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The Montour 24 is more of an event than a race! We don't take things too seriously at M24, so we expect that you won't either! This year, you will get to test your endurance in either the 24 hours solo division or in the 4 person relay. A lot of our runners like to describe this race as a party with some running mixed in between.
Event Dates: Friday May 11, 2018 - Saturday May 12, 2018
Bib Pick Up Time: Starting on Friday at 5:30pm
Start Time: Friday at 7:30pm
End Time: Saturday at 7:30pm
Registration Limit: 180 spots for 24 Hour Event/Unlimited For Relay Teams
Registration: Registration Opens December 11, 2017 at 8:00pm
With the amount of interest in the 24 hour time option, we have decided to do away with the 12 and 6 hour options and focus on what is the most popular.
As much as the race directors love torturing people during the hottest parts of the summer, things have changed and Montour 24 needed to be moved to another part of the year. Now runners will get to enjoy cool early May weather instead of steamy late July weather. We also have decided to move the start time to 7:30pm on Friday. As dreadful as that sounds, you'll be the freshest and most alert during the night portion of the race and can ride the natural energy of running in the daylight as you enter into the later stages of the race.
The new course incorporates a good portion of the old course but now utilizes more of the internal trails, a small section of road, and the lower rail trail. We eliminated the stream crossing (aka Dave's Rucky Chucky), the climb (aka Mandatory-Walk-Break or Dave's Heartbreak Hill), the upper rail trail (aka The Backside). It's now flatter, faster, and offers some more passing room.
The Montour 24 offers a 24 hour individual endurance trail run or a four-person relay 24 hour endurance trail run on a fully supported loop course in the Hess Recreation Area in Danville, PA. Food and water will be available every 1.5x miles located just past the start/finish line. The aid station pavilion will be fully stocked and will include a variety of foods such as fresh fruit, chips, energy bars, sandwiches and snacks. We will also have special items such as grilled cheese, pierogies and soup throughout the race day. Relay team members will have access to the aid station while they are running but all teams should plan on bringing their own food to eat while they are waiting for their turn to run again.
To help keep this race from producing unnecessary trash, please bring your own water bottle to use during the race!! We will provide insulated cups along with iced coffee cups for our delicious Bason Coffee, but feel free to bring your favorite travel mug from home!
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND MAP
The 1.5x mile loop course is on low-technical single track, rail trail, very short road section and a grass field crossing to access the aid station and start/finish line. The trails are wide enough to run next to another runner or easily pass them throughout most of the course.
WHAT THIS RACE IS NOT
This race is not a hardcore, qualify for the 24 Hour World Time Trail Championships, measure each centimeter you traveled, wipe-your-butt-on-the-course-so-you-don't-waste-a-step, type of 24 hour race. Montour 24 was designed to fill the gap between 400m track looped races and hardcore trail looped races. What Montour 24 is, is an introduction to trails for the road runner, a stepping stone to test the ultra distance, a fun way to set a PR, a time to party with other crazy running friends.
There is plenty of space for you to set up a tent, canopy, and cars directly along the course, which is what the majority of participants will do and we encourage you to do the same no matter which time option you are competing in. The park will be open Friday at noon and you may camp for free the entire weekend. Relay teams are encouraged to decorate their team tents and bring tailgating games to play between your turn to run.
Would you or your fans rather sleep somewhere a bit less ‘rustic’ before or after the race? We have just the place for you. The Pine Barn Inn in Danville has all the amenities you might want and offers a 20% discount. Mention the discount code ‘MARC’ or enter it as your discount code when booking online and enjoy a 20% savings off the regular room rate!
Porta-potties will be placed alongside the course and camping area. A restroom building with indoor facilities, sinks and outdoor hot/cold showers are located less than 100 yards from the main pavilion.
The awards for the Montour 24 are as unique as the history of the area! Each overall male and female winner, along with the winners of the 4 person team relay, will receive a custom forged railroad spike knife. Every participant, no matter the distance run, will receive a custom finisher award.
The trails and features at the Hess Recreation Area celebrate over 115 years of history as Danville’s premiere outdoor recreation destination. Since 1897, Danville residents have maintained the former line of the Catawissa (Reading) Railroad as what may be the oldest rail-to-trail in the United States. The Montour 24 is a great opportunity for racers and supporters alike to have a great time in a beautiful and historic setting.
RELAY TEAM RULES
The relay option will be span the entire 24 hours. The team will rotate 1 runner every hour, in a predetermined order you decide on, to complete the 24 hours. Each team member at the end will have run a total of roughly 6 hours. Your team will have one belt with one bib that will be handed off to the next person as you progress through the team order. You don't have to be exact with the time when you hand off the bib, just try to shoot to be within a 10 minute window on the hour. We will not regulate your team on this as we expect everyone can handle themselves in making this work.
Relay teams will register as individual runners in the 4 Person Team Relay event registration. You will be prompted during the registration process to create a new team or join your team if it has already been created by another team member.
The course is designed so that you may, at any time, have access to the aid station and tenting area directly after completing a lap. You may rest as long as you want and start back running when you want. To make it as fair as possible, we ask that you do not leave the race site unless you absolutely must do so. If you decide that you must leave the event during the run, you must check out at with the timing company located near the start/finish line.
We expect relay teams to also stay at the race site for the majority of the 24 hours. It would be an unfair advantage for relay members who are local to go home and sleep in their beds when runners who have traveled from far away are sleeping in tents at the site. Relay team members are permitted to leave the race site for the purposes of obtaining food, additional gear, etc.
RUNNING AT NIGHT
Runners must have a headlamp/flashlight at all times from dusk until dawn – no exceptions! The course will not be illuminated during the night except at the aid station and start/finish line. We will marshal the course throughout the night for your safety.
CREWS AND PACERS
Runners may have crews and can access them through the tenting/canopy area and through the aid station pavilion. Pacers will be not be allowed for this race. We do allow friends and family to take a lap with you if you desire.
The Montour 24 strives to be cup-free to the extent possible. Please bring your own water bottle to use during the race. We’ll provide insulated cups and iced coffee cups for our delicious Bason Coffee, but feel free to bring your favorite travel mug from home!
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