Arkansas weather in October can be unpredictable. The average high temperature for race weekend is mid-70’s and the average low is in the low 50’s, but wide variances can occur. It has rained; it has hailed. Don't be without a hat and emergency poncho or garbage bag.
Expect darkness to come at 6:30-7:00 pm and dawn around 6:30-6:45 am. Flashlights are essential during the nighttime; a flashlight at the start is optional—some runners carry one, others do not. Those anticipating a 28-30 hour pace should either place a flashlight in a drop-bag at Club Flamingo or be prepared by already carrying a light.
There are no shower facilities at Camp Ouachita, but there are two shower buildings in the Lake Sylvia campground that can be used.
Race Website: http://www.runarkansas.com
Runner progress updates will be posted on the website during the race.
Race director contact: AT100@runarkansas.com or 501-803-9411
The format of the course is a 17-mile figure-eight loop followed by an 83-mile out-and-back through the Ouachita Mountains. Eight miles of the course--approximately mile 9 through 17 are on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. There are a total of two miles of pavement on Highway 324, with the remainder of the mileage on forest roads and jeep trails of greatly varying quality. Total cumulative climb is about 12,000 feet. The Ouachita Trail is permanently marked with blue blazes. The remaining 92 miles will be marked with striped ribbon, chalk painted arrows (at turns), occasional signs, and glow sticks (at night). See Official Course Description for detailed course directions.
All runners must wear assigned race numbers. It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure his/her race number is recorded at all aid stations.
At no time may a runner ride in or on a vehicle of any kind. Violators will be disqualified. If you get off the course, you must return on foot to the point at which you left the trail.
Do not litter on the course. Violators will be subject to disqualification.
Runner’s crews cannot be on the race course. Runners receiving aid from crews outside the designated crew access points are subject to disqualification. (See Aid Station chart for designated crew spots.)
Crews must abide by the instructions of aid station personnel.
Runners are responsible for their crews.
Runners can have a pacer beginning at the Powerline Aid Station (out-bound).
Runners 60 years and older may have a pacer from the start.
You can have only one pacer at a time running with you, except for the last two miles of the race.
No bicycle or motorized pacing.
Pacers and vehicle/pacer shuttle services are not provided or guaranteed by the race.
Each runner is allowed to set his or her own pace as long as he or she is OUT of each aid station by the posted cut-off time. These cut-offs are strictly enforced. See Aid Station chart for cut-off times.
Each aid station beginning with Lake Winona outbound has a “Red Zone” time. This is informational, so that you are aware if you are behind the pace kept by the majority of runners who officially finish.
If you must drop out of the race, make sure you report to the captain at the nearest aid station—who will cut off your wrist band. Failure to do this may result in search and rescue, which could be at runner’s expense.
Drop-out shuttles go to these aid stations: Powerline, Copperhead Road, Turnaround, Club Flamingo, and Lake Winona. Be aware that if you drop out of the race at another location you will probably be there until the aid station breaks down and the volunteers return to race headquarters.
We will have at least one weigh-in point, most probably at the Powerline Station, and will follow well-known 3/5/7% weight loss guidelines. A caution will be issued for 3% weight loss. A 5% loss will warrant a runner to be possibly held for fluid restoration and monitoring. If a runner’s weight is 7% down he may be pulled from the race.
Medical personnel, the race director, and aid station captains have the right to pull a runner if they feel the runner may be a danger to himself/herself.
All runners must abide by the directions of the medical personnel and aid station captains.
Custom plaques are awarded to the first female and male, runners-up, and overall and master finishers. These will be presented at the runner and volunteer picnic on October 20th, or mailed.
All sub-24 hour finishers receive special enameled buckles. Sub-30 hour finishers earn bronze buckles.
Drop bags can be left at the start/finish area on Friday, or Saturday morning before the start. They should be waterproof. See Aid Station chart for drop bag locations. Clearly label each drop bag with your NAME, RACE NUMBER, and AID STATION. Drop bags will be returned to race headquarters ASAP, but by no later than noon on Sunday. Please pick them up, as they will not be mailed back to you.