START and FINISH: Delaware State Park 5202 US Highway 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015
DATE: Saturday May 18, 2019
TIME: 7:30am, course closes at 3:30pm (8 hour limit – 15:27 pace). Please note that a TREKKER start a 6:30 AM is available. Please see information below.
PRICING: Prices for 2019 are as follows; Registration opens at midnight on New Years Eve! Ready for an added challenge? Enter the DOUBLE POSSUM and get training!!!!
NEW YEARS DAY ONLY $65.00 (Playin' Possum 50K only)
Jan. 2-April 15 $75.00 (Playin' Possum 50K only)
April 16-May 11 $85.00 (Playin' Possum 50K only
Race week $95.00
NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!!!!!!!!!
Enter the "DOUBLE POSSUM" and Save!!!
Prices to enter either Seamus' 10 miler or 30k (to be held 3/16/2019) AND The Playin' Possum 50k are as follows:
NEW YEAR'S DAY ONLY $125.00 (2 event package)
Jan. 2- Mar. 15 $140.00 (2 event package)
No Race Day Registration!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TREKKER START: We will have an early start for ONLY those individuals who have a sincere concern about their ability to complete the course in 8 hours. These individuals should meet at the start/finish area at 6:15 am SHARP for a 6:30 start. The race director will start this early option, which will give the participants a nine hour time limit (17:23 per mile). Trek starters are welcome participants in this race and will be considered official finishers of this event. They will receive a finisher’s award but will be ineligible for other awards. Please be aware that Trek Runners may arrive at the first of the aid stations prior to the time they open.
PERKS: Each starter will receive a high-quality tech-fabric shirt, a goodie-bag with items from our sponsors, full access to aid stations and a unique finisher’s award.
PACKET PICK-UP: Race morning from 6:00-7:20 am. Race packets will not be mailed.
COURSE INFO: The course for this race is beautiful with a great variety of terrain and views. As you might expect from a trail race there are many roots, rocks, rolling hills, and the potential for mud. Despite this the race has a forgiving surface and is considered to be less intense and technical than some other trail ultra-marathons in our region. For this reason we think that this course is ideal for an experienced ultra-marathoner who wishes to go for a fast time or for a runner who seeks to run their first ultramarathon in a setting that will allow them to enjoy their experience. Because of the generous time allowances it is also a good event for someone seeking to fast-hike the distance.
AID STATIONS: There will be four fully stocked aid stations on the course that, because of the out-and-back nature of the course, will be available to the runners a total of seven times. There will be an additional aid station three miles into the race that will serve only water and sports drink. This means that runners will have access to aid approximately every four miles. All Aid stations will have water, pretzels, potato chips, cookies, candy, soda, and electrolyte nutrition products. In an effort to minimize trash and waste, all participants are encouraged to carry a water bottle. Runners may not accept any aid from anyone (crew, family, friend, moving vehicle, bicycle,) beyond 200 feet of an Aid Station.
REST ROOMS: There are several restrooms along the course. Please keep your eyes open for them!
DROP BAGS: An area for drop bags is available at the Start/Finish. This means that you can also access the bags at the six mile and nineteen mile points. Bring your drop bags with you to the start of the race. If you place large, readable numbers on your bags we will be happy to organize them and assist you in finding them. Please collect your belongings at the finish. We are not responsible for lost items and we will not mail drop bags or other items left at the race. Any items left behind will be laundered and given to charity.
AWARDS: First 3 Male and Female Overall; First Male and Female Master; First Male and Female Grand Master. No duplicate awards. Finisher awards for all finishers. The finishers awards are cooler than the overall awards because that’s how we roll : ).
REGISTRATION: Please see our page on ultrasignup.com for registration information. A link to our Ultrasignup.com page is located on the home page of this website. PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS. We cannot guarantee correct shirt sizes for entries received after May 4. We are limiting participation to 150 runners and we do expect the race to sell out. Early registration is encouraged.
SPECIAL OFFER: Runners that sign up for the Playin' Possum 50K will receive a fifteen dollar coupon-discount toward their participation in Seamus O’Possum’s 10 Mile and 30K Trail Footrace, to be held at Delaware State Park on March 16, 2019. These races might provide outstanding training opportunities for the Playin' Possum 50K because they share many of the same trails.
FIRST ULTRA? If this is your first race of over 26.2 miles in length we WANT YOU to celebrate it with us! The relatively gentle nature of our course, in comparison with some other ultramarathons in our region, along with frequent access to aid stations and the option of using a drop bag make this event an excellent bridge into the world of ultra long distance running! Please let us know if this is your first ultramarathon. We plan on recognizing your achievement in a special way!
REFUND POLICY: No refund of entry fees once you are registered for the race.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Should the race be cancelled due to inclement weather or the course closed due to hazards entry fees will immediately be applied to the following year’s race. Entry fees will not be refunded.
DROPPING: Never drop out of the race by abandoning the course between aid stations and going “home.” If you must drop please report to an Aid Station or Finish Line. Runners who drop without reporting to an Aid Station or Finish Line will not be allowed to participate in this event in the future.
DISQUALIFICATION POLICY: The race cut off of 8 hours and the 15:27/mile pace on the course is strictly enforced. The aid stations close accordingly. If a runner is unable to keep the appropriate pace and is in danger of missing the 8 hour cut off they will be asked to remove themselves from the race. This cut-off is in place for the safety of the runner as well as those who would need to search for runners on the course. An early start option is available for those who do not feel as if they can complete the course in the allotted time. If a runner finds him or herself off the course they must return to the place on the course where they left the course and proceed from that point forward. They may not accept a ride back to the point where they left the course.
LITTER: If you litter you are disqualified forever. We are not joking, and we will enforce this rule. We know that in road races runners simply drop their cups and goo packets as part of the normal culture. And that’s fine for road races. But in trail races this is very harshly discouraged. If this is your first trail race please be aware that all of the cool kids never litter. Ever.
ALCOHOL: Look, we enjoy a tasty bevy as much as the next person, but rules are rules and ODNR prohibits alcohol in public areas in every state park.
ETIQUETTE: Remember that we are guests in the park. It is important that we demonstrate we are good stewards of the trails so that we can continue to have this event year after year.
PACERS: No pacers without specific permission from the race directors. We will only approve pacers in the case of runners with specific need of special attention. Your loved ones ARE welcome, however, to run the last 0.50 miles with you from the end of Mink Run Trail to the finish.
FAMILY/CREW/SPECTATOR ACCESS: There are numerous opportunities for your loved one to view your progress and cheer you on. In fact they can see you at the start/finish area at approximately mile 0, 5, 20, and 31. They may see you at the Dam area at approximately miles 11 and 17 and they may also view you at the entrance and exit of Mink Run Trail at approximately to 0.50, 4, 20, and 30.5 mile points. Please limit your crew to access points at the Start/Finish, Dam Aid station areas and Mink Run Trail sections ONLY! Please remember that we are guests in the park and we wish to avoid illegal parking and traffic tie-ups. Failure to abide by these limitations could result in traffic or parking violations or disqualification of the runner. Directions to crew access points are as follows:
Start/ Finish: Approximate0, 5, 20, and 31 mile points
Dam Aid station: Approximate 11 and 17 mile points
Turn Right onto the primary park road, proceed 0.75 miles until it dead ends into State Route 23 at the main park entrance
Turn left onto S.R. 23 and proceed 1.2 miles
The aid station is located in the Dam Parking Lot picnic area on your left (Sign on Rt. 23 reads Delaware lake).
Entrance to Mink Run Trail: Approximate 0.50, 4, 20, and 30.5 mile points
Turn Right onto the primary park road, proceed until it dead ends into Marina Parking Lot. PLEASE WATCH FOR RUNNERS CROSSING THE ROAD!