2021 MURCA V50K Overview
The Marine UltraRunners Club of America (MURCA) is proud to host its fourth annual virtual race, the 2021 MURCA V50K. This year's event will once again benefit The Warrior's Keep. The event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC again this year. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a unique event with MURCA. The window for completing the V50K is February 1st to June 30st, 2021. All V50K's must be completed within this window.
This annual event provides the unique opportunity to take part in a community-building virtual effort, share stories of your adventure with MURCA, and raise money for a worthy charity. The charity for this year's V50K, The Warrior's Keep, is a non-profit organization whose mission and ethos is closely aligned with that of the Marine UltraRunners Club of America. Training and preparation TWKʻs 2021 adventure race has already begun and MURCA is proud to support their efforts!
Registration for the 2021 MURCA V50K opens on 15 January 2021 and closes on 15 June 2021. The race window is from 1 February 2021 to 30 June 2021. This event requires all participants to upload their results to UltraSignup using the link provided after registration. To stay up to date on the latest info on the 2021 MURCA V50K and to follow MURCA, be sure to Like and Follow the MURCA FB Page
All entrants will receive a custom MURCA sticker and 11"x18" sublimated MURCA towel. All finisherʻs will receive a unique finisherʻs medal by Aravaipa Artworx. Participant swag and finisherʻs medals will ship from June - August 2021.
MOST EPIC 50K
All participants also have the opportunity to enter their V50K into the MOST EPIC V50K competition. Shortly after the end of the race window (June 30th), MURCAns will vote on the MOST EPIC 50K. The winner of the MOST EPIC 50K receives the Bob “Iceman” Coolidge Award, named for a beloved MURCAn who passed recently.
Eligibility: Evidence must be presented for your run, although this does not have to be a GPX or Strava upload, providing a URL or actual activity data is encouraged in order to increase your chances of being selected. Without substantiation, a thorough and detailed narrative with pictures must be offered either via email or group post in the MURCA FB group.
Decision: The MOST EPIC 50K will be decided by the group. During the week following the last day of the virtual race window, all MURCAns will vote on their favorite to receive this honor. Details on how voting will happen will be provided later.
Award: The Bob “Iceman” Coolidge Award will be awarded to the participant chosen, and they will receive a hand-made trophy created by a skilled artisan and retired Marine.
Click here to read more about last year's ME50K.
1. Run, jog, hike, or walk 50 kilometers in a single effort within 24 hours. A "single effort" means no extended breaks between multiple efforts that aggregate to 50 km for the day.
2.Your V50k must NOT be an organized race or event that you are participating in. For example, I cannot count my Psycho Wyco 50k in February as my MURCA V50k. The only exception to this is a local "fat ass" style 50k in which two or more MURCAns attend together as a group run.
3. You can carry, pre-stash, or have friends/family provide aid to you during the 50k.
4. Once complete, upload your race data to UltraSignup, using the link provided. If you get injured or cannot complete the V50k in the race window, please contact Mike via the MURCA FB group or via email; the V50K's can be completed outside of the time window in extenuating circumstances.
The Warrior's Keep
The Warrior's Keep is a 501(C)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization founded and operated by military veterans whose mission is to unite, empower, and enhance the quality of life for veterans with the use of outdoor adventure and recreational therapies. The funds raised from the MURCA V50K will help fund The Warrior's Keep's 2021 Adventure Race. TWK is stoked to continue the partnership with MURCA! As always, their focus is providing Outdoor Adventure Therapy for veterans, and in 2021 they are planning to expand those opportunities.
The team for 2021 will consist of Mark (TWK Ops Chief), Jake (TWK Climbing Director), Melissa (TWK coordinator), and John (TWK Co-founder). The race is called Expedition Oregon 2021: America's Toughest Race and is May 12-16. It is the only World Series Qualifier race in North America! This year, there is a full field of incredible athletes coming that will make this the highest caliber and most challenging and competitive expedition Adventure Racing event in North America. Only 24 teams were accepted into this race from all over North America and we are one of them!! In order to qualify for the WS, each team must be composed of 4 individuals, with at least one female. Skills needed to compete in this race include: snowshoeing/mountaineering, mountain biking. packrafting, paddle boarding, multi-pitch climbing, swimming, land navigation and more! This race is over 300 miles, with no trails...only checkpoints that must be completed in a certain time. We will not know what to expect in the race, until race day. (last year, they had racers repel 150 ft with their bike strapped to their back!!
CLICK HERE for more info on Bend Racing Expedition Oregon.
Our overall mission for entering this race is to expand our disciplines for outdoor adventure and create a program that excites and gets veterans involved in outdoor competition and teamwork. Throughout our training, we will be including veteran participants that are interested in learning about the sport to join us. Our ultimate goal is to raise $50K towards the Adventure Racing Program, so that we can start training and sponsoring veterans to compete in AR competitions all over the world!
Please CLICK HERE to read more about The Warrior's Keep.
MURCA is a group of ultrarunning Marine veterans located worldwide. As a small fraction of the few, the proud, MURCAns know the physical and mental suffering found inside the proverbial pain cave and draw from a deep well of fortitude to push beyond perceived limitations.
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Inside MURCA it's about supporting fellow Marine runners and sharing a sense of camaraderie that is familiar to and cherished by Marines.
Outside the club it's about service to greater causes and leadership, by setting a positive example for fellow runners to emulate on the roads, trails, and track.
For more information on MURCA, please visit Marine UltraRunners, MURCA Facebook, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.