"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
           - Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland

                                                       Latest update June 1

The pre-race update page will add information as necessary right up to race day.  Please visit this page
again right before you travel to the race.

If you have never been here before you need to print out this page and bring it with you.  You may
need it.

Remember no alcohol near the church!  

The best weather site is

Race starts at 6:00 p.m.

Registration is closed
and I will not register anyone race day.   

The best directions I can give are on this website on the information page.  Look at the "Local map"
page.  Your GPS may get you here.  Or it may not.

Expect a thunderstorm. I have had people drop out from the cold drop in temperature afterward
even though it was 90+ degrees at 6 p.m.

Lap counting--All runners will go through the finish chute all five times they come back up the big hill.  
The finish chute will be just before the main aid station.  Finish line volunteers will record your passing
through the chute each time.  They will record your time at the end of each 10-mile loop.  All runners are
responsible to make sure the timekeepers get their number each lap.

The Bethel Baptist Church may have only 2 porta-potties
.  I am sure they will get lots of use.  Feel
free to go in the woods if the lines are long.  There are no porta-potties on the course.  

Bottles and cups--  Most of you took the bottle credit.  The main aid station will have water and
Gatorade.  Containers will be labeled.
 It is your job to fill your own bottle or cup from the coolers.  
Volunteers may occasionally assist but do not expect their help. There will be cups next to the coolers for
those who elected to use cups.  Remember, those of you who took the bottle credit agreed to not use any
cups even when they were available.  Use the spigots on the coolers to fill your bottle.

Aid stations--The main aid station will be at the start/finish.  You will pass it twice each 10 mile loop.   Aid
station 2 will be located in the usual spot about 3.5 miles into the 6 mile loop.  You will pass it once each
10 miles.  Aid station 2 will have water only and some food items but not nearly as much as the main
station.  The volunteers there will keep the water cool and food on the table.  Again, please take the
responsibility to fill your own bottle.  

Litter--I have never known a runner who did not have some pride in their sport.  Yet every year I find
empty gel packets along the course.  I have trash cans in the aid station and some distance out from the
station.  Use the trash cans and do not litter on the course.  If you can carry a full gel packet in your
pocket, you can surely carry the empty until you get to a trash can.

Parking in the church lot will be very tight .  The spaces in front of the church need to be left for
 Please park along the road.  Pull well off the road because you will need to run by and
traffic will be tight if you are parking too close to the edge.  You will pass your car twice each 10 mile lap.  
Many runners set up chairs and coolers at their cars for their personal aid.  If you set up a space at your
car either do it in front, behind, or on the side away from the road.  The road is open to traffic and some
people drive through way too fast.

Please limit crewing to the area where your car is parked along the road near the start/finish or along
Holly Grove Church Road near the 2nd aid station.  
No roving aid allowed.  There are too many
runners and too much local traffic for roving aid to be safe.  

Absolutely no cars following along behind a runner at any time.  Bicycles are discouraged.  
There will be 100+ runners on the road and regular vehicle traffic.  

Always run on the left facing traffic and never in the lane with traffic behind you.  Don't expect
cars to move over as they pass.  Step off the road if necessary.

Finisher mugs
--Mugs will be presented to finishers at the finish line immediately upon finish.  If it's not
offered then
ASK FOR IT.  Don't walk off and forget yours.

Other important details

Come back and read this page again just before you leave home.

I will be on site by 4 pm.  Packet pick up will begin at 5 pm

--The Bethel Baptist Church people will be at the race again serving hamburgers and hot dogs
during and after the race to runners and their family or crew.  Your entry fee covers the cost.  Vegetarian
burgers  will also be available.  Please remember we are guests here at the church.   If you choose to
have a beer after the race put it in a cup and do not drink it near the front of the church or near the
fellowship hall.  Let's respect
our hosts.   

Bring insect repellent.  The flies are hungry.  

Aid station 2 at the dog pen (mile 3.5) will be passed once each lap.  Plans are to have cold water,
something salty, something sweet, and bananas.

Remember to take the initiative at the aid tables.  Browse the food and select what you want.  
Plan to fill your own bottle or cup.

The course is marked with white arrows with a circle around them.  There are other markings out there. If it's not
white with a circle around it, it's not

NO DOGS.  Leave your dog at home.   We have had a dog bite incident.   I try to get the locals to
restrain the dogs for the race but cannot guarantee they will comply.

There are poisonous snakes here.  Really.  Some are seen each year.  Run around them.
 Use a light at
night so you can see them.