2014 will be the 7th year for the Wild Iris Mountain Run. The 5k/10k run is an out-and-back race that starts from the climbers’ parking lot at Wild Iris on Limestone Mountain. It immediately climbs north on FR327 past the radio towers and then takes a steady descent to the turnaround at the halfway point. The rolling descent is beautifully framed by the Wind River Mountains to the west and Red Canyon to the east. The first of two aid stations will be at mile 1.5 (this is the 5k turnaround); this aid station will also be stocked for the return. The second aid station will be at the 10k turnaround. Aid stations will be stocked with water and sports drink.
The 21k course follows the 10k route to its turnaround, then does a technical and “elevation intensive” 11k loop (includes one aid station). From here, runners rejoin the 10k course for the 1000′ climb back up to the finish. This is an exceedingly hard race.
To reach the Wild Iris climbers’ parking lot, drive east out of Lander on Main Street. After about 24 miles (near milepost 53), take a right on the dirt Limestone Mountain Road. Take this road for 1.3 miles to a fork. To reach parking for the race, take the right fork, switchback up the hill, and park on the left as you crest the ridge (0.8 miles past the fork). There will be a porta-john and one USFS bathroom for your use. Please give yourself at least 30 minutes to drive from Lander to the Wild Iris climbers’ parking lot.