Coming Sunday, October 2, 2016!
About the event
This 2nd Annual dog-friendly trail running event, hosted by and benefiting MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter, offers two distinct routes that will provide runners and their dogs with challenging elevation gains, stunning vistas, and delightful single-track descents on the mountain bike trails of Brundage Mountain Resort. Brundage will host an outdoor BBQ and beer garden at the main lodge after the race.
Tails on Trails at Brundage is on Sunday October 2nd, the day after MCPAWS’s hugely popular Oktoberfest event in McCall on Saturday, October 1st. Burn off those extra calories from Oktoberfest by running the race, making it an entire weekend of fun for all family members, including the four-legged ones, while benefiting the animals at the shelter.
This is a dog-friendly running event – run with or without a dog. Well-socialized and well-conditioned dogs are welcome on both routes. Runners without dogs must be aware of and courteous to the dogs who are participating; this is, after all, a benefit for MCPAWS. Dogs may run off leash during the race, but please be aware there is wildlife in the forest you will be running through, so if your dog does not have excellent recall, you should use a leash. Both routes start with long uphills on dirt service roads, so people and dogs should quickly spread out and have sufficient space to run without crowding. There will be water bowls for the dogs at all aid stations. To register CLICK HERE!
The 10.5 route will take runners from the base lodge at 6000’ up 3.5 miles on a mix of Hidden Valley Trail and Grouse Trail. – some old dirt roads and some pretty technical single track trail – to the summit at 7640’ where you’ll find an aid station and be rewarded with 360-degree vistas of the Payette Forest, McCall and Payette Lake, Granite Mountain and Meadows Valley. After catching the view and your breath, cruise down single track Elk Trail as it meanders back and forth across the face of the mountain for seven miles, gently dropping you back down to the finish line at the base lodge.
The 10K route also starts at the base lodge. Heading up South Lodge Lane (dirt and light gravel service road), runners will ascend just over two miles to a shoulder roughly two thirds up the mountain where they’ll find an aid station with a view. From there, runners will drop down single track Growler Trail, meandering through dense trees, aspen groves and open meadows for three miles back before joining the lower portion of Elk Trail for another mile to the finish line at the base.
Both routes take runners through every type of forest landscape Brundage offers, from dense trees to open meadows. The single track trail sections on both routes are technical, with some rocks and roots, and depending on recent weather, can be quite dusty in sections. They may also have short stretches with ruts from mountain bike use. The 10.5 mile route has some very steep uphill sections near the summit, but the views are worth it! To register CLICK HERE!
Post race BBQ and Beer Garden
Friends and family are welcome to attend the post-race BBQ with racers. Brundage will prepare and sell Oktoberfest-themed food. Please show your support for Brundage and their generosity in donating the venue, including the use of their lodge for this dog-friendly MCPAWS trail race by staying for the BBQ.
Oh, and please clean up after your dog when hanging out in the parking lot and the lodge area before and after the race. We want to be welcomed back next year.