Bald Unyielding Twilight Trail Trial

Sat February 29 - Sun March 1, 2020 Mount Morris, IL US 61054 Directions
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Place
5502 N. Silver Creek Rd
Bald Hill Prairie Preserve
Mount Morris, IL US 61054
Description

The 1st ever Bald Unyielding Twilight Trail Trial

Try saying that quickly, or after you’ve been out all night on the trail, and you’ll see how it goes. One of the few timed 12HR, 6HR, and 3HR Ultra running events in Illinois and its in the dark! Great opportunity to test your night gear, your cold weather gear (possibly), and your ability to stay on your feet during the night. 50 TOTAL RUNNERS MAX-ish! GRAB YOUR SPOT EARLY! Yes, we realize we didn’t give you much time to sign up. This is the sort of shenanigans you’ll be dealing with, you’ll get used to it. Truthfully, if we have more runners register that’s fine, it’s merely a matter of swag coverage. If we’re over 50 runners, those folks will not receive their swag that day. We will get it sorted out. Hosted by the Rockford Road Runners, Inc. Our thanks to the Byron Forest Preserve District for allowing us in the beautiful facility with the largest Eastern Cottonwood tree in the state. 

Saturday February 29th all races starting at 6:00 pm.
Three race brackets; 12 Hour, 6 Hour,  3 Hour
12HR: 6PM-6AM
6HR: 6PM-12AM
3HR: 6PM-9PM

Prizes for top female and male for each time grouping only: the most loops win. Run fast, run slow, walk fast, walk slow, however you want!  Simplicity at its finest, just get the loops in.  12HR = 1F, 1M. 6HR= 1F, 1M. 3HR= 1F, 1M. 6 total prizes, that’s all.  Prizes will be announced sometime. Probably on race day! Could be some useful thing, or some weird handmade tchotchke that’s unique and one of a kind. The suspense will likely not be worth it, but it’s fun to ponder and pine away all the same.

There will be 1 aid station with combined gear storage/bag drop. The gear storage/bag drop will be on tarps exposed to the elements. It’s recommended you have a proper sealed gear bag with your name on it and please keep the size reasonable; a cubic cubit (~18x18x18”) should suffice. The aid station will be 2 pop-up tent/gazebos with a heater, tables of food and drink, a fire pit, some camp chairs, and the park benches.

Aid station will have the usual foodstuffs; water, candy, salty snacks, fruit that won’t chip your teeth if it’s cold out, Gatorade/electrolyte mix. Probably coffee, hot chocolate, tea, ramen/soup. Maybe if you’re lucky some grilled foods and home-made baked goods. The local runners are known for their generosity and cooking/baking skills.  The aid station will be there to help you get hydrated and fueled, tempt you with fire and warmth, and test your patience with various forms of music or noise. The race directors are known for tormenting people with music, you’ve been given fair warning. A restroom of the portable fashion will be placed in the parking lot area. There are no other facilities in the preserve.

12,6 & 3 HR Gear Requirements All runners will need to bring a head lamp, temperature appropriate clothing, and your chosen vessel for carrying fluids.

Race Accommodations: None. There is no camping at this event. There are some hotels nearby in Oregon if you’re coming from a ways off. Parking is also a premium at this site (6 spaces total, one being occupied by our precious porta-potty), so please carpool and you’ll be parking along N. Silver Creek Rd. just to the south of the entrance of the preserve and it’s only ~3/8 mile long to the start.

Event Details

Packet Pickup & Day of Registration: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm at race start Bald Hill Prairie Preserve located at 5502 N. Silver Creek Rd. Mt. Morris, IL 61054 Saturday February 29th all races starting at 6:00 pm.  
Three race brackets; 12 Hour, 6 Hour, 3 Hour
12 Hour: 6:00 pm  - 6:00 am
6 Hour: 6:00 pm  - 12:00 am
3 Hour: 6:00 pm  - 9:00 pm

Prizes for top female and male for each time grouping only: the most loops win. Run fast, run slow, walk fast, walk slow, however you want!  Simplicity at its finest, just get the loops in.  12HR = 1F, 1M. 6HR= 1F, 1M. 3HR= 1F, 1M. 6 total prizes, that’s all. Prizes will be announced sometime. Probably on race day! Could be some useful thing, or some weird handmade tchotchke that’s unique and one of a kind. The suspense will likely not be worth it, but it’s fun to ponder and pine away all the same.

There will be 1 aid station with combined gear storage/bag drop. The gear storage/bag drop will be on tarps exposed to the elements. It’s recommended you have a proper sealed gear bag with your name on it and please keep the size reasonable; a cubic cubit (~18x18x18”) should suffice. The aid station will be 2 pop-up tent/gazebos with a heater, tables of food and drink, a fire pit, some camp chairs, and the park benches.  Aid station will have the usual foodstuffs; water, candy, salty snacks, fruit that won’t chip your teeth if it’s cold out, Gatorade/electrolyte mix. Probably coffee, hot chocolate, tea, ramen/soup. Maybe if you’re lucky some grilled foods and home-made baked goods. The local runners are known for their generosity and cooking/baking skills.  The aid station will be there to help you get hydrated and fueled, tempt you with fire and warmth, and test your patience with various forms of music or noise. The race directors are known for tormenting people with music, you’ve been given fair warning.

A restroom of the portable fashion will be placed in the parking lot area. There are no other facilities in the preserve.

Hosted by the Rockford Road Runners, Inc.  Our thanks to the Byron Forest Preserve District for allowing us in the beautiful facility with the largest Eastern Cottonwood tree in the state.

Packet Pick Up

2020 Packet Pick Up Details to come! It may be as simple as your swag and bib on race day, don’t over think this.

RULES

All three races start at 6:00PM. Be there 5:45PM to get a quick briefing before we start.

GEAR REQUIREMENTS: All runners will need to bring a head lamp, temperature appropriate clothing, and your chosen vessel for carrying fluids.

PACERS: Pacers are NOT allowed. You may run with other entrants but if they are not entered you may not run with them.

No animals allowed at the course/preserve for runners, spectators, volunteers, etc. The forest preserve is trying to restore the wildlife habitat and has asked that we leave our beloved pets at home.

We are going to be CUP-LESS for the water/electrolyte! Really, it’s pretty easy; bring a vessel you want to carry your liquid in whilst running or leave it at the central aid station/your gear.  Foodstuffs will be mostly finger foods. The potential soup/ramen we’ll have cups and silverware of some sort. If you want to be awesome in the extreme- bring your own bowl/mug/spoon for the hot food.

LITTERING: You’ll be disqualified. Pack it in, pack it out. Leave no trace. We’ll have a trash can at the aid station and it’s only a couple miles around the course. We understand things happen, your fingers get numb in the cold, all that jazz and you lost a tear tab off a gel. Just clean up after yourself and your fellow runners. Look after one another and especially look after the prairie.

RACE DAY REGISTRATION: Allowed, but please bring check or cash in exact change amounts and be there at least 1 hour before race start. There is an additional $10 penalty for day-of registrations.

AWARDS: will be presented shortly after each timed race bracket. The female and male winners must be present to win. So, if you accumulated more loops than others in your bracket then decided to leave early, your prize will go to the next runner who was there to finish their race bracket.

DROPPING: You may drop AT ANY TIME. You do NOT need to run the whole amount of time that you have signed up for. That is the beauty of a "timed-ultra"! Your loops completed count. Just remember you need to be present to win for your bracket. Hang around, cheer others on, help hand out aid, heckle your fellow runners.

DROPPING DOWN A RACE DISTANCE: Not allowed for awards. For example- If you signed up for the 6 hour, you’ll be recorded in the 6 hour, if you choose to run 3 hours and then call it a night, that’s fine. Your loop count will be put in the 6 hour race. Same for a 12hr dropping to a 6 or a 3, your loops count for the longest race you signed up for.

LADDERING UP A RACE DISTANCE: Allowed for awards. You can do this before the race or during the race. The additional $10 day-of race registration penalty plus the difference from your current race bracket to the one you wish to sign up for is due at the time you wish to pursue going up a bracket.

LAST LOOP RULE: If you come into the Start a loop before your race time ends and don’t make it back, it doesn’t count. There’s no 1/3, 1/8, 59/63rds of a loop. Full Loops only count once you are back on top of the hill at the aid station and a volunteer has your bib number/name recorded for the loop.

BATHROOM LOOP RULE: Doesn’t count for any mileage. We acknowledge you being crafty and creative if you thought to ask. The porta-potty will be visible from the aid station and most of the course. So, if we can see most of the course from the aid station, utilizing mother natures facilities may not be the most recommended of avenues. The loop is small, the detour won’t wreck your mileage on this adventure we assure you.

CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS, AND BIB-TRANSFERS: This event will be held rain, snow or shine! There are NO refunds for this event, you may however transfer your Bib to another runner. Bib transfer may occur if approved by race director email:  gsturdy@gmail.com 

COURSE

All runners will start and finish at the aid station along the southern ridge of the park west of the park entrance. The course will be approximately 2 miles per loop. Elevation will be approximately 70-115 feet per mile. You’ll have the park borders on all edges, so it’d be challenging to get lost unless you climbed a fence or went out the parking lot. Don’t climb the park fences or go out the parking lot you ninny.    *We want to note that the park will still be open to the public during our event. We will have signage and the trails will be marked where runners will be running so that people will be well aware there is an event taking place, however we cannot legally instruct people to stay off the trails and out of the park. Please join us in showing respect and professionalism to all people at the park on race day! We take pride in "sharing our trails" and we ask that you do as well!

Parking is also a premium at this site (6 spaces total, one being occupied by our precious porta-potty), so please carpool and you’ll be parking along N. Silver Creek Rd. just to the south of the entrance of the preserve and it’s only ~3/8 mile long

More Things You Might Like to Know

Race Accommodations:  None. There is no camping at this event. There are some hotels nearby in Oregon if you’re coming from a ways off.

RACE SWAG: 2020 SWAG! Likely some nifty insulated vessel that’d be helpful on another race like this to keep fluids from freezing. Possibly some other things, we’re pulling this together last minute!

RECORDING/TIMING/RESULTS: You’ll get a bib, we’ll put that bib # and likely your name on a board. As you come to the aid station each lap you check in and we record the loop number you are on. We’ll tally the loops but you need to check in each loop, don’t just zip by thinking we saw you and got your name/number. Final results will be posted on the Rockford Road Runners "Results" page.

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