First, Stephanie and I sincerely thank you for registering for the 5th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival being held February 16 - 18, 2018 in Sin City!  As many of you know, we are active participants in the ultra community and love giving back to a sport that has done so much for us.  For those who don’t know our story and are interested in learning why we started Beyond Limits Running, feel free to read our story by clicking hereYou’ll learn life-saving miracles really do happen.


Before delving into the logistics of the weekend, we’d like to take a moment to thank the USATF for entrusting us with having the Jackpot 100 Mile Race be the Official 2018 USATF 100 Mile Road National Championship.  The changes associated with this honor will enhance everyone’s Jackpot experience. For example, the course will now be certified to USATF standards.  Several folks have asked if the USATF championship race and/or course is different than the regular Jackpot 100 Mile Race.  The answer is no.  The Jackpot 100 Mile Race is the USATF 100 Mile Road National Championship race. 

Now on to talking about hitting your Jackpot!  To find detailed information about race weekend logistics, along with a meal schedule, please visit the race page by clicking here. To help you best prepare for Jackpot, we’ve provided a laundry list of what we deem most important. It’s a bit lengthy, but please take a few minutes to read, EVEN if you have run the race many time, as several changes have been made this year!

 

Packet Pick-Up & Race Location

The race is at Cornerstone Park (1600 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson, NV89074) and packet pick-up will be adjacent to the aid station.


We will again be doing packet pick-up at the race venue on Friday, February 16th from 4:00 PM –7:00 PM and on Saturday, February 17th from 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM. 


If you are running the 48 Hour race, packet pick-up will take place from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 15th at the race venue, as well as from 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM on Friday, February 16th at the race venue.


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.  We will email a video preview of
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Parking

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 230 runners this year, so there is plenty of parking.


Camping

NOT ALLOWED THURSDAY NIGHT. Starting Friday morning at 6:00 AM, 48 hour runners can start setting-up their your own personal rest/aid stations, while all other runners are allowed to set-up their personal rest/aid station starting Saturday morning at 6:00 AM. 


Race Start

The 48-hour race starts at 8:00 AM Friday, while all other races start at 8:00 AM on Saturday. 


Personal Aid Stations

There is a very large grass area along the course just past the one-mile marker available for personal aid stations. Small pop-up shelters (< 10 x 10) are allowed, as are small personal tents.  You are also allowed to set-up personal zones along the course that passes the parking lot.  Please note, the park strictly forbids tent spikes, so no spikes!  There is PLENTY of space along the course, so there's no need to rush to the park!  Seriously, sleep in and have a nice breakfast. (Note: 48-hour runners ONLY will be allowed to set-up their personal space starting at 6:00 AM Friday).


Pre-Race Fun

Elvis and his originally owned Lucille Ball Pink Cadillac, 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! 


HUGE, HUGE FAVOR:  Please try to be at the start by 7:30 AM, as prior to the pre-race announcements, we will be honoring the 2015 & 2016 Jackpot 24 Hour Men’s podium finishers.  Due to a retroactive disqualification of the 2015 & 2016 Jackpot 24 Hour Men’s winner, we are issuing new podium awards for these two years.  We think it’s very important to give these gentlemen a huge public round of applause for their amazing efforts.


Additional Entertainment 

In addition to the Showgirls and Elvis appearing at the start, we will have live music next to the aid station Saturday afternoon.  Weather permitting; we will also have outdoor movies playing throughout the night on our large outdoor screen next to the aid station.  Your family and friends are encouraged to bring camping chairs/blankets and enjoy the movies.  The first movies on both Friday and Saturday nights will be kid friendly, with later evening movies geared towards adults. 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!!  


Aid Station

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 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.  Thanks to our friends at Pickle Juice and Mas Korima, we will also have their products on hand for consumption throughout the race.  As you can see, we are trying hard to have a variety of food.  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.


Warming/Rest Tent

We will 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 3 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.



Hydration

As an electrolyte beverage, we will be serving Gatorade at the aid station this year, as well as Mas Korima’s Andale beverage product.  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 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. Thanks for helping!


Pacers

Pacing is allowed from sunset to sunrise.  No more than one pacer may run at any given time with a runner and pacing by bike is NOT allowed.


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 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.


Course Visibility

90% of the course has great lighting.  About 10% of the course has poor lighting.  While majority of runners ran without headlamps the last four 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.


Course Surface

All runners race on a 2.5 mile loop. The course is being 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. Here is a picture of the course.


Restrooms

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 a 3 porta-potties stationed course-side at the 1/4 mile mark.


Weather

To check weather conditions as the race approaches, use zip code 89074.  Winter weather in Vegas varies dramatically.  While most years we have mild to slightly warm weather, last year we were “treated” to the worst rainstorm in over 7 years.  Basically, wait until Monday of race week to start planning your race attire.  Please note, there is no shade on this course, so bring a hat, bandana and by all means, bring sunscreen!  We are experienced heat runners and will help you stay cool with popsicles, frozen grapes, ice dunk buckets for your hats/bandanas, etc. Even temps in the low 70's can feel very warm, so please check the weather the week of the race and come prepared with proper attire.


Shirts & Goodies

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.


Elite Ultra Runner and owner of Marvelous Mud, Tracy Thomas, reated a number of Jackpot themed mugs and amulet necklaces for the race.  She will be selling these, along with her other artistic goods, throughout the weekend.  We strongly believe in supporting our running friends and as such, we periodically allow friends to set-up booths at our races.  Please note, we do not share in her sales.  As a side note, this little artistic dynamo holds the Female Jackpot 24 hour course record with 120 miles!


Goodie Bag

Inside your goodie bag, you will be receiving a full tub of Andale! (pinole electrolyte energy beverage) courtesy of Mas Korima, along with samples of their Korimalitas and Animo energy bites. If you've ever read the book "Born to Run", you'll know pinole has been fueling the world's greatest endurance athletes down in the Copper Canyons of Mexico for years. Visit MasKorima.com to learn more about Andale!, Korimalitas and Animo.  (Full Disclosure:  Ken & Stephanie are part of Mas Korima's leadership team and founding partners).


Volunteers

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 friend coming to the race who might want to kill 4 hours by volunteering for a shift, please ask them to volunteer.  Simply 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.


Volunteer Sign-Up:

https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2154779/false#/invitation


Again, thanks for being part of our 5th 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.


Ulra-ly Yours,


Stephanie & Ken Rubeli


Thursday, February 15 (ONLY for the 48 Hour Race)
5:00 – 6:30pm   48 Hour Race Packet pickup at the Cornerstone Park Ramada.


Friday, February 16 (Start Date for ONLY the 48 Hour Race)
6:30 – 7:30am   48 Hour Race Packet pickup at the Cornerstone Park Ramada.

8:00am              48 Hour Race starts

11:30am Veggie Sandwiches/Sandwiches and Mashed Potatoes

4:00pm Soft Tacos/Bean Burritos/Rice

4:00 – 7:00pm   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.

7:00pm Lasagna

10:00pm - 5:00am Chili/Grilled Cheese/Soups

Saturday, February 17 (Start Date for all races except 48HR)

6:00am              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

6:30am – 7:30am   Packet pickup at the Cornerstone Park Ramada.

8:00am ALL of todays races start

11:00am       Live music starts 

11:00am Deli Sandwiches

1:00pm Sub sandwiches and Chili (Meat and Vegetarian options).  A limited number of sandwiches will be available for purchase by crews.

2:00pm End of the 6 Hour Race

4:30pm Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Vegetarian Burgers.

7:00pm Night time Movie Mania begins

8:00pm        End of the 12 Hour Race

9:00pm Pizza

11:00pm - 3:00am  Ravioli/Grilled Cheese/Soups - Lentil and chicken noodle. Pumpkin pie and brownies for dessert.

Sunday, February 18

7:00am Pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. 

8:00am End of 24 hour race and 48 hour race

9:00am Official Awards Ceremony for All Races

2:00pm 100 Mile cut-off

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