Summer - Aug 12th 2023

Winter - Jan 27th 2024

Beast Of Burden 100, 50, 25


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The ultra marathon course starts out on the towpath in front of Wide Water's Marina located on the south side of the canal. The course is a 25-mile "out and back" loop. 100-mile racers must complete four loops and the 50-mile participants must complete two loops. All three aid stations will be stocked with a wide variety of food and cold beverages.  We truly offer a feast at The Beast!

*Due to risks involved with this race we require all 100-mile participants to have completed at least one official 50-mile race. (This will be cross checked with Ultra SignUp's extensive database) The Starting Line: The race will start at the beginning of the towpath as shown on the map below. The first mile of the race is on a paved trail. After you cross the bridge on the North side of the canal you will be on a very racer friendly crushed cinder surface. While trail shoes aren't necessary, some find the use of gaiters helpful.


Race Rules

The Golden Rule *Note: Our goal is to provide a safe and fun race environment. To do this we have a couple of rules but, it basically all boils down to a couple of rules, lights and the middle aid station. Our most important rules refers to the middle aid station (Gasport) and it's one we're most often questioned about. Plain & simple…We don't allow any crew, support, family or friends at the Gasport aid station (there's a perfect place to meet one mile before/after this aid station – Orangeport Bridge). We have a zero tolerance for disregarding this rule and doing so may result in a DQ. We don't have this rule to make the race more challenging, we have this rule to ensure future B-o-B's and your safety. Twice a year we need to apply for a "Right of Use" Permit from The New York State Canal Corp. The Canal Corp permit department has laid out a set of rules for us, a set of rules that they do not bend or ignore. For us to get our permit each year we have to make sure that our race doesn't interfere with the day-to-day use of the towpath for other people. The Gasport aid station is located at a small parking lot on the towpath. In fact, it's one of the smallest parking lots on the canal. We setup our motorhome there so our volunteers may have access to a stove, refrigerator, power outlets, etc…etc. All of these things allow us to provide our racers with another over-the-top aid station. Our motorhome and timing mats take up over half of the parking lot. Even though we have a "Right of Use" Permit, we reserve the rest of the parking lot (OK…the other two parking spaces) for the people who choose to use the towpath as they wish. Most of them are locals who come down there to go for a walk or unload their bike. From time to time we have other volunteers showing up for a shift change or to bring needed supplies. In the past, some crew/support/family have tried to park along the roadside near the aid station. This causes more congestion and problems since it forces traffic to go around them and puts runners in a blind spot. This is why we have a zero tolerance to those who break this rule. We also suggest that you warn all family and friends that they will put your race in jeopardy should they show up here. Orangeport Road is approximately one mile before the Gasport aid station and has a much bigger parking lot. We welcome crew, support, family and friends to park here to cheer you on. So, to keep it very simple – tell everybody you know to avoid the Gasport aid station like the plague and make sure you and your pacer have your lights. Oh yeah, be sure to have a good time out there!


Q: Can my pacer meet me at the middle (Gasport) aid station?A: Did you read the rules? No. Q: Will you provide a "Drop Bag Service?"A: Yes, we will gladly take your bags to the Turn-Around for you.  Bags will be returned to the start/finish line on Sunday by noon for pick up, or you are welcome to take the short drive to the Middleport aid station to pick yours up sooner if you wish.  No, we don't take anything to the middle (Gasport) aid station for you.  All unclaimed drop bag items will be discarded on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. race cut off. Q: My pacer wants to ride their bike next to me. Is this OK?A: This is really frowned upon. Our race is constantly growing and while there are bikes out there, we're trying not to add any more. Q: Why the 10 am start?A: Because that's the way it's been, and we didn't want to change it. Q: What are the trail conditions like?A: The first mile is paved. After you cross the bridge you'll be on a very runner-friendly crushed cinder surface. Very few people ever choose to use gaiters. It's a matter of preference.