Overall Jackpot Ultra Running Festival Description
Bet Big, Run Long. Produced by Beyond Limits Running, the 7th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival takes place on Presidents' Weekend 2020 (February 14-16) at one of Southern Nevada's newest and largest amenity-filled park.
Located minutes from the Las Vegas strip and just 10 miles from Las Vegas Airport, the $16 million, 100 acre Cornerstone Park is nestled among desert landscape and is anchored by a 31 acre bird sanctuary lake. The lake is surrounded by a massive grass area, entertainment plaza, individual picnic pavilions with lake views, walking/running trails, volleyball and basketball courts, restrooms, BBQ's and over 600 parking spots. Importantly, let's not forget all the wildlife runners get to enjoy as they race around the course. The regular USATF certified Jackpot course consists of a 2.5 mile loop with 80 feet of gentle elevation ascend/descend per loop (4,000 feet for the 100 mile race). At an elevation of 1,900 feet and average mid-February high/low temperature of 61/45, the Jackpot course is extremely fast. Running on a course that is 45% groomed crushed gravel trails, 45% wide asphalt paths, 5% grass and just 5% bridge and concrete surfaces, the course is well suited for veteran runners wanting to PR, and with a 31 hour time limit, it is perfect for first time ultra runners. The RFID chip timed race starts at the entertainment plaza and makes a horseshoe type loop around the lake with lots of social runner interactions. Runners will be treated to two small picturesque bridge crossings every loop. As illustrated in past results, the Jackpot course has become one of the fastest looped courses in the Southwest.
As with other Beyond Limits Running races, the aid station will be heavily stocked to take care of runners' nutritional needs and will serve a variety of hot meals throughout the entire event. Awards and runner bling will be very memorable. All runners will receive a unique finisher's medal, with 100 mile finishers earning a large buckle. Both medals and buckles are appropriately themed (think casinos and gambling). Not everything stays in Vegas and every runner will be leaving with memorable bling, including one of our signature Bet Big Run Long sublimated tech shirts. As demonstrated during the last six Jackpot Ultra Running Festivals, the race directors go all out when it comes to designing unique awards. First through third place male and female finishers in each race will earn trophy case quality awards.
To create a full-blown festival environment, a live band will perform throughout the day at the start/finish line aid station, and of course Elvis and the Fabulous Las Vegas Showgirls will make another appearance. Stay motivated and running strong as you listen to live music during the day and watch movies all night long on our 120 inch outdoor movie screen. If you haven't figured out already, this is a great vacation getaway ultra. With cheap Southwest Airline flights and 5 affordably priced hotels located 1-3 miles from the race venue, invite family and friends and take full advantage of the 3-day Presidents' Weekend. Enjoy one of Vegas' awarding winning restaurants and catch a show on the strip as you celebrate and recover in style.
Bet Big, Run Long and Hit the JACKPOT at the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival.
Announcing the Packet Pick-up USATF Viewing Party
We are beyond excited to announce we have partnered with Red Rock Running Company, Sin City's premier chain of running shoe stores, to bring you the ultimate Packet Pick-up USATF Viewing Party. The USATF 100 mile race, along with the 48 hour race, start at 8 AM on Friday, February 14. Since the other 5 Jackpot races don't start until Saturday, we are holding the ultimate Packet Pick-up Viewing Party for these 5 races. Gone are the days of a boring packet pick-up! Our all new Viewing Party will feature live music, the Fabulous Las Vegas Showgirls, food/beverage vendors, art vendors and of course an assortment of goods available for sale from Red Rock Running Company. The idea is for all the Saturday start runners to mingle together, pick-up their bibs, enjoy some grub and watch the USATF race leaders battle for the win. To further add to the lively environment, we will provide live streaming commentary of the USATF race finish. Basically, this is our attempt to start making ultra running an exciting spectator event!
Exciting Changes to the 2020 USATF 100 Mile Road Championship Race
Beyond honored to announce the 7th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival will once again host the official USATF 100 Mile Road Championship race! As shown by some wickedly fast times last year, the 1.1761616 mile USATF 100 mile certified course is extremely fast. The course is VERY, VERY different than the normal 2.5 mile Jackpot course as it consists of 95% paved or concrete surfaces and 5% crushed gravel. The course is designed to allow elite USATF participants, along with those USATF members seeking 100 mile age group records, to compete on a very fast course. To avoid congestion on the course and make the USATF division as fast as possible, the race will now start on Friday morning with the 48 hour runners. With a Friday start, there is substantially less "public traffic" on the course and 300 less runners.
Please visit our website WWW.BEYONDLIMITSRUNNING.COM to view a video of the normal Jackpot course, along with a video of the USATF only course.
$10,000 USATF Championship Prize Pool
Although we are just a small ultra company producing just a couple races each year, we want to do our part to help recognize the amazing ultra elite athletes. In our opinion, elite ultra runners are even more special than the top NBA and NFL players. To this end, we are happy to again offer a $10,000 prize pool. The first place man and first place woman in the USATF 100 mile race will receive $2,500 each, while the second place man and woman in the USATF 100 mile race will receive $750 each. The third place man and woman in the USATF 100 mile race will receive $250 each. If a new 100 mile American road record is set in the USATF 100 Mile Race, the winning male and/or female winner will receive an additional $1,000 each. Win and set a new Jackpot USATF course record and score an additional $500. So if you win the race and set a new course & American record, you'll take home $4,000.
48 Hour Race Returns Yet Again
Due to the popularity of the 48 hour race the last four years, the 48 hour race returns yet again in 2020. With nearly 90 runners competing in the 2019 48 hour race, the Jackpot 48 hour race has become one of the most popular 48 hour races in the Southwest. The race will begin on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM. To assist 48 hour runners in their quest to go Beyond Limits, we will again offer a heating/rest/sleep tent which runners can utilize "brief" rests throughout the race. This race, along with the USATF 100 Mile race, are the only races to start on Friday, February 14, 2020. All other ultra races start on Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 AM.
Local time: 8:22 AM