Holston River Endurance Challenge


Holston River Endurance Challenge
August 4-6, 2017
Holston River Brewing Co
2623 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN

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3rd Annual Holston River Endurance Challenge at Holston River Brewing Company in Bristol, TN. This is a tough event but I guarantee that you will have a great time. Run, walk or crawl around a crushed gravel road during one of the hottest days of the year!! If the sun is not your friend, sign up for the night run. Only complete laps will count toward total mileage in each timed event. The runners will follow a 1.5 mile loop course (USATF certification TN15047MS) throughout the campground adjacent to the brewery and may run or walk any distance or time up to registered time. Headlamps/flashlights will be required to run through the night. Reflective tape and/or glow sticks will be placed along the course to help direct runners at night, as well.

Course/Aid Station

The 1.5 mile course loop is slightly flat with two small climbs each loop. There is minimal elevation gain per lap (It will feel like more elevation as time goes by) and consists of gravel/dirt roads, some grassy areas and a bit of asphalt. The road is wide enough to allow for easy passing. There will be one Aid Station at the end of the loop, near the timing station. This aid station will be like a fully stocked buffet, just ask previous runners! There will be the usual ultra type food/drinks, ie water, electrolyte drink, energy gels, cookies, fruit, potato chips, chocolate, pretzels, pb&j, broth, etc. There will be pancakes, bacon, pizza and Sno-Cones throughout the weekend. The grill will be up and running all weekend. Also there will be Death Wish Coffee for that caffeine boost at 3AM!! If you have special dietary needs/electrolyte drinks, please plan to bring your own. Runners will be allowed to set up personal supplies at their tent site or their car. There will be a bath house with flush toilets and showers near the Aid Station.

Packet Pick-up/Check-in

Packet Pick-up and Campground check-in for all runners will be on Friday Aug 4 from 12 PM- 5PM. Please do not come before Noon to check-in and set up your campsite (12PM-5PM). You will be allowed to change events at Check-in/Packet Pick-up, but after 5PM, no drop downs/switches will be allowed. If you have to check in on Saturday Morning before the 8AM race, please let me know ASAP. Those Saturday morning runners will need to be checked in by 7:30AM.

Start Time

The start time will be 8PM for the 100 mile, 36 hour, and 24 hour runners. The 100 mile race has a 36 hour cutoff time. The 6 hour and 12 hour runners will have 3 start options in 2017- 8PM Friday and 8AM Saturday and 8PM Saturday. The 8PM and 8AM races will be 3 separate events, so you will only be competing against the runners in your start time, not all 6 hour or 12 hour participants.

6 Pack/12 Pack Challenge

NEW FOR 2017! Runners that would like a bit more of a twist can compete in the 6 Pack or 12 Pack Challenge. To complete the 6 Pack Challenge, Runners must run the 6 Hour night event on both Friday and Saturday nights. The 12 Pack Challenge is the 12 Hour night run on both Friday and Saturday nights. Runners must register for both events. All Challengers will receive a special 6 Pack or 12 Pack Award. Overall Winners (Male/Female) will be determined by the most cumulative miles during the 2 events on Friday and Saturday night.
To register: 1. You can register for the 2 events in one transaction. Register by checking the box for Friday night run (either 6 or 12 hour event), Then check box for the Saturday night run (either 6 or 12 hour).
3. On the checkout page, use coupon code 6PACK for the 6Hour Challenge or 12PACK for the 12 Hour Challenge. This will give you a Challenge package discount. (you must register for both events in the same transaction for the coupon to work).

Timing System

RunCorps Timing will be using an electronic chip timing system at Holston River Endurance Challenge. Each runner will be assigned a shoe chip or ankle strap. Each time the runner passes through the timing station, the lap split will be recorded and the total mileage will be displayed as well as total running time. Each bib will be color coded to identify which event you are running. Runners will be able to see their split times, total mileage, and total running time as they pass through the timing station.

Pacers/Safety Runners

Pacers/Safety Runners will be allowed to run/walk with the runners. Only one pacer/safety runner at a time on the course per runner, although you can have many pacers to come spend time with you. Due to liability issues, each pacer must check-in before running on the course, so the timing tent will be able to identify the pacer. Please respect this rule and do not have more than one pacer on the course. This is a 1.5 mile loop and there will be many runners on the course. Also the pacer needs to be aware of other runners and move to the side when event runners are passing. If a pacer hinders any other runner’s progress during the race, I reserve the right to remove that pacer off the course. Pacers will be allowed to eat and drink at the aid station.


Camping/Parking for the whole weekend is included in your registration fee. Your family/crew can join you as their camping is included in your fee. This will be for primitive tent sites. If you plan to bring an RV, please reserve a site and you can pay RV sire fee upon check-in. The RV site is $40/night and includes water and electric.

Venue Info

The race will take place next to Holston River Brewing Company. The Brewery is working on some package deals and discounts for the HREC runners, so check back for details on that!!

Race Swag

This year, in order to have lower race fees, the t-shirt will be offered as an option to buy for $10. It will be a soft Triblend Unisex T-shirt – (sizes X-Small to XX-Large). This shirt is, by far, my favorite shirt to wear. Other race goodies in the past have included visors, umbrellas, bandanas, and gels.

There will be Finishers Award for all who complete the event.
Overall Male/Female awards in each event,
100 Mile Buckle for 100 Mile event finishers. (Buckles available for purchase for 24 hour and 36 hour runners who run 100 miles).

Other Info

No refunds, transfers or deferments on this event. I donate all proceeds of HREC to charity- last year I donated to the American Cancer Society and Team RWB, as well as local Foster Children Associations in the Tri-Cites area.