Part camp out, part race, all fun!
Location: Montgomery Bell State Park, 1020 Jackson Hill Rd, Burns, TN 37029
Montgomery Bell State Park is about 30 miles west of Nashville.
Races available at this event:
100 Miles – 8/4/18 7am
100K – 8/4/18 7am
50 Miles – 8/4/18 7am
50K – 8/4/18 7am
Marathon – 8/4/18 7am, 8/4/18 7pm, 8/5/18 7am
Half Marathon – 8/4/18 7am, 8/4/18 7pm, 8/5/18 7am
10K – 8/4/18 7am, 8/4/18 7pm, 8/5/18 7am
5K – 8/4/18 7am, 8/4/18 7pm, 8/5/18 7am
One mile fun run – 8/4/18 7am, 8/15/18 7am
Each start time is considered a separate race, so feel free to run at the day/time that works for you, or run multiple races!
There is a 55-hour(ish) time limit on ALL distances for the races that start on Saturday morning. 36-hour(ish) time limit on the races that start on Sunday morning. Yes, that means if you start a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon on Saturday morning, you have 55 hours to finish it! You’re not reading that wrong. We’ll be out supporting our 100 milers all weekend long, so it’s just as easy to support the shorter distances too!
If you are still out on the course after time is up, as long as you are making forward progress, we’ll stay out with you! We have to be checked out of the dining hall by noon on Monday, but we have been given permission to hang out to wait for finishers.
Your registration fee includes a pair of pajama pants for all distances (with the exception of the one mile fun runners, who will receive a cotton t-shirt), a cowbell finisher’s medal for all distances (belt buckle for 100 milers!) all the food you can eat from Friday night to Monday’s lunch time, and a rocking good time!
IMPORTANT: We joke that we put on very serious races. The truth is, these races are the OPPOSITE of serious. This is not about competition. We want to see every person cross the finish line and we want to see them do it with a smile on their face. We don’t care if you stop mid-race to take a nap or if you run 100 miles in under 24 hours. We just want you to have fun. We only give awards to the last finishers, not the first. He/she who endures the longest, earns a prize for perseverance.
This is about camaraderie and a fun family friendly weekend and crushing goals, not about beating someone else. It’s you vs. you.
The course is a 3.1 mile loop/out-and-back course using the Montgomery Bell State Park trail system and the road in and out of the group camp. The trail is technical – there are roots and rocks – and hilly in some spots. This ain’t flat and fast! But the human support you’ll get will make up for it. There are no water crossings.
We also have an all-road one mile loop through the group camp. You’re free to choose one course or the other, or mix and match them to get to your mileage goal.
NOTE: We are working on adjusting the original course a bit for 2018 to include more trail, less road. Stay tuned for maps and elevation profile!
You’ll pass by the main aid station multiple times, so your crew does not need to travel to help take care of you, though they are welcome to if they’d like. The main aid station will have cooked food, tables and tables of snacks and Gu and drinks and ice and first aid, and cowbells, of course.
The one mile fun run will be held on the roads of the group camp.
This is not and will not be a certified course. The distance will be correct (we’ve never had a short course and we don’t intend to start now!) If your GPS reads long – we won’t charge you extra. If your GPS reads short, you’re welcome to keep running. Remember that every GPS watch is different and many are not 100% accurate, particularly in the woods. We make sure that we meet standards for Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics, and 50 States Club, because that – and having fun – are what is important to us!
If you’ve ever been to one of our events, you know we spare no expense at our aid stations. Since this race includes ultramarathon distance, we’ve expanded our aid station offerings even further!
The aid station will be located at the group camp dining hall. You will pass by the aid station multiple times throughout the race. This means you’ll always know what’s going to be there, and if you want something specific, we have some time to cook it for you!
The aid stations will have throughout the day and night: water, Gatorade, ginger ale, Coke, Mountain Dew, other sodas, fruit juices, coffee, hot chocolate, and chocolate milk (as well as non-dairy chocolate milk.) We’ll also have plenty of ice and popsicles!
Let’s be honest: we think ultramarathons are really just eating contests with some running thrown in. We also know that the food is what is going to keep you going during this race, so we will be prepared!
The following food will be available: oatmeal, bagels, potatoes, bananas, hard boiled eggs, candy bars, chocolate candy, gummy candy, hard candy, oranges, apples, grapes, fig newtons, various cookies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cold cut sandwiches, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, potato chips (in a variety of flavors), pretzels, raisins, dried fruit, tortilla wraps (hummus and kalamata olive wraps, bean and cheese burrito wraps, pizza wraps, peanut butter and jelly wraps), muffins, cupcakes, Pop Tarts, brownies, pudding cups, and of course energy gels. This is not an exhaustive list, and our race director will likely add more than this to the aid station tables.
After noon, you can expect to see the addition of quesadillas, soups (chicken noodle, vegetable, lentil, vegetable broth), pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches.
Inside the lodge, we’ll have build-your-own ice cream sundaes, and ingredients for s’mores will be available near the campfire.
If you’ve ever finished a race and gotten nothing but a green banana and maybe some cold pizza, you’re in for a real treat! The aid station food is also your post-race buffet, and all runners going half marathon or further, your registration fee covers all you can eat, whether you’re running a half marathon or 100 miles. Wristbands that cover food for spectators, crew, and runners going less than the half marathon distance are available for purchase.
The aid station will also have a variety of medical aid products, including, but not limited to, ibuprofen, Tylenol, Tums, Immodium-AD, Vaseline, salt tablets, band aids, medical tape, feminine products, baby wipes, and sunscreen.
Crews, pacers, and spectators may purchase wristbands for access to the aid station food and pre- and post-race food. Wristbands give access to all of the runner food including pre-race pasta dinner on Friday night, food all day on Saturday, food all day on Sunday, and on Monday until noon.
RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Friday Night – 8/3/18
Packet pickup is from 5-8pm at the Group Camp Dining Hall.
Dinner will be served at the Dining Hall beginning at 6pm on Friday, August 3rd. Pasta with sauce (meat sauce and vegetarian sauces), bread, salad, and dessert will be available. Water, Gatorade, sodas, and sweet tea will be available to drink.
Included for all race participants and paid pacers or spectators with wristbands. Please pre-register for dinner when you register for the race so we can plan to have enough food! Running out of food is a no-no in our book, but if you show up with your extended family, and all of Aunt Edna’s neighbors, and your best friend and her softball team, without giving us fair warning, well, we might just run out.
Saturday – 8/4/18
Packet pickup begins at 5am at the Dining Hall. Packet pickup for night races or Sunday races is available all day on Saturday.
If the lights are on in the Dining Hall, you are welcome to come in. In this case, if the lights are on, it usually means somebody is home. We’ll have coffee going and breakfast foods out throughout the morning. Please don’t come into the kitchen unless you are a volunteer who is cooking. Also, fair warning, your RD is a really fun person, but she’s not a morning person. Don’t be offended if there’s not much pep in her step first thing in the a.m.
Runners of any distance are invited to hang out all day at the group camp after finishing your race. You can cheer for your fellow runners as they finish, and we will have a campfire going at night. Runners going half marathon distance or further, as well as anyone with a wristband, are entitled to food all day long.
Sunday – 8/6/17
Waffles and french toast will be available at the Dining Hall on Sunday at 8am. We take the toppings from the ice cream sundae bar, and they become the toppings for the waffle bar. Neat trick, huh? We’ll keep the food going until the last runner finishes!
Food will be available at the group camp dining hall all weekend. If the lights are on, you’re welcome to come in and grab something to eat! We ask that runners and spectators stay out of the kitchen area for safety reasons.
The time limit for the Saturday morning start races is 55-ish hours. Sunday morning runners have roughly 36 hours to complete the course. As long as you are upright and moving forward, we won’t tell you to stop. Walkers are welcome! We are notoriously back of the pack friendly and that’s not going to change. We love slowpokes!
Drop bags will be allowed along the race course and inside the dining hall. We’ll have most of what you’ll need on hand, but bring things like rain jackets, head lamps, favorite flavors of Gu, change of clothes, etc. You’re welcome to bring a chair to set up with your belongings if you’d like, put up a pop up canopy, a hammock, a bouncy house, the sky is the limit.
Please label all drop bags with your last name and your bib number.
Any drop bags or other items left at the group camp when the last person finishes will be discarded.
There will be no medical checks before, during, or after the race. We will have volunteers available who are trained in CPR and basic first aid. Each participant is responsible for knowing his or her own physical limitations.
If, in the opinion of the race director or aid station captain, your physical or mental condition has endangered your safety and/or the safety of others, you will be withdrawn from the race.
Crews and Pacers
Crews are welcome to assist you.
Pacers are allowed after you reach the 30 mile mark. Pacers are required to wear a pacer bib and must purchase a pacer wristband, which gives them access to food and drink at the aid stations. Muling is allowed.
Crew members and pacers may NOT use bicycles to accompany or crew runners on the course at any time.
Runners are responsible for checking in with lap counters and finish line timing staff during each lap. If you do not check in, we cannot guarantee that we will have accurate split times or a finish time for you. Runners who do not check in with the timing table when they finish will not receive a finish time.
You may drop down to a shorter distance mid-race and receive a finish time, or you may move up to a longer distance if you’re feeling good, but you MUST inform the main timing table staff at the start/finish. If you move up to a longer distance, you will be required to pay the difference before you will receive your medal.
There will be no awards ceremony. Awards will be given out as runners cross the finish line. We only give out awards for the runners who endure the longest; we call it the perseverance award! There are no age group awards.
Montgomery Bell State Park is located at 1020 Jackson Hill Rd, Burns, TN 37029. Burns is about 30 miles west of Nashville. Once inside the park, follow the signs to Group Camp 1.
Runners traveling via air – Nashville International Airport provides nonstop service to over 50 locations.
Rustic, open air cabins are available to runners, crew, and spectators. There are bunk beds in each cabin, and most cabins sleep 8. Each individual bed (one person per bed) is $15 for the weekend. You may book cabin space at registration, or you can email us after you register and we’ll get your space reserved. We will be happy to match up runners who would like to bunk together.
As each person books cabin space, the space will be filled separately until all cabins are occupied. At that point, we will fill in with runners going the same distance, of the same gender.
The cabins are open air and have enough electricity to charge a cell phone or run a small fan. Please do NOT try to plug in anything more than that, or you may knock out power to the entire camp. There will be a phone charging station at the dining hall. Multiple bath houses are available throughout the group camp. Showers are available for all runners; bring all the shower supplies you need, including a towel!
Tent space and RV parking (no hookups) are available at a cost of $10 for the weekend.
Prefer more privacy, but still want to be nearby? We recommend the Inn at Montgomery Bell State Park, the campground at Montgomery Bell State Park, or the cabins at Montgomery Bell State Park. There are a number of hotels nearby in Dickson, TN.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com