Jackson County 50-50 Ultra-marathon Trail Run
50 mile, 50 kilometer, or 10 mile fun run
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Start time: 7:30 am (50 mile), 8:00 am (50k), 8:30 am (10 mile)
Pyoca & Jackson-Washington State Forest
Registration: Online registration has closed. You may enter on-site ($80 for ultra distances, $30 for fun run).
Challenge yourself to another level at the Jackson County 50-50. Very challenging topography rewards you with fantastic vistas along the ridgetops in Jackson-Washington State Forest. Each lap will take you around two different and beautiful lakes and to the highest point in Jackson county.
Though the course is rugged, Pyoca Camp, Conference, and Retreat Center balances that out with warm, dry places to eat, sleep, shower, and gather before and after the race. We've partnered with the camp to bring you affordable weekend-long packages including full meals on Friday night, Saturday post-race, and Sunday recovery breakfast.
The course is a 10-mile loop with approximately 1,600 feet of vertical gain per lap (for comparison, about 25% more average elevation gain per mile than Tecumseh Trail Marathon). The trail is a mix of double-track (fire road style) trail and single-track narrow trail. About 3/4 mile of the course is on a paved road within the State Forest. Aid stations will be located every 2-4 miles along the route, and each lap will pass within feet of Pyoca's lodge building; offering warmth, restrooms, and access to your personal stash of food, clothing, and other needs.
Your entry fee also includes: Post-race food (soup, sandwiches, etc), access to post-race showers, aid stations stocked with liquids and energy snacks, and more. Ultra-distance runners only will receive a custom Headsweats reversible beanie (first 200 entries only!), finisher medal, and race awards for overall and age group top three.
Entry fee is $70 for either ultra-marathon distance, and $20 for the fun run (Through 12/3/14). Race day entry will be $80 and $25. For an additional $20 before November 15, you can order a high quality, long sleeve running shirt (image at right).
RULES & DETAILS:
The 50 mile race is five laps. The 50k will run a one mile lap around beautiful Pyoca Lake before starting three full laps. Participants may not "drop down" to a shorter distance category during the race.
A limit of 16.5 hours (16 hours for the 50 k) will be strictly enforced. No participant may continue into a final lap if behind the pace for these finish times. Headlamps plus a backup light source will be required for any lap started after 4 pm. Use your own discretion if you are a slower paced runner; it will be fully dark by 6 pm.
One un-registered "pacer" runner is allowed to accompany you on your final lap only. Any other runners must be registered.
**Update 11/28/17** Upgrade bed spaces are still available but only to registered participants. Plenty of Standard bed spaces are available to both participants and guests.
Click HERE for photos and information about PYOCA.
Accommodation options are as follows: (note, comparing "Standard" to "Upgrade" lodging, Upgrade has fewer beds per room, more bathrooms per bed, carpeted floors, etc. Upgrade lodging is in Oak and Poplar cabins.)
- Full package: Friday & Saturday lodging, Friday dinner, Sunday breakfast - Standard $50, Upgrade $70
- One night lodging (choose Friday or Saturday): Standard $20 Upgrade $30
- Friday dinner: $10
- Sunday breakfast: $8
- High quality running shirt: $20
If you have already registered for the race itself, but would like to add optional lodging, meals, or t-shirt, payment can be made here. Be sure to note specifically what you are ordering.
Friday Check-in: 6-8 pm
Friday Dinner: 7 pm
Saturday Check-in: 6:30 - 8:45 am
Sunday Breakfast: 8:30 am
Local Jackson County support for the race include prize packages from Marion-Kay Spices, Twisted Crew Brewery, Salt Creek Winery. We also want to thank Jackson County Visitor Center and Dr. Nate Optometrist for their support!
Training on the course is allowed. Wear orange / bright colors as it's hunting season. Please park within JWSF on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to avoid interfering with PYOCA activities. During the week, parking at PYOCA is allowed. Be sure to bring a course map and supplies needed to support yourself.
Seymour MultiSport Club will have weekly training runs on the course, generally mid-day on Sundays.
Consider DINO Distance (D2) Series to help you step up to the ultra-marathon challenge!
September 10: Versailles Half Marathon, Versailles State Park
October 29: Tecumseh Trail Marathon, Yellowwood State Forest
December 3: Jackson County 50 mile (or 50k), PYOCA / Jackson-Washington State Forest
Pyoca is located in Brownstown, Indiana; one hour from Louisville, KY, just over an hour from Indianapolis, and under two hours drive time from Cincinnati.
Take State Rd 250 east from Brownstown, one mile, just past the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Turn left onto 100 S, to PYOCA. To get to JWSF, drive one mile further on SR 250 then turn left toward the forest office / campground (Camp Rd).