Weymouth Woods is a beautiful state nature preserve in Southern Pines, NC. Visit www.ncparks.gov for a link to the park’s official website.
Date and Time: Saturday, January 18, 2014 8:00am start. 20 hour time limit.
Runner Limit: 75
The race is now
full. Contact Marie at
firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list.
Cost: $65 for MTC members, $75 for all others. $85 for everyone after Dec.1. There is also a nominal registration processing fee. All runners receive long sleeve Patagonia capilene shirt (gender specific) with logo. Finishers receive a custom finisher’s award.
Waitlist Policy: If the race reaches capacity, and you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email me at email@example.com. If space becomes available, I will contact you for confirmation, and you can then mail in your registration and payment.
Refund Policy: Full refund less registration processing fee until Dec.20. No refunds after Dec. 20.
Course Description: Fourteen 4.47 mile loops (total 62.58 miles) through the trails of Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve. To alleviate trail congestion, the first loop will also include a .15 mile start from the park entrance to the trailhead. The trails are a combination of dirt, loose sand, packed sand, roots, and some gravel. There are several wood plank boardwalks and two sets of wood stairs. Lots of slippery leaves, pine straw, and many exposed and hidden roots. Parts of the trail can be muddy and wet. Runners will cross the parking lot at the beginning and end of each loop.
Cut-Off Policy: - Runners must start their 14th lap by 2:45am in order to be allowed to continue." A runner may be asked to surrender his/her bib if race officials determine the course is unsafe for any reason.
Course Markings: The course will be marked with streamers, directional signs, and glow sticks at night. It is almost impossible to get lost. If you do, you will probably end up in someone’s back yard!
Chip timing. Lap Counts will
be posted hourly throughout the event. Final results will include detailed lap splits and
will be posted on this website and at
Pacers: Given the length of the loops, it is a perfect venue for family or friends who would like to accompany a runner for a lap or two.
Pictures and Reports:
Parking: Parking in the visitor center lot will be on a first come, first served basis the morning of the race. Runners and crew may also park along the park driveway and in the Weymouth maintenance lot located across from the park entrance. Certain areas of the parking lot and the driveway will be coned off and off limits to runners. Please do not park in these reserved spaces!
Facilities: Indoor restrooms will be available just steps from the course. We will also have access to a heated auditorium and visitor center (adjacent to the restrooms) which will be ideal for family and crew.
Drop Bags: There will be a tent set up next to the start finish for your drop bags. Leave the bags at the tent Saturday morning – we will place them in order according to bib number after the start.
Aid Stations: There will be one well stocked aid station at the beginning/end of each loop and an unmanned water/Gatorade aid station at approx. the 2.4 mile mark. Our aid station received rave reviews in 2010, and we plan once again to provide a variety of hot and cold food: soda, Gatorade, pizza, homemade soups, hamburgers, grilled cheese, candy, pretzels, chips etc… Family and crew are welcome to graze at the aid station.
Packet Pickup: Packet pick up will be in the visitor center auditorium Friday, Jan. 17 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm or Saturday morning, Jan. 18 from 6:30am – 7:45am.
Pre Race Briefing: Recommended but not required. Sat. 7:30 am. It will be short.
Awards: First place male/female overall, first place MTC member male/female overall, and the coveted DFL award. No duplicate awards. All finishers will receive a pottery award specially crafted for this event by one of our local potters.
Travel/Accommodations: Southern Pines is 75 miles south of Raleigh, NC. Weymouth Woods is an easy highway drive from Raleigh Durham International Airport (approx 1hr 15min.). Click here for a regional map. There are numerous accommodations in Southern Pines/Aberdeen area offering special rates for the weekend. 2013 Special Rates Coming Soon.
Our local visitor’s guide www.homeofgolf.com also provides area information. I have lived here a long time. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about where to stay, where to eat, or activity options for family members.
Other Useful Information: No information will be mailed out unless specifically requested. However, please feel free to call me (Marie) at 910-315-2048 or email me (Marie) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Park gates will open 6:00am race morning.
No overnight camping in the park the night before the race.
Runners and family are welcome to set up chairs, etc… along the sidewalk in front of the visitor’s center, however, please avoid the landscaped areas and flower beds.
Average temperature in January is 40 degrees. Click here for the Local Weather.
The Weymouth trails will be open to the public during normal park hours. It is a popular place for dog walkers and family groups. Approximately one mile of the loop is a shared use horse trail. Please be aware that you might encounter horses, dogs, and children. The trails are narrow in spots – it is a good idea to yield to the horses.
Even though Weymouth is not in a rural area, it is heavily wooded, and it will be dark at night. If you plan on being on the course after sunset, please remember to bring a good light.
Dogs are welcome in Weymouth but must be leashed. Bikes are not allowed.
The park gates will stay open beyond normal hours for this event. Family/crew can come and go as needed.
Bring your gaiters – unless you want to keep picking pine straw out of your shoes!