NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES to The 2019 USATF 100 Mile Road Championship Race
Beyond honored to announce the 6th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival will once again host the official 2019 USATF 100 Mile Road Championship race! Based on feedback from last year's USATF runners, we have designed a new 1.2 mile course which will be used exclusively for the USATF 100 mile race ONLY! All other races will be run on the same 2.38 mile certified course used last year. The 1.2 mile USATF division course, which is being certified, is essentially a 1.2 mile loop around the lake. The course is VERY, VERY different than the normal 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 seeking age group records, to compete on a very fast course. To make the USATF division as fast as possible, we will also use "running only lanes" in front of our aide station and set the aide station back 8-10 feet from the course. Again, this course is only being used for the USATF division of the festival. Importantly, the 1.2 mile USATF course shares many of the same paths as the normal 2.38 mile Jackpot course, so runner interaction amongst all races still occurs. It warms our heart knowing newbies, along with mid-pack runners, will get the chance to race and share the course with ultra elite athletes. If you have interest in running the USATF 100 Mile race, simply register for the race titled "100 Mile USATF". On October 25, 2018, a video of both the regular Jackpot course, along with the new USATF ONLY course, will be posted on our website at www.BeyondLimitsRunning.com. Again, the addition of this USATF only course was made in direct response to USATF runner requests and we have done our very best to accommodate the request for a fast USATF course. Please note, this course will only be offered during years when we host the USATF 100 Mile Road Championship division race.
$10,000 in Prize Money Now Available
To celebrate our 6th year anniversary of hosting the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival, we will be awarding up to $10,000 in prize money. The first place man and first place woman in the 100 mile race will receive $1,000, while the second place man and woman in the 100 mile race will receive $500. Also, all men and women who win an ultra distance race AND set a new course record in any ultra distance race (50 mile race excluded) will receive their share of the prize pool. If you win the 48 hour, 24 hour, or 100 mile race and set a new gender course record, you will take home $500 cash. Win and set a new course record in the 12 hour or 6 hour race, you walk away with $250 cash. Lastly, if the first place finisher in the 100 mile male and 100 mile female races sets a new 100 mile USA record, they will earn an additional $1,500 each. So if you happen to win the 100 mile race and set both a course record and a new national record, you could win up to $3,000. Jackpot is very unique as it allows newbies, normal runners and elites to share a short, fast loop course. So as not to leave out the majority of runners from the prize fun, we will raffle-off a free weekend stay at the gorgeous mountain-side Beyond Limits cabin in Big Bear, California. Just register by Christmas and you will be included in the raffle. Come hit the Jackpot in Sin City and experience the over-the-top fun that comes with running a Beyond Limits Running race.
48 Hour Race Returns Again
Due to the popularity of the 48 hour race the last three years, the 48 hour race returns again in 2019. With nearly 75 runners competing in the 2018 48 hour race, the Jackpot 48 hour race is becoming one of the most popular 48 hour races in the Southwest. The race will begin on Friday, February 15, 2019 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 throughout the race. This is the only race that will begin on Friday. All other ultra races and the marathon start on Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 AM.
Course Venue and Description
Bet Big, Run Long. Produced by Beyond Limits Running, the 5th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival takes place on Presidents' Weekend 2019 (February 15-17) at one of Southern Nevada's newest and largest amenity-filled park.
Local time: 12:25 PM
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 ample parking. And let's not forget all of the wildlife so many of us get to enjoy as we race by. The Jackpot course consists of a 2.5 mile loop with 80 feet of elevation ascend/descend per loop (4,000 feet for the 100 mile race). Since the course is certified for the 2019 race, the distance of the horseshoe shaped loop will change slightly. At an elevation of 1,900 feet and average mid-February high/low temperature of 61/45, the Jackpot course is extremely fast. Run on a course that is 45% groomed crushed gravel trails, 50% wide asphalt paths, and just 5% bridge and concrete surfaces, the course is well suited for veteran runners wanting to PR, and with a 30 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. The 80 feet of ascend during each 2.5 mile loop occurs gently, without any steep climbs. 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 will be appropriately themed (think casinos and gambling). Not everything stays in Vegas and every runner will be leaving with memorable bling. As demonstrated during the last four 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.
Lastly, 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, as will Vegas' best little cheerleaders. 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.