Out with the old and in with the new! But before saying good-bye to 2018 and welcoming in 2019, join us for one last long run of the year - The Run Your Past Off 6-Hour Ultra! Just like the end of the year and the dawn of new beginnings, you will start your run as the sun sets and run on into the night. Only you know how the story ends.
Not sure a 6-Hour Ultra is for you? No worries! New this year, we are offering a 3-Hour option. Half the distance, but still all the fun!
Both the 3- Hour and 6-Hour events start at 4 p.m., December 31. Depending on your event, you will have either three or six hours to complete as many loops as you can before the course closes. With a 7p.m. or 10 p.m. finish, you'll have plenty of time to get where you need to go to usher in the new year.
How It Works
This is a timed event. Runners are expected to cover as many miles on our 4-mile loop as they can within their designated event times: 6-Hour participants from 4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and 3-Hour participants from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. After 8:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., respectively, runners will be directed to a smaller 1.5-mile loop for the remainder of their events, allowing them to accumulate as many miles as possible before course closure. No partial loops will be calculated into the final results.
This is a Night Run!
Except for the first 45 minutes, this race will be run in the dark. Unless you have unusually adept night vision (not likely), headlamps and/or flashlights will be REQUIRED to run this event.
The event will start and finish inside the upper pavilion near the tower at High Cliff State Park, where we will have a fire going in the fireplace to warm your tootsies between loops.
The course consists of a marked 4-mile loop, which will return you back to the pavilion after each circuit so you can warm up, access your "drop bag," and log your loop. The loop consists of primarily wooded double-track and prairie, with a small portion of pavement and rock quarry. The shorter 1.5-mile loop is on wooded double-track.
We will have an aid station at the start/finish pavilion, where we will have hot soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, and other more typical ultrarunner foods and drinks available. If you have special dietary needs or just something you cannot live without, you are invited to bring your own bag or cooler and "drop" it in the pavilion for access during the event.
Online registration will open October 1, 2018, and will remain open until December 30, 2018, at 4 p.m. Day-of registration will only be available at the event if there are spots available. Registration cost increases on November 1, 2018, and again on December 31, 2018, if you register day-of. So, to get the best prices of the year, sign up in October! There are no guarantees for swag for participants who register after December 6.
Speaking of swag....all participants who register BEFORE December 6, 2018 are guaranteed a fleece beanie and a custom finisher cup. There are no guarantees for swag for participants who register after December 6.
Please note....A state park pass is required to enter Wisconsin State Parks, and this one is no exception. Purchase and fee information can be found here at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/admission.html. If you do not have a 2018 park pass, you may purchase a 2019 park pass starting December 1, 2018. There is also a Self-Pay Station at the park entrance, if you prefer a day pass.
Awards will be given as follows:
- First Overall Male - 6-Hour Ultra
- First Overall Female - 6-Hour Ultra
- First Overall Male - 3-Hour Event
- First Overall Female - 3-Hour Event
Sorry, there are no age group awards.
In the Event of...Weather Information
Our 2017 event, our inaugural year, had wind chills down to 25 below zero at the end of our event. And, no, we're not kidding! It surprised us, too. While Wisconsin winters can be cold, that was a bit extreme, even for us. So, our first thought is, it couldn't get worse, right? Well, we suppose it could. In the event of extreme weather - either in the form of even more ridiculously cold temperatures, or insurmountable snow (i.e., we cannot get plowed out in time), we do reserve the right to cancel this event. If we do have to make the sad call to cancel, we will do so by 12 noon, December 31, and post that information on Facebook. In the event of cancellation, we will do our best to plan a make-up date. Failing that, we apologize in advance, but no refunds will be available.
In the rare event that you sign up for one event but then decide to do the other, you may switch events before the race begins on race day at our registration table. Runners looking to drop from the 6-Hour to the 3-Hour may do so, but will NOT receive a refund for the price difference. Runners looking to go from the 3-Hour event to the 6-Hour may do so by paying the difference between the 3-Hour cost and the 6-Hour. No event swapping will be allowed after the event starts. So, if you get two hours and 59 minutes into your 6-Hour event and decide to be done, your mileage will still count for the 6-Hour event.
Sorry, but no refunds will be given for any reason, including, but not limited to: injury, illness, travel difficulties, you got a better offer for New Year's Eve, weather malfunctions, or acts of God. But, really, we expect that if you are signing up for a 3-Hour or 6-Hour trail run, at night, in winter, in Wisconsin, then you really, really want to do it. Right?
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