The time limit for the Saturday morning races is 50-ish hours. As long as you are upright and moving forward, we won’t tell you to stop. Walkers are welcome!
We don’t remove people from the course unless we deem them medically unable to continue, so as long as you keep going, we’ll be out supporting you!
Drop bags will be allowed at the pavilion at race headquarters (the Harrison Bay Group Camp.) You’re welcome to bring a chair if you’d like, and there are picnic tables at the pavilion that you may use. We have PLENTY of space, so if you require a large amount of belongings to get yourself to the finish line, that’s totally okay with us. Running groups/clubs/families/random people you meet and decide to befriend are welcome to set up pop up canopies, hammocks, chairs, complete compounds with decorations and frivolity, etc. within the confines of the group camp.
Please label all drop bags with your last name and your bib number.
You may also park your vehicle in the marina parking lot (space permitting) and retrieve personal items from it during the race. Any drop bags left at the pavilion after the final runner finishes will be discarded.
There will be no medical checks before, during, or after the race. We will have volunteers available who are trained in CPR and basic first aid and park rangers will be on hand to administer aid if necessary. Each participant is responsible for knowing his or her own physical limitations.
If, in the opinion of the race director, aid station captains, or park rangers, your physical or mental condition has endangered your safety and/or the safety of others, you will be withdrawn from the race.
Crews and Pacers
Crews are welcome to assist you. We ask that only one vehicle per runner is parked at the group camp due to limited space. Additional crew members and pacers may park at the large parking lot by the pool at Harrison Bay State Park or by the second aid station near the marina. Pop-up canopies, collections of chairs, etc. are welcome on the group camp grounds. The ONLY place where there is to be any cooking is in the group camp kitchen, and the ONLY place where a campfire is allowed is at the group camp fire ring.
Pacers are allowed in the 50 mile, 100K, and 100 mile races after you reach the 30 mile mark. Pacers are required to wear a pacer bib and must purchase a pacer wristband, which gives them access to food and drink at the aid stations. Muling is allowed.
Crew members and pacers may NOT use bicycles to accompany or crew runners on the course at any time. Crew members may access aid stations via paved park roads.
Runner Responsibilities (The Harsh Stuff)
– You are expected to read all race director emails (sometimes she gets a little long-winded, but that’s because she wants you to know all the things!)
– You are expected to obey all race crew and park ranger instructions on race weekend. The park rangers are ultimately in charge of this event and whatever they say, goes. We are guests in this park.
– You are expected to carry trash OFF the trail and place it into a trash can at either of the aid stations or along the course. Littering is grounds for disqualification.
– You are expected to treat all volunteers with respect. If you have a problem, the only person you are allowed to get rude with is our race director. (Pro tip: if you have a problem and DON’T get rude with her, she’ll generally bend over backwards to fix your problem!) We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy when it comes to our volunteers; if you yell at, harass, or are otherwise at all rude to any volunteer, you will be disqualified from the race and banned from all future Awesomesauce, Run Chattanooga, and Run Tennessee races. Our volunteers are giving up their time to make sure you have a race to run so we treat them like the kings and queens that they are.
– Any cheating, course-cutting, or violation of any state park rules are grounds for disqualification from the race and possible removal from the park.
– This is really the only stuff we’re harsh about. We’re generally pretty easy-going people and we’ve never had any issues with runners at this race. But we want to make sure you can’t say you weren’t warned!
This is a multiple loop course. There are a number of advantages to this design:
– you’ll always know what’s coming up at each aid station
– your drop bag/car/family/teddy bear are always nearby
– the aid station crew can take special orders for food and drink. Particularly later in the race, you can tell the crew at Aid Station #2 that you’d like hot soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, and by the time you get to Aid Station #1, it will be ready and waiting for you.
This also means that it’s easy to drop down to a shorter distance if something bad happens (i.e. you fall down go boom) or if you’re feeling good, it’s easy to bump up to a longer distance.
This course is lollipop shaped, so you can go in either direction around the candy part of the lollipop, because it measures the same backwards and forwards. Feel free to mix it up or just go in one direction or the other.
If you are going “off course” to sleep in your tent, cabin, or vehicle, you MUST sign out on the BREAK LIST at the timing table, and then sign back in when you start again. This way, we won’t worry if we don’t see you for a few hours. You may not leave Harrison Bay State Park for any reason unless you are officially stopping AND you notify the timing table crew.
Runners are responsible for checking in with lap counters and finish line timing staff during each lap. Make sure your number is visible when you approach timing staff. If you do not check in, we cannot guarantee that we will have accurate split times or a finish time for you. Runners who do not check in with the timing table when they finish will not receive an official finish time.
You may drop down to a shorter distance mid-race and receive a finish time, or you may move up to a longer distance if you’re feeling good (you must pay the difference in price), but you MUST inform the main timing table staff at the start/finish. We’re not psychic!
There will be no awards ceremony. We give awards to the final finishers (the perseverance award) of each race.
This is a low-key, laid-back, family atmosphere kind of deal. It’s a camping trip with some running thrown in and a whole lot of food. If you are expecting a super-serious, super-competitive racing situation, we suggest you look elsewhere. We support fast runners and slow walkers. We value camaraderie over competition. We become one giant family that doesn’t get dysfunctional because we’re only spending a weekend together.
But Seriously Though
We do not have an army of volunteers holding hundreds of cups as you run by, or standing at attention every mile to wipe the sweat from your brow and give you a hug, this is not the race for you. We expect you to be trained (if you believe in that sort of thing), ready to run in any weather (your safety is important to us, but nobody melts in the rain), and prepared to handle the distance you’re setting out to cover. We will be supportive and helpful, we’ll ring cowbells and play music and stuff you full of food, we are happy to assist with muscle cramps and blisters and pep talks and tough love, but you are ultimately responsible for completing the distance.