The Bishop High Sierra Ultra Marathons return in 2018 for their 22nd running (having skipped 2015 - 2017 while a new race director was being sought). As in the past, distances include a 20 mile "fun run", a 50k, a 50 miler and a 100k. These are high altitude races, with lots of climbing, in the scenic foothills of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, above the small town of Bishop. The course is mainly run on 4 wheel drive dirt roads, with a couple of sections of single-track trail, and very short sections of pavement. There are very few trees, thus the race is exposed, often hot, usually dry, sometimes rocky, and mostly high! Much of the 100k and 50 mile courses are above 7000' in altitude. These races are the perfect training opportunity for upcoming mountain trail 100 mile events.
The weather can range from cold to hot, dry to snowing, breezy to very windy. We have experienced all weather types, but usually we can expect fine, sunny weather, with afternoon breezes and high temps for the second half of the day. Temperatures usually range from high 40's at the start to 90's in the late afternoon, and then cooling in the evening.
Our aid stations are at 3 - 7 mile intervals, and are famous for variety of food and drinks available, not just "standard race fare", particularly as the race progresses. We have small first aid kits at each, with foot care and the usual supplies. Consistent with recent trends, pain relief meds will not be dispensed. There are usually nurses and EMTs at aid stations, especially the stations later in the course, with a Search and Rescue unit available as well, but let's hope we don't need that as Inyo SAR is operating one of the aid stations! Runners are tracked by our local Ham Radio club, who maintains radio contact with the finish line.
Speaking of the finish line - there we have a wonderful post-race meal with an assortment of hot food and snacks, cold drinks and and lots of "munchies" and real food as well.
Race awards will be provided to winners in each 10 year age group. All finishers will receive a hand-made medallion, and overall winners each receive a prize.
The race is a production of the area non-profit Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) and is offered as a benefit for their Eastern Sierra Youth Outdoor Program and Inyo County Search and Rescue. Partnering with the National Forests for over 45 years, ESIA is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and inspire people about the Eastern Sierra public lands through high quality interpretive products and programs.The youth program is a free outdoor program for youth ages 12 - 18. The program offers rock climbing, backpacking, team-building and related skills.