Challenge others or create a team
How many friends can you inspire to join you at the PBC? We're thinking Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. But we're not nearly as savvy as you. Go do it. Then tell us what you did and how it worked. You could win a prize.
You can also go a step further and create a team of five or more people. Give your team a name and get team perks like registration discounts and cool prizes. There's even a just-for-fun way that teams compete with each other. It all adds to the excitement that is the PBC.
Help the Butte
Last year 25 percent of those who registered made a donation to help the park. This year your donation is doubled by Rebound Physical Therapy and other generous comanies. Donate $5 and it becomes $10. Kick in $20 and it becomes $40. Blow us away with $500 and watch us scramble to find more companies! It's all good and you'll see the changes in the park as volunteers groups, and businesses stretch the money raised to do more than you can possibly imagine.
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Tips from the experts
Not too many years ago, a well known ultra runner showed up at the very last minute to run the Challenge. Not only was he last to register, he had never run the course before. He won the race but he missed the all time record by 7 seconds. Knowledge of the course can easily shave more than that off anyone's time (see maps). Here are some other tips.
Start training weeks to months ahead and train on the course whenever possible.
Have a strategy
Use what you have wisely. There are some steep sections that maybe you don't what to push yourself on.
Attire and Planing
Proper attire is important. In 2015 "The Butte Lady" ran carrying a purse! You can have warm clothes and other items waiting for you on top by putting them on the shuttle.
Use your head on top
It's easy to say, "It was just a mile and I'll be fine in a few minutes." That usually works. But why risk it? Head for the recovery drinks before you hit the beer and pizza. Listen to your body and take a few extra minutes if need. We've had some people pass out and fortunately they were fine. But unless you're into drama, there's a better way.
Take A Running Class
Even if you're not running the PBC yet, chances are good that if you keep working on your time, you will run at least part of it eventually. The Butte Lady took the free Good Form Running clinic at the FootZone and said she learned so much in 90 minutes that she's going to do it again as a refresher. Avoiding injuries and having good technique is a big part of this sport. It's important to start off right.
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about the PBC
How much does it cost?
Regular registration increases by just $5 this year and includes beer, pizza, and other things new to the PBC. There are still age related discounts and please let us know if the price is getting in the way. It's still a bargain compared to most races with regular registration set at $20 and discount registration at $15.
Does the park itself benefit from the PBC?
The short answer is "yes." The longer answer is, "more than you might think." While direct donations to the park are a tremendous help, we're able to stretch your money to accomplish a lot more. The combination of volunteer labor combined with donated goods and services can be powerful. For example, take a look at the benches along the trail. Volunteers removed them and took them to Made to Order Woodworks to be resurfaced, Newman Brothers Painting stained them, the stain was donated by TWP (Total Wood Preservation), and then volunteers reinstalled them. Over $2,000 worth of work would have cost nothing but we had to buys some some screws to replace ones that broke. That was an excellent stretch of donated money.
Didn't the park run the PBC?
They did, for about 10 years. Before that, Denny Sullivan did it with the help of his wife Patsy and friends. In 2014, the park just couldn't justify the expense and time it took when they are funded with public money. Our nonprofit stepped in with a goal of making it more commercial so that it might continue. We made a major step in that direction last year with Rebound Physical Therapy. getting involved. This year Superfit Productions pretty much gets us to the goal. Notice how the race only benefited the park after private companies got involved. That's a model that often works.
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