All vehicles must vacate the church parking lot by Sunday, May 25 at 7:30am.
150 milers: Be ready to walk out to your start at 5:50am. I will lead you.
150 and 100 mile runners: You may come on Thursday or Friday to pick up your race bag. There will not
be a designated table for this. Just ask one of the volunteers and when they have a chance, they will go
get it. You still must check in race morning to let us know you started.
All runners: Please let me know by Wednesday no later than 3pm if you are planning on switching to
a shorter distance. I don’t want my volunteers to have to deal with it race morning. Remember, if you
start 200 miles, you will DNF if you don’t finish 200. No credit for 150 miles if you run 190.
All runners: If you are dropping, please seek out a volunteer at the start/finish and tell them your
bib number and that you are dropping. Please save me the headache of trying to contact you later. I hope nothing goes so wrong that you have to. If you go take a rest for a prolonged period of time, please let the timer know at the start/finish area when you return and start another loop.
Pacers may eat the aid station food except for gels and pizza. Those are expensive and I can’t
afford to feed everyone.
One vehicle per runner in the main parking lot at the trailhead. If you have more than one vehicle
in your group of family, friends, crew, or pacers, please have them park at the overflow parking. There
will be runners who are doing this all solo, and I would like to give them the opportunity to park as close
to the trailhead as possible. Space will not be a problem I expect for Thursday and Friday. This is more of
an issue for the weekend. And, remember, please make sure all vehicles are out of the church parking
lot by 7:30am SUNDAY. Please park snug so that we can fit as many cars in as possible.
Please be quiet at night. I received an email from a lady whose house is right on the trail and wants to
make sure that she will not be awakened by loud runners. She said we have done well in the past. I expect she is not the only one who is
concerned about this. Being loud and causing dogs to bark can be annoying for the owners. I know that there are a few dogs who bark all night no matter what and we have no control over that. Please remember that the trail goes through residential areas in spots.
You will see the homes during the day when you run by them. Quiet time is from 9pm to 7am.
Please respect this. There will be one area in particular where I will be posting signs that you need to be especially quiet
where we had complaints the first year.
There is on spot about halfway where there are a couple dogs that live in a house that is next to the trail. They
have come out on the trail and bark but they are pretty timid and will run away if you shoo them away.
Just use your common sense and be on the lookout. There are two other areas with barking dogs
but they are fenced in but can scare the bejeebers out of you if you are not expecting it. One is just before
3 miles (clockwise) when you turn a corner to get away
from the road. The other is about 7 miles (clockwise) but they are across the road. There might be
barking dogs just after 6 miles when you turn a corner to start running along the road again. Last year, one runner was chased by a dog but not bitten. He thinks the dog belonged to some guys who were working on a house and not the actual residents. Also, last year, there were a couple of adult geese defending their young and one runner got nipped on the back.
Finally, we need to talk about safety. If you encounter a person on a horse, please let them know you
are coming. Say hello. SLOW TO A WALK AND GIVE THE HORSE PLENTY OF ROOM.
Please don’t run by them. The last thing I want is for a rider to be bucked off.
Also, I have been meeting with the local fire department and developing an emergency plan.
They think we are nuts and figure something bad is bound to happen with us being out there for so long.
So do me and them a favor and take care of yourself. Eat plenty, drink plenty (take salt so you don’t
become hyponatremic), slow down if you are not feeling great. Rest if needed. But get up and get going
again when you are feeling better.
They would like to have runners carry a cell phone so that if another runner is down, you could call 911.
However, I am not requiring runners to carry one. Like you, I want to carry as little as possible for 200
miles. However, if your pacer can carry a cell phone, that would be great. If they put it on airplane
mode, their battery will last longer. There are 2 stretches of about 1.5 to 1.75 miles that are not right
next to a road. If you don’t have a cell phone on you and encounter a runner down, please run to the
nearest road and flag a car down (might not work well at night) or run to a nearby house and ask them
to call 911. I expect that since we are switching directions each loop, we’ll run into other runners all the
time. Hopefully someone will have a cell phone. The half way aid station will be manned during the
weekend and they will have a cell phone. There are blue mile markers every half mile on the trail. If you
do talk to emergency personnel, refer to those markers since that is what the fire dept will be
referencing. There are two other mile markers on the course. Don’t refer to those. The blue mile
markers are thin plastic strips planted in the ground and are about 3 feet tall. They are placed in the
clockwise direction every half mile. I plan on riding my bike around at some times during the race and
checking into everyone.
Make sure you are courteous to all the volunteers. I know we can all have bad races, but they are only
there to help. When you have the energy, smile and thank them!