The 2017 Drop Zone events will be fat ass. Fluids provided. Aid station food if participants bring it. No shirts. No awards. No fee. Click on the information icon and go to the event site before signing up.
"Come with no expectations and you will not be disappointed."
If you are afraid of the dark, running alone, need lots of spectators, and just generally not self-sufficient, read no more. Go somewhere else. Or run the half marathon and finish before dark. But, if you're up for a night of running under an open sky, then this is your place. On a cloudy night, it will be the blackest place above ground within 100 miles. On a clear night, you will be astounded at the stars. Both in number and brightness there is no better place in central North Carolina to see them. But the moon should make for a really bright night. It will be almost full and not set until after mid-night. Sunset will be 5:14 p.m.
A wheel measured loop that is not certified and not a Boston qualifier. It's all dirt, sand, and pine straw and has no lights, houses, buildings or traffic. Just runners. About half of it is in the middle of the Oran Drop Zone near Hoffman. It's not hilly but does have some moderate inclines and some areas of soft sand. Marathoners will do 10 loops for a distance just shy of 27 miles and half marathoners will do 5 loops to finish. Course marking will be bright flagging and glow lights.
Local time: 4:28 AM