The 2021 Boogie Races will comply with CDC recommendations and all government
regulations in effect June 12, 2021.

The 27th annual edition of
The 16th annual
"Boogie Marathon"

6:00 P.M. SATURDAY June 12, 2021

Doug Dawkins, Race Director
Timing by
Wilson Timing

"Come with no expectations and you will not be disappointed."
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:  Both courses certified.   BHMB 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.  

Location: About 6 miles west of Ellerbe, N.C.  Click here for directions.

"There's nothing there in the dark that's not there in the light."  Frank Burns

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 (from both directions) and be counted each time it is passed.  
Runners who withdraw must notify either the race director or the chief timer.  Medical personnel will be stationed
at the church aid station.  In the event of an emergency on the course, first call 911 and then notify on site
personnel at the aid station.

Shirts are the traditional Boogie design and 100% cotton.  Please indicate your desired size on the registration
form. You must register by May 30 to have a shirt included.  Shirts will be presented at packet pick-up.

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.
AID STATIONS:  This is the plan but Covid could change our aid station offerings.  Depends on CDC
recommendations in effect race day.

This is a green race.  We try to limit our impact.  Please bring a water bottle
to carry with you.  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.  The 2021 aid stations will be much like they were in 2019.   All the usual offerings.  Water
and Gatorade, an assortment of salty and sweet snacks, boiled potatoes, pb and j sandwiches, pickles.... The
dog pen aid station will have water only and a few items along with the usual characters.

Additionally at the main aid station
We will be cooking and serving veggie burgers and iced coffee.  Burgers will be cooked on a flat griddle and
served on a bun with your choice of the the following toppings: mustard, pickles, mayo, bbq sauce, guacamole,
ketchup, crushed potato chips, salt or jalapenos.  Burgers will be warm and toppings added at your request.  
Burgers available at 7 p.m..
Iced coffee will be prepared at your request.  Choices will be black, with whole milk, soymilk, or almond milk.  
With or without sugar.  What a tasty way to get your caffeine on a hot night!

Another note about the aid stations.  Volunteers sign up for the whole event.  I don't do shifts.  They get
tired too.  Take the initiative to fill your own water bottle and wait on yourself at the table.  Don't expect a
volunteer to jump up every time you come by.

Arrival and parking-- The best parking is along the roadside.  You will run right by your car twice each lap.  
With so many cars, the best way to park is to back your car straight off the road with the front of your car facing
the road.  Your car takes up much less space that way and you cannot get blocked in.  Make sure you leave
plenty of room between your car and the road.  You need the space to run through here and this road is open
to traffic.  Then you can set up your chair and personal station behind your car and be safe from traffic.

The race director reserves the right to change or update details of this event at any time.  Packet pickup will
begin at 5:00 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.

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!  The church is absolutely the best location for the Boogie.  Please do not
do anything that would cause me to lose this location.

Registration opens April 1 on Ultrasignup.  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.

May 30 is absolutely the last day to change events.

Registration closes at the event director's discretion.  There will be no race day registration.  No
amount of pleading will get you in the race after registration closes.

2021 registration fees
$60 April 1 through April 30
$75 May 1 until closing

                               Register at Ultrasignup

For additional information contact
Doug Dawkins

Erin Suwattana, assistant director