-> Edited April 22, 2021 <-
FINAL RACE BRIEF AVAILABLE HERE:
Alexander County 24 hour
May 1st, 2021 beginning at 8 am on the Alexander Central High School Track in Taylorsville, NC.
Race Director Rick French of Alexander County will be at the helm in collaboration with other NC based runners, timing companies and USATF professionals. Rick’s ultrarunning pedigree goes back to the early 90’s and he is an early member of the North Carolina based Mangum Track Club. Rick and his Alexander County team have successfully hosted many successful events in Alexander County over the years including the popular Vertical Mile races at Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area.
Collaborators for the race include:
Brandon Wilson an NC based USATF/RRTC Certifier and IAAF/AIMS (A) measurer and USATF official. Brandon will be assisting Rick with various logistical and planning aspects of the race including certifying the track with governing bodies USATF and IAAF. Brandon has been involved in many fixed time ultras over the last 10-years and has officiated races, certified courses and timed events producing National records and Worlds best performances including both recent 100-Mile worlds bests records by Camille Herron in Vienna, IL and Zach Bitter in Milwaukee, WI.
Brad Smythe of Clockwork Race Timing. Brad is an NC based USATF/RRTC Certifier and IAAF/AIMS (B) measurer will be providing live chip timing for participants. Brad has been part of the NC Ultra community going on 20-years and is currently 15th for all-time mileage at Hinson Lake 24 Hour. Brad has been a race timer for many years and has timed hundreds of events including other NC based fixed time races Cape Fear 24 Hour and Hinson Lake 24 Hour.
You can expect Rick and his team to put on a first-class, USATF sanctioned, certified event that will be records eligible. Every aspect of the event will be fine tuned to ensure athletes aiming for the National Team or a PR are provided the best venue and opportunity for doing so.
The field of competition will be limited to 50 participants. Thirty-eight slots will be open for general entry via UltraSignup beginning Tuesday January 26th. Twelve slots will be reserved for athletes wanting to, and capable of qualifying for the National Team. The reserved slots will be offered to female athletes who have run 115-miles or longer at a 24-hour fixed time race within the last 18-months and male athletes who have run 130-miles or longer at a 24-hour fixed time race within the last 18-months
All participants are expected to pay the $125 entry fee. Due to the small field size, we cannot extend comp entries to any athlete. Any of the 12 reserved slots not filled by April 1st will then be open for general entry. If the event reaches capacity a waitlist will be maintained. If any participant withdraws from the race unfilled spots will be offered to waitlisted participants.
USATF and all State and local ordinances and orders pertaining to COVID 19 will be followed. Crewing areas will be available at the track edge. Crewing areas will be limited to 10’ x 10’ area per participant and separated by 6’ from the next crewing area
There will be a basic aid station with water, electrolyte drink and basic pre-packaged, single serve / self-serve food. There will be limited hot food consisting of pizza at night, broth, coffee and soup. Athletes should come prepared to take care of any special dietary needs and bring any additional food items they require. The race will provide a basic aid station designed to assist an athlete with nutrition. The aid station will not be setup to serve 3-meals during the event.
There will be flood lighting at the track so runners should not need to wear a headlamp. Port-a-jons will be conveniently located adjacent to the track to ensure competitive athletes can quickly and conveniently access restroom facilities.
While this is event is being organized to assist athletes with a last chance to qualify for the 2021 National Team the event will be open to athletes of all levels. All athletes will have access to all 6-lanes during the competition however participants not entered for the purposes of competing for a team spot are asked, not required to yield lane 1 to athletes competing for team spots.
One contest will be contested, 24 hours. There will be no lesser contests of 6-hours or 12-hours offered. All athletes who complete at least one lap will receive a place based on distance completed in 24-hours. Distance ties will be broken by the athlete who completed the distance in the least clock time based on gun start time. Overall awards will be presented to the 1st place male and 1st female. All of the USATF rules-of-competition apply and will be strictly enforced.
Final results will be reported to USATF and Ultra Signup.
Local time: 2:01 PM
All National records achieved will be reported to USATF for ratification within 10 calendar days from the conclusion of competition. All World’s best records performances will be reported to the IAU for ratification within 10 calendar days from the conclusion of the competition.