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. The Sun will set at 5:13 p.m. and the Moon will be only 2 days past the new Moon and set at 7:41 p.m. We have the potential to have the darkest race night we've ever had, so we should have a spectacular starry night!
The 2019 Drop Zone events are fat ass. Registration will absolutely close Friday, December 27 at 11:59 p.m. or earlier if the 50 participant limit is reached. There will be no registration at the event. If you want to be included you must register online at UltraSignup before the deadline. Fluids provided. No food provided by the race director. Bring your own food and put it on the aid table to share with everyone. No shirts. No awards. No fee. Nobody to hold your hand.
And no dogs! This is Gamelands. There are coyotes, foxes and country dogs here. You don't want to lose your dog or have him get into a problem here.
Location and Course
There are two locations we use for this event. Both are very near Hoffman, N.C. Which one we use will depend on weather and road conditions the week of the event. I will contact each participant a few days before the race with the location. Make sure you use a good email to register, because that;s the way I will be contacting you.
The course is very similar in both locations. The bad weather course just has a bit of pavement on each loop. Other than a bit of pavement you should expect dirt, sand, pine straw, and more sand. The course is a wheel measured loop that is not certified, not sanctioned and not a Boston qualifier. The start line and finish line will be the same. I will be sure to measure the loop and calculate enough laps so that your distance will not be short. The number of loops you have to run will depend on which location we use and which event you are running but the loops are short enough that the one aid station will be enough. You will also run by your car every loop so it is easy to leave essentials in your vehicle. Course marking will be bright flagging and glow lights.
I can only tell you that this event will be timed and results posted. It is a fat ass and not certified. If I cannot get someone to time the event, I will have a clipboard on a table so you can record each of your laps.
Local time: 7:06 PM