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March 28, 2015

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Registration Date: September 6, 2014 - Noon EDT

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Character and Philosophy of the Race: The Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run is designed with several basic concepts in mind. It will help new ultra runners to bridge the quantum leap from 50 mile runs to the mountainous and more rigorous demands of most 100 mile endurance runs. It will allow those runners who have difficulty finishing 100 miles in 24 hours or just finishing 100 miles the opportunity to do so when severe topography, heat, and getting lost are removed as major obstacles. Many runners will find the Umstead 100 to be an excellent foundation for the Massanutten 100, Western States 100, Leadville 100, Wasatch 100 and other 100-mile mountain runs. The Umstead 100 can serve several purposes, depending on your level of development and personal goals.  

Date/Time - Race, Registration and Briefing: The race will begin on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 6:00 am, EDT. Race registration will be between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Friday, March 27 at Camp Lapihio. Race briefing will follow at 5:00 pm. For those unable to attend the race briefing, late registration will be between 5:00 and 5:30 am on race day at Race Headquarters. Check in must be before 5:30 am on race day. All race times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).  

Contact:    Rhonda Hampton                    Race Director

                 4937 Tuckahoe Trace               (C) 919-801-6153

                 Wake Forest, NC  27587        

Location: Umstead State Park, near Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina (see race map). The race headquarters and start/finish will be located at Camp Lapihio in Umstead State Park. Follow the signs for Camp Lapihio Group Camp from the US 70 (Glenwood Avenue) Park entrance. The Camp Lapihio Group Camp is approximately 3 miles into the Park from the US 70 entrance.

Qualifying: You must have completed at least a 50-mile race within the time limit allowed for that race since January 1, 2013 or show proof of adequate training and/or suitable running history for acceptance into the 100 mile event. We want to know that you know what you are getting into and you are prepared to meet the rigors of a 100 mile run. Locally and given the rugged nature of each, we also accept the 40 Mile Uwharrie Mountain Run and the 40 Mile Mount Mitchell Challenge. We accept your word if you are running a qualifier subsequent to your registration for the Race. Runners desiring a 50-mile only entry need to denote such on the race application. There are no formal qualifications for the 50-mile run except good judgment as to your fitness for such an event.

Time limit: There will be a 30-hour time limit for the race. There will be a cutoff time of 26 hours (8 am, Sunday) at the 87.5-mile point. Any participant who continues after that time/point will not be guaranteed support from the Race.                                  

Course: The course is a 12.5-mile loop with spurs in Umstead Park. The course will be repeated eight times equaling 100 miles. There are two out and back spurs on the course. The Headquarters Spur is 1.85 miles long and accesses the start/finish aid station, race headquarters and parking. This spur allows you to see fellow runners up to 5.3 miles behind and in front of you, as well as providing some race camaraderie. The other is a .75-mile long spur to adjust the course to the 12.5 mile distance. The .75 mile spur (called the Airport Spur) branches off the Headquarters Spur at the 0.6 mile point of each loop and is run only on the outbound leg of the Headquarters Spur. You will pass the entry point of the Airport Spur as you return on the inbound leg of the Headquarters Spur, mile 11.9; do not take the Airport Spur at this point. We will have signs at this junction to help guide you. The distance has been rolled with a calibrated wheel and is certified accurate by USATF certification. The course is along a converted dirt road, which now serves as a running, biking and bridle trail through the Park. The trail width varies between 10 and 15 feet and the footing is excellent. There is no single track trail on the course. All creek crossings are on permanent bridges.

The course’s surface is primarily fine packed powdered, granite screenings (1/16 inch and finer). This is an outstanding running surface. There is crusher run material on the vehicle access road portion of the course leading into Camp Lapihio and the S/F Aid Station (.4 mile). We continue to recommend a light trail type shoe but a well cushioned regular running shoe will do just as well on this surface. We also recommend gaiters to keep the small grit out of your shoes.

The course is rolling topography with a total of 8000 feet of climb over the 100 miles (1000 feet per loop). The entire course is runable for front-runners with nicely spaced hills (see profile graph). The course will be well marked; getting lost, even for a short time, will be difficult. The course will be marked with cherry colored, Umstead 100 Logo, direction signs and with glow sticks at night.

There is no motor vehicular traffic except the very rare official park vehicle on the majority of the course. There is .4 mile of the course with very light park traffic consisting primarily of race/crew vehicles. There will be some bike traffic and a few horses on the trail during the course of the day.

The start/finish line is located at the Camp Lapihio Headquarters Aid Station. Each loop begins and ends at the south door of the headquarters building. The aid station, during inclement weather, is immediately inside the Hqs door; for good weather, the aid station will be outside at the S/F line.

Maps: A general map of Raleigh, a Park/course map and a course profile graph are available, upon request, as part of the race information packet. Maps are also available on the Race website.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is $180. Registration may be made either by hardcopy delivery to the Race Director or online using the registration link on our website. Note: will be the only link you will be able to register from. If you register from any other website, your entry will not be valid and will not be accepted. Entries are strictly limited to 250 runners; this is a hard cap mandated by our Park permit. No refunds after February 1! Refunds before February 1 will be less a $40 administration fee. Entry fee includes: race support, either a race tee-shirt or race hat, a finisher certificate, and a Friday night spaghetti dinner. A belt buckle or ladies silver pendant will be awarded to each first time finisher of the Umstead 100 Mile Run. Finishers may purchase an acrylic triangle finisher’s award after the race.  We regret we cannot refund the entry fee if, for any reason out of race management’s control (i.e., natural disaster, Park closure, etc), the race has to be canceled.

Aid Stations: Aid will be at two manned aid stations for each 12.5-mile loop. Aid Station #2 (Chris’ Ptomaine Tavern) will be located on the old Crabtree Creek Bridge, the 6.85 mile point of each loop. There will be unlimited crew access at the start/finish. Access to AS #2 can be made by a 7-mile drive around the park or a 5.6-mile walk or bike trip along the course. Cookies, fruit, potato slices, sandwiches, hard candy, candy bars, bananas, crackers, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, pretzels, trail mix, soup, ice cream, yogurt, pizza and a variety of other food will be available at each aid station. Drinks will include water, Gatorade, Pepsi, Mt. Dew, coffee, tea, fruit juices and milk. We believe our aid stations are “second to none”. Unmanned, “water only,” stops are available at the 0.6, 2.1, 3.4, 5.6, 8.7, 10.6 and 11.9 mile points of each loop. The 3.4/10.6 mile point, Water Point #1, will also have Gatorade and a food box with a limited number of items such as cookies, trail mix, candy bars and pretzels. Latrines will be available at all manned AS and WP#1.

Crews: Crews are welcome but are not crucial for this race. There will be a voluntary crew briefing at Race Headquarters, 6:15 am, Saturday morning after the runners start. Crew members are allowed at the start/finish at any time. Parking is limited at AS #2; we encourage crew members not to visit this site unless support is very necessary or to retrieve drop bags. If visiting AS #2, please park at Pilgrim Presbyterian Church on Ebenezer Church Road and walk the .25 mile to AS #2 from there. Please do not park at the Church parking lot after 8 am on Sunday as church members will need the spaces to attend church service. At AS #2, do not park at or near the Park gate on Ebenezer Church Road. Crew members are allowed on the course to pace their runner either after 6 pm, Saturday or at the start of lap 5, if started earlier than 6 pm, or otherwise as expressly permitted by the race director or aid station captain. Crew members may not use bicycles to accompany or crew runners on the course at any time (penalty DQ). There will be no crew or runner parking on the park access roads leading to or at Race Headquarters. We like to think of the Umstead as a one big happy family type event. Race crews are welcome to assist with the operation of the aid stations. We appreciate any assistance, just come on up and offer to help. Our only requirements are a smiling face and patience with our runners.

Volunteer Pacers:  The Race does have a volunteer pacer program. These are volunteer runners from the local area who will be available to runners, without a private pacer, who desire a pacer. Volunteer pacers are assigned on a first to request basis as the runner enters the Headquarters Aid Station and as they are available at that point in time.  The volunteer pacer program will be available to runners starting around 7 pm on Race night, continuing through the night and into Sunday morning. For the most part, these pacers are good for 1 or 2 laps with a very few being able to go 3 laps. You may request a second pacer, if available, if your pacer can not run additional laps. In past years, the Race has been able to meet 75 to 90 percent of the request for pacers. Note, we do not guarantee you a pacer; if you want a 100% guarantee, bring your own private pacer. Competitive runners desiring a volunteer pacer should coordinate such request with the RD at least 30 days prior to the Race.

Drop Bags: Drop bags will be allowed at the start/finish and AS #2 (small or medium size requested at AS #2, no coolers please). Drop bags must be delivered to the Race Headquarters, on race day, NLT 5:40 am. They will be transported to AS #2 before the race starts. Runner designated drop bags (placed at designated return location by the runner) will be returned from AS #2 leaving at 6:30 pm on Saturday for delivery to Race Headquarters NLT 7:00 pm. All other drop bags will leave AS #2 at 10:00 am on Sunday for delivery to Race Headquarters NLT 10:30 am. Runners or crew may drive to AS #2 to retrieve drop bags. You may choose to use your vehicle, if convenient, for personal needs at headquarters (see parking at Camp Lapihio) or leave your primary drop bag in the headquarters building, immediately adjacent to the S/F Aid Station.  In order to help make drop bag retrieval as efficient as possible, we ask that you label all drop bags with your race number prior to leaving it for transport to AS #2 and/or leaving it at Headquarters.   Race Numbers will be available on the website NLT a week before race day.   If you are unable to label your drop bag prior to coming to the race, white duct tape and markers will be available at registration on Friday and at the drop bag truck on Saturday morning.   

Weather:      Temperature: Average high 67 degrees F; Average low 46 degrees F                       
                     Moon: Waxing Gibbous –63 % Illuminated (Bring a flashlight!)                       
                     Moon Rises 1:41 pm, March 28; Moon Sets 3:01 am, March 29                       
                     Saturday, March 28 - Begin Civil Twilight 6:42 am; End Civil Twilight 7:58 pm

Medical Checks: There will be no medical checks before, after or during the race. Each entrant is responsible for knowing his or her own physical limitations. We encourage each entrant to get a complete physical before participating in this race. The Red Cross will be available at the Headquarters’ Aid Station. Rex Hospital is located 3 miles from the course's eastern flank and transportation will be supplied for those with serious problems. If in the opinion of the race director or aid station captains, your physical or mental condition deteriorates to the point of endangering your safety, you will be withdrawn from the race.

Runner Performance Requirements: Each runner is expected to be courteous to aid station volunteers and other runners. The runner is also responsible for the courteous behavior and actions of their crew members. Please insure crew members maintain control of small children. No alcoholic beverages allowed in the Park by State law, please inform your crew as this also applies to them. No pets will be allowed. Littering beyond 300 feet from aid stations is prohibited and is grounds for removal from the Race. It is each runner’s personal responsibility to ensure his number is visible on the front of his clothing. Each runner must ensure, verbally, that the scorer at each aid station has recorded his number. We have substantial problems with groups of runners in the first loop and with non-reporting late at night, when the scorers are as tired as the runners. Help the scorers out. Runners and crews are expected to be familiar with and comply with the information contained in the “2015 Race Information Packet”!  

Friday Night Spaghetti Dinner: We offer a free pre-race spaghetti dinner to all runners, one crewmember per runner and race staff. Additional crew and/or visitors are invited for a five dollar donation, payable at Friday registration. On your entry form please let us know if you intend to eat with us and how many will be eating. The meal will be served at 6:00 pm in the race headquarters building. The meal's purpose is two fold: one, to encourage race camaraderie and, second, to provide a good meal for people staying in the cabins. Experience has taught us that it is difficult to leave the race briefing at 6:00 to eat and be back by 8:00 pm when the park gate closes. If you are leaving the Park after the meal, be sure to be on your way to the gate by 7:45 pm.

Camp Lapihio: Race Headquarters, the start/finish, and Headquarters Aid Station will be located at Camp Lapihio Group Camp. The Camp may be accessed from the main Park gate off US 70 (Glenwood Avenue). At the Camp, we will have access to a mess hall, restrooms, showers, running water and 40 primitive cabins. Parking in Camp Lapihio is scattered among various satellite cabin groups. Much of the parking, but not all of it, is located within 300 feet of the course. We will have a drop bag site at the aid station if you choose not to use your vehicle as a drop site. The primitive cabins are just that, primitive. They are small (150 to 225 sq. ft.) with no electricity or water. They do have built in bunks with mattresses, 2 to 4 per cabin. Bring your own blankets or sleeping bags. They provide a roof over your head and not much more. There is running water, latrines, and showers adjacent to the cabins. Runners and crew are welcome to stay in these cabins on a first come, first serve basis. The cabins may be reserved by enclosing payment with your entry form. There will be a $10 per person charge to use the cabins for the weekend. Cabins are available to runners from noon on Friday until 1:00 pm on Sunday. Please clean up your cabin as you leave. Do not remove any Park equipment from the cabin at any time. We will assign single cabin applicants to share a cabin with other single, same gender, runners. We will make every effort to keep requested groups together. We will assign the cabins closest to Race Headquarters first. Twenty-five cabins are in Camp Lapihio and fifteen are .5 mile away at Camp Crabtree. The cabins have become a popular feature of the race and normally “sell out”, so get your reservations in early.

Parking at Camp Lapihio: Parking will be scattered throughout the four satellite cabin groups at Camp Lapihio. To facilitate parking on Saturday morning, one parking spot will be assigned to each runner based on race number and/or cabin assignment. All non-runner vehicles may park at Power Line Parking at Camp Lapihio or at Camp Crabtree. The cabin groupings are 500 to 1000 feet from race headquarters, the main lodge, and the start/finish line. The race course itself winds through the four cabin groups. In some places parking will be within 100 feet of the course and others will be up to 300 feet, with some spaces substantially further. Our Parking Crew will greet you as you arrive at the Camp Lapihio gate and assign each runner a parking area based on race number or cabin assignment. We strongly suggest you find your location immediately so you will be familiar with it for Saturday morning in the dark. The smoother parking goes Saturday morning the better for everyone. There will be no runner, crew or spectator parking adjacent to the race headquarters building or on the park access roads!

Access to the Park: The main Park gate is normally opened at 8:00 am and is closed and stays closed at 8:00 pm. This applies to race Friday night. On race day, arrangements will be made to open the US 70 gate at 4:45 am. Once the gate is closed at 8:00 pm Saturday, park management will maintain access control into and out of the Park. Please note, park management, and not race management will control access into and out of the Park. On Saturday night only, access in and out of the Park will be limited to one-hour intervals (on the hour) unless there is an emergency. Crew members should be back in the Park prior to 8:00 pm or they will have to wait until the gate is opened on the interval schedule. Traffic is very congested on I-40, I-540 and US 70 on Friday afternoons so allow yourself plenty of time to get to the race registration, briefing, and dinner.

Accommodations/Food/Airport: Motel listing, location, and phone numbers are shown on the official race map. Lodging indicated is as close as three miles from the US 70 Park gate. Note the map key for identification of lettered and numbered points of interest. For tent or RV camping information at Umstead Park call 919-571-4170. The Park does not allow personal tents, at any time, or RV’s at Camp Lapihio. See below for cabin lodging at Camp Lapihio Group Camp. Race recommended hotels are the same as the previous four years: the Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites at Brier Creek. They are co-located at 8021 Arco Corporate Drive. Phone numbers are: Hampton: 919-484-0500 and Embassy Suites: 919-572-2200. Rates range from $89 to $109 depending on hotel and room type. Rooms reserved for the Race at this rate are limited, call before Feb 28.  See our website: for additional details/directions and a direct link to the hotel reservation website. Use "Umstead 100" for reserving your rooms. These hotels are convenient to RDU Airport. The airport is also immediately adjacent to the Park. There are numerous eating/shopping establishments near the recommended hotels at Brier Creek.

Real Time Race Results: At the end of each 12.5 mile loop, detailed splits will be available for each runner at the scorer’s tent located beside the Headquarters Aid Station.

Post Race Activities: There will be no awards ceremony. 100-miler certificates and race statistics will be mailed out following the race. Race results, runner splits and previous years' race history can be accessed through the race website at

AWARDS: A beautiful acrylic triangle will be awarded, each year, to the male and female Champions of the Race. Additionally, a sterling silver “Champion” belt buckle or ladies gold “Champion” pendant will be presented to first time, male and female Champions of the Race. All other 100-mile finishers may purchase a similar, smaller acrylic (8”) completion award for $60 after the race. Additionally, each finisher will receive a "Hundred Miler" certificate suitable for framing from the North Carolina Ultra Running Association. Each first time finisher of the Umstead 100 Mile Run will receive their choice of either a distinctive belt buckle or ladies silver pendant at the finish line. Runners finishing subsequent Umstead 100 races may purchase additional belt buckles or pendants for $35 and $30 respectively. Finishes prior to 2004 do not count against the one belt buckle/pendant awards policy. Examples of the awards will be on display at registration. The Award Order Form is available on the Race Website. The deadline for ordering the acrylic triangle award is two weeks after the Race.

50 Mile Option: This race is conducted primarily as a 100-mile event. However, for those who begin the race and finish 50 miles or more, we will report the 50-mile time to UltraRunning. The Race will present an acrylic triangle award to the first place male and female 50-mile finishers. There will be a smaller (6”) version of the 100 Mile Acrylic Triangle Award that may be purchased by 50-mile finishers for $45.  

Race Director's Comments: We at the North Carolina Ultra Running Association hope many members of the Ultra Community will come and give the race a try. We promise a “good time", aid stations “second to none” and a beautiful course.  We are committed to making this a runner friendly event. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improving this event.

Good luck and good running.    

Rhonda Hampton, RD