Full mOOn 50K & 25K Party Runs are the Ultra Trail Series 2018-2019 season kickoff race, and a celebration event honoring birthdays of favorite AURA Queens.
The race is great for first time trail and ultra runners, pavement pounders and PRs! The out-and-back course is set on rolling Forest Service Roads.
The run starts at Camp Ouachita Girl Scout Camp in the Ouachita National Forest. There are restrooms onsite and showers at the campground nearby we have paid for your use. So plan to stick around for the after-party. Williams Junction Fire Department will be serving breakfast again this year. Bring your running family and friends. Spectators are welcome and will probably be recruited to volunteer! (See our volunteer page for opportunites).
Please carpool if you can! Parking is limited to the west side of Highway 324. NO PARKING ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE ROAD. (The side closest to the camp is off limits.) NO EXCEPTIONS. The Forest Service is very serious about this and will ticket and/or tow your vehicle. Follow parking directors as you pull in. There is no fee for parking unless you decide to park on the wrong side of the road – the ticket is $240.
The 50K starts @ 7:00 p.m. for all runners (and all BVI competitors). Trail briefing, and AURA announcements, etc. @ 6:50 p.m.
The 25K starts @ 8:00 p.m. with trail briefing at 7:50 p.m.
Packet pick up starts at 5 p.m. for 50K runners and 6 p.m. for 25K runners. If you arrive earlier than your packet pick up time, be cool and wait for us to get set up before asking for your packet. Come back at 5 or 6 p.m. It seriously doesn’t take 45 minutes to pin on a number and chip timing tag.
Dogs are not allowed at Camp Ouachita or on the course. This rule is imposed by the Forest Service. Tents are not allowed on Camp Ouachita grounds either. If you need to pitch a tent, go to the group sites or Lake Sylvia Camping Area. THERE ARE NO RESERVATIONS FOR CAMPING. It is first come, first served, and controlled by the Forest Service.
HAM radio operators keep up with runners for their safety and for race operation at the staffed aid stations and start/finish. This race is long, dark and packed with people. Please don’t harrass radio about the location of all your friends every 15 minutes. And never look Net Control in the eye!
The course is marked with spray chalk & glow sticks with extra of both at the three turns. If you make more than 3 turns, you might be running a different race. Yes, the 25K is a bit long (half a mile), but the 50K is the correct distance.
We have three staffed and stocked aid stations at approx. miles 3.5, 8 & 15.5. There is also one water-on-the-side-of-the-road aid station at approx. miles 11. You’ll need to bring a water bottle; there are no cups at the water-only aid station, just 7 gallon water canisters. Please do not pour this on your body – it goes IN the body only!
Expect heat, humidity & darkness. Bring a headlamp, salt and a 20 oz + water bottle. Bug Spray — Good idea!
The cutoffs for 50K runners are still the same: 25K T/A aid station cutoff is 10:15 pm. If 50Kers don’t meet the cutoff, they become 25Kers, no exceptions without race director’s pre-approval. 50Kers arriving at the 50K T/A aid station after 12 am midnight will be required to wait for the sag wagon. Once the sag wagon departs, anyone encountered still heading out will be transported back to 25K T/A aid station or finish as determined by sag crew. Any runners not exited the 25K T/A aid station by 2 a.m. will be transported to finish by sag wagon. Aid station workers are not sag crew or transporters. You may have to wait up to two hours to get a ride back to the finish. All runners must finish by 4 a.m. or they will be picked up by course sweeper. Please do not show up between 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. and start running. If you cannot complete the 50K course in 9 hours, please run the 25K and try again next year. Starting before 7 p.m. increases the likelihood of getting lost and taking longer than 9 hours to find you!