Taper Time....

Hi Everyone!

We hope all of your training cycles went well and that you can get some good quality rest before race day.  If you happen to be like us and like to over prepare for a race than here are a few resources that might be of interest to you, especially if you are coming from out of town or haven't had the chance to run the course.  Hopefully these will keep you from going too stir crazy during your taper period.

Uwharrie 100 Videos - Videos from our past races and training runs to give you a better idea what you might encounter on race day.  We've recently consolidated all our videos in one convenient location at http://www.uwharrie100.com/videos/.

Uwharrie 100 Race Recaps - A collection of race recaps written from past runners.  There is a vast amount of information to be gained by reading over past runners experiences to see what worked well and what didn't work so well for them.  Several race recaps can be found at http://www.uwharrie100.com/racerecaps/.

Uwharrie 100 Split Times - Split times are listed for each of our past three Uwharrie 100's under our Race Results section.  These split times are useful to map out your goal times or to give pacers and crew a general idea of when you might arrive at a particular location.  All split times can be found at http://www.uwharrie100.com/results/.

That's it for now.  We will be sending out Bib #'s and a link to where your friends and family can track your race progress online next week.  Just let us know if you have any questions.

Take care,

Dan and Amanda Paige

Uwharrie 100 Race Update #1

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Hello everyone,

We are just over one month out from Race Day and we hope you all are getting as excited as we are!  Here are some race/pre-race details to help you be prepared for what you will encounter next month:

 - Packet Pickup - Packet pickup will be from 3:00pm - 7:00pm at the EE Waddell Community Center (621 Wall St, Albemarle, NC) on Friday, October 20th.  ** We will suspend packet pickup starting at 4:55pm in order to ensure that we start our race brief on time.  Packet pickup will resume once the racebrief is over.  The reason why we do this is so we can start our race briefing on time. **  Drop bags can be turned in here at Packet Pickup and we will have white duct tape on hand with a sharpie to mark your bags.

 - Pre Race Briefing - Our pre race briefing is being held at the EE Waddell Community Center (621 Wall St, Albemarle, NC) at 5:00pm on Friday, October 20th.  Our race brief is short and to the point (plan for about 15-20 minutes max).  We will provide you will all the information you need for the race and then open it up to any questions than any of you may have.  Your time on Friday night is VERY important, we want to get you the information you need, give you time to get some good chow and then get some rest before the big day Saturday/Sunday.

 - Pre Race Dinner - We will start serving a pre race pasta dinner with salad immediately following the pre race brief.  We welcome you, your family and crew to come out and grab a bite to eat.  We will have both meat and non meat sauces available.

 - Drop Bags - Runners can have drop bags at each of our three aid stations.  You can drop off your drop bags at packet pickup or they can be dropped off at the start no later than 5:30am Saturday morning.  We will have white duct tape and a sharpie at packet pickup and at the start so you can mark your bags with bib# and aid station location.  All drop bags will be returned as each aid station closes down towards the end of the race.  Just keep in mind that you may have to wait for your drop bag if you drop and want your drop bag sooner than that.  We will do what we can to get it back to the start as soon as possible, but you may have to wait until a volunteer is returning from Crossroads/Kelly's Kitchen or drive to that aid station and pick it up yourself if you want sooner than that.

 - Race Day - The race will start promptly at 6:00am on Saturday, October 21st at Wood Run Trail Head which is located on HWY 24/27 approximately 9 miles west of Troy, NC.  GPS Coordinates for the start are 35.310293, -80.043726.  Please follow instructions from the parking attendants so we can ensure everyone gets a parking spot as close to the start as possible.  A Google Maps link can be found here:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wood+Run+Trailhead/@35.3107305,-80.0433924,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xc9c69e5dc4842e42!8m2!3d35.3107305!4d-80.0433924 . 

 - Race Morning - Packet pickup is also available on race day from 4:30-5:30am.  Drop bags must be turned in no later than 5:30am so we can deliver them to the aid stations before you get there.  At 5:40am we will conduct a short race brief to brief up any runners who missed the race briefing the night before.  The race will then begin promptly at 6:00am.

 - Aid Stations - Runners will encounter aid stations at mile 6, 11.7, 15 and 20.5 during each loop.  Runners can turn in drop bags for all aid stations.  We will have a wide assortment of drinks/food at the aid station.  Some of the offerings include Heed, Gatorade, Water, Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, Hammer Gels, Hammer Endurolytes, burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, bacon, quesadillas, pizza, soups, sandwiches, potatoes, fruit, chips, candy, etc.  Aid stations at the start will start with the basics in the beginning and will transition to warm food starting around lunch time on Saturday.  There will be portable toilets at each aid station.  More information on our aid stations is available at https://www.uwharrie100.com/aidstations/.

 - Pacers - Runners can begin having pacers after completing two full loops (41 miles).  Pacers are required to check in at the timing table at the start/finish to give some basic emergency point of contact information and get issued a pacer bib.  The only reason we do this is to ensure we can properly care for a pacer if one were to get injured.  Your pacers DO NOT have to sign up on our volunteer pacer signup online, that signup is for pacers wanting to pace but do not have runners to pace.

 - Crew - Crews can crew and see their runners from either the Start/Finish or at Kelly's Kitchen.  Crew are not allowed at Crossroads Aid Station due to the narrowness of the forest service road that you must take to get there.  Directions to each of our aid stations can be found on our website at http://www.uwharrie100.com/aidstations/.  We will also include maps in your race packet so you can share a hard copy of the directions with your crew.

 - Cutoffs - Both 100K and 100M runners have 36 hours to complete the race.  Runners must begin their last lap by 12:00pm Sunday and must be through Kelly's Kitchen by 3:30pm Sunday.  We will do everything we can to help each runner be successful but we also have to be considerate for our volunteers and understand that each aid station has to shut down at some point and break down so they can all go home after a hard day of volunteering.

 - Volunteers - We are still in need of volunteers.  If any of your crew are interested in helping out we would greatly appreciate it!  This is a great way for them to stay occupied as they wait until they can see you next.  All volunteers will receive a Uwharrie 100 shirt, 50% off entry into the 2018 Uwharrie 100 and 100% entry into the 2018 Rattler Trail Run (10K/25K at San Lee Park in Sanford NC) as a small token of our appreciation. Volunteer signup is available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScs12BrCTA7jpDsy4FXqKXXw6O7rck_VdtaYE8Gymb-CTpU1g/viewform.

 - Registration - We still do have a few spots remaining if any of your friends have been on the fence about signing up to join you on race day.  Interested runners can register on UltraSignup at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=42041.

 - Race Awards - Unique awards will be presented to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place males and females for both the 100K and 100M

 - 100M Runners dropping to 100K - 100M runners that drop to 100K distance after completing 3 complete loops will be awarded with a 100K finisher medal but will not be eligible for overall 100K placement awards and will be recorded on the results as a Did Not Finish (DNF).

 - Speedy Spider Award - The runner with the fastest first lap will be awarded the "Speedy Spider Award" regardless of their sex, distance or final raceplacement.  This award is a form of thanks on behalf of all the runners for clearing the spider webs on the trail.  The concept of this award came from some of our runners during one of our training runs.  Thanks for the great idea guys :)

 - Sub 22 and Sub 24 Hour Cash Award - We are SUPER stoked to see if this is going to be the year that we have our first female to break Sub 24 hours and the first male to break Sub 22 hours on the 100 miler! $1,000 cash prizes are on the line for the first male and first female to break these records. If no one breaks the record this year than we'll keep adding an additional $500 to the pot each year until it is broken.

 - Race Timing - We will have real time race tracking available online courtesy of Ultra Timing Professionals LLC .  A link to the live results along with Bib #s will be posted as we get closer to the race.

Thats it for now, just let us know if you have any questions.  We want to ensure that you have everything you need to make your race a great experience.  Look forward to seeing you in October!

Take care,

Dan and Amanda Paige

August, September and October Training Runs

Our August, September and October training runs are now scheduled and will be held on August 5th, September 9th and October 7th at 7:00am.  We also will be having a nighttime training run on September 9th starting at 10:00pm.  Just to be clear, we will be having TWO separate training runs on September 9th.  One starting at 7:00am and one starting at 10:00pm.

We'll be meeting up at the Wood Run Trail Head which is located off of HWY 24/27 approximately 7 miles west of Troy, NC.  All Runners are welcome to attend, whether you are running the race or not.

Runners can run the entire course which is about 20 miles (see course map below) or they can do less if they would like.  We will have water at the start/finish and it is highly encouraged that you bring some sort of hydration pack or bottle to carry water with you.  Hope to see some of you out there!

June and July Training Runs

Our June and July training runs are now scheduled and will be held on June 3rd and July 15th at 7:00am.  We'll be meeting up at the Wood Run Trail Head which is located off of HWY 24/27 approximately 7 miles west of Troy, NC.  All Runners are welcome to attend, whether you are running the race or not.

Runners can run the entire course which is about 20 miles (see course map below) or they can do less if they would like.  We will have water at the start/finish and it is highly encouraged that you bring some sort of hydration pack or bottle to carry water with you.  Hope to see some of you out there!

April and May Training Runs - April 15th and May 13th

Our April and May training runs are now scheduled and will be held on April 15th and May 13th at 7:00am.  We'll be meeting up at the Wood Run Trail Head which is located off of HWY 24/27 approximately 7 miles west of Troy, NC.  All Runners are welcome to attend, whether you are running the race or not.

Runners can run the entire course which is about 20 miles (see course map below) or they can do less if they would like.  We will have water at the start/finish and it is highly encouraged that you bring some sort of hydration pack or bottle to carry water with you.  Hope to see some of you out there!

2017 Uwharrie 100 Dates and Registration

The 2017 Uwharrie 100 Trail Run will be held on October 21st, 2017.  Registration opens on 1 January 2017 and will be available on UltraSignup at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=42041.  Volunteers who are interested in running next year and who volunteered for 8 hours or more at the 2016 Uwharrie 100 Trail Run can contact us at uwharrie100milerun@gmail.com beginning on December 1st, 2016 to have a 50% off discount applied to their UltraSignup account.  

October Training Run - Oct 9th @ 7:00am

Our last training run for 2016 is scheduled for October 9th at 7:00am.  We'll be meeting up at the Wood Run Trail Head which is located off of HWY 24/27 approximately 7 miles west of Troy, NC.  All Runners are welcome to attend, whether you are running the race or not.

Runners can run the entire course which is about 20 miles (see course map below) or they can do less if they would like.  We will have water at the start/finish and at Crossroads Aid Station which runners will pass by at mile 6 and mile 15.  You'll still want to bring some sort of hydration pack or bottle to keep you hydrated in between water stops.  Hope to see some of you out there!

September Training Run - September 17th @ 6:30am

Our September training run is scheduled for September 17th at 6:30am.  We'll be meeting up at the Wood Run Trail Head which is located off of HWY 24/27 approximately 7 miles west of Troy, NC.  All Runners are welcome to attend, whether you are running the race or not.

Runners can run the entire course which is about 20 miles (see course map below) or they can do less if they would like.  We will have water at the start/finish and it is highly encouraged that you bring some sort of hydration pack or bottle to carry water with you.  Hope to see some of you out there!

July and August Training Runs

Our July and August training runs are now scheduled and will be held on July 23rd and August 27th at 6:30am.  We'll be meeting up at the Wood Run Trail Head which is located off of HWY 24/27 approximately 7 miles west of Troy, NC.  All Runners are welcome to attend, whether you are running the race or not.

Runners can run the entire course which is about 20 miles (see course map below) or they can do less if they would like.  We will have water at the start/finish and it is highly encouraged that you bring some sort of hydration pack or bottle to carry water with you.  Hope to see some of you out there!

May and June Training Runs

Our May and June training runs are now scheduled and will be held on May 21st and June 4th at 7:00am.  We'll be meeting up at the Wood Run Trail Head which is located off of HWY 24/27 approximately 7 miles west of Troy, NC.  All Runners are welcome to attend, whether you are running the race or not.

Runners can run the entire course which is about 20 miles (see course map below) or they can do less if they would like.  We will have water at the start/finish and it is highly encouraged that you bring some sort of hydration pack or bottle to carry water with you.  Hope to see some of you out there!