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/25k 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.
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)
- 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.
Directions and Parking:
The race will start at the Cowboy Shack Trailhead and a map can be found using this Google map link. 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. Keep right at the next 3 intersections. Please respect the posted speed limit. Car pooling is strongly encouraged.
Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 0730
We cannot guarantee you a shirt if you register after August 1st, 2022.
NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
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 – Must reach Brent Bontemps Aid by 4:30 PM
25k – n/a
50kers must reach the manned aid stations by the cut-off time or you will be pulled from the course. 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, Hammer gels, and HEED 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|
|10.6||10:54 AM (50k)|
(Drop Bag 50k only)
|16.5||12:48 PM (50k)|
|White Rock Grotto|
(Tree of Life)
|22.3||2:40 PM (50k)|
|Brent Bontemps||28.0||4:30 PM (50k)|
Drop bags are at Cowboy Shack and Cotton Wood (50k participants only) 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.!
There are really only 3 easily accessible points for your own support. Aid stops Thumb (trailhead with limited parking), the Cowboy Shack Trailhead (start/finish area) and Cottonwood Trailhead.
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 for 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.
The race cut offs 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.
Friday, October 7th, 2022 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, October 8th, 2022 6:15am-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.
- Runners must finish in under 6.5 hours (by 2:00 pm)
- Ruckers must finish in under 9 hours (by 4:30 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 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.