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The Mission 100K is a perfect trail race for ultra runners and relay teams. We offer a 100K Open Race for individuals, 100K Relay (10K per leg), and 10K Relay (2.5K per leg at night). The Mission 100K will take runner's through the scenic hardwood forest in Brown's Creek Nature Park in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. The event also includes the opportunity for camping and exploring the adjacent winery/distillery.
The Brown name isn't just on the park and the adjacent airport, it's also painted on a massive mural in downtown Elizabethtown, paying homage to Bladen County's living legend, NASA Astronaut Curtis Brown Jr. '"Curt" was born March 11, 1956. A decorated United States Air Force colonel, Brown spent 57 days in space on six successful space shuttle missions which he piloted or commanded. We pay homage to this living legend, and his pursuit to press the boundaries of the universe, by encouraging you to push your boundaries in a setting that's out of this world.
A five minute walk from the camp and starting line athletes will have access to the Cape Fear Vineyard and Distillery. Samples and specials await our participants in addition to cottages for those who don't want to camp. Here we will kick off the race and hold the award ceremony. Athletes and spectators will be able to eat lunch or dinner, and enjoy the amenities of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Distillery.
The race is produced in partnership with Go Time Events and Without Limits. The same duo that brings you our region's most popular trail running events like the Carolina Beach Trail Half Marathon, Southern Tour Ultra, Shakori 40 and the Copperhead Beer Relay
1:00pm to 6:00pm – Packet Pickup at Cape Fear Vineyards
1:00pm to 6:00pm – Camping Check In at Packet Pickup (must have a camping pass to enter camping area due to COVID limitations)
6:00pm - All RVs and Campers must be inside the premises
7:00pm - Moonshine Relay - 4 x 2.5K = 10K (drinking handicapped run)
5:00am - On Site Packet Pickup Opens
5:45am - 100K meeting (Mandatory)
6:00am - 100K Race begins
7:15am - Relay Meeting (Mandatory for team captain or first runner)
7:30am - 100K Relay 1st leg runners start (all 1st runners must check in at registration)
5:30pm - Course Sweep – you must be on your last lap by 5:30pm to finish (100k Individual 13:16/ mi avg., Relay 11:32/mi avg)
8:00pm - Awards at Cape Fear Winery
10:00pm - Campers – all music and noise off
9:00am - Clear site – please plan to be gone by 9:00am
PLEASE CLEAN UP YOUR TRASH
HOW DO WE SIGN UP A TEAM?
Signing up a team is easy. The first member of each team will register and create the team name. Each team member thereafter will sign up and JOIN the team. Team members are signing up similar to individuals, except they will be on a team. The reason we do this is there is a specific cost per participant. Each relay participant is also scored as an individual in the 10k results with individual awards. For example if you run the fastest 10k net split in the relay, you will be awarded 1st place. If you are running more than one leg your first leg is counted for overall individual awards.
1. There is no specific order your team has to run, however the first person from each team will need to check in your team before the race start.
2. Each team has a baton, you must complete the race with your baton.
3. Each runner's first leg will count toward their overall 10K time. For example if you are running 2 legs of the relay, legs 1 and 6, your first leg will be the one that counts toward the 10K overall results (even if 6 is faster).
4. Each runner must run with a chipped bib and their team's baton.
5. Handicaps will be added to the team's times throughout the day. The lower the handicap, the more time off the team will receive at the end. For example 89 means 89% of the overall time:).
6. Any changes to your team must be submitted prior to the race or your team is subject to DQ.
Women + 10% added to the below
10 and under - 10%
11 - 9%
12 - 8%
13 - 7%
14 - 6%
15 - 5%
16-39 - 0%
40 - 1%
41 - 2%
42 - 3%
43 - 4%
44 - 5%
45 - 6%
46 - 7%
47 - 8%
48 - 9%
49 - 10%
50-54 - 14%
55-59 - 18%
60-64 - 21%
65-69 - 26%
70+ - 30%
SO WE ARE DRINKING AND RUNNING?
Yup! Have you every run a relay? Well, that's exactly how it works. Teams of up to four people will be running 2.5k laps each (about a mile and a half), through the woods at Brown's Creek Before each lap participants will have the option to drink a shot of liquor (provided by Cape Fear Distillery) to get a 1:00 minute deduction of their finish time. Not a drinker? No problem, you get a shot of apple cider vinegar. Again, Run solo, with your best friend, or on a team of three or four people to complete the 10k course. Liquor option only available for those 21 and older.
You will be required to hold a relay baton during your relay leg.
AGE GRADED EVENT
Not only will a beer allow a 1:00 minute time deduction, but we are also implementing age graded results.
(Women): 10% (also on top of % listed below for age)
(15 and under) 5%
(40-49) 1% per year
Top 5 individuals will receive one free entry to any upcoming Without Limits or Go Time Event.
Fastest Team (with liquor handicap) will receive custom awards
Finisher Belt Buckle
Top 3 Overall Males and Females (custom award)
Medals for Top Teams and Gift Certificates for Cape Fear Winery
Top 5 Fastest 10K Split – Men & Women
Top 3 Fastest Masters - (40+) Men and Women
The race is bare bones in regards to participant cost. I mean, we are launching a trail race in the middle of a pandemic so we are tracking the orbit of our budget. It makes it tough to accurately predict how many people are comfortable attending as this as we exit the pandemic, and thus it makes it tough to fulfill orders that need to be made months in advance. (Talk about "boldly going where no man has gone before.") So we are offering a limited supply of high quality Without Limit's brand shirts and sweatshirts available for sale at an additional cost during checkout. Next year we will look to adjust pricing so participants can get swag included.
Brown's Creek Nature Park. Amazing single track, hilly, non-technical terrain. Hardwoods, pines, creeks, and fields.
From MTB Project: "Just off of Hwy 87, Brown's Creek Bike Park and Nature Trail is located in Elizabethtown, NC. Brown's Creek has features that are extraordinary for the region. Just under 13 miles, Brown's Creek is a great flow trail with hills that will make you think you are in the foothills of the mountains when faced with challenging climbs, fast drops, and creek crossings. Annually, Brown's Creek is the host site of many fundraisers and races for mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers that want to test ones skills or to just enjoy what Brown's Creek has to offer."
From Singletracks: "Basically Brown's Creek has everything you're looking for in a trail... less than a mile away from beautiful downtown Elizabethtown and minutes away from White Lake."
Cape Fear SORBA is a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). It is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers in the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina. This organization is the driving force behind the creation and maintenance of Brown's Creek, Brunswick Nature Park and Blue Clay Bike Park. Cape Fear SORBA has not only provided year round trails for our community, but they have also stewarded a movement to acquire land and assets for the betterment of natural recreation in eastern North Carolina. Please consider making an additional donation to this kick ass cause during checkout.
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