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PieNBeer Day Fun Run Update!

July 11, 2012

2nd Annual PieNBeer Day Fun Run on July 24th at 6am!

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Due to some feedback from last year, we have altered the course for the 2nd Annual PieNBeer Day Fun run.

I have included a short slideshow of some spots on the trails for those who need visual stimulation.

As far as conditions and more details on the route, they are fast. The run will start at Jeremy Road, specifically where it turns dirt and Daybreak forks to the right. From there runners will proceed about 4 miles along the dirt road to the Mormon Pioneer Trail head, the new ending point for the race. At this point the trail begins and runners gently climb up the Mormon trail, the historical route of the Donners, Pony Express and the aforementioned settlers, to Big Mountain Pass, 4.2 miles and 1400′ of vertical.  At roughly 7,400′ altitude at Big Mountain Pass we will have an aid station (supplied by yourselves) and generous folk encouraging you on to Big Mountain. The one mile ascent of Big Mountain is only 800 feet of vertical from the pass. After finishing the climb enjoy the rewarding ridgeline views for about 2 miles. As you proceed you will bear left at Swallow Rocks (at approx. 12 miles) and the Brink (13 and some change). Following the Brink a ‘lovely’ forested section of off camber overgrowth should be expected. There is a possibility of the route being modified this year to include the summit of Lookout (Near mile 14), however in the event that it does not the trail follows the ridgeline down to the intersection of Killyon Canyon (17.33). Make a hard left and descend into Affleck park once you have reached the campground bear left and begin the short ascent of the Mormon Pioneer Trail. It will begin as cinder track. Be prepared this 2.5 mile section will be warm and includes 1,000′ of climbing. Within a mile you will cross the road, where we hope to have water and some aid, and continue your total last ascent to the Big Mountain Pass (roughly at 20 miles). After enjoying a slice of pie, enjoy the 4 mile descent to the Mormon Flats trailhead. We will be Apres Run partying here and people will be able to easily shuttle back to their cars at the start line.  The total mileage, including the road portion are only 24.53 (give or take .01). The route ascends a mere 4359 ft. Most of the climbing is done on the Mormon Pioneer Trail up to Big Mountain Pass and the mile heading up beyond that along the Great Western Trail. The remainder of the course is undulating. I would say that for the most part, the entire route is runnable, perhaps about a mile or so.  The trail up to Big Mountain is going dry this year. After the Brink, the trail becomes somewhat off camber and tight. I didn’t have much trouble with the Stinging Nettle, but had to watch foot placement on several sections. You are totally going to love the downhill off of the Lookout saddle, but be careful, it becomes washed out and you could get yourself into trouble here too.

I expect the times to range from 3:30 to 7 hours. A word of warning, anyone finishing after 7 hours should be prepared for HOT temps!!!

Here is a map of the route.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Olaf Questereit permalink
    July 21, 2011 1:48 PM

    Hey, a few of us really slow people are starting at 5:00 am. I gave my beer and aid station stuff to a friend who will drop them off at the start. See you on the trail and thanks for doing this. Olaf

    • pwstoughton permalink*
      July 21, 2011 2:19 PM

      Sounds like a great plan. See you then.

      • Mark Allgood permalink
        July 23, 2011 12:41 AM

        I can’t tell by looking at the map but is the TH in Jeremy Ranch? If so, how do I find it?

      • pwstoughton permalink*
        July 23, 2011 1:24 AM

        Hey Mark, the run starts in Jeremy Ranch. It is where Jeremy road becomes a dirt road heading to east Canyon.

  2. Jess permalink
    July 21, 2011 3:22 PM

    My husband and I are planning on running, but not too familiar with the area. What’s the best way to the start from SLC? Through East Canyon, or 80 all the way to Jeremy Ranch? Is there transportation back to the start?
    Thanks, looking forward to the run!

    • pwstoughton permalink*
      July 21, 2011 3:24 PM

      Best route to the start is on 80. Lots of people will be giving rides back to the start, if not we will.

  3. Tyler permalink
    July 21, 2011 8:21 PM

    Pete, 2 questions.
    #1 – is there a site w/ the whole shebang of info on the race that I can check out? I am newish to SLC and wondering how I can keep abreast of events like this?
    #2 – what GPS do you use for your mapping? I’m in the market for one and like the output screenshots you put up.

    • pwstoughton permalink*
      July 21, 2011 8:28 PM

      GPS – I have been using an application on my phone called Endomondo. It is free and seems to work ok. It allows my wife to track me during runswhen I am outon my own for a long time. It gives all the basic info. Down sides are you have to carry a phone (which sometimes I don’t mind when I want music, camera, or need to make a call), or a camera. There are many imes I wish I had a garmin though.
      Run – do you want to learn more about this run or others?
      Send me your email and I can help getting you hooked up.
      I also am trying to post a page on good runs here in the area soon.

      • Tyler permalink
        July 22, 2011 2:26 AM

        More interested in future stuff, as I already have something planned for the weekend. I ran the MRC’s grandeur peak run and spoke w/ some people there who said there were more unofficial fun runs throughout the summer, and I’d be stoked to get involved w/ the running scene out here more.

        Appreciate it.

  4. Olaf permalink
    July 31, 2011 6:12 PM

    Pete, thanks for the run last weekend, we had a great time.

  5. Kendall permalink
    July 25, 2012 2:02 AM

    Loads of fun today. Thanks for putting it together, race, pies, treats. Perfect day.


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