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The EM's Power Cookies "James" Stampede 50km Mountain Adventure run is a R18+ Open Range event - there are no age group categories.
Heading for the Top!
Please note - this is a full on "adventure mountain-run" with multiple river crossings, an average altitude of 850m (highest point just over 1300m) and several short sections with no physical track on the ground e.g. across "the racecourse" and down "the bums rush"
Course Record - Woman's: Joanne Stevenson 6:36:39 (2015), Men's: Vajin Armstrong 4:49:04 (2013)
Average time: Womens 7:49:15, Mens 6:52:17, overall 7:05:26. Average expected finish time - 2pm, earliest finish expected 11:30am.
Race start 7am - race briefing 6:50. Runners will start the 50 km run with an immediate gradual climb all the way to the top of Fowlers Pass. From the top of Fowlers (4.5km) there is a sharp drop following a zigzag track down into a tributary of the Stanley River. Following the creek down runners will soon cross the Stanley for the first of 11 times! At around the 12 km mark runners start the new loop to Lake Guyon and back to the first major aid station (16km) prior to passing by the historic Stanley Vale hut.
Continuing down the Stanley River for another 12 – 15km runners will experience several more river crossings and a couple of minor climbs/descents before a big climb out of the Stanley up onto “The Racecourse”, traversing “The Racecourse” runners will complete another climb up onto the tops above Scotties Camp and the Edwards River. From here they will have a significant descent (the bums rush) - following a steep tussock spur with no track, down onto the Edwards 4x4 track and the 2nd major aid station - just below Charlie’s Saddle at about the 34km mark.
From here runners will follow the 4x4 track up the Edwards valley (crossing the river 3 times) where (at around the 44km mark) they will have one last short-sharp climb up into Peter’s Valley from where they will have an overall descent via Peters Valley, into the finish at the St James Homestead.
When we say Come run with the wild things we mean it - there is every chance of seeing Chamois, red deer, wild pigs and many different bird species including if you're really lucky Kea and falcons.
Click HERE for course photos (on our facebook page)
Click HERE to download a pdf of the course map.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - 50km
Race Start - Race briefing will be at 6:50am with the race start at 7am - all competitors must attend the briefing.
Competitors can expect very hot conditions – be prepared and stay adequately hydrated. There will be marshal stations at various points, including 3 aid stations - with EM's goodies, R-Line, water, banana's, sunscreen & crampstop. But this is remote country so all competitors will need to be self-sufficient – all rivers & creeks should be ok to drink from directly.
Aid Station Distances - Aid stations will be located at approximately the 16, 32.5 & 44 km marks. Approximate distances between stations are; Start to 1st station (Stanly Vale) 16km, from there to 2nd station (Charlies Saddle) 16km and from there to 3rd station (Bull Gully mini) 11km and from there to finish 6km.
All competitors will be required to carry a minimum amount of safety/emergency gear – it can go from hot sun to heavy snow in a matter of hours even in the height of summer. By preference race organisers require all competitors to use hydration packs rather than water bottles – these are too often lost/dropped from bikes and left on the track. As with any littering any competitor caught dropping rubbish will be intantly disqualified