2021 RACE UPDATE
Well well well. Little did we know but thanks to Ryan's 2020 prophecy, the whole world changed immediately following last year's race. #THANKSFINGERS
One nice thing about this race is that we've always reserved the right to make whatever changes we felt like from year to year. Turns out we were just getting ready for the Age of Covid.
With that being said, here's what we're going to do. All important info will be in this top section. All historical info will be struckout but maintained below except for any sections that might still apply to this year. Basically, ignore anything struck out. If you're not sure on something, ask us.
We don't anticipate a huge number of completely new Convenience runners this year but if you've never ran the race before, please understand that this year will of course be a pretty big departure from the norm. Will there ever be a norm again? We have no idea. But for now, our runners' safety and the safety of our larger community is the most important thing to us so we intend to err on the side of caution for 2021 and adjust accordingly.
Here's the important info and major changes:
Saturday March 19th
50k and 25k race distances.
One 25k loop or the double scoop 50k.
8am start for the 50k, 10am for the 25k.
We will not be utilizing gas station/convenience stores for stops. Aid station(s) will be on the more traditional side and will be outdoors.
Registration costs have been reduced.
You will still receive all the normal swag, extras, care and attention to detail as well as special custom awards for the 50k.
We WILL make this as fun as possible with additional details and caveats TBA.
If you have any questions, please ask and we will tell you what we can.
Quad Cities Trail & Ultra Runners - (QC-TUR) invite you to the return of the One Hundred K's of Convenience urban ultra this March! Let us give you fair warning, this is not your typical road or ultra race. This is an urban exploration of the Quad Cities by foot. The event is very low key, grassroots with minimal hooplah. There are no mile markers, there are no police stopping traffic for you. While much thought has been put into the course, it is uncontrolled so the responsibility is on the runner to make safety his or her TOP priority.
The course will change in some way, shape or form each year. Loop distance and races offered could change from year to year as a result of this.
2020 will not be the same route as previous years but the anticipated course is again roughly a 20 mile loop starting and ending at Schuetzen Park in Davenport, Iowa. Runners have the option of registering for the single loop 'Lappetizer', the double loop 'Loops I Did It Again' or the three loop 100K main event. To be clear, the entire course is ran on open roads and bike paths with the largest portion of it on city streets. Sidewalk is accessible for the vast majority of the course but runners need to be smart, careful and diligent in taking the safest route along each section of the course.
-NEW FOR 2020 - THE YEAR OF INCONVENIENCE-Start/Finish is at the Jens Lorenzen Pavilion located right off Schuetzen Lane at the SW corner of the Good Samaritan Society property on Waverly Rd. Ample parking and bathroom facilities are available right next to the pavilion.
The RDs got to thinking awhile back and they (Ryan) thought that the race just felt a little TOO convenient for you all. Well welcome to 2020, the year of inconvenience! Don't worry, we'll tell you more later.
-40mi and 100k races start at 6AM sharp with the cutoff for both distances being 8PM (14 hours). 20mi starts at 9AM.
-There is one (1) aid station at the start/finish and multiple aid stations on the course. The on-course aid stations are local convenience stores and runners are provided a gift card with money loaded on it as part of their race registration. The amount preloaded depends on the distance registered for.-There are no course markings but runners are provided a map and directions to each aid station along the course.
-The exact course and aid station locations are provided to runners on race morning.
-All runners receive a nice piece of custom race swag,
pre-paid aid at the conveniently located on course aid stations, hot food and cold drinks at the start/finish and any other goodies we can manage to wrangle up. Ultra finishers receive a special handmade finishers award. Last year, RD Ryan tapped into his inner Pollock to create some stunning abstract art and the year before that he dabbled in amateur electrical work and crafting beautiful vintage style lamps. This year expect something new and hopefully just as cool! And as is the case with any QC-TUR event, trust us when we say, all effort is made to ensure the MAX value to the runner for their registration. All money goes into the event and any leftover money will be donated to Schuetzen Park, our host start/finish for the event this year. They are a privately owned, operated and maintained park that QC-TUR has built a wonderful and mutually beneficial relationship with over the last several years.
-Runners are required to make at least one purchase at each aid station and upon completion of that loop, provide time stamped receipts for each of the on course convenient store aid stations. DO NOT LOSE YOUR RECEIPTS! If you do, you will not receive credit for your loop and will be disqualified. When runners finish their race, they must also turn in their assigned gift cards. Any remaining balances will be converted back to cash and added to the park donation!-Runners are allowed to deviate from the set course if they feel an alternative is more effective just so long as NO private property is trespassed upon and safety is made a TOP priority. There will be a list of thoroughfares that are OFF LIMITS no matter what, that will be provided to runners. Runners must still stop at each aid station in the set order
-Our race is not directly affiliated with any of the convenience store aid stations being used for the event. When you are in the store, you are like any other paying customer and should act accordingly in a polite and respectful manner while you shop, wait in line and purchase your goods.
and provide receipts as proof.-Runners are allowed to change distances up until Friday night packet pickup. After that point, you are committed to the distance race you start Saturday morning and if you do not complete your race, you will be listed as a DNF. Say no to DNF!
-Any runner starting a loop after 1PM must take a headlamp out with him or her for the remainder of the race.
-No runner is allowed to start a 2nd loop after 1PM or a 3rd loop after 3:30PM.
***NO LITTERING*** Don't even think about it!
HEADPHONESPACERS & CREW
Noise cancelling headphones or the use of any headphones after 6PM is strictly PROHIBITED.
Standard headphones are allowed during daytime hours but are STRONGLY discouraged.
NO CREWING RUNNERS ON THE COURSE - NO EXCEPTIONS
One (1) pacer allowed per registered 100K runner on his or her 3rd and final loop. Pacer may only start from the S/F.REQUIRED ITEMS TO BE ON RUNNER'S PERSON AT ALL TIMES DURING THE EVENT
Crews/pacers are ONLY allowed at the start/finish. Runners are not allowed to receive aid from crew members on course and pacers are not allowed to mule (carry) anything for his or her runner.
1.) Map/Direction sheet - to be provided by the race.
2.) Cellphone - number to be provided to race organizers.
3.) Small Ziploc bag - We don't want sweat soaked illegible receipts.
4.) Headlamp - Anytime after 1PM
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
1.) Bright and/or reflective clothes for safety purposes and to you know, look good.
2.) Extra cash for any additional food/drink purchases.
3.) Some sort of hydration system, whether it be a hand bottle or a vest/pack.
REGISTRATION & PACKET PICKUP
Local time: 5:14 PM
One Loop 'Lappetizer' - $35$10 bumps to each distance for late registration after February 19th. The deadline to register to guarantee the correct swag size is March 5th and if you register for the 50k after the 5th, we also can't guarantee that we'll have a finisher award available for you on race day but will get one to you ASAP post-race. If you register and then later decide to switch distances, you are able to switch down at no additional charge and if you want to switch to a longer distance, you only need to pay the difference in registration.
Two Loop 'Loops I Did It Again' - $55
ONE HUNDRED K'S OF CONVENIENCE - $65
No paper registration form. Online registration only.
Cap of 50 racers (combined for all distances)
Friday night packet pickup - 5:00pm-6:30pm Schuetzen Park 319 N Rolff St. Davenport, IA 52804
Saturday morning packet pickup at the Schuetzen Park pavilion - 7:15AM for the 50k and anytime after that until 9:45AM for the 25k.
Event will go on rain or shine and only in the case of extreme inclement weather may a postponement or cancellation be considered.
***NO REFUNDS OR BIB TRANSFERS***
This year, we hit our initial capacity in less than 2 hours. Once we fill up, a waitlist will be maintained and runners will be added to the event as spots become available in the order they joined the wait list. If you do not get signed up on time, please do not despair! Instead, register like normal via ultrasignup to be added to the waitlist. When a spot opens up, waitlisters will be notified via email of their selection and will have five (5) days to either accept or decline the invitation. Beginning Friday March 5th, that window of time shortens to 48 hours. When that time is up, the invitation will be passed to the next person on the wait list.
If you are unable to participate after having registered, please let us know ASAP via e-mail (green 'Ask a Question?' box at the top right) or Facebook to defer your entry and to open up spots for those on the wait list.
If you choose to defer your entry, you will receive a 100% rollover credit for the following year's race. Please note, the deferral is good for ONE year only and ONLY applies to your race registration fee. The deadline for the deferral option is Friday, February 19th, no exceptions! All deferrals will be notified of early registration opening up (early December) via the email address used to register this year. Deferrals will have the week of early registration to redeem their rollover credit which will expire when general registration opens on Saturday of that week. There will be no morning of registration.
This is a small grassroots event with high fixed costs. We cannot guarantee any sort of refund to registrants unable to participate or due to the event being cancelled. Please only register if this is acceptable. We hope you understand and still register early to help us put on the best event possible!