WHAT: Fat-ass ultra that skirts the edges of Lake Pontchartrain. The full lap is about 140 miles. Partial LaP options: 50mi, 100k, & 100mi.
WHEN: When it's really hot and really humid.
WHERE: Follow mostly paved roads in counter-clockwise direction around Lake Pontchartrain beginning at Mandeville Trail Head.
DRIVER: Each runner required to have minimum crew of one driver.
CHECK POINTS: There will be five checkpoints along the route that runners must obtain evidence of their presence and provide at finish.
--25.0 Railroad Tracks (22/51)
--56.5 Upper Guide Levee Rd (Parking Lot)
--78.5 Mid City Yatch Club
--99.5 Venetian Isles (Fort Macomb) Sign
--118 Railroad tracks (Front-Hwy11/Pontchatrain Dr-473)
AID/DROP BAGS: NO
CUTOFF: Runner's discretion.
FEE: Optional donation for WHEEL's TO SUCCEED.
COURSE: The following map is a SUGGESTED ROUTE. It's probably the easiest course to coordinate exchanges b/w runner and driver. As long as the runner makes the required checkpoints, ANY ROUTE is game. Runner responsible for any unforeseen consequences of chosen routes.
TIME: If there are enough finishers, times will be posted on UltraSignup.com
If you spent the summer training, join us at 6PM Friday evening on Oct 5 when we leave from the Mandeville Trailhead (675 Lafitte St, 70448). You decide how far your training will take you. Its 50 miles to Frenier (just north of LaPlace);100K to Norco; 100 miles to the eastern side of New Orleans; and 140 miles for a complete loop around Lake Ponchartrain (if you are ready for that kind of excitement).
Let me say up front, this is NOT a Rock and Roll event. So if you need bands, cheer leaders, and the promise of another obnoxious piece of metal on a brigthly colored ribbon wating for you at the finish, this is NOT the race for you.
But, if the prospect of testing your physical and mental limits by running thru the night so that you can watch the sun rise as you finish your run appeals to you, join us for either 50 miles or 100K. And if you are looking for some real excitement, and the prospect of running thru two nights without sleep and seeing the sun rise twice during the same run, then join us for the 100 mile or the 140 miler. Where ever your training takes you...
Be mindful, this is a fat ass event. So expect no costly entry fees, minimal support on the course, and nothing waiting for you at the finish other than a slap on the back, a cold beer, and the satisfaction of having had the opportunity to run to your little hearts content.