3rd Annual Hotshot Half Marathon has formally been cancelled


     After discussing the impacts of what the impending storm is sure to bring on Friday and Saturday, the Tahoe Hotshots have regretfully decided to cancel the 2017 Hotshot Half.  The storm is going to bring 3-5" of rain combined with 40-60 mph winds. We cannot stomach putting hundreds of people on the Bullards Bar Trail system and feel good about their safety. Even though most of us love running through mud and rain, from a liability standpoint we have to do whatever it takes to keep people safe. This decision was not made lightly and was incredibly difficult to make. Cancelling a race we committed to holding is leaving us feeling defeated. We apologize for all of the inconveniences this is causing. We recognize people are coming from out of town and have to cancel reservations and even flights. But please know the efforts that you are now having to re-route are exactly what make this weekend so special for us.

    To the runners who have ran every year to the first timers that signed up, it is incredibly disheartening to not be able to see you all this weekend. The Hotshot Half, in honor of Mike Kelly, is more than a race...it's an event. People come from far and wide to support the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, the local Volunteer Dept's, the Tahoe Hotshots,  and the Kelly family. From the effort of the volunteers to the spirit of the runners and the laughs coming from the campgrounds late into the night, the Hotshot Half has truly been a special time of year at Bullards Bar. The Tahoe Hotshots want to thank all of the supporters, runners, volunteers, sponsors and firefighters for the continued support of the event and we look forward to hosting again in the future.

There will be no rescheduling of the event for this year. Fire season is too close and the crew has too much work to do in order to prepare for the upcoming season.

As far as refunds go, we are ironing out details with RunSignUp but runners can expect a close to full-refund in the next couple of days. Some have already inquired about donating their refund to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and that is totally up to you. We will refund all the money and you can choose to do what you want after that.


Again, thank you and we look forward to seeing you all in the future.


The Tahoe Hotshots

Welcome Back!!!!!

BIB PICK-UP On Friday, April 7th at the start/finish line, early BIB pick-up will be available starting at 2:30 and ending around dusk. If you are heading to the campgrounds on Friday we STRONGLY recommend picking your BIB up the day before the race to beat the lines on race day.

If you cannot pick your BIB up on Friday, theRegistration tables will be opening up at 7:00 am on Race Day!

The start/finish line is the same as last year, at the Tahoe Hotshot Work Center on Vista Pt Road. When putting the BIB on, please place on the front of your body in a spot easy to see for volunteers and Course Marshalls (i.e. your chest or front thighs). 

The Course The trail is predominantly single track! With right around 220 runners registered and many competing to win, our goal is to avoid a bottleneck in the first mile. If you are competing to win, start near the front of the pack, and if you are running to finish, allow these runners a berth to get out fast and establish good position before the course transitions into the Bullards Trail, which is 95% single track and passing is more of a challenge.
Due to the loss of cell phone and GPS service along the trail, obtaining an accurate distance has been a challenge. The distances have ranged from 12 miles to 14.5 miles. The general message is to be flexible and pace yourself for a 14.5 mile run.  We apologize for any inconveniences.
Again, it may be common sense but we need to address it for runner safety and trail etiquette. If you are passing a runner, say "on your left" and please allow a foot of space for this runner to pass. The inner competitor in some people wants to "hip-check" this person off the trail, but come on, with no cash prize that would be super lame!!

Bag Drop: There will be a designated area for drop bags to be left during the race. It will be right next to the start line and will be supervised. 

T-Shirts! Pre-ordered T-shirts were on sale on the runsignup race page but closed Apr 1st. We will have a limited supply of T-shirts on race day.  

The first 350 registered runners will receive a Race Mug with a 2017 Hotshot Half race logo printed on it.

Supporting the Runners! We know a lot of runners are bringing friends and family to come support. There are 3 aid stations, not including the start/finish line, where people can come watch and support.

  1. The Dark Day Day Use parking lot is Aid Station 1. If coming from the start/finish line drive east on Marysville Rd to Dark Day and turn Left. Pass the kiosk drive downhill until you see the Dark Day Day Use sign and make another Left. Here you will find Rebel Ridge Organics hosting aid station #1. If you go straight here you will run into the boat ramp, another good spot to cheer the runners on. There will be a couple Forest Service Fire Engines parked here so you won't have to look too hard.
  2. Aid Station 2 will be located at the 7 ball/8 ball trail intersection. Located about 1 mile east of the Dark Day turn on Marysville Rd, you will see Aid Station 2 signs at the drive ways that you can turn onto. Here you will find the Camptonville and North San Juan Fire Department Volunteers set-up. Again, you are more than welcome to join them, aid runners, or just hang out and listen to music!
  3. Aid Station 3 is located at the Schoolhouse Campground. Simply turn into the Campground off of Marysville Rd and you will run right into the festivities!! Forest Service employees and the Tahoe Hotshots' wives and girlfriends will be hosting this Aid Station.
  4. The top of Dark Day Rd where the 8 ball trail crosses is a great spot with easy access to watch runners come by. There will be two North San Juan Trucks here blocking traffic. There is no Aid Station at this location but a great spot to cheer on charging runners! The Dark Day Boat Ramp is another location which is easy to access and a good spot to watch participants cruise by!


 Bathrooms! Always an area of concern for runners before a race. There are two Forest Service restrooms on Vista Point Rd on the left hand side. At the Hotshot Workcenter we are providing 10 portable restrooms. Close to the Dark Day day-use parking lot there will be two Forest Service restrooms and two more at the Dark Day boat ramp. We will place 1 portable restroom at the 7 ball/8 ball Aid Station and the final two will be at the Schoolhouse campground.

 Camping! For those who are coming from far away or who want to make a weekend of it. As mentioned in the accommodations page of the website, there are hotels available in town. However, the Schoolhouse and Hornswoggle Campgrounds will be available exclusively to interested parties affiliated with the Hotshot Half, free of charge. First Come, First Serve.  At the main campground in Hornswoggle there will be horse shoes, corn-hole boards (feel free to bring your own set-up as well), and lights set-up for a night of hanging out and fun! Supply your own food or plan on eating at Burgee Daves in Camptonville!

Parking There is a fair amount of parking on either side of Vista Pt road. Please park perpendicular to the road and not parallel in effort to accommodate as many people as possible. We will have volunteers helping coordinate the parking. There will be an overflow lot on the other side of Marysville Rd. Signs will be posted.

Water Bottles In effort to reduce the amount of trash (paper cups, plastic bottles, cans, etc) and be as eco-friendly as possible please consider running with a hand-held water bottle. They are easy to refill at aid stations and at the finish line when you are hanging out after the race. We will have plenty of igloo coolers filled with water and electrolyte drinks. For those not running with hand-held bottles we will supply paper cups at Aid Stations and the finish line