Where did I get the idea for Black Friday Races... Well, I was talking to Ed, "the Jester" Ettinghausen and he told me he was looking for a 100 mile race over the Thanksgiving weekend... So, I put out a post on the So Cal Ultra Lunatics Blog and David Martinez suggested having a Black Friday Marathon... then he said he wanted to run a 50K instead....I know some ultra runners have friends who don't run ultras, so they can come run the half or full marathon instead, then crew or pace their friends as needed.
Event will be held on the trails around Rohr Park and the Golf Course. 5K per lap. 50 ft elevation change per lap. 32 laps for 100 miles, 20 laps for 100K, 16 laps for 50 miles, 10 Laps for 50k, 8 laps plus out and back for marathon, 4 laps plus out and back for half marathon. Course record for 100 miles is 17h09m, 50 mile record is just over 6 hours. 12 hour male record is 120km and female 12 hour record is 90Km. 6 hour male record is 73km, 6 hour female record is 63km. If you set a course record, you will be listed on the So Cal Ultra Lunatics page and receive an award.
Pre Race Instructions
Black Friday Races….
Pre race letter:
This is the 3rd running of the 6, 12, 24 /100 mile race at Rohr Park in 2013. We expect to have another similar run next February 8th, in this location, and we have scouted out some new venues for races up to 50K, both with and without mountains to climb. Stay tuned.
Friday is nearly upon us. The weather forecast appears to be GOOD for the race day morning. Morning Clouds with a high in the upper 60’s and low of 50F. THIS IS GREAT WEATHER, actually. Sunrise is around 6:30 A.M., Sunset is 4:42 PM. Moonrise is around 3:00 AM. Starting Times are:
9AM START FOR ALL RACES. SLEEP IN, Eat breakfast, drink coffee, then RUN!
Bring a head lamp, you will need it at night.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, so we can get your bib and give you pre-race instructions. It’s a small group of runners, so we don’t have to be too formal and you shouldn’t have to wait long before starting. We also have a couple of other race directors and friends who will be starting in the evening to run overnight, in that way we have more people to keep our 100 milers company in the dark hours. If you are running 100 miles, you are entitled to a pacer… and you should have some sort of crew to attend to your feet, nutrition and sanity. We will help where we can, but you may have to wait for someone to pace with you if we are understaffed.
Parking is in front of the Bonita Sunnyside Library. Please park in the WEST lot, in front of and immediately to the right of the library. The parking lot to the far right ( East side ) is for the Golf Course and Restaurant. They are very protective of their space and may tow. Since we are starting early, we should not have any parking issues. And you may use your car for your personal aid station, bunk, restaurant or whatever you need. The parking lot is right next to the start / finish, so you can keep your entire wardrobe, and whatever you need right there where you can get to it every 5K… NO high clearance vehicles or large RVs overnight. Vans or Pickups with shells are OK. If you have a crew and a smaller RV, they may be OK to park overnight in the lot, as long as they can move the vehicle to the VONS parking lot across the street or another location if the sheriff asks us to move them…. Hasn’t happened before, but you never know…
Restrooms: Inside the park they are open around 6:30-7:00 A.M. to about 9PM. The AM / PM Gas Station at the corner of Otay Lakes and Bonita Rd. is open all night, so I recommend you use that one late night and early morning until the park and McDonalds are open. There is also one at the Golf Course, just to the East of the start line that may be open/ I will check and let you know. Library opens around 10 AM, is air conditioned and has bathrooms. Not sure if they will be opened on Saturday, certainly closed on Friday. Good place to take a short break, update facebook, etc. Free WiFi until 10PM.
Check in: Please come at least 15 minutes before the hour your race starts. We are a small group, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get you your bib, sign you in and get you warmed up for the race.
More pre race instructions
Lap Counting: As you may recall, the course is almost exactly 5K. Each lap as you come around in front of the aid station, we will check off a box on our tracking sheet for you by your BIB NUMBER. So, we need you to wear your bib on the front of your person in a visible location. I would also ask you to call out your bib number and make eye contact with the timer so we mark your lap. We will also TRY to mark your time to the nearest minute for each lap. If you are not wearing your GPS, this will be good for you to review later, if you are wearing your Garmin, it may not be that important to you. But it’s very important for us, because as the sweep, I need to track everyone for safety reasons. If you decide to go have breakfast, or drop from the race without telling us, we will probably go looking for you on the course, assuming you are injured and in need of medical assistance. If we have to search for you, both you and your fellow runners will be very unhappy. This is not an adventure run, please stay on the marked course. Please tell us if you are leaving the course for more than 10-15 minutes to get a Starbucks.
Speaking of medical assistance, I am CPR / AED Certified and a volunteer Race Guard at many races. If we have a medical emergency, the Fire Dept. Paramedics are located ½ mile from the starting line on Bonita Rd., between Central and Otay Lakes Rd. They can access the entire course by vehicle and get here pretty fast. If you see anyone, including someone who is not a participant in our race, who needs medical assistance, dial 911 and they will be dispatched as fast as possible. I will be on the course the entire 32 hours… awake as much as I can. If you are also CPR / First Aid Certified, the Good Samaritan Law allows you to assist other runners, walkers, hikers, etc. in medical need without fear of law suits. It's the right thing to do.
Aid Station: Our aid station is at the start / finish line, behind the Library. We will have water, Gatorade, bananas, sweet and salty foods, twizzlers, trail mix, Coke and 7-up, much like you would find in a trail race or ultra. At night we can make soup, oatmeal, coffee or tea. We are old school runners. We put on races because we love to run. We don’t seek deep pocket sponsors who push their product at our races. Consequently, if you have a favorite mega branded gu or gel that you prefer, please bring your stash with you to the race. If you want to bring something to share, please do so. We do have a preferred brand of vitamins are mineral replacement, but we don’t force you to imbibe.
iPhones, iPods, Headphones, etc. We do not encourage the use of these devices while running, but we recognize that they are part of our lifestyle. We ask that you run with one earpiece out, especially when at the aid station, crossing the driveway or any time when you may be trying to communicate with other people. Since the trail is typically 15 feet wide or more, you don’t have to worry about blocking someone’s path if they try to pass you, but it’s a good idea to be able to hear people behind you trying to pass.
Even more pre race instructions
Course Markings : I will put orange / pink surveyors tape ribbons in numerous locations around the course. I will also put some chalk marks and some signs at the turn around for the out-and-back sections of the 21K, 42K, 50M and 100M sections to make an even distance based on my Garmin. I have found in past races that kids tend to pull down all the ribbons as soon as they get to the park in the morning. Hence, I ask that you pay attention to the course on the first lap or two, so you won’t get confused if you see some kids running around with ribbons tied to their bodies. We don’t use children as moving course markers, but can’t keep them from trying to participate in that manner.
T-Shirts: Not this time. I am going to try for February’s race, because it will be our first anniversary, and worthy of note.
Course photographs: A link to a large pdf file with course photos is here:https://www.dropbox.com/s/irkhbmgbkx5xsk3/bonita%20course.pdf
It’s a BIG file, so you need to be on a fast WIFI or go get a cup of coffee while it downloads.
Race Results: we will post results the Ultrasignup.com. page where you registered. It will take a couple of days to complete them. If we make an error and need to correct it, no worries. Save your Garmin results if you believe there’s an issue with your finish time and we can review them. We TRY to get every lap, but sometimes even 99.5% accuracy means we can miss one or two in the course of a long race. We always try to get better as race directors and as runners. We are reasonable and will work with you to resolve issues.
Email me back if you have questions. I will be trail marking on Friday MORNING if you want to walk the course before sunrise. Then I will be at the start line till the last runner finishes their race. I will be trying to complete 50 miles during the course, so at some time, I can either pace you or will be running in the opposite direction. But only when I have at least 2 volunteers at the aid station to make sure you are well taken care of.
About the 12 hour and 24 hour races… To win either of these events, all you have to do is finish more miles in that time than anyone else does. Simple enough… If you finish 100 miles in 20 hours and someone else finishes 104 miles in 24 hours, they beat you in the 24 hour race, but you probably beat them in the 100 mile race. Your results can only be counted in one race category. You could stop at 100 miles or at 80 miles or any distance you wish. However, the only formal races we have are Half and Full Marathon, 50K, 6 Hours, 50 miles, 100K, and 100 miles and 24 hours. That’s a lot to choose from, so more people can either PR or finish first… Have fun and run smart.
This is a good course for first timers for a couple of reasons.
1) The weather is going to be good.
2) The aid station is every 5K
3) Restrooms are every 5K or less
4) Water is every 1-2 KM so you don’t need to carry much
5) Starbucks is across the street
6) Your car is along side the course, so you don’t need a drop bag.
7) 100 milers are entitled to have a pacer.
8) There are no DNFs. All will get at least a medal, for one lap or more.
9) The course is flat.
10) Not much pavement
11) Hard to get lost on a loop.
12) People have set PRs on this course at 100 miles, 100K, 50K and ½ Marathon distance.
13) Cell phone service is good on 100% of the course.
14) There are no large or predatory animals on the course, despite all our race logos depicting them.
Local time: 12:01 AM