SAMPLE of 2019 RACE DAY DETAILS. 2020 Race Day Details will be released in late December 2019.
Hello Registered Jackpot Ultra Runner,
We are just over 5 weeks away from the 6th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival and USATF 100 Mile Road Championship. Stephanie and I are honored to have you joining us at one of the two special ultra events we host each year. Below this note and attached as a document, you will find our “Race Bible” which contains all the logistical information you will need for the festival. The Race Bible has been updated this year; so even if you are a 5-year veteran of the festival, please take a few minutes to read the complete Race Bible. Most of you will be spending a zillion and a half hours running with us, so please, please, please read the attached 2019 Race Bible as it will best prepare you to hit your Jackpot!
And finally, most of you know our company is a simple husband/wife team (with huge help from our friends Dave Campbell, Lee Robinson and a bunch of awesome volunteers) and we started our two ultra races as a way to give back to the ultra community and celebrate second chances in life. One HUGE favor please – If you have family and friends coming to the race and they can spare a few hours, please ask them to consider volunteering. Click here to be linked to our volunteer page where friends and family can sign-up to volunteer. By the way, if you need inspiration to push hard during your final 5 weeks of training, take a moment to read Stephanie’s life-changing story by clicking here.
Again, thanks for being part of our 6th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival. We can't wait to help you all Bet Big, Run Long & Hit the Jackpot! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us back, or better yet, go old school and give Ken a call at 702-408-5268. Now PLEASE, start reading the Race Bible located below our signature line!
Stephanie & Ken Rubeli
2019 Jackpot Ultra Running Festival Race Bible
February 15-17, 2019
Packet Pick-Up & Race Location
The race is at Cornerstone Park (1600 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson, NV89074) and packet pick-up will be at our Cornerstone Park aid station. Look for the Big BLU tent located by the pavilion (you can’t miss us).
We will again be doing packet pick-up at the race venue on Friday, February 15th from 4:00 PM –6:00 PM and on Saturday, February 16th from 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM.
If you are running the 48 Hour race, packet pick-up will take place from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 14th at the race venue, as well as from 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM on Friday, February 15th at the race venue.
7:35AM: Pre-race talk and group photo in front of the aid station.
Please note, we are extremely busy setting up Thursday afternoon and have a very, very short window of time to set-up. With that said, please understand we are not in a position to give course previews Thursday afternoon, or let folks pick-up bibs early. Please let us hustle through our set-up and wait until at least 4:00 PM to show-up for the 48-Hour packet pick-up.
There are 800 parking spots at the park with tons of spots located either course-side, or within 10-25 yards of the course. In addition to the very large grass area designated for personal course-side aid stations, using your car as a personal rest/aid station is a great option. The race is capped at 300 runners this year, so there is plenty of parking. Seriously, don’t spend a single moment worrying about parking, you will find plenty of “great” spots!
Camping & Personal Aid Station Rules
NO OUTDOOR CAMPING IS ALLOWED THURSDAY NIGHT. However, if you are in the 48-Hour race and have a RV, you will be allowed to park in the parking lot Thursday night starting at 4:00 PM. If you are racing on Saturday and have a RV, feel free to show-up starting at 4:00 PM Friday. Please note, there are no showers, RV hook-ups, etc. While it goes without saying, don’t even think about “dumping” your RV at the park! You must email Ken (Ken.Rubeli@gmail.com) by February 8th if you plan on parking a RV.
Starting Friday morning at 6:00 AM, 48 hour runners can start setting-up their your own personal rest/aid station along the course, while all other runners are allowed to set-up their personal rest/aid station starting Friday at 4:00 PM.
There is a very large grass area along the course just past the one-mile marker available for personal rest/aid stations. Small pop-up shelters (10 x 10 or smaller) are allowed, as are small personal tents. You are also allowed to set-up personal rest/aid zones along the course that passes right next to the parking lot. Please note, the park strictly forbids tent spikes, so no spikes! Sandbags, or several one-gallon jugs of water, make for great tent anchors. This rule is strictly enforced as we could have our permit permanently pulled if someone uses a spike and hits an irrigation line.
By the way, there really is PLENTY of space along the course, so there's no need to rush to find the perfect personal spot! Seriously, stress about more important things like remembering to bring extra soaks, blister Band-Aids, chaffing cream, etc.
The 48-hour race starts at 8:00 AM Friday, while all other races start at 8:00 AM on Saturday. All runners should be race-ready at the starting line area by 7:35 AM at the latest for a pre-race talk and photo.
Elvis, along with the famous Las Vegas Showgirls, will arrive at 6:45 AM on BOTH Friday and Saturday and be available for pictures until race time at 8:00 AM. We will do pre-race announcements at 7:35 AM and a group photo at 7:50 AM. Elvis will again kick-off the race at 8:00 AM by belting out Viva Las Vegas! Do your best to show-up to the starting line early to have ample time to socialize with friends and take pictures.
In addition to the Showgirls and Elvis appearing at the start, we will have live music next to the aid station Saturday afternoon and hopefully on Friday too. Weather permitting; we will also have outdoor movies playing throughout the night on our large outdoor movie screen right across from the aid station. Your family and friends are encouraged to bring camping chairs/blankets and enjoy the movies. Movies begin with a kid-friendly movie around 7 PM and continue until dawn with more adult comedic movies. We love to have fun, so if you feel like breaking out the glow-in-the-dark body paint at night, or throwing on your favorite running costume, by all means, have at it!!
Like in all our races, we will again be going all-out with a heavily stocked aid station. Like you, we run ultra races and know how critical it is to have a variety of “real” food. Main meals will be served during the race at breakfast, lunch, early dinner and late dinner. Please visit our website for details on the main meals by clicking here. In addition to these main meals of substance and traditional snacks (i.e., M&M's, pretzels, cookies, assorted chips, boiled potatoes, pickles, pastries, bananas, oranges, muffins, etc), we will also have grilled cheese, P&J sandwiches, frozen grapes, bean burritos (vegan and regular) and a variety of soups (vegan and regular). And of course we'll have tasty desserts including brownies, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, popsicles and snow cones. Don’t laugh; nothing beats a snow cone around 3 PM on a sunny Vegas day! New for this year will be our Slushie machine serving Gatorade Slushies. As you can see, we are trying hard to have a variety of food. With that said, if you have special dietary needs, please plan accordingly by bringing your own nutrition. Importantly, if you need/want to purchase some of your own food/snacks, there is a 24-hour Winco grocery store located across the street from the venue.
We will again have a 20 x 10 foot tent set-up to serve as a quiet warming/rest area for 48 hour runners, along with 24 hour and 100 mile runners. The tent will have a few camping chairs, a couple cots and a heater at night. The tent is NOT meant to be a place for long-term napping/sleeping or chatting with friends. It is strictly meant to be a short-term resting spot for those running through the night. We kindly ask no runner to spend more than 2 hours inside this tent. Those nighttime runners who need more than a brief rest should sleep in their cars, or personal tent. Family, friends and crew are not allowed in this tent. It's strictly designated for runners to rest and it is a SILENT environment.
As an electrolyte beverage, we will be serving Gatorade at the aid station this year. We all have our own electrolyte beverage preference; so if you don't like Gatorade, please plan accordingly. We will also have an extensive array of soda, water and coffee. Speaking of water, to cut down on extreme cup waste, runners should carry a personal water bottle, or personal hydration system for drinking water. For those who don’t like to carry a bottle, there will be a table next to the aid station where you can set your bottle. Throw away cups will only be used for soda, coffee and Gatorade. Thanks for understanding.
Pacing is allowed from sunset to sunrise beginning on day one of your race and allowed thereafter. No more than one pacer may run at any given time with a runner and pacing by bike, scooter, etc. is NOT allowed. Please Note: If you are in the USATF division of the 100-mile race, you are not allowed to have a pacer at ANY time per USATF rules.
Partial Laps - (6/12/24/48 Hour Runners)
We believe fixed time runners should have a chance to run as far as possible during their fixed timed event. When you are going out on what you think is going to be your last lap before the ending horn sounds, you will grab a wristband with your bib number on it. You will have an opportunity to complete partial laps in half-mile certified increments. At the 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 1 1/2 mile and 2 mile marks, you will find a bucket on the course. You will drop your wristband into the bucket you last passed when the ending horn sounds. So for example, if I were to travel 0.6 miles during my final lap when the horn sounds, I would walk back to the 1/2 mile bucket and drop my wristband. With this format, we will use a motorized scooter or bike to quickly fetch the four buckets and upload the partial distances into the system. Please not, by allowing partial laps, it does take us an extra 30-45 minutes to calculate finishing results for 6/12/24/48 hour runners.
We no longer allow mid-race dropping. This is not because we are cruel. With 7 races simultaneously taking place, including the USATF 100 Mile Road Championship, moving runners in the timing system once the starting horn goes off can cause system issues. You can email Ken up until Sunday, February 10th at Midnight if you want to drop down to a lower race. You can also email Ken by February 10th at Midnight if you would like to move-up to a longer race. He will send you an online PayPal invoice for the price difference which you can conveniently pay online before the race.
90% of the course has great lighting. About 10% of the course has very little lighting. While about half of all runners ran without headlamps the last five years, we highly suggest every runner bring a headlamp or flashlight. It's a personal preference and you should absolutely bring one to be safe. Don’t forget extra batteries!
Regular Course Surface (Regular 100 mile, 50M, Marathon, 6/12/24/48 hour races)
All runners, except for the USATF 100-Mile division runners, race on a 2.5-mile loop. The course has been independently certified to USATF standards by a highly qualified civil engineer with extensive experience in course certification. The course surface is 45% groomed crushed gravel, 48% wide asphalt paths, 5% bridge/concrete surfaces and about 2% grass. While the park and paths are open to the public, the path is wide and congestion has never been an issue. I WOULD SUGGEST wearing running gaiters around your shoes. It always sucks to get even a small pebble in your shoe. You'll find lots of fun styles at DirtyGirlGaiters.com, or elsewhere on the Internet. . Click here to see a course map and view a complete video of the course.
USATF 100-Mile Division Race Course
The USATF 100-mile race will be run on a 1.177-mile loop course. It is VERY different than the normal 2.5-mile course. It is a quick loop around the lake and does not incorporate the varying terrain of the regular Jackpot course. It is run on 95% asphalt and/or concrete surfaces with just 5% crushed gravel paths. The course is specifically designed to give USATF members a chance to set records, achieve optimal results, etc. This course, which does share many paths with the regular Jackpot course, is ONLY being used for the USATF 100-Mile race. By the way, all runners in the USATF race are required to be USATF members. If you are not yet a member, please visit USATF.org to become one (membership costs $30). Click here to see a course map and view a complete video of the course.
Unfortunately, course cutting has occurred in many ultra races and it has affected the outcome of some podium finishes. In fact, Jackpot fell victim to course cutting several years ago. With that said, we have zero tolerance for course cutting. If you are caught, you will immediately be disqualified and asked to leave the venue. To protect the integrity of our race, we have incurred significant expense through the deployment of two timing systems, along with course-side hidden cameras. Seriously, if you are the type of person who considers course cutting, please don’t come to Jackpot – you will be caught!
About 20 yards from the aid station there are park restrooms. Each has several stalls and a number of sinks. In addition to these "nice" bathrooms, we will also have 3 porta-potties stationed course-side at the ¼-mile mark.
Only God knows! We’ve suffered through mid-80’s some years, while tolerating 32 hours of straight rain two years ago. Most years we experience daytime highs in the low 70’s and nighttime lows in the upper-40’s. With that said, please check the local weather before you leave home and pack accordingly (zip code for the venue is 89074). Also, there is no shade on this course, so BRING your own sunscreen.
We do keep a nicely stock First Aid kit at the aid station. However, we are by no means a CVS or Walgreens and the kit is designed for emergencies. We highly suggest every runner bring a small box of blister Band-Aids, chaffing ointment/lube, etc. Best to just toss these items into your runner bag and hope you don’t need them. Heck, I strongly suggest bringing your favorite diaper ointment. Don’t laugh, we’ve seen the most masculine of guys breakdown in tears due to extreme chaffing where the sun doesn’t shine!!
Like for all our ultra races, Stephanie has designed a really cool shirt for this year's race. These are not cheap screen printed shirts, they are high-end sublimated tech shirts. We've again gone with a slightly softer fabric this year, which you will love! If we have leftovers, they will be available for sale throughout the race for $35. We will also be selling shirts from our previous races for a steep discount ($20 each, or 2 for $30), so bring a few bucks if you’d like to buy some creatively designed running shirts.
We very much need and welcome all the volunteer help we can get, especially since the event goes non-stop for 55 hours! It’s a super fun race and folks really enjoy volunteering! If you have family or friends coming to the race who might want to kill 4 hours by volunteering for a shift, please ask them to volunteer. Click here to sign-up online for a shift. We do offer $25 of race credit per 4-hour day shift and $40 of race credit per 4-hour night shift. By the way, if a runner’s spouse, friend, etc. volunteer this year and they are not runners, they can give the credit to you and you can use it for next year’s race, or towards our Beyond Limits Ultra race in April.
48 Hour Race Packet pickup at the Cornerstone Park Ramada.
7:35am . Pre-race talk and group photo in front of the aid station.
48 Hour Race starts
11:30am Veggie Sandwiches/Sandwiches and Mashed Potatoes
4:00pm Soft Tacos/Bean Burritos/Rice
Other races packet pickup at the race venue - 1600 Wigwam Parkway Henderson, NV 89074. You will receive your goody bag, bib, and timing chip at the tables adjacent to the aid station.
10:00pm - 5:00am Chili/Grilled Cheese/Soups
Park is open to runners and crew to allow for set-up in the designated runner rest zone along the perimeter of the grass area (right next to the course). Runners will be allowed to set-up their own personal drop zones and day-tent accommodations.The park has a strict no tent spike policy, so please plan accordingly. Under no circumstances will spikes be allowed. If you plan on using a pop-up tent, we suggest using sandbag anchors.
6:00am Breakfast for 48 Hour Runners Only - Egg Burritos
Packet pickup at the Cornerstone Park Ramada.
7:35am Pre-race talk and group photo in front of the aid station.
ALL of todays races start
Live music starts
11:00am Deli Sandwiches
and Chili (Meat and Vegetarian options). A limited number of sandwiches will be available for purchase by crews.Sub sandwiches
End of the 6 Hour Race
4:30pm Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Vegetarian Burgers.
Night time Movie Mania begins
End of the 12 Hour Race
Sunday, February 17
Pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs.
9:00am Official Awards Ceremony for All RacesEnd of 24 hour race and 48 hour race
2:00pm 100 Mile cut-off
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