SISU 24 Ultra PNW
Saturday June 29th, 2024
Choose Your Own Adventure Run
Discover the Ultimate Adventure at SISU 24 PNW
Prepare for an extraordinary experience like no other! SISU ENDURANCE presents the SISU 24 PNW, a one-of-a-kind 24-hour choose-your-own-adventure run that challenges your limits, or if you want to fully embrace your inner SISU, we also offer the option to achieve one the toughest 100-Mile races you've ever encountered. Join us at the picturesque Camp Sheppard, nestled in the breathtaking Cascade Mountains, just minutes from the magnificent Mount Rainier National Park and Crystal Mountain ski area. Towering cliffs, pristine waterfalls, and majestic elk roaming freely in the meadows create a captivating backdrop for this unforgettable adventure.
Set up Your Base Camp and Embrace the Weekend
Arrive on Friday and set up your base camp to maximize this immersive experience. Bring your family, crew, or friends along – all extra support teams are welcome and free of charge! The Boy Scout Camp offers a perfect camping spot for the entire weekend, providing a fun-filled experience for kids and adults alike.
Race Day: Unleash Your SISU
On Saturday morning, the excitement begins! All participants race together, with the 100-Mile runners starting at 6am and the 24-Hour Individual and 24-Hour Team runners joining them at 9am. The race concludes 24 hours after the start for team and individual runners. For the 100-Mile runners, there is a 32-hour cutoff to complete the epic challenge.
A Self-Supported Adventure
This race is all about self-reliance. Set up your own base camp and let your creativity shine by decorating your campsite with festive flair. Multiple out-and-back trails await you, ranging from a 3-mile route to the longest distance of 18.9 miles. Before venturing onto the trails, make sure to check in at the timing table at base camp. Select your desired trail, embark on your chosen adventure, and reach the checkpoint at the end of the trail to stamp your quest log. The top ten finishers will also collect a ping pong ball, while those in the 11-20 position will return a crystal. Regardless of your position, always check in with the staff at HQ upon returning to camp for safety and tracking purposes.
Earn Points, Conquer Side Quests
The SISU 24 PNW is all about rewarding your route choices and accomplishments. As you embark on this epic adventure, there are multiple ways to earn points and conquer exciting challenges.
The main quests in the SISU 24 PNW involve completing each of the six marked trail routes. Your task is to run the route, collect the stamp along the way, and return to HQ. Each main quest has a designated point value that changes based on the number of participants who have completed that route. The earlier you complete a trail, the more points you earn. It's a strategic race against the clock!
In addition to the main quests, there are optional side quests available on each trail. These side quests offer additional challenges and opportunities to earn extra points. They are designed to test your skills, add excitement to your journey, and provide a chance to explore unique experiences along the way.
Additional Side Quests:
Outside of the trail-specific side quests, we also offer separate side quests that are not attached to any particular trail. These side quests include activities like Midnight Yoga under the Stars and the SISU Service Project. Participating in these separate side quests allows you to earn additional points and engage in memorable experiences during the event.
Each side quest is worth a specific number of points, and completing them requires dedicated time and effort. They add an extra layer of adventure and fun to your SISU 24 PNW experience.
So, as you tackle the main quests, be on the lookout for the optional side quests on each trail. Take part in the additional side quests to unlock new challenges and earn more points. By embracing the full range of quests available, you'll maximize your point accumulation and create a truly unforgettable adventure.
Adventure Within Reach
Despite the varying distances, you're never too far from base camp and your essential gear and supplies. Water sources along the trails offer ample opportunities to replenish and purify your drinking water. Be sure to bring an efficient water purification method, especially on hot days. As day turns into night, immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere with lights, movies, crafts, and onesies.
Choose Your Race Style
Ready to embrace the challenge? Select your preferred race style:
24-Hour Solo Adventure: Embark on your unique adventure, covering as many miles as you desire. Decide whether to tackle bonus challenges and aim to earn the most points for a competitive edge.
24-Hour Team Adventure: Form a team of three and embark on this adventure together. Choose to run the same routes as a team or divide and conquer, strategizing your way to maximize points. Your team's total points will be the sum of all three athletes' achievements.
Ultimate 100-Mile Adventure: The ultimate endurance test with a 32-hour cutoff. Start earlier than everyone else and complete each route once before repeating. Bonus objectives are optional, but the challenge remains as tough as ever, with an approximate elevation gain of 25,000 feet or more, depending on your chosen route.
Trails and Camp
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the SISU 24 PNW race as you traverse the stunning trails and enjoy a unique camping experience. At SISU, we take pride in offering an exceptional race at an affordable price. Your registration includes three days (two nights) of camping at the picturesque Camp Sheppard. Set up your campsite just the way you like it, with convenient access to centrally located restrooms and showers. We encourage you to bring your family and friends to share in the experience, as they are all welcome at no additional cost.
Camp Sheppard provides a comfortable and convenient base for the event, equipped with BBQ stands, flushing toilets, showers, and working sinks. We encourage you to bring camp stoves, ready-to-eat meals, and many snacks to fuel yourself throughout the weekend. If you need any additional supplies, you're about 40 minutes from the nearest city, should you need to access any necessary items.
Six Trails – Each with Assigned Points Based on Difficulty and Distance
Embark on a challenging adventure as you conquer the six trails carefully selected for the SISU 24 PNW race. Each trail is assigned points based on its difficulty level and distance, offering a variety of experiences for participants. Choose your routes strategically to maximize your points and challenge yourself to reach new heights.
Side Quests – Earn Points and Embrace the Fun
In addition to the trail running, the SISU 24 PNW race includes exciting side quests designed to test your skills and add an extra layer of fun to the event. These quests may involve midnight yoga, memorization tasks, and other engaging activities that keep the adventure dynamic and entertaining. Past side quests have included connect-the-dots, carrying an egg without breaking it, sudoku, trivia, and knot tying. Be prepared for surprises as we keep the quests fresh and exciting each year.
- The Course Map provides a general overview of the trails used for the event.
- The course will be marked with colored ribbons (where possible) and laminated signs (when necessary).
- Please do not move or disturb the markers, as this may pose a danger to other participants.
- Keep in mind that some of these trails will take you far from the campground, and once you're out there, you must complete the entire distance. There are no shortcuts, and any form of cheating will result in a DNF (Did Not Finish) designation.
Stamping and Check-In/Out:
- At the furthest point of each trail, you will find a rubber stamp.
- To prove that you have completed the run, use your ink pad and quest log to make an imprint of the stamp.
- Bring the stamped quest log back to HQ, where a staff member or volunteer will initial your stamp and record your points.
- It is crucial to check in and out before and after each run, allowing us to track your times and know your location on the course. This helps ensure your safety and prevents any possibility of getting lost.
At SISU, we believe in recognizing the achievements of our participants. Every participant receives a custom wood round medal, which can be engraved with your name to commemorate your accomplishment. In addition, we honor the top three male and female participants, as well as the top three teams. For those who conquer the challenging 100-Mile race, a custom buckle awaits as a symbol of their incredible feat. We also present the SISU Spirit Award to the team with the best campsite, showcasing their creativity and enthusiasm. Lastly, the SISU Miles award celebrates the individual who earns the most miles during the 24-hour period, a testament to their endurance and determination.
In our commitment to inclusivity, we recognize the importance of providing a space where everyone feels seen and respected. This year, participants will have the option to select the non-binary category during registration, embracing the diversity of our running community.
While we believe in fostering inclusivity, we also want to approach awards in a thoughtful and considerate manner. At this time, we have decided not to offer separate awards in the non-binary category, unless we have a minimum of five non-binary participants. Our intention is to create an inclusive environment where all participants can enjoy the race experience without feeling pressure or exclusion. We value feedback from our community as we navigate these important discussions and work towards a more inclusive future.
We are dedicated to listening, learning, and evolving as we strive to create a race that celebrates the diversity of our participants. Your support and input are crucial in our journey towards an inclusive and respectful SISU 24 PNW race. Together, let's continue to build a community where everyone feels welcome and valued.
This year, we are excited to offer participants a special swag item: a custom SISU 24 PNW race t-shirt! As part of your registration, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred t-shirt size. We want to ensure that everyone receives a t-shirt that fits them perfectly, so please make sure to indicate your size during the registration process.
The SISU 24 PNW race t-shirts are designed to be a commemorative item, representing your participation in this unforgettable event. Wear it with pride as a symbol of your accomplishment and as a reminder of the incredible experience you had during the race.
We look forward to providing you with a high-quality t-shirt that will serve as a lasting memento of your SISU 24 PNW adventure.
Gear ListTo ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, we recommend bringing the following gear:
- Hydration pack or bottles
- Food for 24 hours
- Ink pad
Additionally, we suggest considering the following gear for your comfort and preparedness:
- Sleeping bag
- Bug spray
- Toilet paper
- Heavy jacket
- Cookware (Note: Open flames are not permitted, but propane stoves are allowed)
- GPS device or phone
- Bear deterrent
We understand that circumstances may change, and we want to be flexible while ensuring fairness to all participants. If you need to cancel your registration within 45 days of submitting it, we offer a 70% refund. Alternatively, you have the option to transfer your entry to the following year by paying a fee of $35 for soloists or $90 for teams. Teams are also allowed to switch out members for a fee of $10. Please note that solo registration substitutions or transfers are not permitted. We kindly ask that you carefully review the registration instructions to ensure accuracy.
In the event of a postponement due to circumstances beyond our control, such as venue issues, all registrations will be automatically forwarded to the next available year. If the provided date does not work for you, you have the option to gift your entry to another athlete of your choice. For any queries or assistance regarding registration, please contact RD - Daren at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that refunds will not be issued in such cases as the event is not canceled but rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Stay tuned for more updates and announcements as we continue to prepare for the upcoming SISU 24 PNW race. We look forward to welcoming you for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Pacific Northwest!
Note: Please review all rules and racer information thoroughly to ensure you are fully prepared for the event.
Join Us for the Next Epic Adventure
Be part of the SISU 24 PNW legacy and create memories that will last a lifetime. Registration for next year's event will open Monday July 10th, with limited spots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early and we can't wait to see how you'll choose your own adventure!