The next Boogie will be March 30, 2019.
I will be on extended vacation during the summer.
The Boogie will return to the traditional June date in 2020.
THE MANGUM TRACK CLUB PROUDLY PRESENTS
"THE BETHEL HILL MOONLIGHT BOOGIE"
25th Annual Event 50 miles
The 14th annual
Registration opens September 1
6:00 P.M. SATURDAY March 30, 2019
ELLERBE, NORTH CAROLINA
Doug Dawkins, Race Director
Timing by Wilson Timing
Information below is for the 2018 event.
The 2019 event information will be posted later this year.
"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 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.
Irene Russell said, "Nothing is as hard as the Boogie!"
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 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. You must register by May 25 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 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.
Registration will open 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 25 you can change
events by sending me an email requesting the switch. Either way, 50 to marathon or marathon to
50. After May 25 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
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 2018 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 2018 aid stations will be
much like they were in 2017. 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.
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
Erin Suwattana will be on-hand serving ICED COFFEE! Erin serves iced coffee at Jordan Lake and it has
always been a hit! 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 your
caffeine on a hot night!
The burger and iced coffee bar will be separate but next to the main aid station and open at 8:00 for the rest
of the night. Have a burger and coffee during the race or after for as long as they last.
Again we will provide a Runner's Table. Bring your favorite salty or sweet homemade snack (but no meat) to
share and we will have a special table for it. Bring a name card to put beside what you brought. No store
bought packaged products here. Just the best homemade stuff you got! Bring your contribution in a
container and pick up your container after the race.
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 25. 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
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 22 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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