WHAT IS Pain IN THE NECK?
For the past five years we have held a race called the Pain In The Neck 5K/50K walk/run for breast cancer awareness. This is my wife's 7th year cancer free, and we feel like it's a good time to really celebrate the end of 2017. Pain In The Neck is going to be a 50K all-trail clock interval race. It will be an excellent opportunity for a mid-winter self-assessment of your ultra preparation for the 2018 season. It will be a great chance to knock out some major winter trail miles at a low cost on great trails.
Think of this race as a dress rehearsal and speed test for running friends to test their strengths and pinpoint their weaknesses on a safe, well-maintained and supported course in the middle of winter.
WHEN: Saturday December 30th 2017, 7AM thru 5PM (10 hour soft cut-off followed by food and drink)
WHERE: 1229 Hudson Road, Cambridge, Maryland 21613
WHO: Ultra runners 18 years and older; younger runners may participate with parent or guardian's signed permission
This race is open to individual runners or relay teams
WHAT IS THE COURSE LIKE?
The course is a self-contained 5K single track wooded course. There is very little elevation gain or loss. The ground is soft pine needles over clay with the occasional root, stump and/or holes which add a bit of technicality to the trail.
In December you can expect a temperature range as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity can be expected to be moderate. The ground will most likely be soft during the course of a sunny day. Some winters we have little to no rain or snow precipitation but there is always the chance for winter type conditions. In 2016 we actually had about 18 inches of snow over the course of the race and we still had about six runners on the course most of the night!
AID / DROP BAGS
Drop bags can be kept in the tent or the garage near the fire pit at the start / finish line. Hot and cold food and drinks are also available during the entire time period at the fire pit (clear weather) and / or garage (wet weather). Running hot and cold water along with basic medical and first aid supplies are also available but each runner should plan to attend to their specific medical condition and customary ultra race first aid.
COST: This is a "fat ass" event with no registration cost; however, we do put out the Pink Pig and accept donations which will be donated to a charitable organization here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In the past we have supported Women Supporting Women, the only local nonprofit breast cancer support group on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This year we hope to benefit Miss Ireland, an exceptional young pediatric oncology patient heroically running her own race against a most menacing beast. Her smile immediately will warm your heart. We promise to donate every penny to her deserving family in an attempt to ease some of the monumental cost of her treatments.