Elk Ramble Virtual Run

11/10/2019


Run Wild Missoula is pleased to announce that the Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble 15K Trail Race is adding a virtual component for 2019!  Don't miss the opportunity to take part in the only organized trail race on Mt. Jumbo.  As part of this exclusive event, you will experience stunning landscapes as you traverse the winter home of the Mt. Jumbo elk herd.  The Mount Jumbo Wildlife Management Area closes to all recreation on December 1st - take this chance to practice responsible recreation on Missoula's Conservation & Open Space Lands and welcome the wildlife herds back to Jumbo!

This year's Elk Ramble Virtual Run is an experiment in broadening the range of options for runners and walkers. We look forward to testing the model, learning what works (and what doesn't), and determining if we are able to host other virtual runs.

Registration is now FULL.  Please check back for future virtual run opportunities with Run Wild Missoula.

Registration: $35

  • Includes commemorative race swag, counts towards 7 Races For A Goodie, and more!
  • Run Wild Missoula Membership Required
  • Limited to 30 participants
  • Your registration fees go towards helping manage trails and habitat on Mt. Jumbo

Course: Start and finish at the Hellgate soccer fields on Lincoln Hills Road.  15K(ish) trail run on City Conservation & Open Space Lands in the North Zone of Mount Jumbo.

Thanks to Cairn Cartographics for providing the following course elevation profile:

 

As outlined in the race waiver & acknowledgement, entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-deferrable.  To view the RWM race cancellation policy, click here.

Per Run Wild Missoula event policies, dogs are not allowed to participate in this event with the exception of ADA Service Animals.  Service animals must be on non-retractable, 6 foot or less leash.

WHAT IS THE ELK RAMBLE VIRTUAL RACE?
Probably the best question. It is an opportunity for our members to participate in the Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble 15K Trail Race and recreate responsibly in our open spaces. Run Wild Missoula is required to limit the number of participants for this race, due to permitting regulations. In order to respect these regulations and allow more members to participate in the event, we are adding the virtual component

WHO IS THE ELK RAMBLE VIRTUAL RACE FOR?
Current Run Wild Missoula members will have access to the virtual race option for the 2019 Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble.  The virtual race is meant for those who are not confident they are able to complete the race course in the time allotted (3 hours; 19 minute per mile average). Or, for those who are new to trail running and want to undertake the run in a less formal environment.

WHEN IS THE ELK RAMBLE VIRTUAL RACE?
You can run the course and have the time count as your participation between Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, November 10.  However, we will not count your participation if you complete the course on Sunday, November 3 – this is the day of the Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble, which requires separate permitting.

WHERE IS THE ELK RAMBLE VIRTUAL RACE?
It will take place on the same course as the annual Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble.  The course will start and finish at the Lincoln Hills soccer fields, and run through the North Zone of Mount Jumbo.  Click Here for Course Map.  Run Wild Missoula will not be marking the course.  You will need to follow the route through Strava or the course map posted on the event page.

HOW WILL THIS ALL WORK?
Once you are registered for the virtual run, you will need to complete the course within the given time frame and submit your activity to the race director, Elly.  Your activity must be recorded with an activity tracking app, like Strava or Map My Run; or with a GPS watch.

WHAT IS STRAVA?
Strava
 is a community of athletes from all over the world. Strava lets you experience what they call social fitness - connecting and competing with each other via mobile and online apps. Strava also provides the ability to map and track your runs via your smartphone or GPS watch.

IS STRAVA FREE?
Yes, Strava is a free service. There is no cost to record and share activities, and all basic features are free.

HOW DO I TRACK MY RUN & WHERE DO I SEND IT?
If you want to be eligible to participate in the virtual run, you need to track your run with a GPS enabled device. Whether a watch or a phone app, you will be able to track your run pretty easily. In the given time period. (10/26 – 11/10; excluding 11/3), you will track your run. You will have until 11/13 to email your results to the Race Director, Elly.

If you do not have a Strava account, you will need to create one - it’s super easy. If you DO have a Strava account, you will need to make the activity public in order for us to view the activity and all the data. Remember, you can set it back to private once we collect the data.

You can upload your activities to Strava using any of the following methods:

  • Instantly upload from the Strava iPhone or Android app
  • Upload from a GPS device
  • Sync data from other fitness sites to Strava
  • Upload a file from your computer
  • Please note: We will not accept manually added activities for the Elk Ramble Virtual Run

WHAT DO I GET FOR THE REGISTRATION FEE?

  • Access to our virtual run group on Strava
  • Elk Ramble swag
  • The opportunity to participate in the only organized trail race on Mount Jumbo; experiencing stunning landscapes as you traverse the winter home of the Mt. Jumbo elk herd
  • This race will count towards your 7 Races for a Goodie

I WANT TO REGISTER MORE THAN ONE PERSON!
Fantastic! The more the merrier. Run Wild Missoula membership is required.  Therefore, if you would like to register an additional person, they must be part of your RWM family membership. (Also see the notes below on the maximum number of participants in one group)

I WANT TO COMPLETE THE VIRTUAL RACE WITH MY FRIENDS/FAMILY!
What better way to experience the beauty of Mount Jumbo than with family and/or friends!?  However, we do require that groups no larger than 12 participants be on the trail together at the same time - this is in order to comply with the requirements of the City's Conservation Lands Small Group Permit.  Please take this opportunity to practice responsible recreation on Missoula’s Conservation & Open Space Lands by not over-using or crowding the trails.

HOW & WHEN WILL I GET MY RACE SWAG?
Race swag will be available at the Run Wild Missoula office (304 N Higgins Ave, basement of Runner’s Edge) beginning Thursday, November 14th.  We will not offer the option to have the race swag shipped to you.

BY REGISTERING FOR THE ELK RAMBLE VIRTUAL RACE, YOU AGREE TO OUR TERMS & CONDITIONS.
Run Wild Missoula promotes and supports running and walking for all ages and abilities.  This year's Elk Ramble Virtual Run is an experiment in broadening the range of options for runners and walkers. We look forward to testing the model, learning what works (and what doesn't), and tweaking it as needed going forward.  We want you to have a great experience and enjoy the views the Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble has to offer without the added pressure of needing to finish within a required amount of time.

Questions?  Email Ashley Cossairt

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