Wave Start Info

Using wave starts means that all runners will be split into groups that will start at regular intervals. This is instead of one big start like many road races. This means each finisher will have both a gun time and a net time. A gun time is the amount of time from the first individual crosses the start line, to when you finish the race. A net time is how long it takes an individual to finish after they have started. So, someone who starts in the 3rd wave, may have a much longer gun time (because they started after) than a runner in the 1st or 2nd wave, but their net time could be much less if they run the course faster. You really don’t need to worry about your gun time, only your net time.

Why Use Multiple Starts?

Wave StartsYour “finish time” is calculated using your net time (time from crossing the start to crossing the finish). Results will show both gun time and net time.

Due to narrow paths on the course, the race will be split into multiple waves. This allows for plenty of room for all runners to safely enjoy the course. It also prevents getting stuck if you are looking to pass someone else.

What Wave Will I Be In?

Waves will be split up by each individuals estimated finish time. We use the honor system to organize these waves. If you know you’ll be faster than most of the runners we ask you jump in an early wave. Similarly, if you are slower please hold off until a later wave. If you need to be in an early wave (in order to get home) that’s understandable. Please just be courteous when other runners need to pass you while on the trail.

The number of waves, and number of individuals in each wave will vary depending on how many total runners we have. The estimated speeds of each runner can affect this as well.