2020 Bethel Hill Moonlight Boogie
There were many changes made to the 2020 Boogie to make it happen
this year. We will be complying with all N.C. regulations pertaining to
the Covid-19 virus and adding a few of our own. Please read all the
information below and any emails you receive from the event director.
This event is full. Registration is closed. No race day registration.
Live results link https://my.raceresult.com/156045/
THE MANGUM TRACK CLUB PROUDLY PRESENTS
The 26th annual edition of
"THE BETHEL HILL MOONLIGHT BOOGIE"
The 15th annual
6:00 P.M. SATURDAY August 8, 2020
ELLERBE, NORTH CAROLINA
Doug Dawkins, Race Director
Timing by Wilson Timing
"Come with no expectations and you will not be disappointed."
Because of gathering restrictions this year, your friends, family, and pacers
should stay home. Everyone attending should be a registered runner. If
you have to have someone there because you can't do it by yourself, they
are restricted to your vehicle area and should not approach the aid station
or the timing area. We do not need extra volunteers.
This is not your normal marathon. This is all rural, not a city marathon. You will be in the middle of nowhere
all the time with no porta-potties, no splits, no mile markers, no spectators, and late in the run possibly even no
other runners. There are only 6 houses on the course and they have dogs. Aid stops are over 5 miles apart,
so you will need to carry a water bottle. If you decide to quit, there are no pick-up vans, so you will either have
to walk to the aid station or hitch a ride with somebody. The race will start at 6 pm and the temperature will
probably be about 85 degrees with little shade. Darkness comes about 9 pm and there are no street lights.
You will need a light for the reasons cited in the waiver. If you need to be catered to every couple of miles
along the course or worry running in the dark, perhaps you should not come. We really have seen everything
listed in the waiver except the polecats and they are there too. The drop out rate among veteran 50-milers is
usually 40% or so. Think long and hard before you enter this event. Ask yourself "Am I ready for this. Or
would I be better off doing an event where I still have somebody to look after me." If you're not ready to step up
and be responsible for yourself all the way, stay away. Find an easier event.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: BHMB 50 mile map Boogie Marathon map
Five repeats of a 6-mile loop and a 4-mile out-and-back for the fifty miler. Start and finish is at the church. All
rural and all paved. There are several long hills and some smaller ones too. This is not mountainous but is
definitely not flat. The marathon course is the same as the 50 but with less repeats. Marathoners and 50 milers
start together. Shortly after the start marathoners will make a left turn and do an out-and-back that is necessary
to get the distance correct. The out-and-back just after the start is only done once and is not repeated on later
laps. 50 milers will not do the early out-and-back.
"There's nothing there in the dark that's not there in the light." Frank Burns
Location: About 6 miles west of Ellerbe, N.C. on Grassy Island Road. Directions
There are plenty of motels in Rockingham and the Ellerbe Springs Inn is close by in Ellerbe. Since you will be
running all night you may not need a room.
I do like to let my volunteers go home at a reasonable time. They will be with us all night. Therefore,
all 50-milers must start the last lap no later than 4:30 am. That means you have to do the first 40 miles
under 10 1/2 hours. Marathoners must be finished by 3 am [9 hrs. time limit].
All participants must wear a headlamp or other light and run with it "turned on" after dark. No strollers allowed.
All participants must go through the chute and be counted each time it is passed. Runners who withdraw are
expected to notify either the race director or the chief timer. Medical personnel will be stationed at the main aid
station (the start/finish). In the event of an emergency on the course, first call 911 and then notify on site
personnel at the aid station. All runners are responsible for their own social distancing on the course.
Shirts are the traditional Boogie design and 100% cotton. Please indicate your desired size on the registration
form. Shirts will be presented at packet pick-up. Unclaimed shirts will be presented to volunteers
The 50 mile event has awards for male and female first place overall and for male and female first place
Mangum Track Club. To be eligible for the MTC award you must check that you are a Mangum Track Club
member on the entry form. The marathon has a first place overall male and female award. Additionally, all 50
mile finishers will receive a large pottery mug and all marathon finishers will receive a coffee size pottery mug.
There will be no awards ceremony. All finishers both 50 miles and marathon will receive their finisher's mug
immediately after they cross the finish line. Awards will not be mailed unless we run out and have to purchase
more. Make sure and get yours at the finish.
In past years lots of runners have chosen to hang out around the aid station after their
finish. This year you are encouraged to come by briefly, thank the volunteers, and head
back to your vehicle. You are welcome to hang out at your vehicle and visit with your
friends or take a nap after your finish.
IMPORTANT-- Please keep your alcohol off church property. The only complaint I have
ever had from church members is about alcohol. Respect their wishes. If you plan to
have an alcoholic beverage after the finish, park your vehicle along the roadside and
away from the church, not in the church parking lot. Bethel Baptist Church members
have been very generous by allowing us to use their property for 26 years now! They
fed us for 20 of those years. The church is absolutely the best location for the Boogie.
Please do not do anything that would cause me to lose this location.
THIS IS A GREEN RACE. We try to limit our impact but realize the pandemic requires some modifications.
Please bring a water bottle to carry with you. Cups will be used when necessary but use your bottle if
possible. Also we may serve dairy and eggs at the aid stations but no meat will be served at either station.
Our main aid station will be near the start/finish and will be passed at approximately 6 miles and 10
miles of each loop. There will be sanitizer stations just prior to all aid stations. Runners will be required to apply
hand sanitizer to front and back of hands before entering the food area. All food offerings will be items that we
can handle in a clean and healthy manner. Expect water and Gatorade, an assortment of salty and sweet snacks,
boiled potatoes, pickles... A change at the water and Gatorade station is that a volunteer will fill your cup or
bottle. Runners will not be allowed to fill their own bottle from the dispensers..
If you have concerns about consuming food from the aid station then bring all
your own food. Leave it in your vehicle. You will pass your vehicle 2 times each 10 mile lap.
Another note about the aid stations. Volunteers will be spending even more time helping you at this year's event.
They are working all the time you are running. Be nice to them and thank them profusely. Save any gripes or
complaints for the race director. He knows just how to handle them.
Arrival and parking-- The best parking is along the roadside. You will not get blocked in there and you will run
right by your car twice each lap. After you are parked and settled in, come to your check-in station and pick up
your packet. There will be 4 check-in stations...A,B,C, and D. You will get an email just prior to the race telling
you which check-in station to report to on race day. Your check-in station is also in your corralled area. After
you have your packet either remain in your corralled area or hang out at your car. This is a part of the
event when we must observe the 25 person "gathering" limit imposed by NC regulations. I will step in if I have to
and make sure we are observing those regulations. Don't make me do it. I won't be happy.
The start will be at 6:00 p.m. All runners should be in their corral at 5:50. Corral A will be the first to start. All
runners in group A will receive a very short briefing just prior to the start. When the start happens everyone in the
group will cross the mat and begin running. Group B will then move up to the start line, get their briefing and start.
And the same for groups C and D. I will try to limit the interval between groups to about 2 minutes. Your actual
race start time will begin when you cross the mat.
The race director reserves the right to change or update details of this event at any time. There will be no
switching of events after July 18. Packet pickup will begin at 5:15 pm near the start. Most runners will finish the
first loop in daylight. All runners will be required to have a light after dark. The course is open to traffic, so the
lights are not only for you to see with, but also so you can be seen. Littering upsets the race director. Leave all
trash within 300 feet of the aid station. This includes empty gel packets
There will be no race day registration!
Registration will re-open July 19. A very short registration period. Participant numbers will be limited.
There is only a 50 mile event and a marathon. No other distances will be recognized as finishes. The
50 mile has only a 50 mile finish. Anything less is a DNF. There is no marathon option for 50 milers
electing to drop out. The marathon has only a 26.2 mile finish. Marathoners cannot elect to continue
running for a 50 mile finish. No refunds. No wait list. No deferrals. And no transfer of your slot to
another runner if you decide to not come.
Registration closes at the event director's discretion. No amount of pleading will get you in the race
after registration closes.
This event is full. Registration is closed. No race day registration.
For additional information contact
Erin Suwattana, assistant director
Some of the changes: For complete details and all changes read entire page.
Runners waiting to start will be in corrals of 25 or less to comply with gathering rules
No USATF sanction
Main aid station re-designed/use of sanitizer required to use aid station
Your personal distancing on the course is your responsibility