We are so very pleased to announce that the Feral Hog 50k has officially migrated to America’s southwest! On Saturday, October 8, 2022 you will get to experience a new hog.
What was once a raging river is now a sandy arroyo, stinging nettles have turned into scratchy cholla, and hot and muggy temps have turned into the dry and oxygen deprived high desert (approx 6800 feet above sea level).
While the difficulty of the course changes to new obstacles, the support and dedication to a truly awesome event remain the same. This includes a ONE loop 50k course and support from amazing volunteers.
Out of state? Bring the family and come early for the New Mexico Balloon Festival and then stay for the hog!
Photos: (From East Fork State Park Course)
Ultrarucker/Trail Rucker option:
This option is for those of you who enjoy carrying heavy weights far distances rather than moving fast. Ultraruckers can take advantage of the early start option (50k only) if they do not think they can complete the course in the 10 hour time limit (19:17 min pace).
Rules for the ultrarucker are simple:
- You must carry no less than 20lbs in a pack on your back.
- Your pack must weigh a minimum of 20lbs at anytime during the event.
- You must check in and weigh your pack NLT 15 minutes prior to the official start (by 7:15am) or early start (50k only 6:15 am) of the event.
- You will be required to weigh your pack at one aid station (location will be announce race morning) while on the course. If it weighs less than 20lbs, you will be disqualified.
- You will be required to weigh your pack immediately upon crossing the finish line. If it weighs less than 20lbs you will be disqualified.
- You must have a headlamp or other light source if starting with the early start option.
Directions and Parking:
The race will start at the Cottonwood Trailhead in the Galisteo Basin Preserve and a map to this location can be found using the button below. Old school directions – from I-25 take 285 south for 5.5 miles, after you cross the train tracks take the second road on the right. Pass the first intersection (New Moon Overlook) staying straight on Astral Valley Rd. Take a left at the next intersection and follow the road till it ends at the trailhead (approx 2.3 miles). We will have signage direction you. Please respect the posted speed limit. Car pooling is strongly encouraged and will be rewarded!
Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 0730 (Early start option 0630 and a headlamp or light source is required)
We cannot guarantee you a shirt if you register after August 15th, 2022.
NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
Only one loop inside the Galisteo Basin Preserve and it is 100% DIRT (plus some sand and rocks)! The course will be marked well with signs and arrows at all major turns and with pink confidence flagging. We will also add reflective markings the first 3-4 miles for the early starters.
50k / 25k
2600ish/1100ish up and 2600ish/1100ish down. There are no real big climbs but lots of ups and downs, some might call it a grinder.
Cut off and Aid Stations:
50k – 10 Hours (5:30PM)
25k – none
50kers must reach the manned aid stations by the cut-off time or you will be pulled from the course. This means you must be able to maintain approximately a 19:17 minute per mile pace for the official start and a 21:13 minute per mile pace for the early start. The aid stations are manned with volunteers from local non-profits (a portion of the race profits will be donated to each). Be sure to check out these awesome organizations and thank them for their support and encouragement that will get you past the extra mile!
There will be 4 stocked aid stations with the usual ultra-fare, gels, and electrolytes and manned by wonderfully awesome volunteers. If you have special dietary needs you will need to bring your own food items.
You are required to have some method for carrying hydration (water/electrolytes). This course is more difficult than it looks and the altitude can quickly dehydrate you.
Trash receptacles are located at each aid station. PLEASE use them to dispose of your trash and NOT ON THE TRAIL! Anyone caught trashing the trail will be disqualified.
|AID STATION||RACE MILE||CUT-OFF TIME||SUPPORTED BY|
|White Rock Grotto||5.6||n/a|
|Brent’s Bon Temps|
(Drop bag 50k only)
(Drop Bag 50k only)
|Arroyo De Los Angeles||27.1||4:12 PM|
Drop bags are for 50k participants only and allowed for Brent’s Bon Temps and the Thumb aid stations. The aid stations will be manned and covered so feel free to pack an extra pair of socks or shoes to change into. Aid bags need to be placed in the marked area at the start and will be transported to the aid station for you. Once you have finished with your bag, move it to the “Back to Finish” area for it to be transported back to the finish periodically through out the race. All other aid bags will be brought back to the start/finish after the aid station closes at its cut-off time. Any aid bags not claimed by the end of the race will be thrown away or donated to a local charity. That does not mean leave your trash behind! It is suggested you mark your bag to make it easily identifiable. Use your bib number, name, etc.!
For the 50k only, there are really only 3 easily accessible points for your own support. Aid stops Thumb (trailhead with limited parking) and Arroyo De Los Angeles (half mile walk up the Arroyo from Start/Finish). There is also the Cowboy Shack Trail head which is not an aid stop but is mile 24 for the runner/ruckers on the course.
If you drop you must report to one of the 4 manned aid stations or to the finish line and give your bib number to one of the volunteers. You can drop from the 50k to the 25k but will not be eligible top place finisher awards.
We are tracking you through every station and this is important so that we do not have to send search and rescue out for you and unnecessarily alarm your family. Plus, the aid stations remain open until every runner/rucker has been accounted for, that means these volunteers are waiting for you. Do not cut the course, drop at the aid stop if you cannot go on. The Slaughter Wagon will transport you back to the start/finish area (unless at Brent Bontemps, you might as well hoof the 2 miles and finish the 25k) .
The race cut off on the course will be strictly enforced. The aid stations will close in a rolling manner with the cutoff time. If you are unable to keep the minimal pace and miss the cut off at an aid station, you may be asked to remove yourself from the race. If you refuse to do so you will be immediately disqualified and will be on your own for all aid and support should you choose to continue. The cut off is enforced for the safety of the participants as well as the rescue team who would need to search for those lost on the course. DO NOT cut the course, if it is determined that any participant cuts the course they will immediately be disqualified from the race and any future Feral Adventures events. For those that are attempting the 50k and miss the Brent Bontemps aid stop cut-off, you will be given the option to complete the 25k.
Friday, October 7th, 2022 5:30pm-8:30pm
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery (Happy hour pricing on Food and Beverages for racers)
Saturday, October 8th, 2022 5:45am-7:15am
Race Starting Line
Awards and Swag:
Everyone needs a challenge. With that in mind there will be an over-achievers award on-top of the “just wanna finish under cut-off” medal. If you are attempting to earn the Feral Flask the rules are simple:
- You must be completing the 50k race.
- You must start at the official start time (7:30 am)
- Runners must finish in under 6.5 hours (by 2:00 pm)
- Ruckers must finish in under 8 hours (by 3:30 pm)
Every finisher will earn a medal. Special award for the top 3 male and top 3 female 50k/25k runners and top male and top female 50k/25k rucker.
|Feral Flask||1st Time 50k Finisher||2nd Time 50k Finisher||3rd Time 50k Finisher||4th Time 50k Finish|
All participants will receive a custom pint glass from Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery to fill with the traditional celebratory Trumoo Chocolate Milk post race.
Camping and Lodging:
Camping in or overnight use of the preserve is not permitted.