The 2019 Event has been Cancelled, Due to the Woolsey Wildfire Impact
As you prepare to throw away your money for this frivolity, keep these 3 points in mind:
- The Backbone Trail is not a cake walk. For the 68 miler we require the recent completion of at least one, and hopefully many more, similar running events of 50 miles or longer to give us reasonable confidence you can make it to the finish without our having to call Search & Rescue (we’ll research the Ultra Signup records to check your history, so no need to send us separate documentation of your accomplishments.) For the 100 miler we require completion of one of these 100 mile qualifiers. Our concern for a well-executed event – and yes, your safe return to the real world – trumps your singular view of your running capability. Because your entry is contingent on our better judgment, you won’t have to actually cough up money, i.e. your credit card will not be charged, until you’re officially accepted into the event.
- If the price tag for the core event* makes you flinch slightly, recognize that we must appease, and pay, many local jurisdictions before you even show up to play. Unlike other events in more rural settings which owe but one entity for the use of their trails, we have roughly a handful, each of which get their cut and have their own, often spendy, requirements. So, the cost of infrastructure must be accounted for, and guess who gets to foot the bill? That being said, this is one pretty darn spectacular trail, and no doubt you’ll get your money’s worth and then some.
- Once you sign up (again, via Ultra Signup) and receive our seal of approval, evidence of which will be in the form of a charge to your credit card and your name in lights in the Entrants section of UltraSignup.com. No Bib transfers or refunds, sorry.
P.S.: Yes, you’ll have to sign a waiver. It will appear on the website later for you to peruse, and you’ll need to physically sign and hand over the form prior to toeing the start line. No signature, no run. Simple, huh?