THE MANGUM TRACK CLUB PROUDLY PRESENTS
"THE BETHEL HILL MOONLIGHT BOOGIE"
23rd Annual Event 50 miles
And returning in 2017
The 12th annual
6:00 P.M. SATURDAY JUNE 10, 2017
ELLERBE, NORTH CAROLINA
Doug Dawkins, Race Director
Timing by Wilson Timing
"Come with no expectations and you will not be disappointed."
There are changes to this year's event. Please read this page again.
Changes are in bold type.
There are plenty of motels in Rockingham. Since you will be running all night you may not need a room.
If you do need lodging call 1-800-858-1688 for local information.
A full service aid station will be near the start/finish and will be passed at approximately 6 miles and 10
miles of each loop. This is a green race. Bring a water bottle.
I do like to let my volunteers go home at a reasonable time. They will be with us all night. Therefore,
all 50-milers must start the last lap no later than 4:30 am. That means you have to do the first 40 miles
under 10 1/2 hours. Marathoners must be finished by 3 am [9 hrs. time limit].
Shirts are the traditional Boogie design and 100% cotton. Please indicate your desired size on the
registration form. Shirts will be presented at packet pick-up.
There will be awards for male and female first place overall and for male and female first place Mangum
Track Club for the 50 mile event. To be eligible for the MTC award you must check that you are a
Mangum Track Club member on the entry form. The marathon will also have a first place overall male
and female award. Additionally, all 50 mile finishers will receive a large pottery mug and all marathon
finishers will receive a coffee size pottery mug. There will be no awards ceremony. All finishers both 50
miles and marathon will receive their finisher's mug immediately after they cross the finish line. Awards
will not be mailed unless we run out and have to purchase more. Make sure and get yours at the finish.
This is not your normal marathon. This is all rural, not a city marathon. You will be in the middle of nowhere
all the time with no porta-potties, no splits, no mile markers, no spectators, and late in the run possibly even no
other runners. There are only 6 houses on the course and they have dogs. Aid stops are over 5 miles apart,
so you will need to carry a water bottle. If you decide to quit, there are no pick-up vans, so you will either have
to walk to the aid station or hitch a ride with somebody. The race will start at 6 pm and the temperature will
probably be about 85 degrees with little shade. Darkness comes about 9 pm and there are no street lights.
You will need a light for the reasons cited in the waiver. If you need to be catered to every couple of miles
along the course or worry running in the dark, perhaps you should not come. We really have seen everything
listed in the waiver except the polecats and they are there too. The drop out rate among veteran 50-milers is
usually 40% or so. Think long and hard before you enter this event. Ask yourself "Am I ready for this. Or
would I be better off doing an event where I still have somebody to look after me." If you're not ready to step up
and be responsible for yourself all the way, stay away. Find an easier event.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: 2017 Update. Both courses certified. BHMB map Boogie Marathon map
Five repeats of a 6-mile loop and a 4-mile out-and-back for the fifty miler. All rural and all paved. There are
several long hills and some smaller ones too. This is not mountainous but is definitely not flat. The marathon
course is the same as the 50 but with less repeats. Marathoners and 50 milers start together. Shortly after the
start marathoners will make a left turn and do an out-and-back that is necessary to get the distance correct.
The out-and-back just after the start is only done once and is not repeated on later laps. 50 milers will not do
the early out-and-back. For directions to the start click here.
Registration will open in February 1. There is only a 50 mile event and a marathon. No other distances
will be recognized as finishes. The 50 mile has only a 50 mile finish. Anything less is a DNF. There is no
marathon option for 50 milers electing to drop out. The marathon has only a 26.2 mile finish.
Marathoners cannot elect to continue running for a 50 mile finish. Prior to May 27 you can change
events by sending me an email requesting the switch. Either way, 50 to marathon or marathon to
50. After May 27 there will be no switching from one event to another. The number of registrations will
be limited to 150 combined for both races. No refunds. No wait list. And no transfer of your slot to
another runner if you decide to not come. When registration closes a notice will be posted on this web
site announcing closure. Any mailed entry forms postmarked after entry closes will be
I was notified today, May 10, 2017 that the Bethel Baptist Church will not be participating in this
year's event. They will not be on site with their food and the fellowship hall will not be open for us
to use. The race is still on. I do not have the facilities or volunteers to carry on the huge
contribution they added with the open fellowship hall, grilled burgers and hot dogs and all the
trimmings. I know it was nice to be able to go inside after running and sit down in the air
conditioning, eat a sit down meal, and drink some sweet tea. I wish there had been more notice.
So here are the 2017 plans. Rick Gray is returning and running the aid station at the church as in
the past. All the usual offerings. Water and Gatorade, an assortment of salty and sweet snacks,
boiled potatoes, pb and j sandwiches, pickles....And the dog pen will have water and a few items
along with the usual characters.
New in 2017, Rattler Burgers and Iced Coffee
Dan Paige will be cooking and serving his SOON-TO-BE-FAMOUS "RATTLER BURGERS".
Rattler burgers are vege-burgers cooked on a flat griddle, served in a bun with any of the the
following toppings: mustard, pickles, mayo, bbq sauce, guacamole, ketchup, crushed potato chips,
salt or jalapenos. Burgers will be warm and toppings added at your request.
Erin Suwattana will be on-hand serving ICED COFFEE! Erin had iced coffee at Jordan Lake and it
was a hit! We ran out. We will have a lot of it on hand this time. This is Erin's recipe cold brewed
coffee. It will be prepared at your request. Choices will be black, with whole milk, soymilk, or
almond milk. With or without sugar. What a tasty way to get you caffeine on a hot night!
The burger and iced coffee bar will be separate but next to the main aid station and open at 9:00
for the rest of the night. Have a burger and coffee during the race or after for as long as they last.
Also new in 2017. A Runner's Dessert table. Bring your favorite homemade dessert or sweet snack
to share and we will have a special table for it. Your name will be beside what you brought. No
store bought packaged products here. Just the best homemade stuff you got! Put your
contribution in a container with your name on it and pick up your container after the race.
IMPORTANT--This was mentioned when the minister told me the church would not be participating
this year. Please keep your alcohol off church property (across the road or down the hill and
discreet) so I do not lose the right to use this location.
Something for you to think about. Lots of us like to have our favorite post-race beverage. Remember,we are
guests here. Do not take alcohol onto church property. Let's respect our hosts. Our race depends on it.
The race director reserves the right to change or update details of this event at any time.
There will be no switching of events after May 27. Packet pickup will begin at 5 pm near the start.
The race will start at 6 pm. Most runners will finish the first loop in daylight. All runners will be required
to have a light after dark. The course is open to traffic, so the lights are not only for you to see with,
but also so you can be seen. Littering upsets the race director. Leave all trash within 300 feet of the aid
station. This includes empty gel packets
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