+ I've never done a trail race before. Can I do this?

Definitely, but as with any challenge you need to be prepared. This race is a perfect introduction to long distance trail running as it is very runnable. It is also a very fast course. You just need to be prepared. 50 miles is a LONG way to run no matter how you slice it.

+ What will the weather be like?

You can never predict this stuff, Goldilocks. We do know, however, that late April is neither too hot nor too cold. It could very well be wet, though. So be prepared for the potential for rain.

+ Will I get wet?

Maybe if it rains. There are some very minor water crossings on the course but nothing that really requires you to get your feet wet.

+ What if it does rain?

The Big Turtle goes on rain or shine. We do have an extreme weather plan in the cases of lighting/thunder storms. In those extreme cases we may delay, pause, or even cancel the race. That is rare and unlikely, but those possibilities always exist. If it is raining incredibly hard, though, you're gonna get wet!!!!

+ Where do I park?

Racer parking is at the overflow lot where Route 32 (Wilkinson Blvd) meets University Blvd. The parking lot is across from Dairy Queen. You will cross Route 32/Wilkinson Blvd. and walk to the Laughlin Health Building.

+ Is there gear check?

Yes we will have gear check, so you can leave your gear with us at the start/finish line. This way you won't have to walk back to your car immediately after the race.

+ Can I have a drop bag?

You bet. While we are still working at this time to confirm the exact locations of the drop bag locations, you will be able to have a drop bag if you are running the 50 Miler. No drop bags for the marathon.

+ Is there gear check?

Yes we will have gear check, so you can leave your gear with us at the start/finish line. This way you won't have to walk back to your car immediately after the race.

+ Can I have crew and/or a pacer?

50 mile racers can have a crew and a pacer. Reference the event guide on the race web page for specific information regarding pacer and crew locations.

+ Do I get a medal if I finish?

NOPE! Every other race gives medals, but you expect a special experience from us. So we at Next Opportunity give you a special awards. Sometimes it is customized drinkware. Sometimes we hand make the awards. Whatever we decide it will be special. It will be unique. It will be YOURS. Every finisher will get an award.