It has been a rough couple of days for a lot of us and I apologize for dragging you all through this.
It is a challenge to calculate total distance and total elevation gain accurately for a 100 mile race. I wish it were as easy as strapping on a watch and running the trail. I have received a lot of feedback regarding my previous announcement that the course now approaches 26,000 feet of elevation gain. I am not an expert with maps or with using GPS data, and I made the best approximation that I could.
I have gone back and consulted with a couple of experts in this area, and they have both independently reached the conclusion that the total elevation gain on the course is about 18,500 feet. They use computers and sophisticated mapping software to make these conclusions, and I don’t pretend to understand it. But I can tell you that I have high confidence in the results, as both of them are experienced ultrarunners and have been involved in the mapping of race courses for years.
The course changes will remain in effect. While King’s Creek would be a more comfortable staging area, the ability to communicate during the event is far more important.
I’m sorry for any concerns that I may have raised. I can’t wait for your feet to get on this trail in a couple of weeks.