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The Black Toe Relay is a 12 -hour relay that occurs on a 5 mile trail loop at Hardin Farm in Watertown, TN. The race will have teams of 2 or 4, however, individuals may endeavor to complete the challenge, though we are not responsible for frozen phalanges or lost minds. The goal is to complete as many loops as possible in the given time period, with one team member running at a time. To stay official, one lap must be done every 2 hours. Simple, right?!
Location: Hardin Farm
10010 Statesville Road
Watertown, TN 37184
Starting time: 10am, January 18th, 2014
Race ends: 10pm January 18th, 2014
Race Food: Roman Noodles, sandwiches will be provided at night so please bring food for the daytime. Of course we will also provide water, and GU!
Awards Ceremony: 11pm January 18th, 2014 – Awards will be custom made of stone from the skillful hand of Mr. Hardin
Entry fee: 12 hours:
$70 per person with Hoodie - this year as we just purchased some permeant ink and stamps that will allow us to customize each hoodie with the runners team category, distance, and elevation gain for the run. We can also add placement if you like.
$50 No hoodie.
$50 without: FYI go with Hoodie option
Team size: Individual, 2, or 4 person teams (male, female, and co-ed)
Loop size: 5 mile trail, ~1200 feet of ascent, equal descent
Aid: Starting line will serve as the aid station, which will have GU’s and water for everyone.
Packet Pick Up: Will be held at race location the day of the race. Please try to come early (7:30- 9:30am).
Included in Event
* Black Toe Run Cotton Hoodies
* Custom Stone Awards
* Hot Noodles
* Male and Female Port O Johns
* Heated in-closed porch for warmth
- Runners must complete one loop every two hours, in order to qualify
- One runner on the course at a time
- Each team member must complete at least one lap every 12 hours
- Must be self-supporting. There is a campout area at the start, which will have water coolers, along with a tap for refill. We will have floodlights and a heated porch at Slug Row (the campout area) which serves as a pit stop area for runners. Runners are responsible for your own food, drinks (other than water), warmth, sleeping tent, and winter survival.
- At the conclusion of the race, runners are given a 15 min grace period to finish their final lap, after which a mile will be deducted for every 15 min they are late (for example, at 10:15 one mile is deducted, at 10:30 two miles, and so forth).
- Each time a runner comes in they must mark their tally sheet. This is based on the honor system.
- Littering on the course will subject you to disqualification
- Due to the extreme weather at this time of year we reserve the right to cancel the event at any time. Final results will be calculated based on each runner’s placement at the call time as determined by that runner’s last completed lap. This rule is intended to be a last resort
- If you are struggling at any point in the run, race officials will have the right to evaluate you, and it will be their call if you will be allowed to continue. These decisions will be made with your safety and desire to finish in mind
- Runners may have crew support every lap. When helping, crew must stay at designated area on Slug Fest Row. Helping outside of the runners designated area on Slug Fest Row is not allowed
- When checking in you will be asked to show your required materials described below. If you do not have these items you are subject to disqualification
- Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rdin the following categories
- 12 Hour Solo
- 12 Hour 2 person team
- 12 Hour 4 person team
- Fastest Lap (First Place Only)
What to Bring – You will be asked to show all required materials when signing in. Failure to have them could lead to disqualification
- Required - Flashlights or headlamps will be required!!
- Required - Water Bottles
- Required - Long Sleeve technical shirt
- Required - Warm jacket
- Required - Gloves
- A very warm sleeping bag and pad to keep you off the ground
- Food and drink for the long haul ahead
- Tarps – To keep your camp area from getting muddy
- Any pain medicine you might need
- Small personal First Aid Kit
- Fork, Knife, Plate – For Chili and to cut down on trash
- Chairs to sit and rest in
- Extra socks
- Religious relics
The trail is 5 miles and 1,400 feet in gain per loop. With the combination of freezing weather, long distances, tough terrain, and bad elevation gain/loss this makes for one of the toughest runs created in TN. You will have minimal support so please prepare properly.