Updated: August 26, 2020 - In response to the current COVID-19 situation. At this time, we still have the thumbs up from the Equestrian Center, USATF, and MCM Timing/Results to hold the race over Labor Day weekend. We as race directors, volunteers, officials, employees, facility directors, etc. are making every effort to ensure that this will be a safe event for those participating and those responsible for working the event. Our goals include: providing clear and up front communication, making sure that runners are aware that they need to wear a mask/buff at the start/finish line and aid station area, and taking the additional steps:
We are doing staggered start times for all races/distances, starting with the 15 mile runners at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5. We will have 3 runners starting every 1 minute (follow-up email will be sent out to all registered runners the week of the race with your scheduled time along with a comprehensive and detailed Runners Information packet), and total entry limit will be set at 125 participants. All registered participants will have a scheduled time to pick up their packets on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday morning starting at 5:00 a.m. (scheduled will be emailed week of the race). We will be practicing social distancing, wearing masks (each runner will receive a Wildcat buff which can be used as a face mask) and making sure that the entire aid station area is sanitized, clean, and safe for participants and staff. For example, at the aid station, we will have individual serving sizes for each item sealed in ziplock plastic bags.
As always, we will be continuing to add to this section, sending out follow-up emails, posting on social media, and lastly, welcoming any and all emails, text messages, and Facebook messages with questions.
The Escambia County Equestrian Center, a 178-acre park will be the venue for the 7th Annual Wildcat Ultramarathon. Register by August 1st to receive custom bib number with your name printed on it, and guaranteed shirt size. This race will be a USATF sanctioned and insured event (ID Number 20-14-092). The Wildcat Ultras are the perfect "First" 100 mile or 100k run. The course will consist of a 2.5 mile loop that is comprised of mostly grass and dirt. The elevation gain/loss is very minimal. This 5k course (2.5 mile section) has been used to host the FHSAA Cross Country 2A District and Regional Championships, Gulf Coast Stampede, and Esca-Rosa Panhandle Championships. Please check your email the last week of August and make sure you go through the runner's packet as there will be important details listed in there that may not appear elsewhere.
Traveling from East to West on I-10...
Take the US-90 Alt exit, EXIT 5
Turn LEFT onto US-90 Alt W/Fl-10/W Nine Mile Road (2.9 miles)
Turn LEFT onto Beulah Road (1.2 miles)
Turn LEFT onto Mobile Hwy/US-90E (0.60 miles)
Equestrian Center is located on your LEFT at 7750 Mobile Hwy.
The time cutoff for the 100 mile is 40 hours = 24:00 min/mile pace.
The time cutoff for the 100k is 40 hours = 38:37 min/mile pace.
The time cutoff for the 50k is 20 hours = 38:37 min/mile pace.
THERE IS NO OFFICIAL TIME CUTOFF FOR THE 15 MILER, BUT PLEASE FINISH BY MIDNIGHT SUNDAY :)
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE RESERVATION FOR YOUR RV SPOT -- PLEASE CONTACT THE FACILITY DIRECTOR -- PAMELA MAULDWIN AT PKMAULDWIN@MYESCAMBIA.COM
The Equestrian Center has RV parking, and the cost is $20.07 per day (includes tax, water, and electrical hookups). We have raised the price this year as we will be renting out the arena section of Center. With this rented out, runners are FREE to camp - or set up - under the roof. **If you decide to plug into a wall outlet, you will be charged an RV fee.** Showers are also available on-site on the south end of the arena, please bring your own toiletries and towels.
We will provide chip timing for all events at the 7th Annual Wildcat Ultras via MCM timing and results. We will also have 'live' runner tracking and results online throughout the weekend.
WE WOUD LIKE TO THANK OUR 2020 SPONSORS --- Tailwind Nutrition
Pacers are allowed after the halfway point of your race (15 miles for the 50k, 30 miles for the 100k and 50 miles for the 100 mile) or sunset, whichever is earlier.
There will be a fully stocked Aid Station just past the Start/Finish line of the loop at the concession stand. Water and Tailwind Nutrition products will be available as well as the standard ultra food items such as chips, pretzels, pickles, grilled cheese sandwiches, PB&J, potatoes with salt, M&M's, gummy bears and other items as available. Papa John's Pizza will be ordered Saturday night for dinner too. If there is something that you must have, make sure you bring it with you.
We will provide ice for runners - water bottles, hats, buffs, etc. - we will not be providing ice for crews. If your crew or anyone else in your party needs ice there are multiple convenient stores in the area.
Packet Pick Up
Each runner will be schedule a time to pick up your packet (check your email the week of the race with the detailed schedule that includes your specific time to pick up your packet. We will start packet pick-up on Friday at 5:30pm, and on race day (Saturday) morning starting at 5:00am at the Escambia Equestrian Center. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION THIS YEAR.
We are excited to announce that Calvin Galace with 'Who is Rufio Rex' will be back again this year as our official photographer. He will be providing all runners with free pictures from the race following the conclusion of the event.
If you get off course, please return to the course at the point you left before continuing. If you choose to leave the course for an extended break please check in with a race official when you leave and upon your return. If you see any misconduct on the course please bring it to the attention of a race official in a discreet manner and we will handle accordingly. Refund Policy: Refund authority resides solely with the Race Directors. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT. You signed up for the event understanding the refund policy and we ask that you respect the race and the enormous cost of putting it on by not asking for something that is clearly stated in the manual. No transfers of race entry fee to another race, next year’s race or another runner.
All 100 mile finishers will receive a belt buckle. 100k finishers will receive a pint glass, and 50k runners will receive a medallion. 15 Mile finishers awards to be determined.
Local time: 12:26 PM