Yeah…yeah… so, you can run 100 miles. You can run through the hills of the highest mountains and through the heat of the sun in the hot desert valleys but, can you run on a perfectly flat course? How about on a flat course with a slight chill in the air? How about on a flat course with a few feet of beautiful white snow and sub zero temperatures? If you answered, “Yes” to the last question then you’re ready to face the ultimate ultra running challenge, The Winter Beast of Burden! (Don’t worry, if you answered, “Yes” to the first 2 questions and not the last one you can still join us for The Summer Beast of Burden in August.) Either way, get ready for an epic run on the historic Erie Canal and be prepared to unleash the beast inside of you!
This Ultra is not for the faint of heart! Whether you’re looking to take your ultra running to the next step or you just want some really cool “bling,” look no further. The Winter BoB is sure to be a true test of ones abilities. In the past we’ve been very lucky, all of our races took place during a beautiful blizzard. Over two feet of snow fell during our first event and over a foot of snow fell during our last event. Who else has a beautiful Winter ultra where the ground is covered by so much beautiful white fluffy stuff?
Athletes will start at Wide Water’s Marina in Lockport, New York where they will have access to restrooms, showers, warming shelters and what everybody is calling “hands down the best aid stations in the sport!” Be warned…with all the amenities we offer, you might not want to step back out into the blustery weather. Once runners leave the marina they run along a paved trail for approximately 1 mile where they will cross one of Lockport’s historic draw bridges and continue running on the towpath until they’ve reached the middle aid station. Here we provide a place to warm up and fuel up. You’ll run approximately 6 more miles to the turn around and have access to all of the usual ultra running foods. Hot cocoa, Coffee, Coke, Mountain Dew, water, Heed, grilled cheese sandwiches, warm chicken noodle soup, pizza, pancakes, donuts and…well, you’ll have to show up to see!
“The Double Beast Buckle” is back! Not only do we have a really cool belt buckle, we give any 100 mile participant a “Double Beast Buckle” if they can finish both the Winter BoB 100 & Summer BoB 100 in the same calendar year.
So, You think you’ve got what it takes? We generally sell out every race so don’t wait, sign up today and get ready to unleash The Beast!
Three wonderful Aid stations all for you .We will have Hylē Hydration as our hydration fuel and Huma Gels. Everything else varies over the weekend. There will be the normal ultra running staples, like PB&J, pretzels, chips, some candy and fruit… and of course broth and perogies, but as the day goes on we’ll bring in some other things like pizza and burgers, even been known to find some hot dogs … we do take requests and are happy to try to accommodate all as best we can. We have been trying to accommodate the growing Vegan/ GF community of runners as well.
The Marina - AKA Start/ Finish:
This spot will serve as the start finish area for the event, and your aid station when you return on your loops for the 50m and 100m
Crew – Yes Drop bags – Yes
Location – https://goo.gl/maps/uH6932aRRV6LnPQW7
At just about 7miles in to the loop ( then 17.7 on the return) this aid station is always a welcome sight. You’ll be crossing a road right near it so please be safe
NO CREW/ NO DROP BAGS
Tucked in right off Main St. this is one of the only aid stations INSIDE. Welcomed shade, and cool air in the summer, and warmth in the winter. Don’t hang too long!
Drop bags – Yes Location – https://goo.gl/maps/6MECzTtt42vJNRcc8
Race Day Schedule
Information about the race day schedule.
January 27th- 8:15AM- 9:30AM:
Packet Pickup Starts
January 27th- 9:45AM:
Pre Race Brief
January 27th- 10:00AM:
January 28th- 1:00PM:
January 28th- 4:00PM:
All crew and pacer actions are the runner’s responsibility. Runners must make sure their crew knows the rules and if they are broken it can mean a DQ and or course removal of runner and crew.
- Crew, support, family & friends are required to follow all the rules as well.
- Please remember all pacers must have a headlamp or flashlight at night with a blinking L.E.D. on their back (preferably red). Some of the racers will be fine for the first two loops (as long as you run a sub 11 hour 50 miler), the majority of the people should have them available at the turn around so they can grab them on their second loop.
Pacers must pick up a “pacer bracelet” before getting on course with their runner.
Pacers are allowed after completing ONE loop ( 25miles). Pacers cannot carry your gear for you.
Crew can only offer support within aid station areas.
Race Day Start
# of Entrants
The course starts out on the towpath in front of Wide Water's Marina located on the south side of the canal. The course is a 25-mile "out and back" loop. 100-mile racers must complete four loops and the 50-mile participants must complete two loops. All three aid stations will be stocked with a wide variety of food and cold beverages. We truly offer a feast at The Beast!