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8 hour run on a 1.1813 mile loop course. No wimps, no whiners. But lots of other stuff. PREVIOUS ULTRA/ENDURANCE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! This is NOT a good first ultra due to the potentially extreme heat.
The course is 1.1813 miles long, almost entirely trail. Being trail, you should expect roots, rocks, sand, and wildlife. There is also a very short section of pavement each loop, but you'll barely notice it!
• Race morning beginning at 6:30 am.
Directions to Sweetwater Creek
From I-20 exit #44 at Thornton Road, turn south (left if heading west, right if heading east) and go 1/4 miles. Turn right on Blairs Bridge Road. After 2 miles, turn left on Mount Vernon Road. Turn left on Factory Shoals Rd. and follow signs to the Interpretive Center. Follow race signage for race parking instructions.
• Veteran ultra runners ONLY! If I do not know you, proof of worthiness is required. This is NOT a good first ultra due to the potentially extreme heat. Why? See WEATHER below. • NO BANDITS. NO PACERS. • No dogs allowed on course (sorry, but leashes are a hazard on loop courses). • Limited to 100 runners.
Overall Hottest Male & Hottest Female.
All runners will be chip timed.
• One fully stocked aid station at start/finish. Included will be darn near everything you need: wide variety of sweet and salty foods, sports drink, water & lots of ice. Runner-heckling volunteers included at no extra charge. • There will be NO pain killers (ibuprofen, tylenol, etc.) of any type provided by the race. • You must provide your own electrolytes pills (SCaps, Endurolytes, etc.).
You must provide your own electrolytes pills (SCaps, Endurolytes, etc.).
At the Hot To Trot 8 Hour Race, our goal is to provide the race as advertised. As the name implies, you can count on it being HOT (we had a freak cold snap in 2004, but we're pretty sure that won't happen again). Temps are easily in the 90's this time of year in Georgia, with humidity off the scale. Hyponatremia and dehydration can be serious. Runners are expected to use proper electrolytes in order to stay alive! Ice is provided throughout the race for your use to keep that core body temperature down! The race director reserves the right to pull anyone whom he feels is putting themselves in danger. If you do not know how to manage your electrolytes, learn BEFORE this run, not during!
How hard is the course?
The course is 8 hours hard. To put that into perspective, the previous course at Clyde Shepherd was only about 5 hours hard because the first 3 hours were easy. There are roots, rocks, sand, possibly a blow down, and two climbs each loop. Those climbs will be very easy the first few times you do them.
Is there a wait list?
I'm a wuss. Do I have to be out the for 8 hours?
Well if you're a wuss, you should probably stay far away from Hot to Trot, But to answer your question, no. A lot of folks will only run a few hours then leave. Some have a mileage goal, and once they reach that, will stop. You have 8 hours to accumulate as many or as few miles as you wish.
Does the race provide electrolyte pills?
No. You will need to bring your own. We will have a electrolyte drink and lots of salty foods. But you must bring your own electrolytes. And just to be clear, you WILL need them.
Does the race provide pain relievers (Tylenol, Motrin, etc)?
No. Again, bring your own. Taking such medications in conjunction with dehydration greatly increases the risk of renal failure. We will not take that responsibility.