The race is great for first time trail and ultra runners, pavement pounders and PRs! The out-and-back course is set on rolling Forest Service Roads .
The run starts at Camp Ouachita Girl Scout Camp in the Ouachita National Forest. There are restrooms onsite and showers at the campground nearby we have paid for your use. So plan to stick around for the after-party. This year, we're serving breakfast just like the old days. But we'll still have the regular goods and super cold watermelon for sure!
Bring your running family and friends. Spectators are welcome and will probably be recruited to volunteer! (See our volunteer page for opportunites). Please carpool if you can! Parking is limited to the west side of Highway 324. NO PARKING ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE ROAD. (The side closest to the camp is off limits.) NO EXCEPTIONS. The Forest Service is very serious about this and will ticket and/or tow your vehicle. Follow parking directors as you pull in. There is no fee for parking unless you decid to park on the wrong side of the road - the ticket is $240.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the part??y and for the run. They'll need to wear something reflective and probably be able to run with you off leash (leash in the dark is a tripping hazard for inbound runners). Email the race director for more information.
Starting in 2014, the 50K starts @ 7:00 p.m. for all runners. Trail briefing, and AURA announcements, etc. @ 6:45 p.m.
The 25K still starts @ 8:00 p.m. with trial briefing at 7:45 p.m. ?
Packet pick up starts at 6 p.m. If you arrive earlier than 6 p.m., be cool and wait for us to get set up before asking for your packet. AKA, come back at 6 p.m. It seriously doesn't take 45 minutes to pin on a number and chip timing tag.
HAM radio operators keep up with runners for their safety and for race operation at the staffed aid stations and start/finish. This race is long, dark and packed with people. Please don't harrass radio about the location of all your friends every 15 minutes. And never look Net Control in the eye!??
The course is marked with flour & glow sticks with extra of both at the three turns. If you make more than 3 turns, you might be running a different race. Yes, the 25K is a bit long (half a mile), but the 50K is the correct distance.
We have two staffed and stocked aid stations at approx. miles 7.5 & 15.5. There are also two water-on-the-side-of-the-road aid stations at approx. miles 3 & 11. You'll need to bring a water bottle; there are no cups at the water-only aid stations, just 5 gallon water canisters. Please do not pour this on your body - it goes IN the body only!
Expect heat, humidity & darkness. Bring a headlamp, salt and a 20 oz + water bottle. ??Bug Spray -- Good idea!
The cutoffs for 50K runners are still the same: 25K T/A aid station cutoff is 10:15 pm. If 50Kers don't meet the cutoff, they become 25Kers, no exceptions without race director's pre-approval.
If you would like more miles, you are welcome to turnaround again at the finish after signing out. 50Kers arriving at the 50K T/A aid station after Midnight will be required to wait for the sag wagon. Once the sag wagon departs, anyone encountered still heading out will be transported back to 25K T/A aid station or finish as determined by sag crew.Any runners not exited the 25K T/A aid station by 2:15 a.m. will be transported to finish by sag wagon. Aid station workers are not sag crew or transporters. You may have to wait up to two hours to get a ride back to the finish. All runners must finish by 4 a.m. or they will be picked up by course sweeper. Please do not show up between 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. and start running. If you cannot complete the 50K course in 9 hours, please run the 25K and try again next year. ?Starting before 7 p.m. increases the likelihood of getting lost and taking longer than 9 hours to find you!
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