Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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Welcome to the Ouachita Switchbacks 50K/25K.  Join our Facebook group for the latest information and to connect with new friends.

DECEMBER 18TH UPDATE - Permit is granted.  Race is on.  See you on the mountain!

COVID UPDATE - (December 6th) - We are still set to go.  Forest Service is in the process of issuing the permit.  

COVID 19 UPDATE - (Updated - September 22nd) - Great News!  The 2021 Ouachita Switchbacks is a go!  The Forest Service has allowed us to move forward with the permit.  Unfortunately there will not be a ten mile even this year because of Covid and having to transport runners in a bus.  We do plan to bring back the ten miler next year and will make it a much bigger event.

COVID REFUND POLICY - Full refund issued up until 12/7/2020 should the race be cancelled.  After that date, no refunds or deferrals will be issued as significant costs will have been incurred..  The race will only be cancelled if local, state or federal governments require cancellation.  In that event hoodies, hats and mugs can be picked up at the trailhead race weekend and participants can run at their own leisure if they want to.

If inclement weather occurs that makes travel dangerous in the immediate areas around Big Cedar, the race will be postponed until the following Saturday.  No refunds can be issued.

The race is set for January 16th, 2021.  

The race will begin and end from the Pashubee Trailhead located near Big Cedar, Oklahoma.

Some Covid precautions - masks at packet pick up and at the start.  Individually wrapped items only at aid stations.  Staggered starts in waves of 20 each every minute.  Early start still available.  Unfortunately no potato or vegetable soup at the finish line or any food that is not individually wrapped.  We are going to give my wife a break this year though her soup will be dearly missed.  We will bring it back next year.  Social distancing will need to be observed after finishing.  Other guidelines will be sent in the pre-race e-mail.

AWARDS - Hoodies for all starters.  All finishers get a custom beer mug and bumper sticker.  50K finishers also get a custom trucker hat.  My mom makes handcrafted awards each year for top three overall and master in each race for male and female.  Also this year, best blood award and DFL award.  

We are very much looking forward to our fifth running of the Ouachita Switchbacks.  It is going to be great fun.  The race continues to grow every year and every one has a great time.  Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

Contact - If you have questions, please contact Race Director Tommy Brennan at tommybrennan100@gmail.com or at 918-658-0478.