How to get to Green River:

You can fly into Rock Springs airport (RKS), east of Rock Springs, via connections from Denver or Salt Lake City. Contact the Chamber for more information (307-875-5711).  The drive from this airport is approximately 25 minutes on I-80 West. You can rent a car from the Rock Springs airport. Most runners fly into Salt Lake International and drive the 175 miles east to Green River. The trip is all on I-80 exit to exit. Green River Exits #89 west or exit #91 east end. It takes approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. Speed limit is 75 mph. This gives you a chance to see some beautiful and varied scenery. From the Wasatch Mountains of UT and the Olympic Venues in Park City, UT to the high plains desert of WY. You can also fly into Denver and drive north on I-25 and west on I-80. The drive takes about 5 hours.

The Area/Town:
Green River is a small town of approximately 12,500 people. It began as a Union Pacific train stop on the famous Transcontinental Railroad. People are still employed by UP and the various Trona mines west of town. Trona is bicarbonate of soda or Soda Ash mined underground and used to make glass, detergent, toothpaste, and Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, among other items.

A listing of the motels in the area are available on the Chamber website. There is no motel in town more than 2 miles from the start of the race. The Marathon Host Hotel, The Hampton Inn & Suites is located on the west end of town, just off of the I-80 exit #89 which is also near mile 2 of the race course on Wild Horse Canyon Road. Contact them at 307-875-5300. Just off of I-80 exit #89 also is the Oak Tree Inn off of Flaming Gorge Way. The Super 8, Coachman Inn, Mustang Motel and Flaming Gorge Motel are also on Flaming Gorge Way. On the other side of the River is the Little Bear Motel. There are many restaurants in town for you to enjoy. The Chamber can provide you with that info. Expedition Island is so named because of the 2 expeditions of the Colorado River System which began here and were headed by John Wesley Powell the one-armed explorer after the end of the Civil War.  A beautiful place to visit is the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area south of town. This is a reservoir 99 miles long and a mile wide located in both WY and UT. You can rent a boat 20 miles south of town at Buckboard Marina, or go fishing on the river and Gorge for trout and Kokanee salmon. Horseback riding is also available in the Ashley National Forest and maybe see some Bighorn Sheep, visit the Red Canyon Overlook and have a great meal at Red Canyon Lodge. Plan your vacation to go along with the race. The Chamber can give you more details and ideas.

Weather:

The morning of the race can be rather cool, remember this is a high plains desert. Cool in the morning (30’s and 40’s) and warm at the finish, especially for the runners coming in at noon or later. Temps at the finish can be in the 70’s to low 80’s. Plan for any weather, up on the plateau you could face a pretty strong headwind. Rain & lightening is not common but has happened.

Drop Bags: If you need to leave clothing at the start, please place them in your packet bags with your name and leave them at the start or at any aid station along the route. The Aid Volunteers will return them to the finish line as their station closes down. You will be able to pick up your stuff at the refreshment table at the finish line.

 

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