Miwok 100k Race Report – Kyle Fulmer

Race: Miwok 100k

Runner: Kyle Fulmer

Race Date: 05/06/2023

Location: Stinson Beach, CA

Results: 11:38, 35th place?

Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/9024756197

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  • The Trails
  • The Swag
  • The People

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

Bolinas Ridge Trail is always so tough, but you’re running in redwoods, so it can’t be that bad!

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

5am start, and not much warning! And the 15:30 cutoff makes things exciting!

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

Paced the early climbs well, unless you are going for top 20 or 25, then you can power the punchy climbs early. Otherwise the Cardiac 2 climb and Bolinas Ridge can chew you up.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

The Crux is Bolinas Ridge and the climb out of Randall…be mentally ready to grind!

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Practice the up down up down up down of the Ridge, always tough for me!

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Course marking is NOT overdone. Know generally where you are going!

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Just about the prettiest

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

I would say so, but it is also a runner’s course…can be fast!

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Its all about the people, old school race for ultra runners by ultra runners

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Usually lots of tough locals, doesn’t draw the legends consistently anymore, but 350+ people is a big fun field

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Sign up early! Sells out pretty fast. Rooms in Stinson and Bolinas are really hard to get and pretty pricey. Way better to stay out there than drive through Muir Woods for the 5am start!

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Roctane and Water for drinks, fruits and the usual plus GU Gels

Weather and typical race conditions

Sunny and warm my first two times, rained for 8 hours this time!

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Leg sleeves to help ward off the poison oak? Sunscreen 🙂

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Yeah, its awesome. You hit Muir Beach and Tennessee Valley a couple of times, and then Randall is great with 13 miles to go. Make a friend pace you in!

How’s the Swag?

Awesome. Great shirts usually, this year was a hoodie!

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?