New Dates Added for May and September 2024
Mark your calendars for the new RATT50 Ultra Run, taking place from May 17th to 19th, 2024. This remarkable event happens not only in May but also every September, offering adventurers, elite athletes, marathon runners, and triathletes the chance to embrace a unique endurance adventure that celebrates determination and nature. The September event is typically set in the second week, providing you with multiple opportunities throughout the year to participate. Whether you're an experienced ultra runner or someone seeking an extraordinary challenge, RATT50 promises an unforgettable experience that pushes your limits and connects you with like-minded individuals who share your passion for adventure and achievement.
Stay in Luxury
Immerse yourself in comfort and luxury at the Sea Meadow Inn, serving as your base camp for this incredible journey. Amidst the serene backdrop, you'll prepare for the ultimate solo and unsupported ultra run, surrounded by all the amenities you need for optimal readiness.
Not a Race, a Solo Unsupported Run
RATT50 isn't your typical race. It's an exclusive solo and unsupported ultra run where you challenge your limits and conquer nature's trials. Embrace the solitude of the course and relish the accomplishment of completing the journey on your terms.
About the Course
The RATT50 Ultra would be a notable route based solely on the fact that it covers the entire length of Cape Cod's beaches; what makes it particularly noteworthy is that it is only possible to run it if timed to the tides, which otherwise make several sections impassible. The tides also determine the start and stop points, which rise and fall twice a day. The course shaped by the gravitational pull of the moon on the tide represents a unique challenge to even the most experienced Runner. It requires a different type of planning, preparation, and approach than other runs.
The available infrastructure makes this destination an ideal challenge for runners looking for solo and unsupported runs and or bringing crew along with them, who can have access to comfortable beds, fantastic food, and views while supporting their favorite Runner.
This route connects the North Atlantic Ocean with Cape Cod Bay, and since both coasts are East and West facing, the Runner is also rewarded with watching an ocean sunrise and sunset on the same day. This route is a true hidden gem that can be used as a weekend training spot for accomplished NYC and Boston ultra-runners and a perfect ultra destination for anyone who dreams of running an ultra solo and unsupported.
What Does the Price Include
Your registration for RATT50 offers more than just an extraordinary adventure. It encompasses a comprehensive package designed to enhance your experience and preparation:
Luxury Accommodation: Enjoy a 2-night, 3-day stay at the Sea Meadow Inn. Your base camp will provide comfort and relaxation as you prepare for the ultimate solo and unsupported ultra run.
Complimentary Stay for Two in a double room with a plush king or queen size bed: Bring your significant other or a crew member along. Your registration covers their stay at the Sea Meadow Inn, ensuring you have the support you need. The Sea Meadow Inn offers comfortable plush king size beds in each room. Based on availability, we offer extra rooms for an additional charge, ensuring more of your crew can join the experience.
Course Discovery Excursion: Join us for a course discovery excursion the day before the run. We'll guide you through three or four distinct course sections, offering valuable context to address navigation challenges and the dynamics of high and low tides.
Transport to Start Point: We'll take care of transportation to the starting point of the run, allowing you to focus on the journey ahead without worrying about logistical details.
Seize Your FKT Opportunity
The RATT50 Ultra Run presents a unique Fastest Known Time (FKT) opportunity, allowing you to measure yourself against the current record. Adventure seekers, top athletes in ultrarunning, marathon runners, and triathletes can use this event to push their limits and set new records. The current FKT is held at FKT Cape Cod RATT50. Take on the challenge, beat the clock, and etch your name in the record books.
Start Time Determined by Gravitational Pull of the Moon and Tides
As you gear up for the ultimate RATT50 Ultra Run experience, there are some crucial factors to keep in mind. The run's start time is determined by the first low tide of the day, which falls within the window of 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM. To empower you with the most accurate information, we recommend checking the tide charts for Provincetown Harbor a week in advance. You can conveniently access reliable tide data atUS Harbors Provincetown, MA - Tides, a trusted resource for maritime information.
The influence of the moon's gravitational pull on tides is significant. Both Provincetown Harbor and Rock Harbor share similar tidal patterns, making it essential to consider these factors as you plan. The alignment of these tides adds an intriguing dimension to your adventure, enhancing the challenge and excitement of the RATT50 Ultra Run.
As part of our commitment to your preparation, we will provide the exact start time 24 hours before the run. This allows us to account for any variations in tides and weather conditions, ensuring that you're well-informed and ready to embark on this extraordinary journey.
Cut-off Times Determined by Tides and Terrain
Successfully completing the RATT50 Ultra Run requires a strategic understanding of not just your own pace, but also the natural rhythms of the tides and the challenging terrain. Cut-off times are established based on the mid to high tides in three distinct sections of the run, each spaced several hours apart. This unique approach ensures that runners progress through the course safely and efficiently.
Choosing the optimal start time, gauging your running pace on various terrains, and adapting to the ever-changing tidal conditions are essential elements of conquering the Running Against the Tides (RATT50) Ultra Run. This innovative approach to cut-off times adds an extra layer of challenge and excitement to your journey along the captivating Cape Cod coastline.
Your Solo Adventure Awaits
Join us for the ultimate stay and unsupported solo ultra run. Embrace the challenge, connect with fellow adventurers, and discover Cape Cod's well-preserved beauty as the pilgrims witnessed it 400 years ago. Leave your mark at the RATT50 Ultra Run. Download the RATT50 Runner's Playbook here
Event's current local time: 10:11 AM ET