Saturday April 18, 2020

THE GAME

You need strategy; you need a plan; most of all, you just need to keep running. So, come play our game...

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Overview

Your race fee includes your park entrance fees for The Game. Run a single lap of 4.1667 miles or commit to running until you just can't run anymore. At 8:00 AM, everyone will line up at the start line, regardless of how many loops you plan to run. If you make it back in 60 minutes, you are eligible to line up to race again. We will continue that until there is a single racer left standing. It's you against your competitors, and speedy legs will only get you so far.

Registration

Last Runner Standing

08:00 AM (CDT)

Saturday April 18, 2020

Schedule

Last Runner Standing

Racer Check-in: 7:00 - 7:45

Race Brief: 7:45

Race Start: 8:00

Cutoff

None

Sunrise @ 7:06 am       Sunset @ 7:59 pm

Details

THIS IS A GOLDEN TICKET RACE. THE WINNER EARNS AN AUTOMATIC ENTRANCE INTO LAZ LAKE'S BIG BACKYARD ULTRA. OUR RACE IS THE ONLY GOLDEN TICKET RACE IN TEXAS.


Location

88 Ranch 

2784 FM 2434

Columbus, Texas (1.5 hours from Austin (1 hour from Austin airport), 1 hour from Houston)

Park Entrance Fees

There is no entry fee for racers or spectators.

Parking

Follow race day parking directions and attendants.

Rules Of The Game:

  • Plan to park 7:00 - 7:30 am
  • Line up at 8:00 am sharp to start your first 4.1667 loop. Everyone starts at once. 
  • At the beginning of each loop, everyone is tied. Until the game is over or you’d dropped out, everyone is at the same place, rankings wise.
  • Be back to the start line in 60 minutes (minimum 14:23 min/mile pace). Every 60 minutes after the start, we will flip a coin to determine which direction you will run the loop. 
  • We will give you a 2 minute and 1 minute warning to get lined up for each wave/race. 
  • Crew access is available at the start/finish. There is plenty of room to set up for your racer. Tents are allowed in camping areas only, a short 1 minute walk from the start/finish. Once you’ve DNFed, you are required to vacate your space at the start/finish to make room for any remaining racers.
  • No pacers whatsoever.
  • We will provide aid at the start/finish (water, ice, and orange-flavored-Tailwind). Around noon on Saturday, we will start cranking out as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as you can eat. 
  • To win, you must be the only person left standing, the last runner, everyone else has gone home...

Awards:

 $400 Cash + Pair Of La Sportiva Shoes Awarded To The Overall Winner, Male Or Female

The single overall winner, regardless of how long you are out there, will receive $400. There is no minimum number of loops that need to be completed to be our winner. To win, you must be the single, last person who completed a 4.1667 loop in 60 minutes. If there is no single runner left standing, the house wins and Spectrum will likely use the prize money to buy more beer. Last year, the winner ran until 11:30 pm(ish), for a total of 15+ hours. 

Throughout the race, we will announce certain loops as "primes". In that specific loop, the top male and female will both be awarded with a prize from one of our sponsors. These specific loops will be kept a secret until race day. The primes will be announced moments before the start of that loop. Prime awards were generously sponsored by:

Aid Stations and Drop Bags

The only aid station will be at the start/finish line. We will have a pavilion area at the start/finish reserved for racers and their drop bags and crews. All racers are welcome to bring pop-up tents, chairs, coolers, and whatever accouterments you need to endure The Game.

Courses

Your 4.1667 mile course will be flat and fast. An exact elevation profile and Strava segment will be provided March 18th (one month before the race).

Photos


Location

Columbus, Texas. More details coming soon. Expect flat, friendly, and ready for lots of miles!

Lodging

88 Ranch has a Hunter's Cabin with 3 bunk beds (sleeps 6, coed), a shower, a living room, and a kitchen. The beds are available to reserve at $44/night ($88 for weekend). 
When you’re ready to book this, Venmo your payment to @Mallory-Brooks-1 and a bunk will be reserved for you. As of mid-November, there are still 5 beds available.

Camping Overnight @ The Game is Covered by Spectrum!

There will be a designated space for camping, that starts approx 10 meters away from the start/finish. You can camp as close as a 1 minute walk away or situate yourself further in the woods for a bit more peace and quiet. You must provide your own tent. We suggest you also bring a pop-up tent, camping chair, changes of clothes and a cooler full of your favorite snacks/drinks so you can take care of yourself between loops!