The Sweat - 60 km

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"The Sweat" is the second day of the Golden Ultra.  This is the queen stage with the most vertical and the best single track.  You'll be covering just less than 60 km of distance, 2500 m of elevation, and one giant loop. 

Called the "aesthetic line on the mountain" this course is devilishly tough but also stunningly beautiful, with more than 15 km of ridge running.

Start Times and Cut Offs

All times are in the Mountain Time Zone (GMT -7)

Friday, September 22
12 pm - 7 pm - Race Package Pick up
6-8:00 pm - Dinner
8:00 pm - Drop Bags for Aid Stations 1 & 2 must be dropped at registration.

Saturday, September 23
7:00 am - Sign in and Gear Check (Spirit Square)
7:30 am - Drop Bags for Aid Stations 3 & 4 must be dropped at registration tent

7:30 am - START
10:00 am - Aid Station 1 Cut off (13 km)
1:00 pm - Aid Station 2 Cut off (25 km)
3:30 pm - Aid Station 3 Cut off (33 km)
5:45 pm - Aid Station 4 Cut off (44.5 km)
8:00 pm - Finish line closes (58.2 km)

8:00 pm - Awards

The Sweat is a UTMB Qualifying Race worth 1 point (3 new points)

The Sweat is a UTMB Qualifying Race worth 1 point (3 new points)


Pacers were not permitted in 2016.  This is because of our emergency response plan and abilities to respond to and track "unknown" runners on course.  This decision may be revisited in future years, pending demand.  The support crew pass guarantees your crew access to all aid stations and we encourage you use that opportunity for event-time support.


  • Water
  • Skratch Electrolyte
  • Coffee (Aid Station 1)
  • Soup Broth (Aid Station 3)
  • Coca Cola or Root Beer (Aid station 3 and 4)
  • Picky and Prima Bars
  • Skratch Chews
  • Eload Gels
  • Bread (Honey, Hummus, Peanut Butter)
  • Apples (Aid Station 2 and 4)
  • Bananas (Aid Station 1 and 3)
  • Oranges (Aid Station 3 and 4)
  • Watermelon (Aid Station 4)
  • Chips (Aid Station 2 and 4)
  • Salted Nuts (Aid Station 1 and 3)
  • Jerky (Aid Station 3 and 4)
  • Mini Donuts (Aid Station 1)
  • Samosas (Aid Station 2)
  • French Fries (Aid Station 3)
  • Pumpkin Pie (Aid Station 4)
  • Pizza (Aid Station 4)
  • Candy (Aid Station 3 and 4)
  • Chocolate Almonds (Aid Station 1 and 4)
  • Cookies (Aid Station 1, Aid Station 3)
  • Sugar Candy or Sport Chews

(Pending availability)

No cups at aid stations! Please carry your own.

Bag Drop

We will deliver drop bags for runners to all aid station locations on the Sweat (60 km) course. Drop bags must be clearly labelled with the runner name, bib # and aid station to which it should be delivered.  Bags must be dropped off to the registration area before 8:00 pm on Friday, September 23 (Aid Stations 1 & 2) or before start on Saturday, September 24 (Aid Stations 3 and 4). Aid Station volunteers will lay out the bags on the ground at the aid station and runners will have to find their own bags.  We will also return bags (and any items left at aid stations) to the start/finish line at the end of the day. 

Other Important Information

Support crew must have a pass (purchase information above) to access the course on event day.  Crew without a pass may be denied access.  This is enforced to reduce traffic and hazards on the event route.

A mandatory gear list will be posted on the news page up to a month prior to the event. Mandatory gear may include:

  • Hat and gloves
  • Jacket
  • Survival Blanket
  • Water bottles or hydration devices
  • Cell phone
  • Bear Spray

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Maps and Navigation

Download the RunGo maps and route guidance here (click the logo)

Download the RunGo maps and route guidance here (click the logo)


KML File

GPX File

Records and Descriptions

Male Course Record (2017) - Richard Reid / 5:46:10
Female Course Record (2015) - Ailsa Macdonald / 6:18:33


Pavement Runner (2015)

Jamie King Fit (2015)

Jackie Windh (2015)

Nikki Scott (2015)

Our Race Director (2015)