CHICOT CHALLENGE 100 MILE RELAY RACE DOC



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CHICOT CHALLENGE 100 MILE TRAIL RELAY
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana
March 25 - 26, 2017
RACE DOC


There are three options for this race.  Each will cause your team to cover 100 miles, just different ways.  Here are your choices:


FULLY LOOPY -
5 person team.  First person starts at 7:00 a.m. when the race clock starts.  When they finish the 20 mile loop and check in at the pavilion, their second team member starts, etc.  No more than one team member allowed on the trail at a time (except for your pacer - details below).  The team can crew for their runner at any of the exchange points, but the runner who starts the loop MUST finish the loop.


PARTIALLY LOOPY -
5 person team.  There are four exchange points along the trail, including the start/finish area.  First runner starts at 7:00 a.m., and their team meets them at the first exchange point where they tag the second runner on the team, etc.  No more than one team member allowed on the trail at a time (except for your pacer - details below).  It is the team’s responsibility to be at the exchange points in time to meet their runner.

AND BY POPULAR DEMAND (okay, a few folks asked) CHICOT CHALLENGE ULTRA EDITION:
We are not going to micromanage here, folks. You can choose a team of 2 or 3 for this version. In either of these versions, you choose the format. As long as a total of 100 miles is covered by the registered runners, it is up to you how you do it. We are easy like that.

EXCHANGE POINTS FOR PARTIALLY LOOPY TEAMS  (detailed directions to these coming)
  1. 4 MILE TRAIL HEAD (North Landing)
  2. 8 MILE MARKER (Near the dam)
  3. 16 MILE MARKER  (Your team will have to park on the road and hike a short way in on the emergency exit path to reach this one.)
  4. START/FINISH PAVILION
The exchange points are going to be handled on the honor system.  The next runner in line for your team CAN NOT begin running until they make physical contact with their runner who is coming in from their leg.  Chest bump, sweaty hug, secret handshake - whatever.  Don’t cheat people.


Even those doing the PARTIALLY LOOPY option will end up covering every section of the trail, totaling 20 miles.


PACERS
Each 5 person team is allowed two official crew/pacers for the race.  Pacers may only enter the trail to pace a runner while it is dark.  Only one pacer per runner at a time.  The two official pacers can run for free (they just have to sign a waiver) and they will get a race shirt - but they do not qualify for a medal.  If they really want a medal, have them find buddies and make their own team.


TIME CUT OFF
The time cut off for this event is 26 hours.  Total.  That is an average of a 15 minute pace.  Keep this in mind when choosing your team members.  The race will start at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday and end at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.  We will have plenty of hot food at the Pavilion for runners, pacers and crew.


AID STATIONS
The ONLY aid station on this event will be at the start/finish.  If you need aid at the exchange points, it will be provided by your crew.  The start/finish will remain fully stocked with hot food options throughout the race, so those of you doing the PARTIALLY LOOPY option can restock there between legs.  For those of you doing the FULLY LOOPY option - you are signing up to run a 20 mile trail run - prepare accordingly.  Carry your own water and nutrition needs.  


COURSE MARKING
The trail will be well marked with bright pink ribbon with reflective tabs at the bottom.  These light up very well when a headlamp hits them.  No headlamp - big problem.  Be sure your batteries are fresh, and when in doubt if you will need your headlamp for your leg - bring it.  It gets dark quickly in the woods.  

DOGS
Dogs are allowed in the park but must be leashed and well controlled. Any reports of dogs off leash or causing problems, and the dog will have to be removed from the park. I understand you love your dogs, I think they are pretty cool too, but this event is not for them, it is for the runners and their people. If the dogs get in the way of the people, the dogs need to leave.



PAYMENT POLICY
No refund.
No rollovers to next year.
No transfers to another person.
No mailing of shirts or packets before or after the event.  Even if you offer to pay shipping.
LITTERING
No.  Just don't.  If you are signing up for a trail race, I am assuming along with the desire to do
an ultra distance event also comes a love and respect for nature.  I love all of the road runners
who are coming over to the "dark side" and giving trail running a chance.  BUT when you are out
there on the trail, you are a visitor in nature.  Be a polite guest and pack out your trash to the
next aid station.  There, they will be happy to dispose of it for you.  I am seeing more and more
litter at races I participate in, and as RD, I have a ZERO tolerance policy.  I am hoping this event will lure more road runners onto the trails.  Please remember this is NOT a road marathon.  This is nature.  Don’t drop your Gu packets, etc. on the trail.  Be good and carry it with you to the next exchange.


REGISTRATION
Registration will open mid April.  You will have to register your entire team at the same time.  For those of you without a team, I will try to start a document on the event FB page where you can enter your name and approximate trail pace so folks can find you.  You are welcome to use the event FB to plead your case for potential team members.


COST
Initial cost for a team of 5 (either option) - is $375 per team.  After February 15th, 2017 the price goes up to $425 per team.


STYLE POINTS
Yeah, you won’t get these, but it would be cool if each team came up with a theme, team name, costume or something.  It won’t get you anything but our laughs, but it would make the whole event even more fun.  

2 comments:

  1. Is there an option to run it with a 2-3 man "ultra division."

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    1. I have the race doc updated with an ultra option. Enjoy!

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