During the next three days, Fall 50 organizers are auctioning off a guaranteed 2014 Fall 50 Team Relay entry each day. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. The price of a 5-person team in 2014 will be $600 so that is where the bidding will begin. Last year, the Team Relay sold out in less than four hours. This is a great opportunity to guarantee your team a spot in this year’s event! Each day’s auction will begin at Noon and end 24 hours later.
On December 7th, USA Track & Field’s Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council awarded the 2014 and 2015 50 Mile Road Championships to the Door County Fall 50.
There were two races bidding to host the race. The other race, the Tussey Mountainback Relay in Pennsylvania, has hosted the event for the past six years. The bid by Fall 50 organizers includes a $12,000 prize purse to be split among the top five male and female finishers in the open and masters divisions of the race.
Race Director Sean Ryan said, “We’re honored to be selected for hosting this event. It’s a testimony to the hard work put forth by the staff and volunteers of this race that we were chosen. We look forward to putting on a great event and elevating the profile of Door County nationally in the running community.”
Online registration for the Solo Ultramarathon and online Team Management for the team and pairs divisions closed at midnight on Friday, October 18th. Packet pick up will take place on Friday, October 25th at The Draft Haus in Sturgeon Bay (4-8 pm) and next to the start line at The Shoreline Restaurant in Gills Rock on Saturday morning. Only one team member needs to be present to be able to pick up the bibs and t-shirts for each team. Individuals may still register for the solo event at packet pick up on Friday or on Saturday morning between 6 am and 7 am. The solo event WILL NOT reach its full capacity this year so we will not turn away any solo runners who wish to register on event weekend. Team captains may make additional changes to their rosters–including additions and substitutions–by filling out a form at packet pick up on race weekend. Teams needing to make roster changes on Saturday morning are encouraged to arrive 30-45 minutes ahead of their assigned start time. WE WILL NOT PROCESS ADDITIONAL SOLO RUNNER REGISTRATIONS OR TEAM ROSTER CHANGES VIA EMAIL OR BY PHONE THIS WEEK.
The 2013 Event Guide is now available online. It has the individual leg maps and lots of useful information for team members and captains. Click here or on the image below to download the event guide in pdf format. Full-color, printed copies of the event guide will be available at packet pick up on race weekend.
Start time assignments for this year’s Door County Fall 50 are now posted to the event website.
SOLO RUNNERS: All solo runners will begin at 7:00 am to afford them the maximum amount of daylight possible to complete the event. The course closes at 6 pm so there is an 11 hour time limit for solo runners, requiring a minimum pace of 13:12 per mile to finish.
RELAY TEAM RUNNERS: Teams are assigned to three start times at 8 am, 9 am and 10 am with the slowest teams beginning at 8 am, the middle third beginning at 9 am and the fastest beginning at 10 am. The slowest teams (8 am wave) must average a minimum pace of 12 minutes per mile to finish prior to 6 pm. The anticipated team paces shown in the table are calculated based on the average pace of the individual team members, information that the participants provided to us.
WORRIED ABOUT YOUR START TIME?… Based on the calculations, ALL teams should be able to finish between 3 pm and 6 pm on race day. Each year, we are contacted by team captains who experience unplanned roster changes in October and worry that these changes will jeopardize their ability to finish prior to sunset/course closure at 6 pm. Team captains who experience unplanned roster changes that slow their anticipated pace are advised to rearrange their leg assignments to address the problem. In other words, assign the longer and/or hillier legs to the stronger runners on your team. Adapting to changing circumstances is part of the challenge, folks!
PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT GRANT START TIME CHANGES FOR ANY REASON.
STILL NEED TO MAKE ROSTER CHANGES?… DON’T PANIC! Teams may continue to change their roster, transfer their team to someone else, and update information online through Friday, October 18th at midnight. Teams may also make last minute changes and substitutions on Friday or Saturday of event weekend.