Solo Running Details
6:30 am on race day (ALL solo runners)
Course Time Limit:
6:30 pm or 12 hours (a 14:20 per mile pace)
After 6:30 pm, solo runners will receive a finishers medal but THEY WILL NOT RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL FINISH TIME. We will not make exceptions to this rule since it encourages slower runners to be on the narrow, winding, unlit roads after dark. This is not acceptable to the race organizers or local public safety officials. Our agreement with local public safety departments mandates that we cannot encourage runners to be on the roads after sunset.
Transportation to the start:
Solo runners have the option to take a coach bus to the start line for $15. See Solo Runner Info on the location page for details. Please note that this is a ONE WAY shuttle so non-runners (family/friends) and relay teams are not allowed on the solo bus.
Solo runners may check in gear during packet pick up on Friday or on Saturday at the start line. There will be large red ‘Gear Check Bins’ with identification labels indicating which rest stations along the course route or the finish line each one will be delivered to. We will also provide free drawstring bags that the runners may use to check their gear. Solo runners may place bags with their names or bib numbers into the gear check bins for retrieval at the rest stations during the event. At the rest stations, the individual bags will be removed from the bins and placed on tables beneath the Solo Runner Tents. Typical items solo runners check in include changes of socks, clothing, or shoes along with special fluids and food items. At the rest stations, after taking what they need from their gear bags, solo runners should close the bags and place them back in the large red bins. The gear bags placed back in the bins will be picked and delivered to the finish area periodically throughout the day. Items left on the tables will be retrieved after the last solo runner has passed through the station. In the finish area, the gear check bags will be delivered throughout the afternoon.
Course Support (Fluids & Food):
There will be NINE rest stations along the course route providing support to the competitors. See Course/Leg Descriptions on this website for a breakdown of the locations. Every station will have a dedicated Solo Runners Only tent with food, beverage, gear check and chairs for resting or changing shoes/clothing. The food and fluids menu at each station will include water, Gatorade, flat Coke, pretzels, oranges, bananas, apples, bagels, chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, M&M’s, Jolly Ranchers, Clif Bars, and Clif Shot Bloks. Exchange #5 just past the mid-point of the course will offer the “Half Way Buffet” with hot chicken noodle soup (or chicken broth), PB&J sandwiches and snacks in addition to the items listed above.
All participants, including solo runners, are responsible for supporting themselves BETWEEN rest stations.
TO CLARIFY: The on course food and beverage will be set up in a SELF-SERVE format. There will be no water station teams handing out cups of water or Gatorade. This is an ultra, folks, not a marathon.
NONE! The course IS NOT closed to motor vehicles. Be alert to the possible presence of motorists throughout the entire course.
Red Fall 50 signs will be located at every turn and mile marker along the entire course. Always run on whichever side of the road the course signs are located on. In most cases, you will be running against the motor vehicle traffic along busier stretches of roadway.
Just one rule... Run all 50 miles!