The 19th Annual Rio Del Lago 100 Mile Endurance Run Returns to Folsom, CA
October 23, 2019
Northern California’s Premier Ultra-Marathon Slated for November 2, 2019
(Folsom, CA) – The Rio Del Lago 100 Mile Endurance Run (www.rio100mile.com) presented by NorCalUltras is returning to Folsom for its 19th year on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The iconic race starts at Beal’s Point, a Folsom Lake State Recreation Area in the Sierra-Nevada Foothills. This year, more than 375 runners from around the world start their 100-mile adventure at 5 a.m. 122 runners are attempting their first 100-miler, while others are attempting to PR and qualify for the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. The race will feature a 100-mile relay team running in memory of Todd Porter, an avid mountaineer, runner and hiker who had dreamed of running a 100-mile endurance run.
Race highlights include:
- 104 registered women
- 250 registered men
- 122 runners attempting their first 100-miler
- Ray Sanchez, Tom Wroblewski and Michael Peoples will be attempting their tenth finish
- Youngest registered runners, Gabby Fernandez, 17
- Oldest registered runner, James Yee, 69
- Furthest traveled:
- Japan (2), Italy (1), Mexico (1), Canada (1), Great Britain (1) and Australia (1)
Athletes start the first section of the Rio Del Lago course before the sun rises and finish late night the next morning. The course combines two of the most remarkable trail races in California: The American River 50 (AR50) and Way Too Cool 50K.
“These athletes run for 16-30 hours on a course that is 99% trails. Their passion and endurance are extraordinary,” said Race Director and 100-miler Champion Julie Fingar. “This race, the course and the people are what keeps the tradition going.”
Novice and veteran runners start the course with a variety of terrains. The course traverses through remarkable locations including Beal’s Point, American River Parkway, Walker Bridge, Lake Natoma, the Hazel Bluffs, Folsom Lake, Granite Beach, No Hands Bridge and the breathtaking Auburn Overlook. Athletes test their mental and physical endurance at the most challenging part of the race in the middle of Twin Rocks and Horseshoe Bar. This section of the race is a three-mile series of short, yet technical down hills and up hills with rocks, roots and up a set of wooden stairs.
Throughout the race, aid stations are fully staffed and stocked with Roctane Energy Gel, Roctane Energy Drink, energy bars, Coke, Ginger Ale, Red Bull, boiled potatoes, sweet and salty foods and water. The aid stations available at night will supply hot soup and quesadillas.
Athletes fuel up post-race with celebration eats catered by Baja Fresh and Bob’s Bistro and indulge in Happy Hundred Hot Cakes and burritos to name a few of the delicious eats. Finishers receive jackets, belt buckles, a finisher’s medallion and a post-race festival celebration.
The beneficiary of the 2019 Rio Del Lago is Fit for Girls, which exists to improve the overall health and well-being of adolescent girls. Fit for Girls provides support and information to help girls learn to make healthy choices, set goals and overcome obstacles while training for a 5k race. For more information visit, www.fitforgirls.org.
NorCalUltras is Northern California’s premiere ultrarunning event management company. NorCalUltras trail races are renowned for providing runners with first class experience from start to finish. Each endurance race features excellent, well-marked courses, a professionally organized race team, top of the line swag and remarkable post-race festivities. For more information visit www.norcalultras.com.