We’re pleased to announce Alexander County, North Carolina will host a 24- Hour race also serving as a last chance qualifying 24 Hour race
Race Director Rick French of Alexander County will be at the helm in collaboration with other NC based runners, timing companies and USATF professionals. Rick’s ultrarunning pedigree goes back to the early 90’s and he is an early member of the North Carolina based Mangum Track Club. Rick and his Alexander County team have successfully hosted many successful events in Alexander County over the years including the popular Vertical Mile races at Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area.
Collaborators for the race include:
Brandon Wilson an NC based USATF/RRTC Certifier and IAAF/AIMS (A) measurer and USATF official. Brandon will be assisting Rick with various logistical and planning aspects of the race including certifying the track with governing bodies USATF and IAAF. Brandon has been involved in many fixed time ultras over the last 10-years and has officiated races, certified courses and timed events producing National records and Worlds best performances including both recent 100-Mile worlds bests records by Camille Herron in Vienna, IL and Zach Bitter in Milwaukee, WI.
Brad Smythe of Clockwork Race Timing. Brad is an NC based USATF/RRTC Certifier and IAAF/AIMS (B) measurer will be providing live chip timing for participants. Brad has been part of the NC Ultra community going on 20-years and is currently 15th for all-time mileage at Hinson Lake 24 Hour. Brad has been a race timer for many years and has timed hundreds of events including other NC based fixed time races Cape Fear 24 Hour and Hinson Lake 24 Hour.
You can expect Rick and his team to put on a first-class, USATF sanctioned, certified event that will be records eligible. Every aspect of the event will be fine tuned to ensure athletes aiming for the National Team or a PR are provided the best venue and opportunity for doing so.
All participants are expected to pay the $125 entry fee. Due to the small field size, we cannot extend comp entries to any athlete. Any of the 12 reserved slots not filled by April 1st will then be open for general entry. If the event reaches capacity a waitlist will be maintained. If any participant withdraws from the race unfilled spots will be offered to waitlisted participants.
USATF and all State and local ordinances and orders pertaining to COVID 19 will be followed.
There will be flood lighting at the track so runners should not need to wear a headlamp. Port-a-jons will be conveniently located adjacent to the track to ensure competitive athletes can quickly and conveniently access restroom facilities.
Final results will be reported to USATF and Ultra Signup.
All National records achieved will be reported to USATF for ratification within 10 calendar days from the conclusion of competition. All World’s best records performances will be reported to the IAU for ratification within 10 calendar days from the conclusion of the competition
According USATF rule any athlete attempting for a record is required to declare that to the event prior to the competition. Any athlete attempting a World’s best performance is required to coordinate their own WADA anti-doping testing via USATF in accordance with IAU guidelines. Questions regarding records requirements should be directed to Rick French and Brandon Wilson
Alexander County 24 Hour