Directions to Start of Race
Click the map link on the HtH D2D page at Ultrasignup; or
From I-12 take the Highway 59 exit south toward Mandeville; follow Hwy 59 approximately 4 miles to Hwy 190 (Florida Street); Take a left on Hwy 190 and travel east approximately 2 miles to Pelican Park Drive. Turn left onto Pelican Park Drive and drive north to the first stop sign (roughly half a mile). Take a left at the stop sign. The Castine Center (address: 63350 Pelican Drive) will be to your left and White Gym ahead of you to the right. The start/finish/aid station is behind White Gym at the Grey Field shelter.
Race Day Details
HtH D2D will start precisely at 8:02 p.m. Saturday evening. Packet pick up and check in will officially be from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., but we will be at the start/finish shelter earlier if anyone wants to avoid the rush and check in early. I will give pre-race instructions and answer any questions that you may have at 7:50.
Good luck everyone. I'm looking forward to seeing each of you at the race.
Registrations after June 30
No t-shirts are available for registrations after June 30
Local time: 2:10 PM
Registration will open early for a Black Friday weekend discounted price of $60.00 on November 22nd. Registration will close at 10:00 p.m. on the 25th and not reopen until January 1, 2019. Registrations for the period 1/1/19 through 3/31/19 will be $65.00. Registrations from 4/1/19 to July 14 will be $70.00.
The registration fee is not refundable for any reason. In the event the Nature Center and/or Pelican Park is closed due to bad weather or other unforeseen reason, however, LUR will attempt to reschedule the race, but a rescheduled date cannot be guaranteed.
HtH D2D will be run in the Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, Louisiana. Parking and the start of the race will be in Pelican Park in Mandeville. The entrance to Pelican Park is approximately half a mile east of the Nature Center on Highway 190.
The course will be a four mile loop consisting primarily of single and double track trails. Since it's mid-summer in South Louisiana, expect hot temperatures and high humidity. Remember that in these conditions, fluids are your best friend. There will be one fully stocked aid station at the start/finish pavilion with ice water, coke, mountain dew, ginger ale and traditional aid station food items. Gels, sports drink, etc. will also be available courtesy of GU Energy at the main aid station. Blister and chaffing protection products will also be on hand in the main aid station courtesy of Trail Toes. A second aid station with water only will be near the two mile point. Cups will not be provided at the second aid station.
This is a night trail race and HEAD LAMPS ARE MANDATORY.
Awards are given to the top three female and top three male finishers. Runners that register more than two weeks prior to race date will receive a high quality cotton blend t-shirt. To receive the T-Shirt you must register no later than June 30. Runners that complete 32 or more miles will receive a diner quality (i.e. heavy duty, keep your coffee/tea hot) event mug.
Start Time/Cut off
This race is perfect for any runner that wants to acquire night time trail running experience. We will start running precisely at dusk, 8:02 p.m., on July 13 and run until dawn, 5:59:59 a.m., the following morning. You will have ten hours to run as many miles as you want or as many miles as you can. But, be warned, any miles ran during a lap that is completed after the clock hits 6:00 a.m. on July 14 will NOT be counted.
Don't worry about getting lost in the dark. It will not happen. The course will be well marked (excessively marked may be more correct) with orange flags containing DOTD approved reflective tape and will be like running down an airport runway at night. Honestly, runners tell me that the course is easier to follow in the dark because of the reflective tape on the course markers.
For runners coming in from out of town, there are numerous hotels (Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Best Western, La Quinta, etc.) in Covington, Louisiana that are within twenty minutes of the Northlake Nature Center. If you prefer camping, Fontainebleau State Park is also less than half a mile from the start of the race and offers camping facilities that accommodate both RV's and tents.
Additional information and photos from the course can be found on the Louisiana Ultra Runners Facebook group page under the "Events" tab. Find us and join LUR on Facebook!