Overview. The H9 Fierce Dragon event involves 10 traverses of the main ridgeline of the Duncan Ridge for the equivalent of 5 laps between Vogel State Park and Skeenah Gap. The outbound traverse goes over the Wolf Creek river crossing. The inbound traverse uses FS Roads 108/107 to reach Burnett Gap (Hwy 180). All traverses will use the DRT (version 2018). A loop around the Park lake is required on either the outbound or inbound leg. Only full laps, Vogel-to-Skeenah-to-Vogel, will be counted.
Field limit. The number of participants is limited to 20.
Start. The start of the event will be Tuesday at 8am at Cabin 21. Everyone must start at this time. Period. No exceptions. The event start is for 200 miles. No other distance will start.
Crew. Participants are allow to use crew. Crew are allow to meet their runners at Vogel, Burnett Gap (Hwy 180), White Oak Stomp or Fire Pit, Mulky Gap, Fish Gap, and Skeenah Gap.
Pacers. Roughly the last quarter of each lap, from Mulky to Vogel, may have a pacer. For most runners on a daytime running plan, this may be the time when dusk arrives.
Staking out. Staking out is only allowed at Vogel State Park. This done for simplicity. Staking out at other locations would require notifications and such, so we are just not going to do it. If a runner meets crew, then staying with the crew for rest is allowed provided the runner remains at the meet location.
Minimum progress. Runners are required to do a minimum of 1 lap per 24 hours (40 miles per day). Failure to complete the minimum distance ends the runner's race at the last full lap. If you are half a mile from the end of a lap to complete the minimum, then you are close enough to count.
Tokens. There will be three (3) token locations where runners must take a token to show they have passed thru that point. The token locations are the top of Coosa, Wolf Creek crossing, and the farside of the Park lake. For each lap, one token will be required for the Wolf Creek crossing and the farside of the Park lake. Two tokens will be needed from the top of Coosa Bald to indicated passing on both the outbound and inbound legs. The tokens most likely will be books with selected pages designated for removal (Gary Cantrell's method).
Support points. Much of the course will be self-supported. The planned support points are Vogel, Mulky Gap, and Skeenah Gap. Support at Vogel will be Cabin 21 that will have hot food and drinks. This may involve serving yourself. Support at Skeenah Gap will hopefully be provided by hardy volunteers who like seeing people suffer. A 'Traverse Board' will be maintained at Vogel to show departure times and expected arrival times are Skeenah. The intent of this board is to allow helpers to schedule support at Skeenah and coordinate with crews who may also be providing support. Support at Mulky Gap will be a lockbox with rations and special drinks. Water should also be available (if not frozen). Other race coordinated support is possible - but should not be expected.
Cutoff. Other than the minimum progress requirement, the only cutoff is the final cutoff. This a strict cutoff at 8am Sunday morning. Not negotiable, because the RD and BR want to go home.
H9 Trail Club Event
If you are new to the H9 experience, then first make sure your will is up-to-date, then ensure you are a member of the H9 trail club (should pop up when you search for H9). These events are held under the umbrella of the trail club, which allows us to setup aid points to support runners. This is a non-profit activity with a logistics fee to cover event costs. Field sizes are limited by Forest Service rules.
Local time: 9:33 AM