Happy Hippie Harvest Run Overview
Beyond Limits Running, the producer of the nationally recognized Jackpot Ultra Running Festival in Southern Nevada, is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Happy Hippie Harvest Run will take place Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the iconic Gilcrease Orchard in Las Vegas. Not only will happy hippie runners have an opportunity to run a 5K, 10K and half-marathon through this historic 90-year old orchard, but for those wanting to really go beyond limits, 6-hour and 12-hour timed races are now available!
Runners will work-up a healthy hippie appetite as they run past apples, pears, peaches, cucumbers, sweet potato, squash, eggplant and of course the famous Gilcrease Orchard pumpkins. Since the new 2.5 mile flat and fast course meanders through the entire 67-acre orchard, runners will have a chance to get their happy hippie on as they say hello to the resident chickens, tortoises, bees and owls. This is your chance to don your best hippie running attire and join your fellow hipsters as you run the 2nd Annual Happy Hippie Harvest Run.
Ultra Distances Now Available
Beyond excited to announce the addition of a 6-hour and 12-hour race to the Happy Hippie Harvest Run line-up. In our opinion, this event offers the fastest non-track course in the country for 6-hour and 12-hour race performances. The entire 2.5 course consists of newly paved wide asphalt paths with no sharp turns and with an elevation gain/loss of 20 feet per loop and mild early November temperatures, we expect many runners to PR and potentially set records. The Orchard will be closed to the public during the event, so there will be no pedestrian interference. The new course will be USATF certified and sanctioned. The 6-hour and 12-hour ultra-runners will have a separate aid station stocked with traditional ultra-race food, proteins, snacks, electrolytes, etc.
Race Logistics and Course Details
The 6-hour and 12-hour races both start at 7:00 AM, while the 5K, 10K and half-marathon all start at 10:00 AM. All races are run on the same course within Gilcrease Orchard (7800 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89131). There is ample free parking located in the paved parking lot directly adjacent to the orchard entrance. The new 2.5-mile race course is entirely contained within the orchard with 100% of the course run on newly paved asphalt paths that are 10-15 feet wide. Don’t let the happy hippie theme fool you! With an elevation gain/loss of just 20 feet per loop, this course is flat, fast and ideal for setting new PR’s at all distances. Visit our BeyondLimitsRunning.com webpage to view a video of the course and a recap video from the 2019 Happy Hippie Harvest Run. Please note, the small amount of dirt paths you see in the course video have been eliminated for 2020.
To ensure a quality race experience for all hippies and to protect the sanctity of this special orchard, the combined number of race participants will be capped at 350 runners/walkers. Since the race is run on wide paths with ample room to pass other runners, the race is walker and stroller friendly. We do ask those pushing their little hippies in strollers, along with our hippie walkers, to start at the back of the starting line and stay on the outer edge of the course path to allow the speedster hippies to run the course tangents. To accommodate those happy hippies who want to take their time and really soak in the beauty of the orchard, the 5K race has a 90-minute cutoff, while the 10K race and half-marathon both have a 3-hour cutoff. Pets are not allowed to enter Gilcrease Orchard, so please leave your fluffy hippies home. Porta-potties will be located at the start/finish line, as well as in the middle of the course. Water, Tailwind, bananas, oranges, along with miscellaneous snacks, will be available at the start/finish line for the 5K, 10K and marathon runners. The 6 and 12-hour ultra-runners will have a separate aid station stocked with traditional ultra-race snacks (i.e., M&M's, pretzels, cookies, assorted chips, boiled potatoes, pickles, pastries, bananas, oranges, muffins, etc), along with deli sandwiches, grilled cheese, P&J sandwiches, pizza, bean burritos (vegan and regular) and a variety of soups (vegan and regular).
Happy Hippie Harvest Run Goodies
Every Happy Hippie Harvest finisher will receive the most hipped-out medal ever designed, along with a commemorative happy hippie race bandana. As with all Beyond Limits Running races, the race will be RFID chip timed and there will be ample runner aide provide on the course and at the start/finish line. Hippie harvest themed awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female podium finishers in each race, and to keep everyone incented to run hippie fast, age group winners will also share in the love by earning a happy hippie harvest award. Speaking of awards, happy hippie costume running attire is very much encouraged with awards going to the best costumes. To keep everyone in a groovy mood, the very talented Jonny Hazard will perform a live hippie-themed music set from 11 AM – 2 PM.
Happy Hippie Early Bird Gift
While the early bird gets the worm, the early happy hippies get Gilcrease Orchard’s signature apple cider. The first 50 hippies to register for the event will receive a free half-gallon of this naturally sweet, robust flavored cider that comes from the Orchard’s apple trees. These 50 early hippies will pick-up their apple cider after finishing the race. We will promptly announce on our Beyond Limits Running Facebook page when the 50th hippie signs-up. Depending on the Orchard’s apple cider supply after their busy Halloween pumpkin picking season, apple cider might be available for purchase after the race.
Happy Hippies Helping Support Gilcrease Orchard
Besides having a happy hippie good time running the race, you will feel happy hippie good knowing your participation is helping the Gilcrease Orchard Foundation. Through this non-profit foundation, Gilcrease Orchard aims to provide recreational and educational experiences that teach children where our food comes from and how it is grown, helping to foster an appreciation for the earth’s bounty and a healthy lifestyle. Beyond Limits Running is a proud financial supporter of the Gilcrease Orchard Foundation. Thanks to strong runner turn-out at our inaugural run in November 2019, the event raised over $7,000 for the Orchard.
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