+ I've never done a trail race before. Can I do this?
We need to be brutally honest with each other. We don't recommend it. This is an extremely challenging race that requires excellent fitness, expert course management and planning, and experience. We DO NOT recommend this as your first ultra. We suggest you get at least one 50K under your belt before tackling Redbird Crest.
+ What will the weather be like?
Short answer: We don't know Long answer: Early December is a dry time of the year in Kentucky, but it will be cold. How cold? We have no idea. Temperatures in early December can be in the freezing neighborhood or they can be in the 50s as in recent years. Be prepared for a cold morning and cold evening/night late in the race. The mid day temps...that's a toss up!
+ Will I get wet?
There are several creek crossing and large puddles along the course. Most can easily be navigated around, but there is potential for some wet feet if you slip or fall. There will be mud if we have any rain leading up the race.
+ What if it does rain?
The race goes on rain or shine. We do have an extreme weather plan in the cases of lighting or severe thunder storms that pose a risk of severe danger. 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 Peabody Trailhead and parking lot. Crew parking along the course is at the Sugar Creek Trailhead and parking lot. See the Event Guide for directions and full details.
+ 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?
No we will not have an official gear check. Since you can park right at the start/finish line you can just leave your gear in your car.
+ Can I have crew and/or a pacer?
Yes. See the full race web page for complete details.
+ 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.