Coyote Scramble Ultras
May 29-31, 2015
Kingdom Trails, East Burke, VT
Applications are now available
The 2015 Players
2014 Results and Report
It's a Coyote thing... not a race, more a rambling run-centric party (with Coyote-brand odd awards/hospitality) on the spectacular single track of the Kingdom Trails. After two years' prelude, we migrate to three day idiocy: (Note that miles below are merely "suggested" distances for those prone to pre-designated routes: you may run as short or long as you wish your day to consume, so long as you find the finish line in time to join in the post-dirt festivities. So, maybe run short and join the fun at the aid stations? Read on...)
- Friday: at 4PM at Kingdom Farm (Kingdom Farm Lodge) you'll enjoy a few miles (7-10?) to get travel kinks out of your legs, followed by a pasta feed at the Farm, welcoming comments from the Buffoon to the weekend's game, a couple "awards" to dispense, all accompanied by live music from a local string band.
- Saturday: at 6AM, y'all will roam the Kingdom Trails, either following our suggested routes (20/30/40'ish miles) or on whatever route your curiosity requires -- we'll have aid stations reasonably positioned to help you wander with sustenance. Saturday night we BOWL, with pizza 'n stuff to help fuel your alley skills, followed by "awards" from the day's dirt and alley performances.
- Sunday: at 7AM, y'all will roam more Kingdom Trails, same game as Saturday (our 15/30'ish miles or your routes), with still more awards to dispense and including a repeat of 2014's enchilada spread from Vermont Food Truck (when they re-open for next year, you can see their digital presentation under Mike's Tiki Bar at this link Yay! 'Chuli's! [Warning! This link plays music without asking you.]). After all that, then you go home, tired, sore, happy and confused...
- Bonus: IF you're a Coyote veteran, you'll have option of even more miles on either/both Wed/Thu, on different terrain, this agenda to unfold once registration opens and enough Vets are curious enough to bite.
So, play options:
- Consume all 3 days on the trails + 3 meals + Bowling + a spiffy T + all the nifty hospitality for $115;
- Just Saturday and Sunday + Bowling + 2 meals + that spiffy T + 2/3rd of the nifty hospitality for $95;
- Just Friday and Saturday (cuz you have other obligations Sunday?) with Friday's meal 'n entertainment, but not Saturday's Bowling + that T thingie for $80; or
- Just run Saturday cuz we're the best trail game in town that weekend but you're not that fired up yet for THAT much Coyote stuff, but you'll still get a T, for the simple price of a President Grant (and it's still a bargain contrasted with most of whatever else sits on the calendar these days).
No, you can't run just Friday or just Sunday. NOTE: Vets can opt to forego the T, a bonus savings of $15.
Entry Limits Limit of 100 for just Saturday, 75 for multiple day participation, with priority for slots given to the gluttons for multiple days.
Speaking of Bonuses, Coyote events also involve the liberal distribution of bonus/boner miles for extraneous wandering, other evidence of stellar performance (yes, the entertainment shtick), and generally sucking up to Vols -- check the 2014 results to gain hint of those twists. The boner opportunities also serve to disabuse the highly competitive from thinking that just because they're zippy, they de facto deserve top dog recognition. (It's a party, not a race!!) More than a handful of very accomplished runners have earned enough boner minutes to drop significantly in the official standings (a recognition that UltraSignup doesn't filter) to reveal less than spectacular results for one's performance resume. To the positive side of this silliness, Justin Angle has already earned bonus miles for 2015 for blog post of 2014's Scramble, as have all other returning Coyote veterans, just for showing up for more abuse and embarrassment. Go figure!!
Because Coyote "official" results rarely mirror runners' reality on the dirt (hence, Shoefly's 2015 preliminary headstart on improving his final ranking), and because the curmudgeonly Buffoon rather likes the more interactive communication that the online registration format usually can't provide w/o charging additional fees for the privilege of said interaction, we retreat to former days of a paper communication format for registration. Hey, it saves YOU $$ that gets diverted into hospitality. You've probably already noticed but 3 (mostly static) pages on this website: this Home page, Players (current year's list of suckers) and Results (2014's in place until we can add with 2015 predictions). About as exciting as the compost pile out back. However, to align with the curmudgeon's demeanor and limited cranial acuity, since the Buffoon and his volunteers will do a bundle of work to make your day memorable, as compensation, you'll have to do more than just throw your money at the game and show up. Specifically, if you want to play, you'll send an e-mail to buffoon(at)coyotemoonultras.com and he'll give you instructions to send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive, yes, you guessed it, a paper entry form. Once your completed entry form is returned to the Buffoon, along with your non-rubber check/cash/money order, you'll begin a series of e-mail exchanges leading up to the party itself.
Special Note on Lodging: we're renting the Kingdom Farm Cattle Barn Lodge for Friday and Saturday nights. If you wish to bed there, you'll dish out $40/night/pillow (i.e., the King and Queen bed rooms are intended double occupancy; if two people occupy a Double, that's still two pillows), beds intended to go on a first come, first serve basis. Actual assignment to rooms is somewhat negotiable -- e.g., it's a somewhat open question as to who commandeers the bunk room -- but no one will be strong-armed into a sleeping arrangement they're not willing to pay for. As for all other lodging opportunities, we anticipate have a handful of local motels offering reduced rates for you to consider in your search for pillow space.
Cutoffs: May 1st if'n you want a T; May 26th is absolute cutoff (no event day sign-ups) without change in price tag despite no promise of a T. (We'll order extra T's, but that inventory likely won't be deep enough to satisfy all late comers.)
Cautiously curious? Tug on that cat's tail with a little research on Coyote non-events or pester a veteran -- their stories must be more credible than any of my blather... See you on the dirt!!
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