24-12-8 Hour Run
Beautiful, smooth, and fast trail just north of Dayton in Sycamore State Park.
Fast doesn’t have to mean boring.
In 3 mile loop you will travel through lush growths, scenic bridges, and under gorgeous tree canopy.
Large, charming barn at start/finish of every loop.
Adjacent playground to keep kids busy, a fire pit, basketball hoop, and volleyball net … lots of entertainment options to keep family, friends and crew entertained!
Superior swag with Patagonia shirts and custom finisher awards.
Belt buckles for those who run 100 miles in 24 hours.
Parts of the proceeds benefits Project Congo, charity founded by local resident, endurance athlete, and philanthropist, Dr Sylvia Gleason. Please check projectcongo.org and watch moving video about Dr Gleason’s work in Congo!
We offer four different events:
24 Hour (7 am - 7 am)
12 Hour Day (8 am - 8 pm)
12 Hour Night (7 pm - 7 am)
8 Hour (8 am - 4 pm)
Parking at start/finish is very limited and is for runners only. We strongly encourage participants to carpool. There is additional parking available at Nature/Bridle Trails Staging Area on Wolf Creek Pike , about one mile from start.
8001-8215 S Wolf Creek Pike
Trotwood, OH 45426
We will provide shuttle for registered runners from Wolf Creek to Campground A (Start/Finish). Please allow enough time to shuttle.
****Crews, families, and spectators must park on Wolf Creek Rd and can hike to start/finish area (about 1 mile easy hike).******
THIS IS CUPLESS RACE. There will be no paper cups available at any time. We will have limited number of reusable cups at our aid station.
Please carry your water bottle and collapsible cup. Collapsible cups are available for purchase at many stores.
Empower Ultras is proud to be Trail Sisters approved race.
Equal Podium Spots
Equal Prize Money & Awards
Women’s specific swag & apparel. (no unisex t-shirts)
Menstrual products at all aid stations.
Equal opportunity/space for women on the starting line.
Empower Ultras was founded by two Middle-Aged, Midpack, Midwest Moms, Aneta (Nettie) Zeppettella and Jennifer Russo, who met through ultrarunning and over years gained a ton of experience finishing some of the hardest ultras on East Coast and beyond. Nettie has directed ultrarunning events as volunteer RD, and Jennifer has extensive marketing experience. We both want to empower you to try to push your limits and create your new adventures. Please join us. We will cheer for you with our whole hearts!
No refunds, transfers, or deferrals.
Announcing AWD Division
Empower Ultras is super excited announce our new Athletes With Disability (AWD) division at the Vernal Equinox 24-12-8 hour run. This will be one of the area’s first races to recognize mobility and visually impaired athletes in their own division. The following guidelines have been adapted from Vermont 100 race. Thank you Amy Rusiecki, Kyle Robidoux, and Dee Char for your help and inspiration!
Criteria for AWD Entry
Criteria for entry into the 2020 Vernal Equinox AWD category is as follows:
AWDs must be able to run/walk/hike the course
Tethers may be used for athletes with a visual impairment
Leg prosthetics may be used for amputees.
Crutches, braces, or poles may be used if indicated/necessary, with approval from the RD.
Because of nature of Sycamore State Park trails, the course is not suitable for athletes in wheelchairs
AWD Entry Process
AWDs will follow the same registration process as the general registration, and will register for the distance race they plan to run on Ultrasignup.
AWD Division Breakdown
Based on International Paralympic Committee impairment descriptions, and following Vermont 100 categories, Vernal Equinox will recognize two types of AWD based on clearly defined eligible impairments: visually impaired and mobility impaired.
1. VISUAL IMPAIRED DIVISION
Individuals with vision impacted by an impairment of the eye structure, optical nerves or optical pathways, or the visual cortex, may be granted registration as an AWD but will not be allowed extended time on the course.
A couple things to note about our course for visually impaired athletes:
Course Markings: Vernal Equinox uses orange flags, orange streamers with reflective tape to mark the course. The course is 3-mile loop that will be repeated during the event. AWDs, with assistance from their guide as needed, must be able to follow the course as marked. Unfortunately we are not able make accommodations for athletes with visual impairments by altering the standard course markings.
Canines: In general, dogs are not allowed in Empower Ultras races. If an athlete with a visual impairment requires a guide dog, please contact race director for permission. Only guide dogs will be allowed on Vernal Equinox course.
2. MOBILITY IMPRAIRED DIVISION
Individuals with permanent physical disabilities that affect their ability to walk/run, may be granted registration as an AWD but will not be allowed extended time on the course.
Limb deficiency: Total or partial absence of bones or joints as a consequence of trauma (e.g. car accident), illness (e.g. bone cancer) or congenital limb deficiency (e.g. dysmelia).
Leg length difference: Bone shortening in one leg due to congenital deficiency or trauma.
Short stature: Reduced standing height due to abnormal dimensions of bones of upper and lower limbs or trunk, for example due to achondroplasia (dwarfism) or growth hormone dysfunction.
Unfortunately, due to course restrictions and safety concerns related to the trails in Sycamore State Park, this does not include:
Athletes in wheelchairs and duo teams in hand cycles, push-rim cycles, or racing wheelchairs. All AWDs must be fully ambulatory, the use of any mechanical device will not be allowed.
Rules for AWDs and Guides
AWDs and their guide(s) will follow the same rules as all participants:
Start times, Course, and Time Limits
• AWDs will start with the rest of the athletes for their race
• AWDs will run the same course as the rest of the athletes.
• The course time limit is the same for AWDs as for all participants for their race (24 hour, 12 Hour, 12 Hour Night, and 8 Hour)
• Guides are expected to follow the same rules as all other pacers.
• AWDs may be accompanied by one guide at a time to complete the race. Accommodations may be made if an AWD requires more than one guide at a time.
• Guide exchanges will take place at Start/Finish/ Main Aid Station
• Athletes are responsible for bringing their own guides to the race.
• Guides are not official entrants in the Vernal Equinox events and are not timed, scored, or listed in the official results. If a guide wants to be officially timed, scored and listed in results, they need to register as a participant including paying entry fees.
• Guides participate free of charge, but must sign a waiver prior to participation.
• Athlete and guide are regarded as a team and must be together at all times along the course.
• Guides must wear a GUIDE bib on the front and back of their outermost layer, kept visible at all times.
• Guides may not use a bicycle or other mechanical means of transport.
• Guides cannot pull the athlete, or propel the athlete forward by pushing.
• Guides cannot mule for the athlete, or run ahead to aid stations to fill water bottles or otherwise unfairly advantage their athlete.
• Guide may have a drop bag, separate from their athletes drop bag, at Main Aid Station.
• Assure that drop bags (the guide’s’ and AWD’s) are placed in the correct location in the staging area before the race start.
• Work with AWDs to ensure safety of the AWD. This includes communication between the AWD and guide to stay out of the way (typically running on the side of the trail/road) when being approached from behind by horses, faster runners, or officials on the course in order to avoid collisions.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and get familiar with our new AWD division. We are very excited to provide AWD division at Vernal Equinox and it is our hope that in disallowing extra time to complete the race (as well as other accommodations), we’re providing an opportunity for all abilities to compete on equal ground.
Nettie and Jennifer
Patagonia Shirt Deadline
All registered runners will receive Patagonia shirts. Register by March 5 to guarantee your shirt size.
Local time: 12:08 AM