I’m happy to announce that the PALM100 Ultra’s will be back for its 6th running. The new date for the race will be, March 1st 2014. Hopefully the weather isn't as hot, at this time of year.
Local time: 6:41 AM
Mike Melton has agreed to help produce the race along with myself ( Scott Richards )
There are a lot of changes for this year, and plans are still in the works as to the exact start & finish line, but the City of Deerfield Beach has given us the tentative ‘OK’ to proceed with the race. The course will be centered around the Deerfield Pier area of the beach. ( Google….200 NE 21st Ave, Deerfield Beach 33441 )
Plans are to keep the same 3 races; the 100 mile team relay, the 100K individual race, the 50K individual race, and add 2 new races to attract more people to the event. The 2 new races would be a two person 50K relay event, with two runners and one bicycle, and a 30 or 32K individual race.
The 100 mile team course would remain basically the same, it will just start in Deerfield Beach and run south to Ft Lauderdale, then up to Palm Beach and back to Deerfield Beach.
The 100K & two 50K events will run from Deerfield Beach to the Boynton Inlet and back, with the 100K doing 2 loops. The 32K individual race will run from Deerfield Beach to Anchor Park in Delray and back to Deerfield Beach!
An additional change I’m working on is having a restaurant partner, to provide meals after the race to all runners on their outdoor patio that faces the beach and possible finish line. Your pull tag on your bib will entitle you to a selection off a short menu created for the race, a drink ( non alcoholic ) and the tip! Additional items would be available for purchase and additional family members would just pay their way. This change is necessary because of restriction on cooking at the beach, and the hoops necessary to jump thru to have a grill to cook burgers would add $$$ to the registration price. Its much easier to have a restaurant located right in front of the finish line do all that work, and we just focus on the race and sipping cold beer or margaritas after the race on the beach watching fellow runners finish!
The one thing that might screw up finishing “on” the beach, is March 1st is the 1st day of turtle season, and those damn turtles have the whole beach reserved until October 31st. I’m seeking permission from the powers to be, to put the finish line on the beach…we’ll see!
All of the races will be starting between 6am & 7:30am. We’re planning a 15 minute stagier between races, to break up the groups. This means runners in the 50K events will be finishing around noon, so the thought of having an “After Party” with everyone is slim, as the 100 event runners won’t be done for another 6-8 hours. However we’re going to encourage everyone to bring a beach chair and make a beach day of it, hanging out with your fellow runners as long as your schedule allows. Showers are available at the beach at several spots close to where we are looking at being, and restrooms at the beach have just been remodeled and are plentiful in that area. Parking is available at a parking garage 2 blocks away for $10 for 24 hours.
Hotels in the area are pricey since we’re still ‘in’ season, the Wyndham is at $289 a night. I have several room booked at a LaQuinta 3 miles away @$ 120 a night if anyone is interested.
That’s a lot of info for now, If you can help us spread the word about the race, and the new date, it would be appreciated!