A festival like endurance event that has teams and individuals competing on May 21-22, 2016 for 6, 12 and 24 hours through the wooded trails of Montreat College's White Oak Estate nestled in Black Mountain, NC.
This is a CERTIFIED 5k (3.1 mile) course that is a combination of wide grassy trails, narrow and wide wooded single track, asphalt (.5 miles), 2 fields, 3 wooden bridge crossings and an occasional dirt road. It is very dynamic and fun course. The path is firm, flat ground in most sections with roots covering much of the wooded single track. Most of the course is flat with soft rolling hills. There are two distinct uphill climbs (dist road and wide wooded trail) and one distinct downhill (pavement). It is identical to last year’s course.
AID STATIONS AND SUPPORT: There are two aid stations. One is located in tent city next to the starting/finishing line. The second one is located in the middle of the course – approximately 1.6 miles in. Additionally, the course runs around ‘tent city’- a large beautiful field where there is plenty of room for everyone to camp out right next to the course. This is right next to the start/finish line. So if you have friends or want to being an additional aid station for yourself it is very convenient. We just ask that you do not keep your cars down on the field, but you are welcome to drive down and drop off all of your gear the day before or the morning of the event.
There are several restrooms near tent city. Additionally there will be two port-a-Johns on the course. One will be at the second aid station approximately half way through the course and the other will be along the course at base camp.
SHOWERS: You will have access to a shower house that is on site. The building is approximately 20 yards from tent city. **THIS BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS DURING THE 2016 RACE, other bathroom arrangements have been made.
CAMPING is FREE: If you are interested in camping the field (‘tent city’) will officially be open on Friday, May 13 at 4:00pm for you to set up and even scout out the course.
When registering for your respective event (6hr, 12hr, 24hr), you'll be asked if you are participating as part of a team. I will leave it up to you all to form and name teams. If you are part of a team, you will be asked what the team name is. **There are no additional fees to be part of a team, and I can add you to a team after registration if desired**
Any runner registered in any event can be a part of a team for that particular event. Individual distances will still be recorded. Each team will receive a 'score' at the end of the event, which will be determined by dividing the cumulative mileage of the team by the number of runners, i.e. an average distance per runner.
There will be a special award for the team winning each event.
There will be no transfer of entry fees or refunds given after March 1, 2016. After that time, the Luis Escobar refund policy will be in place. He says it best:
“Finally – please remember that there will be NO refunds – NO transfers – NO exceptions. Do not ask for a refund or a transfer to another date or event – the answer is a polite, no. There will be no refunds even if your cat ate your homework or your dog ate your cat or your grandmother ran over your dog or your grandfather ran over your grandmother or you can’t find a babysitter or your girlfriend is cheating on you or you are cheating on your girlfriend or you get shot in the head during an unfortunate piñata incident, of if you become injured or if you don’t have time to train or if you contract poison oak, syphilis, herpes simplex, chapped lips, the heart break of psoriasis or any other communicable decease or you get bit by a lizard, you have a hangover or you got shot in the neck with a poison dart or your trailer gets destroyed by a tornado or you get deported or your daughter gets married, or any other reason – your registration will not, under any circumstances, no way, no how, ain’t gonna happen, be refunded. Comprende? Don’t like that idea? Don’t register.”
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