EL VAQUERO LOCO

50K and 25K Mountain Race Race Registration

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2017 Race: Saturday August 5th

Race limited to 250 total runners between the two distances! Register early to secure your spot!


2016 rollovers must contact the RD on how to register- before the race fills. Rollovers are NOT automatically entered.


8800 feet of climbing for the 50k

4400 feet of climbing for the 25k

50k start time: 6:00 am

25k Start time: 8:30 am

50k cost:$75.00 until 6/01/17, then $85.00

25k cost:$65.00 until 6/01/17, then $75.00


Hoodies at the finish line. Must register by 7/1 to guarantee a hoodie!


Course Description El Vaquero Loco 50k

The 50k race will start at the northwest corner of Cottonwood reservoir at 6 a.m. sharp.  After working your way north through the campground you will start a rolling, steep climb to the ridge called “balls.”  Take a minute and check out the view- its one of the best in the world.   A mile later you will be at the first aid station.  The next 3 miles will roll you through the top of the drainage.  When you come to the trail junction make sure you go left (West).  This trail will take you up to the Corral Creek Lakes. The aid station here is water only.  Two abrupt climbs later you will be at the head of Swift Creek Canyon.  The trail is technical but fast if you have the inclination.  Be careful though, save some pep for the return trip.  When you hit the next (Cowboy) aid station you will be about 5 miles from the turn around. You will continue to run northward until you reach the “elbow” that takes you west.  Heads up here, there may be 25k runners coming your direction.  When you pass the intermittent spring you have less than ½ of a mile to the turn around. 

Stay on the high trail and soak in the views until you get to the turnaround aid station.  Now all you have to do is retrace your steps to the start.  When leaving the aid station stay on the low trail to the spring until you take a sharp left back up to the main trail about ¼ of a mile from the turnaround aid station.  The climb back to the lakes is long.  Stay hydrated and keep at it.  There are a few false summits but you will get there.  Eventually.  Take care of yourself and before you know it you’ll be climbing back up “BALLS” again.  It’s tough getting to the top but you’re biggest challenge waits for your weary-legged descent back to the reservoir.  Hammer it home!

Vaquero refund policy 50k

The majority of race expenses are incurred well before race day.  If race management is contacted outside of 60 days before the race you will be refunded your entry money minus ultra signup fee.  Inside of 60 days, you will be offered a 1 time roll over for the following year.  If an emergency occurs and you would like to roll over you entry until the next year please contact the race director.  It is also your responsibility to contact the race director to receive your coupon the following year.

50k Course Profile

EVL_Profile

 

Interactive Course Map <==Click Here

 


 

 Direction to the Start/Finish for the 50k

In Afton drive 5 miles south on Hwy 89.  Just as you are leaving the town of Smoot, take a left on Cottonwood Creek Rd/County Rd 153.  It is about 6 miles to the cottonwood campground.  The race starts on the northwest corner of the lake.  Make sure you don’t park directly on the road on the north side of the lake.  If the parking lot is full you will need to pull 1/4 mile back down the canyon to park.


 

Course Description El Vaquero Loco 25k

You will start on the lower hiking trail at the Intermittent Spring parking lot.  Make sure you take the sharp left up the embankment to the upper trail after about ¼ of a mile.  You will work your way up swift creek canyon that will eventually swing to your right (south).  It’s a grinder.  Be patient and work your way to the first (cowboy) aid station about 5 miles in.  You still have a bit of climbing on the course to get to the Corral Creek Lakes and the next aid station.  Some fast switchback will take you out of the second aid station and lake.  Keep your eyes up and make sure you follow the markers.  A sharp right and a few more rollers will take you up to your last aid station. The climb up to the “balls” is daunting.  Take a minute and take in a 360-degree view of the Salt River Range and catch your breath before you free-fall down to the finish. Once you hit the campground you are getting close.  Stay left, cross the road and you’ll see that finish line.

Vaquero refund policy 25k

The majority of race expenses are incurred well before race day.  If race management is contacted outside of 60 days before the race you will be refunded your entry money minus ultra signup fee.  Inside of 60 days, you will be offered a 1 time roll over for the following year.  If an emergency occurs and you would like to roll over you entry until the next year please contact the race director.  It is also your responsibility to contact the race director to receive your coupon the following year.

Directions to 25k start

Take 2nd ave. in Afton and head East.  The start of the race is in the Intermittent Spring parking lot.  On race day please catch the shuttle bus at Star Valley HS (turn west at Burger King-HS is on the right) 445W Swift Creek Lane.  Bus will be on the west side of the building.


 Lodging

AFTON: The Old Mill Log Cabins (307)886-0520, Hi-Country Inn (307)885-3856, Mountain Inn (307)885-3156, Lazy B Motel (307)885-3187, The Corral Lodges (307)885-5424, Gardner’s Village (307)885-8200 THAYNE:(15 miles North of Afton): Cabin Creek Inn (307)883-3262, Wolf Den (307)883-2226, Snider’s Rustin Inn (307)883-0222, Dutch Oven Inn (307)883-5705 The World Famous Local Lincoln County Fair is also the same weekend so make your reservations early! 

Logo for El Vaquero Loco mountain running race

50k and 25k Race Registration

Results for both the 50k and 25k can be found here

Awesome Race! Well organized and beautiful . . . thanks for sharing this part of Wyoming with the rest of us. Japh Runs

Thanks Ty. What a great race! You couldn’t ask for a better course and everything was very well done. This one’s definitely on the docket for next year! Joe Furse

Awesome race, Ty. Beautiful course (and thanks so much for those pictures- I had trouble describing to everyone how pretty the fog was, so those are great to show), good aid stations and volunteers, nice finish line. Great all around- thanks for letting us take part in it. Jon Allen

Couldn’t have imagined a better run. It surpassed my expectations in every way. I love the hoodies and the finisher’s picture, much more practical and original than the normal schwag. John and Lori

glad i brought my camera :)

but seriously, the photos can not begin to describe how beautiful the scenery was. paired with an awesome event crew and friendly Wyoming small-town atmosphere, this event was the most enjoyable one i’ve ever taken part in. (and the hoodies are awesome.)

Missy Berkel

2017 Sponsors

Ty Draney Endurance coaching made all the difference for me last year, Ty helped me make the transition from Cyclist to Runner and helped boost my fitness and racing to a whole other level. Ty helped me by providing in depth weekly training plans that always had my race goals in mind and then was able to help me with my race strategy and nutrition plans for my races.

Brian Tolbert

2015 Timp Marathon Champion

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