2012 - Original Growler


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- Mountain Bike Minute previews the course


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The HALF GROWLER, one lap of around 32 miles of trailriding bliss, will take place as a stand-alone race on Saturday May 26th. The Half Growler is a prototypical old-school cross-country race. The winning time is expected to be just under 3 hours. Take a look at last year’s Half Growler results to see what what went down and by whom. While its called a race, this is an exceptional course to ride for fun at any pace.

The marquee, then, the FULL GROWLER and its two laps and 64 miles of singletrack heavy fun, will stand on its own, too, the next day, Sunday May 27th. Brian Smith blistered this puppy last year in a record 5:08:55. Click here for those results. Heard on the street: “But the Full Growler is only 64 miles. I’ve done a bunch of hundies, how hard can it be?” Give it a try and find out, just bring your A-game. Once again, it’s called a race but plenty of riders take their time (maybe even take some pictures) and smell the sweet sage and enjoy the challenging and ever-changing nature of the Hartman Rock’s area and trails.

Each day of racing at the 2012 Original Growler has been capped at 350 riders. This course has a ton of singletrack and it’s not conducive to a quality racing and riding experience to have too many riders on the trails at once.

Here is how the field of 350 will be determined: The majority of entries will be determined during an online registration process to be determined. Entries may be held for sponsors, partners and race organization discretion.

Both are mass start events. Registration, however, is a WAVE START:

Three Registration Opportunities:
Wave #1 Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, 9pm mountain time (100 starting positions per race)
Wave #2 Saturday, February 18th, 7am mountain time (100 starting positions per race)
Wave #3 Sunday, March 4th, 9pm mountain time (the final starting positions in each race)

The 2012 entry fee is still $TBD and includes a pretty cool race, well-stocked aid stations, a t-shirt (or hoodie?) and a post-race party in downtown Gunnison with killer food and drink. Green Day may or may not play at this party but we have a plan B just in case. Also expect to pay a small fee to the good people at our registration company. AS THIS RACE IS 100% A BENEFIT FOR TRAILS ADVOCACY, OUR ENTRY FEE WILL BE HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR’S $64. WE HAVE SHOPPED AROUND AND SIMILAR RACES ARE PRICED BETWEEN $70 AND $150.