Ultra Support

Aid Stations
Course Map
Cutoff Times
Drop Bags
Entrants List
Food, Drink & First Aid
Race Day Check-In
Support Vehicle Guidelines
USATF Membership and Sign-Up

Optional before-and-after race weights: We will have a scale available before and after the race for optional pre and post race weights.

Aid Stations

Aid stations are located at 11 preset points along the course - see map. Aid stations are designated on the map by a circled "T#" (for "transition") and on the course by ULTRA FEED ZONE signs. For a list of stocked items, see "Food, Drink & First Aid" below. All aid stations are staffed by race officials with radio communication links to emergency medical staff and the race directors.

Course Map

A course map is available here. A Race Handbook containing a course map, race rules and regulations, and detailed course description will be mailed to each registered runner. A copy of the course map will also be provided to each runner on race day.

Cutoff Times

Runners have an 12-hour time window in which to finish. The race begins at 7 a.m. and the course closes at 7 p.m. Runners should have reached Transition Zone #6 (about 25 miles) by 1:00 p.m.; Transition Zone #9 (about 36 miles) by 3:38 p.m.; and Transition Zone #10 (about 41 miles) by 5:00 p.m. Runners arriving at these points after these times will be required to stop their run at that point.

Drop Bags

Runners have the option of using drop bags for support - Bags will be delivered by race staff to Feed Zones: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10/11 (See map.) in advance of the race.  Prepare your drop bags carefully.  On each bag, clearly and legibly print your name and the Aid Station Number.  Drop bags may be brought to the Packet Pickup/Expo/Pre-Race Dinner on Saturday, October 24th, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Toftrees Resort.  If you can't get there on Saturday, you can bring them to the start Sunday morning between 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. (Please, not later than 6:30 a.m.)

Entrants List

An Entrants List will be posted on the home page and updated beginning August 15, and after ultramarathon registration closes.

Food, Drink & First Aid

The following items will be available at the aid stations/Ultra Feed Zones.

First Aid: Band-aids and tape, aspirin, Tylenol and/or Advil, Rolaids, Vaseline.

   TZ1   TZ2   TZ3   TZ4   TZ5   TZ6   TZ7   TZ8   TZ9   TZ10/11 
HEED Beverage * * * * * * * * * *
Endurolyte capsules * * * * * * * * * *
Water * * * * * * * * * *
M&Ms * * * * * * * * * *
De-fizzed Coke * * * * * * * * * *
Pretzels *   * * * * * * * *
Cookies   * * * * * * * * *
Granola Bars   * * * * * * * * *
Bananas   *   *   * * * * *
Potato Chips   *   *   * * * * *
Potatoes       *   * * * * *
Hammer Gels  *  * *  * *  * * * *
PBJ Sandwiches           * * * * *

Heed Beverage mixed approximately 32 scoops / 5 gal (~5 cal / oz)

Race Day Check-In

On race day, ultra participants should check in at the Tussey Mountain Pavilion (on right side of road) between 5:45-6:30 a.m.

Support Vehicle Guidelines

Each ultra runner may have one support vehicle. Support vehicles must adhere to all applicable guidelines in the Race Handbook. No vehicles 6'6" or wider, or longer than 19'. No motor homes, buses or limos are allowed on the course. Vehicles must not follow or lead runners on the course. Ultra runners must register their support vehicles, either Saturday (at the Toftrees Resort, 5-8 p.m.) or Sunday between 5:45-6:30 a.m. The driver must provide a valid driver's license at the time of vehicle registration. If other passengers will share the driving, their driver's licenses must also be presented. No one may drive on the course without a valid driver's license. Any vehicles not used during the event must be parked in the gravel parking lot across from the go-kart area and pavilion trail. Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK is not responsible for vehicles or personal belongings. Vehicles traveling anywhere on the course must travel at safe speeds for the topography and no faster than 35 mph. When driving in the vicinity of runners, vehicles must slow to 10 mph.

USATF Membership and Sign-Up

The race is hosting the 2012 USA 50 Mile Road Championships. Participants who are or become USATF members by the start of the 2012 race will be eligible for the $6000 cash purse and overal & age-group medals to be awarded for the 2012 USA 50 Mile Road Championships. (Visit the Awards page for more details.) Runners must be USATF members to be eligible for cash awards or medals, or to be listed in the official USATF results. To join in advance, visit http://www.usatf.org/membership or download this application and bring it to packet pickup or the race start.
On-site signup before the race will be available at two times:
Saturday, October 24th - at packet pickup, between 5-8 p.m. at the Toftrees Resort. Payment Friday may be made by Visa, check (payable to "USATF") or cash ($10).
Sunday, October 25th - at the race start area, between 5:45-6:30 a.m., Tussey Mountain Ski Area, 1 mile south of Boalsburg, SR322 & Bear Meadows Road. Payment Saturday may be made by check (payable to "USATF") or cash ($10).