August 8th and 9th, 2020
August 8th and 9th, 2020
Over the past few months, the Emerald Mountain Epic (EME) team worked diligently to exhaust all possible avenues, developing comprehensive mitigation plans, and communicating with the appropriate City and County authorities in an effort to put on a race that would be safe for both our participants and our community. After careful consideration, we’ve come to the conclusion that we would not be able to host the EME in a way that will both garner support from our local officials and still allow us to maintain our original mission of hosting Steamboat’s premier single trace race experience. Ultimately, protecting the health and safety of the racers, as well as our community members, is the most important race we are in this summer, and one we all must win!
While that might be hard for you to hear, there is good news! Knowing that this was always a possibility, we have been preparing for this scenario and are excited to announce the 2020 Emerald Mountain Epic, presented by Honey Stinger, Premier Virtual experience! Through our virtual experience, the event will still support two amazing local non-profits, Partners in Routt County and Routt County Riders!
You can expect singletrack….lots of it. Beginning at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area in the heart of Steamboat Springs, the course takes an extended tour deep into the beautiful backcountry of Routt County before returning to the transition/finish area. Racers wind through open meadows, aspen forests and wild sage gardens offering incredible views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. It is a 50+ mile race composed of two 26.2 mile loops, 100% on dirt and 90% on singletrack.
The full marathon course is identical to one lap of the mountain bike course, which is approximately 26.2 miles. The same open meadows, aspen forests and wild sage gardens offer incredible views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
The half marathon course does not include Ridge Trail, Cow Creek or Beall Trail.
• Solo Pro/Open Men
• Solo Pro/Open Female
• Solo Citizen Men
• Solo Citizen Female
• Solo Singlespeed Male
• Solo Singlespeed Female
• Clydesdale – 200+ lbs
• Duo Male
• Duo Female
• Duo Co-ed
• King of the Boat
• Queen of the Boat
• Marathon Male
• Marathon Female
• Half Marathon Male
• Half Marathon Female
Pro/Open = If you hold a Pro or Cat 1 license, this is the class for you.
Citizen = All other racers. Remember, sandbagging is lame.
Clydesdale = If you are over 200 lbs., this is your class.
Singlespeed = You know who you are and are a sucker for suffering
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under Special Permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Mountain bike races – There will be awards following the races honoring finishers in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category.
Trail running races – There will be awards following the races honoring finishers in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the marathon and half marathon.
Queen & King of the Boat – there will be awards following the races honoring the finishers in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
Each aid station will be stocked with your favorite Honey Stinger waffles, gels and chews as well as chips, cookies, fruit, soda and water. Once again, our buddies at NUUN will have delicious electrolyte mix on course to keep you hydrated throughout the race.
Bike aid stations are located at: Prayer Flag Road, Top of Ridge Trailhead, Bottom of Beall Trailhead, Cow Creek Trailhead, Quarry (water only) and Howelsen Hill Base.
Run aid station are located at: Prayer Flag Road, Top of Ridge Trailhead, Bottom of Beall Trailhead, Cow Creek Trailhead, Quarry (water only), bottom of Ricky’s Ridge (water only, unmanned) and Howelsen Hill Base.
Mountain bike race – Due to the constraints of our permit, there is a cutoff time of 12:00pm at the Start/Finish for riders leaving on their second lap.
Trail running race - Due to safety and aid station management, there is a cutoff time of 2:00pm (16 minute mile pace) for the marathon. Additionally, marathon runners need to reach the half marathon turnaround station at the Ridge/Beall trailhead by 12:00pm in order to be allowed to continue on to the full marathon course.
We reserve the right to alter the race course (including aid stations and other details) at any time up until race day, and we promise it will be a hard and fun day in the saddle or on foot regardless of the changes made.
Some things are beyond human control. Depending on our options and the conditions at the time of the event, we reserve the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule.
Race day event medical services are provided by Event Medical Solutions Unlimited (EMS Unlimited). EMS Unlimited is Colorado’s premier provider of event medical services, specializing in destination/mountain communities and remote access events. Visit them at www.ems-unlimited.com for more information.