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The Ozone Endurance Challenge run (#ZonerParty) is a lovingly crafted, yet simple, family friendly event directed by Will Jorgensen and produced by Life Wide Open, a Tennessee 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It will take place October 11-15, 2023, at beautiful, family friendly Camp Ozone near Rockwood, Tennessee (west of Knoxville).
Bring your family or friends with you for a weekend where you run as much as you desire, spend time with your peeps, and enjoy the fun and pain of running what may seem like forever, and then celebrate your accomplishments with fellow runners. There are family activities available for those who are not running.
Runners will follow a 1.77 mile (USATF certification #TN22045MS) loop keyhole course course through the woods surrounding around Ozone Lake and a half mile out-n-back along the beautiful Fall Creek on an old railroad grade. (NOTE: If it is particularly muddy come race week, the 3/4 mile out-n-back will be eliminated and we will just do the 0.9769 mile loop around the lake...USATF certifcation #TN22046MS). The course consists of about 2/3 double track which is almost all flat and relatively smooth. It is a mix of dirt and gravel (with a grass shoulder to run on, if you prefer).There is also a short section of single trail trail. The overall elevation difference is only about 25' between the lowest and highest points pn the course.
This event features timed races for 6, 12 (both day and night flavors), 24, 36, 48, 72 and even a super crazy long 96 hours! It is a great course for beginners and veterans alike, walkers and runners. Kids of any age are welcome to become a Zoner too! (Super cheap fees for those under 10. And they are eligible for finishers awards too!) There will be a full service aid station with plenty of great food at the start/finish area, which you will pass by every 1.77 miles.
So, pick your time and run or walk as much or as little as you like. You compete with the people in your time slot. Different race lengths will start at different times, so everyone finishes closer to the same time.
To be an official finisher and score a medal, you only have to complete a single 1.77 mile loop. How easy is that?! But of course your goal is to complete as many laps as possible within your chosen time limit. If you complete 50 miles or more, you will the proud new owner of a Ozone Endurance Challenge mug. And if you're a really crazy Zoner and crank out 100 or more miles, you will really step up your bling collection with a super cool belt buckle. So...how many laps can you deliver?
When you are done running, we encourage you to stay around to cheer on others and enjoy the camp facilities. Then at 11:30 am Sunday, there will be a celebration finisher's dinner (must be selected during the online registration) followed by recognition for the Zoners who place. It’s a great family like event well worth staying for.
Besides getting to enjoy some quality trail time with all your crazy running peeps, some great race support, and swag, this is one event you can really feel doubly good about. A significant portion of your registration fees go directly to the camp owner, Children's Bible Camps, to help with their programs. A big thanks for your support!
Here's the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/OzoneEnduranceChallenge
Hop on over and join our Life Wide Open Facebook group to share and discuss virtually anything about the Zoner party. Definitely very helpful!
Be sure to get signed up before it fills. Grab your friends too! The more the merrier! (Shirts size guaranteed to those registering by September 1st, 2023.) Then get your stuff together and come join the Zoner Party!