The Night Stalker Association (NSA) and The Dirtbag Duo presents the inaugural Night Stalker Ultras taking place in Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area, along the North/South (N/S) Trail. The N/S Trail spans the entire length of LBL, and for those taking on the 97 Mile distance, you will see a large majority of the trail. The trail consists primarily of single-track trails, with the occasional gravel or old logging road; though these sections are brief. All distances for this race will be an out and back, with the start line and finish line at the Piney Campground at the southern-most portion of LBL.
Significance of the 97 Mile Distance
The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR (A)), known as the ''Night Stalkers," is the world's premier night fighting aviation force and the Army's only Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and to date has experienced the loss of 97 of its brave and dedicated warriors. Each mile of the 97-mile distance is dedicated to these lives lost taking the fight to the enemy abroad.
**All proceeds for this event will be provided to the NSA**
The NSA is a non-profit organization created in the late 1980s and is organized under IRC 501(c)(19) as a War Veterans' Organization. Contributions to the NSA are therefore tax-deductible under IRC 170(c)(3) and serve to preserve the memories and comradeship kindled by the mutual experience of service with the 160th SOAR (A) and to render assistance to Night Stalker members and families, and our fallen brothers surviving families, through means of college grants, loans, special financial assistance, camaraderie building events, and personal guidance.
Start times & Cut-off times for distances as follows
97 Miler: 0700 (Cut-off (30 hours) Sunday, May 3rd @ 1300)
100k: 0730 (Cut-off (24 hours) Sunday, May 3rd @ 0730)
50K: 0800 (Cut-off (12 hours) Saturday, May 2nd @ 2000) *In the event a runner would like to extend the 50k cut-off time, they must provide visual verification of a headlamp
Headlamps will be required for the 100k and 97-mile distances.
**Elite athletes running the 100k distance can request a wavier on the headlamp requirement with verification of consistent 100k efforts that will ensure race completion prior to sunset. All 970mile runners will be required to have a headlamp regardless of prior running times, though it can be stored in the drop bag until needed.**
Aid Stations will not have cups to cut down on waste being left within the park. You must have some source of water with you at all times.
https://www.plotaroute.com/route/934722?units=miles (97 Mile)
**UPDATE** As we run the course in sections each weekend, we are finding additional aid station locations, so there will likely be one or two additions to what is already listed. In the end, or intent is to have an aid station approx. every 5-6 miles when possible. We already found one at the 5 mile mark which will also allow for one at the 10 mile mark on the way out, so depending on your distance, they will be there as well on the way back to the finish. Updates will be provided this weekend (12/22/19), and we will continue to refine aid stations (to benefit the runner, never impede)
97-Miler: There will be 15 aid stations along the course.
5/11: 31m/65.40m **DROP BAG LOCATION**
8: 48.5m (Turn-around)
100k: There will be 9 aid stations along the course
5: 31m (Turn-around) **DROP BAG LOCATION**
50k: There will be 4 aid stations along the course
All aid stations will be “full-service”; including the standard race food and hydration. As stated above, these aid stations will not have cups, so you must have a hydration source. Aid Station 5/11 will be the drop bag location for 97 mile and 100k runners.
Pacers / Crew
Pacers and crew are allowed for the 100k and 97 Miler. There are many access points throughout the course, however, aid stations will be the only point of entry for pacers and crew. I will put out the specific aid stations that are the most accessible in the near future (12/22/2019).
Custom “top-finisher” awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place overall Male and Female for all three distances.
*UltraSpire Race Vests will be awarded to the top finishing male and female for the 97 mile distance, and UltraSpire Race Belts will be awarded to the 2nd Place male and female finishers in the 97 mile distance.
*The top active-duty military member in each distance will also receive a custom award.
All finishers will get a finishers medal (Buckle for the 97 Miler), a race shirt, and additional swag TBD.
Tennessee Valley Brewing Company will at the finish line to reward you with one of their amazingly crafted beers!
Feel free to stick around post-race for some homemade food and snacks. Everything will wrap up at approx. 1300 the morning of the 3rd. If you are so inclined, bring food and drop it off prior to the race to share with the finishers after they cross the line.
97 Miler - $225
100k - $140
50k - $105
*Increases will begin Feb. 1st.
** Current and Former Night Stalkers, please send me an email prior to registration**
Directions to the event and additional information, to include packet pick-up times, will be put out as we get closer to race day. There will be porta-johns at the start/finish line of the race.
The race will begin and end at the Piney Campground in LBL. Piney Campground offers 384 well-defined lakefront and wooded sites with 283 electrical hookups. 44 sites with electric, water, and sewer; and 57 primitive sites. Most sites are capable of handling large motor homes and campers. The cost for these sites is either $22 (primitive) or $40 (Full hookup) a night.
Clarksville, TN, and Oak Grove, KY as well as several cities surrounding Ft. Campbell, KY also offer many different options for hotels and restaurants.
GOOD LUCK & NSDQ!
Land Between the Lakes Photos Provided by Jeff Stafford
Local time: 7:05 PM