formerly the Rock’n River 50M and Half Marathon
November 23rd, 2013 (50M)
November 24th, 2013 (Half Marathon)
***AWESOME NEW THEME***
ERT is excited to announce the new name and format of The Spirit of Rock 50M and Half Marathon! Music is a huge part of our lives and our running, and we think you feel the same. Who doesn’t love to rock?! Rock out, rock the trails, rock and roll…and that’s what this event is all about. Each aid station will be themed with a particular rock artist, group, or genre, so when you feel tired or a little low, cruising into an aid station, you’ll quickly get amped up, remotivated, and refueled!
In keeping aligned with the theme, all runners will receive a custom set of earbuds, and the winners in each distance will receive ipods and the opportunity to choose an aid station theme for next year!
The Half Marathon is now on Sunday, rather than the same day as the 50M. 50-milers, use the Half as your shakeout run and receive the Spirit of Rock Series award!
Course | Weather | Aid Stations | Support Crew & Pacers | Performance Rules | Travel & Lodging | Directions and Shuttle | Race Start & Time Limits | Fees | Packet Pickup | Race Day | Results | Race Reviews
**Due to permitting issues the Spirit of Rock races will have brand new courses.**
50-Mile Course: The 50-mile course starts at the Cool Horse Staging Area and will follow the American River Trail, WS Trail, and the Pioneer Express Trail to Folsom, Ca. The race will end at the Light Transit parking lot next to Folsom Blvd. 95% of the race will be on single track trail along the American River, Lake Folsom, and Lake Natoma. Total elevation gain for this course is 3945 feet.
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Aid stations will be located along the course and will offer fuel and hydration options in addition to water and electrolyte drink. Crew access and drop bags will be available at aid stations as indicated (see Aid Stations below), for 50-mile runners only.
Participants are encouraged to carry their own fluid and fuel and must retain all garbage for proper disposal at an aid station or the staging area. Under no circumstances should any trash or other litter be left out on the course.
Drop bags must be brought to the start area at least thirty minutes prior to race start. Drop bags must be clearly marked with name, bib #, and to which Aid Station they are intended. Drop bags will be transported to the aid stations for the runners, and transported to the finish area after the final participant passes that aid station. Please remain at the finish area to collect your drop bags if you wish to have them returned; drop bags will not be available for pickup after the event.
Aid Stations – will be announced the second week of October
Crews will be allowed and will have access to the runners from most aid stations on the course (see above). Be aware that most areas are fee areas; there is no free entry for crews.
Pacers will be allowed for the 50M.
Pacers can join their 50 mile runner at the Granite Bay Horse Staging Area which is mile 30.
- Runners must wear their official race number on the front of their person, where it must be visible at all times.
- Each runner must complete the entire selected course under their own power in order to be eligible for a medal.
- Each runner must carry all their own food, fluids and other supplies needed for use between aid stations.
- Runners may not accept aid from their support crew or any other source while on the course and in between aid stations and designated support locations, except in case of a medical emergency.
- Any entrant who is unable or does not desire to finish the race must continue to the nearest aid station. The runner must relinquish their race number to the aid station captain and state their decision to withdraw.
- Absolutely no littering. Please respect the natural beauty of our trails and the rights of everyone to enjoy them.
The best option for air travel is Sacramento International Airport (SMF), approximately 40 miles west of Auburn. Some airlines fly into Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK), approximately 80 miles southwest of Auburn.
There will be shuttle service available from the finish area to the respective start areas only. If you plan to utilize the shuttle service, lodging around the finish area (zip code 95819) is preferable. If you have your own transportation from the finish area back to the start area, you may consider staying near the start area (zip code 95603 for the 50M; 95608 for the Half Marathon).
Two hotels have given participant special rates. Thank you to the Lake Natoma Inn and the Larkspur Landing.
Lake Natoma Inn
702 Gold Lake Drive
Folsom, CA 95630
Group Attendee Code: 4747 or Group Code: 56117
555 Howe Ave
Sacramento, CA 95825
All participants wishing to utilize the shuttle must purchase a ticket at registration. Shuttle tickets are not refundable. Shuttle service must be arranged weeks in advance, so please register early as we will not be able to provide last-minute shuttle service. Shuttle service is $20.
Shuttle will depart the Finish Area promptly at 4:10am on November 23rd for the 50M and 6:30am on November 24th for the Half Marathon.
- 50M will start promptly at 6:00am at the Cool Horse Staging Area (Saturday, November 23rd)
Cool Horse Staging Area
2966 State Highway 49
Cool, CA 95614
- Half Marathon will start promptly at 8:00am at the Folsom State Recreation offices (Sunday, November 24th)
Folsom State Recreation Offices
7755 Folsom Auburn Road
Folsom, CA 95630
All times are local time (Pacific Daylight Time).
Cutoff times are 14 hours for the 50M and 8 hours for the Half Marathon. Cutoffs are always at the Race Directors discretion.
Until midnight, October 23rd:
- 50M: $115
- Half Marathon: $70
October 24th to midnight, November 6th:
- 50M: $125
- Half Marathon: $80
November 7th to midnight, November 20th:
- 50M: $135
- Half Marathon: $90
Late Registration (at Packet Pickup):
- 50M: $145
- Half Marathon: $100
Registration is available on
Online registration available until midnight, Wednesday, November 20th. However, you must register by Wednesday, November 6th in order to be guaranteed a finisher award, race shirt, and requested size, so register early!
CAN I GET A VOLUNTEER?!
Volunteers are an essential element of any race, but especially for an ultra. And we have some of the best! Interested in volunteering? Sign up here. In additional to a volunteer shirt, we thank you with free entry into any ERT race of equal or lesser value.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
12:00pm – 7:00pm
Gold Country Run + Sport
4370 Town Center Blvd Ste 150
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
If the event does not sell out, we will accept late registrations at Packet Pickup. Fees increase $10 for each distance, and shirts and sizes are not guaranteed.
**There will be no race day Packet Pickup or Late Registration**
Please plan your travel accordingly. You may have someone pick up your packet for you. In case of emergency or unusual circumstance with no alternative, please contact us.
All participants will receive a performance race shirt, a finishers award (upon completion of the registered event), and goodie bag with product and custom swag. Awards will be presented for the top male and top female in each race, as well as top age group finishers.