Winter Park approves permit for ultramarathon
The Winter Park Town Council has approved a special events permit for the Fraser Valley’s first ultramarathon.
The board approved the permit for the Hideaway 100 unanimously at its Tuesday, Aug. 4, meeting.
“I’m super excited,” said race organizer Tyler Tomasello. “It’s kind of been a long journey since I started putting it all together in November, and it feels good to finally get approved and move forward and get everything dialed in.”
The 100-mile race is one of four races that Tomasello will host as part of the Hideaway Park Trail Weekend starting Sept. 4.
There will also be a half-marathon, 50k and 50 mile race.
For the 50 and 100-mile races, runners will leave Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park and meander through the trail system around the Rendezvous community before climbing to the ridge of the Continental Divide. From there, the course bounces between Rollins and Rogers passes before descending again.
The 100-mile race includes a total altitude gain of more than 13,000 feet, according to the race website.
The U.S. Forest Service had already signed off on the race, which will take place partly in Arapaho National Forest.
Tomasello has his work cut out for him in the coming weeks.
In addition to ordering supplies, ironing out logistics and organizing volunteers for the race, Tomasello will be hand-making custom wooden belt buckles, an ultramarathon tradition, for the finishers of the Hideaway 100, he said.
Later this month, he’ll travel to Chamonix, France, to represent the United States in the Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc, an approximately 103-mile, high-altitude romp around the base of the highest mountain in the Alps.
So far, 82 people have signed up to participate in the Hideaway Park Trail Weekend, Tomasello said.
The event is still seeking volunteers to work race registration on Friday, Sept. 4, aid stations and as course marshals, Tomasello said.
Volunteers are needed for all four shifts of the race, including night shifts.
For more information about the race or to register as a runner or volunteer, visit hidewawayrunning.com.
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