2015 Sasquatch Dash #4


Hey Squatchers and potential Squatchers!

I just wanted to point out that we are trying out something new for the dash this Saturday.  We are having TWO courses.  The dashes have been getting a little longer every time, but we want to encourage more participation and don't want the distance to be a barrier.  So we have a long course and a short course this time.  Both courses are real Sasquatch courses so you won't feel cheated if you do either one.

Meet at CyclovaXC at 8:30, we depart at 9:00am.  This Saturday 7/18.

Brief Reminder of What This Is

Just in case you might not have paid too much attention before, these dashes are totally free, no support, completely fun trail running events with a good group of fun people.  We all meet up at approximately 8:30 to gather, review the course and visit (Kristen will have the shop open for last minute purchases or bathroom stops).  Then at 9:00 we all start together and check out the incredible trails in the St. Croix Valley.  Then when you finish you scribble (I ask you all to write nice, but it seems challenging when oxygen deprived) your name and time on the clipboard, and we all hang out to cheer everyone in.  Then grab a coffee and treat at one of the local coffee houses and enjoy the rest of the day.

The Courses

Short Course

The short course is approximately 4.25 miles and will be predominantly MN Interstate Park with plenty of single track, moderate hills, and 100% fun.

Short Course Overview


Hwy 8 Tunnel Detail
Taylors Falls/River Detail
  1. Start at CyclovaXC and run south on 87/Washington Ave
  2. Turn right on to the Ladder Tank Trail (0.38mi)
  3. Turn left onto the campground road (0.45mi) and then turn right onto the campground loop (0.5mi)
  4. Run past the bathrooms and up the campground entrance road under Hwy 8 and turn right onto the trail to cross the St. Croix River. (0.72mi)  Note: The long course will continue straight here.
  5. Cross the river and then choose your own adventure to get on the River Trail in MN Interstate to run to the main park.  Choices are the trail behind the paddle boats or through the parking lot and onto one of several trail entrances off the parking lot or main pot hole trail area.
  6. Follow the River Trail.  Nearing the campground, stay right and stay on the River Trail (1.82mi).  If you stay left you'll end up in the campground which is fine, just run through the campground towards the entrance, you'll just go a little farther.
  7. At the park entrance go between the office and the firewood building to find the tunnel under Hwy 8.  See the detail satellite image above. (2.18mi)
  8. Immediately on the other side of Hwy 8 stay right (don't go up the stairs) and follow the trail that parallels Hwy 8.
  9. At the next intersection with a bridge and another set of stairs, stay right and go up the stairs to the Railroad Trail (2.31mi)
  10. Follow the Railroad Trail all the way to Taylors Falls going through the parking lot, onto Government St and then a right on 1st St.  See the detail satellite image above. (3.31mi).
  11. Follow 1st St down the hill across Hwy 95 and onto the bridge over the St. Croix River.
  12. On the WI side of the river again turn left onto the gentle grassy slope to descend back into the WI Interstate Park Campground again (3.52mi)
  13. Retrace your steps through the campground, up the Ladder Tank Trail, onto Hwy 87 and back to CyclovaXC to finish.
Long Course

The short course is approximately 7.1 miles, will be both Interstate Parks and have lots of single track, lots of hills, and also 100% fun.  The long course starts very similar to the last dash, but take the Ravine trail down before looping back and across the river to the other Interstate Park.  This could be titled the Trail of Two Interstates.

Long Course Overview
  1. Start in front of CyclovaXC.
  2. Run south on 87/Washington St.
  3. Turn right onto the Ladder Tank trail and descend into the north campground of Interstate Park. (0.4mi)
  4. Turn left onto the campground road (0.46mi) and turn right onto the campground loop (0.52mi).
  5. Head up the campground entrance road under Hwy 8 (0.72mi).  Note: The short course will turn right here.  Don't worry, you'll be back in a few miles to do the same.
  6. Cross the main park road and enter the Horizon Rock trail (0.89mi)
  7. Follow the Horizon Rock trail up to the Ice Age Center (1.38mi).
  8. Enter the Skyline Nature Trail and follow it until it Intersects with the top of the Ravine Trail (stay right once past the trail center) (1.97mi)
  9. Descend the Ravine Trail and cross the picnic area parking lot to the park road. (2.53mi)
  10. Turn right on the park road and head back to the Ice Age Trail parking area where you originally entered the Horizon Rock Trail (3.0mi)
  11. Turn left and descend the park road back to the Hwy 8 bridge and turn left on the south side to cross the river to MN (3.13mi)  Note: This is where the short course departed before.
  12. Cross the river and then choose your own adventure to get on the River Trail in MN Interstate to run to the main park.  Choices are the trail behind the paddle boats or through the parking lot and onto one of several trail entrances off the parking lot or main pot hole trail area.
  13. Follow the River Trail.  Nearing the campground, stay right and stay on the River Trail (4.22mi).  If you stay left you'll end up in the campground which is fine, just run through the campground towards the entrance, you'll just go a little farther.
  14. At the park entrance go between the office and the firewood building to find the tunnel under Hwy 8.  See the detail satellite image above. (4.58mi)
  15. On the other side of Hwy 8 stay left and go up the major flight of stairs to the Sandstone Trail.  Note: The short course stays right and skips these stairs.
  16. Follow the Sandstone Trail up the bluff, across the bluff, and then down the gradual descent to where the trail intersects a bridge, large set of stairs to the left to the Railroad trail and short stairs to the right to go back to MN Interestate.  Turn left onto the Railroad Trail and climb that flight of stairs.  (5.2mi)
  17. Follow the Railroad Trail all the way to Taylors Falls going through the parking lot, onto Government St and then a right on 1st St.  See the detail satellite image above. (6.18mi).
  18. Follow 1st St down the hill across Hwy 95 and onto the bridge over the St. Croix River.
  19. On the WI side of the river again turn left onto the gentle grassy slope to descend back into the WI Interstate Park Campground again (6.4mi)
  20. Retrace your steps through the campground, up the Ladder Tank Trail, onto Hwy 87 and back to CyclovaXC to finish.
Scoring

To incentivize you to take on the more challenging long course, normal scoring will be done for the participants who do the long course.  Scoring will then pick up again for the finishers of the short course.  So say there were 10 ladies who did the long course and 5 who did the short course.  The finishers of the long course would score the normal points of 20 for the winner down to 4 points for the 10th.  The first short course finisher would then score 3 points, 2 points for second, and the rest would all score 1 point.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to get in touch with me via email (benjamin.t.mullin@gmail.com) or check out the Facebook Event and ask there.

I hope to see a bunch of folks there on Saturday morning.

2 comments:

  1. Bummed out that I have to miss this one, hope to make the August dash.

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  2. Bummed I'll miss this one. Hope to Make the August run.

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