The Boogie will be March 30, 2019. Race Starts 5:00 p.m.
The Boogie will return to the traditional June date in 2020.
THE MANGUM TRACK CLUB PROUDLY PRESENTS
"THE BETHEL HILL MOONLIGHT BOOGIE"
25th Anniversary Edition 50 miles
The 14th annual
Registration is open
5:00 P.M. SATURDAY March 30, 2019
ELLERBE, NORTH CAROLINA
Doug Dawkins, Race Director
Timing by Wilson Timing
"Come with no expectations and you will not be disappointed."
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 5 pm. Do not expect the usual
hot weather but expect the weather to be a large challenge. Go here for an idea of what to expect. Darkness
comes about 8:15 p.m. 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: 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.
There are plenty of motels in Rockingham and the Ellerbe Springs Inn is close by in Ellerbe. Since you will be
running all night you may not need a room.
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 3:30 a.m. That means you have to do the first 40 miles
under 10 1/2 hours. Marathoners must be finished by 2 a.m. [9 hrs. time limit].
All participants must wear a headlamp or other light and run with it "turned on" after dark. No strollers allowed.
All participants must go through the chute and be counted each time it is passed. Runners who withdraw must
notify either the race director or the chief timer. Medical personnel will be stationed at the church aid station.
In the event of an emergency on the course, first call 911 and then notify on site personnel at the aid station.
Shirts are the traditional Boogie design and 100% cotton. Please indicate your desired size on the registration
form. You must register by March 17 to have a shirt included. Shirts will be presented at packet pick-up.
The 50 mile event has awards for male and female first place overall and for male and female first place
Mangum Track Club. To be eligible for the MTC award you must check that you are a Mangum Track Club
member on the entry form. The marathon has a first place overall male and female award. Additionally, all 50
mile finishers will receive the special edition anniversary 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.
Registration will open September 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 March 17 you can change
events by sending me an email requesting the switch. Either way, 50 to marathon or marathon to 50.
After March 17 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. No deferrals. 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
2019 event registration fee
September 1 through December 31 $50
January 1 through February 15 $60
February 16 and after $75
This is a green race. We try to limit our impact. Please bring a water bottle
to carry with you. Also we may serve dairy and eggs at the aid stations but no
meat will be served at either station.
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. Again in 2019 the Bethel Baptist Church will not be participating in the event. They will not
be on site with their food and the fellowship hall will not be open for us to use. The 2019 aid stations will be
much like they were in 2018. All the usual offerings. Water and Gatorade, an assortment of salty and sweet
snacks, boiled potatoes, pb and j sandwiches, pickles....Hot ramen soup and coffee this year too. And the dog
pen will have water and a few items along with the usual characters. No hot food at the dog pen.
Additionally at the main aid station
Dan Paige will be cooking and serving custom "Rattler" burgers. Rattler burgers are vege-burgers cooked on
a flat griddle and served on 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. Burgers available at 7 p.m..
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 March 17. Packet pickup will begin at 3 p.m. near the start. The race will start at
5 p.m. 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
IMPORTANT--This was mentioned when the minister told me the church would not be participating
in 2017. Please keep your alcohol off church property (across the road or down the hill and be
discreet). Bethel Baptist Church members have been very generous by allowing us to use their
property for 23 years now! They fed us for 20 of those years. The church is absolutely the best
location for the Boogie. Please do not do anything that would cause me to lose this location.
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25th Anniversary 50 mile Mug