West Line Winder
January 1, 1970 @ 12:00 am - September 23, 2023 @ 12:00 am
With glorious views of the Collegiate Peaks and 4,000ft of ascent along the way, these 30 miles of buttery single track and forest roads are perfect for everyone from the first time 50k’er to the veteran trail runner. Although the Arkansas Valley is famously known for its high alpine peaks, it’s a well kept secret that there’s a stash of arid, desert style trails just outside of Buena Vista (BEW-na Vista), CO – giving the West Line a feel like no other. The West Line Winder is put on by Freestone Endurance (http://www.freestoneendurance.com) (the same folks that bring you the High Lonesome 100 (https://www.highlonesome100.com) ) and is a perfect fall race for any runner! West Line Winder is hosted by the 14er Fest (https://14erfest.org/) which takes place Sept 22 – 24th in Buena Vista, CO. At the heart of the festival, you’ll find that 14er Fest seeks to join together a wide variety of trail users, including both motorized and non-motorized trail enthusiasts. It’s visions is to create a platform where all trial groups can recreate and work together to keep trails open and maintained. Join us for trail events, clinics, festival camping, live music, local libations and amazing vendors. The race starts on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 at 7am and runners have 11 hours to complete the course. There are five aid stations (not counting the Start/Finish) that are fully stocked with water, Tailwind and typical aid station fare as well some tasty treats to surprise you. The race is capped at 300 runners and registration is $145 in January, and $160 after that. See the pricing section above for more info about the cost. As an added challenge, runners can attempt the Sawatch 50/50 by registering for the Sawatch Ascent 50k on the same weekend! Finishers of the Sawatch 50/50 will get a special award and place awards for the top 3 overall men and women. Runners can camp at the Sawatch Ascent start/finish line (Nathrop, CO) for $15/night. Space is limited to 35 spots and can be purchased at the Sawatch Ascent webstore. Cancellation, Deferral, and refund Policy: Runners can defer 50% of their entry to the following year so long as they request it by September 1st. There is no refund in the event of a cancellation. Key details: When: Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 at 7:00am Where: Intersection of E. Main St & N. Court St., Buena Vista, Colorado (coordinates: 38.8432, -106.1279) Cost: $145 in January, $160 after that (50% deferral available before Sept 1) Course: 30.6 miles, 4000ft of ascent, average elevation 8,500ft Trail type: 22.4 miles of singletrack, 6.9 miles of forest (gravel) road, 1.3 miles of paved roads Cutoff: 11 hours Extra challenge: Sign up for the Sawatch Ascent 50K (https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/Nathrop/SawatchAscent) (Nathrop, CO) on Sunday, Sept 24th to participate in the Sawatch 50/50!.