ski hill. You run your way up open sidehills and wooded areas while encountering switch backs along the way to the top. Once you are at the top you will be running on double track and fire roads as you proceed by the radio tower and the second aid station called Kelly Mountain Aid station. From there you will head down an Atv trail and and out and back section of the course that overlooks the entire valley and Snake River range. After enjoying gorgeous views on the out and back section you will then take a left onto a short flat section before heading down the Moose trail to the finish of the 25k and the half way of the 50k where music, food, and trail running greatness will be waiting for you!
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