Dark Sky 50 2021

REVISED 4-7-2021

There are currently 90 pre-registered runners for this event.

The 2021 Dark Sky 50 miler on the trails of Pickett State Park and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area  The course is mostly runnable on single/double track with a couple of jeep road miles thrown in. Runners should expect creek crossings, rolling hills, a little technical terrain, and amazing views! The race takes runners by such landmarks as the Hazard Cave and Natural Bridge at Pickett State Park and John Muir Overlook, Maude’s Crack, Charit Creek Lodge, Slave Falls, Twin Arches, and Gobbler’s Knob in Big South Fork.

This year the race has gone cupless meaning that the runners will provide their own re-usable cups and water bottles rather than disposable cups. 

Date: May 1, 2021
Start/Finish: Pickett State Park Rec Lodge
Start Time: 6:00am Central Time
Final Cutoff: 8:00pm Central Time (14 hour time limit for all racers)
After Party: starts as soon as first racer crosses the finish line!

The BSFARC team will be out in full force covering seven aid stations this year. We can use an additional hiker for Station Camp Long Branch Trail aid stations. This year Austin K5QF will shadow their race director (Beth Meadows) so that we will be in touch at all times. Stand-by volunteers are also needed for possible last minute deployment or for monitoring the frequency for any remote support.

The race map will be updated when new information is provided. It is noted since the race begins and ends at Pickett that all times are in Central time. 

Some minor changes this year include early runners will start at 04:00am to hopefully avoid the 8:00pm cut off. No change in aid station operating times. The times listed on the race map are when comm should be set-up and operational.