The Hydra

Sat April 9, 2022 Winnabow, NC 28479 US
A race unlike any that you have ever experienced before!
Countdown to Race Day

50K Individual

$60 8:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT Price increases after January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST
Relay Team - Individual

50K Age Graded Relay

$50 8:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT Price increases after January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST
Relay Team - Bulk Rate

50K Age Graded Relay - Bulk Rate

$225 8:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT Price increases after January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST
2601 River Road SE
Winnabow, NC US 28479

According to Greek mythology, the Hydra is a monstrous, snake-like creature with multiple heads, one of which is immortal.  If a warrior manages to cut off one of these heads, two more will grow back in its place.  

Rumor has it that the Hydra has been seen roaming the trails of Brunswick Nature Park, keeping a close eye on his treasure, ready to challenge any trespassers who dare to come searching for his riches.  So...are you ready for an adventure?

The Ultra Running Guys bring you a new unique race experience where your mission is to conquer the 5 heads of the Hydra and collect the treasure that is protected by each.  

There will be an individual event and a team relay event (up to 5 runners), and the objective is to complete each of 5 separate loops, scoop up the gems that await on each loop, and return the treasure to your treasure chest for safe keeping.  

The 5 loops will be varying lengths of approx 5-7 miles, for a combined total course distance of 31ish miles (50Kish). 

But here's the twist: you get to pick the order in which you run the loops. That’s right. You get to choose your own adventure.  All 5 loops will need to be completed, but the order is up to you. 

Chances are that you will have no idea who is in first place or last place because other runners may or may not be running the same loop as you. The first runner / team to successfully collect all the treasure is the victor, aka The Hydra Slayer(s).

Are you ready to take on The Hydra?

Aid Stations

There will be one main aid station at the start/finish line. Each loop of the hydra will start and stop in the central parking lot of the park. Additional unmanned water stations will be available on the longer loops. These stations will be cupless. All runners are encouraged to carry hydration on them and should plan to have a refillable handheld or hydration pack. 

The main aid station will have plenty of goodies available, but if you have any special favorites, make sure to bring them along for the day.  


Every registration completed by March 11, 2022 includes this awesome Hydra race T-Shirt (available sizes S-XL)!  Sign up to snag yours now!  

Also, you just never know what else you may find in that swag bag come the day of the race.  😎 

Check out the STORE for other Hydra race gear or to pick up some of our URG swag!

Packet Pickup

Early packet pick up is on Friday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and will be located at Shuckin Shack in Leland, NC. If you are in the area during this time, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Also, the Shuckin Shack is offering 10% off your meals when you present your bib from the race which is valid for both Friday night and Saturday post-race. 

Race day packet pick up is available the morning of from 7:00am to 7:45am. Once you have parked at Brunswick Nature Park, make sure to come to the check in table to grab your swag.

Area Hotels


Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites
1120 Town Lake Dr, Leland NC 28451
12 min drive

Holiday Inn Express Leland 
1020 Grandiflora Drive, Leland NC 28451
14 min drive

Downtown Wilmington

Hotel Ballast Wilmington
301 N Water St., Wilmington NC 28401
15 min drive

Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
9 Estell Lee Place, Wilmington NC 28401
16 min drive

Best Western Plus - Coastline Inn
503 Nutt Street, Wilmington NC 28401
16 min drive

Race Contact Info

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Who are The Ultra Running Guys?

Jeremy and Jeff are passionate about growing the Ultra Running Community and are ecstatic about having you spend race day with us!  

To learn more, follow the links below! 

Podcast: The Ultra Running Guys Podcast
IG: @TheUltraRunningGuys 
Facebook: TheUltrarunningGuys
YouTube: The Ultra Running Guys


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