Long Beach Enlightened Ultra January 9-10, 2016 100 Mile, 50 Mile
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) and Race Rules
Where is the start/finish? The start/finish is in the grassy area by 1 Junipero Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. There is a parking lot right by our aid station, where runner's will have an all day parking pass in their packet pick-up. The street is in between the Long Beach Museum of Art and Bixby Park.
What are the cut-off times? All races will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016. All races have a firm cut-off time of 28 hours (10 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016). Three runners will sweep the course at 10:15 on January 10, 2016.
What is the race course? The course follows the just finished Long Beach pedestrian path with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Queen Mary, Catalina Island and downtown Long Beach. The course consists of two separate 2.25 mile out and back sections.. Runners will start heading north towards the Queen Mary and loop back to the aid station before heading south toward Belmont Shore. The aid station is right in the middle of the course and runners will be back every 4.50 miles. The path will be well-marked by the Race Director.
Where is the aid station? There will be one aid station at the Start/Finish located at 1 Junipero in a grassy area and steps away from your car. There is plenty of room for all runners' and crew's gear (coolers, chairs, bags, etc.). The aid station will be fully stocked, however, feel free to set up any personal items you may need.
What is the race entry fee? Race entry fees are $175=100 Mile, $125=50 Mile on Ultrasignup.com. Participants registering after November 30th, 2015 will be charged an additional $25. Participants must register by December 13th to receive a tech shirt. There are no refunds or transfers to another runner. This year we have added prize money for the 100 mile event. The overall winner of the 100 mile race will receive $300 dollars in cash prizes and a free entry to the 2017 event!
What if I sign-up for the 100 Mile event but can only complete the 50M? Runners are allowed to drop-down a distance and will be given an official finishing time and medal for the event they complete. However, if a runner drops down in distance they cannot officially win that event.
Can I bring my dog? Dogs are not allowed on the beach or the bike path, due to city regulations.
Will I receive a belt buckle if I complete 100 Miles? Yes! All runners that complete the 100 Mile race within the 28 hour cut-off will receive a custom-designed belt buckle. All finishers of other distances will receive a beach inspired medal.
Where should I stay? Downtown Long Beach has many hotels.. We recommend the unique Queen Mary or the Hotel Maya. Both hotels are on the waterfront and have gorgeous views.
When is race check-in? Race check-in is the morning of the race, January 9, from 4:30-5:30 a.m. Race bibs will only be handed-out the morning of the race. There will be a race briefing from 5:45-6:00.
Will the aid station be fully stocked? Yes! The Start/Finish Aid station has water, sports drinks (our sponsor Hammer Nutrition Heed), soda(Coke, Mt. Dew and Ginger Ale), coffee, clean ice, Oreos, gummy bears, Pringles, hot soup(chicken and vegetable), homemade banana chocolate chip muffins(yum), Hammer Gels, Endurolytes and anything else you request. Pizza will be delivered at 5:00 p.m. by our favorite local pizza place, Long Beach Pizza Company. There will be pepperoni, vegetable and cheese available.
What type of weather should I expect? Expect highs in the mid-60s with blue skies, and night time temps in the high 40s. Runners will be treated to a beautiful sunrise and sunset over the Pacific Ocean, and a bright, starry night. Sunrise is at 7:00 a.m., and sunset is at 5:00 p.m. As with any ultra, be prepared for all types of weather.
Can I have a pacer? Pacers are allowed in the 100 Mile Race only. Runners may use their pacers after mile 50. Runners may have unlimited pacers/crew, but only one pacer is allowed on the course at a time. Crew is allowed to use the supplies at the aid station. Pacers are allowed to bike alongside the runner. If you are really nice to the RD, he might bike alongside you on his beach cruiser for those late miles;)
Is this a family-friendly event? Absolutely! Your family can enjoy a beach day, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, rent a beach cruiser or surrey, tour the Queen Mary, shop in Shoreline Village, or take a cruise around the harbor. Also, at the start finish we will have games such as, football, frisbee, bocce ball and perhaps a few board games.