Spring Equinox 50 MILER, 50K & 10 Miler

SATURDAY MARCH March 21 2015

2015 Spring Equinox Post Card Front

RACE DAY REGISTRATION ONLY…

IS AVAILABLE

FORGE Racing is happy to announce a new partners for the 2015 EQUINOX

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 BASIC INFO:

Trail Information

Clear Springs Recreation Area hosts 20+ miles of single-track, multi-use trails in the Homochitto Ranger District of the Homochitto National Forest in Mississippi. The area is located in the remote wilderness of south western Mississippi halfway between Natchez and Brookhaven. You are truly off the grid in Clear Springs, so be prepared to have no cell service. Among stands of pine and mixed hardwood trees, the trails traverse rolling hills with some short, steep climbs as well as some longer slow climbs. Trails are mostly hard-packed dirt, with some minor low-lying damp areas, abundant roots, and some beautiful bridges.

Clear Springs Recreation Area is a fee area. Your race registration does not cover your usage fee. You are required to pay the day use fee ($5.00/vehicle) upon entrance into the Recreation Area. Please have correct change, as fees are paid in envelopes at an unmanned fee station. Facilities at the Recreation Area include 22 camping sites with water and 50 amp electrical hookups, 22 primitive camping sites, group camping and pavilion, flush toilets, picnic tables, and hot showers.

The average temperature in Meadville on the equinox is 60°F, with temperatures ranging from 47°F to 73°F. The average monthly precipitation for March is 5.4”.

Packet Pickup

Packet pick up with be available from 7:00-8pm on Friday and from 530-615am on race day. Packet pickup is located at the Start/Finish area. Start/Finish is located at the picnic shelter at Clear Spring Lake in the Recreation Area.

 

Directions to Clear Springs Recreation Area from Baton Rouge

TO: 3888 Clear Springs Rd. Meadville, MS 39653 (The Start Finish)

  1. Take I-110 North
  2. Exit #8A/ LA-19 Scotlandville/ Baker
  3. Turn Right onto Scotlandville Ave. (Hwy 19N) toward Baker/Zachary 33.0 Miles
  4. Continue on MS-33 6.0 Miles
  5. Turn Right on MS-24/MS-33 10.2 Miles
  6. Bear left onto MS-33 25.7 Miles
  7. Turn Right onto US-84 E, US-98 E 7.6 Miles
  8. Turn Right onto Clear Springs Rd. SW 0.1 Mile

 

Camping-  There is plenty of camping available. The sites are first come first served so claim your spot as early as you can. There are HOT showers and clean bathrooms.

Race Start

50k and 50mi   – race starts at 630am. Sunrise is around 7:15am and sunset is around 7:15pm. Bring a headlamp if you need it during dawn or dusk.

10 Miler             – 8:00 AM

The Start & Finish Area- will be in the camping area at the Log Cabin Pavilion near the spring-fed Clear Springs Lake.

Cut Off Times

Both the 50 miler & the 50k have a 13 hour cut off time.

Drop Bags

You will not have access to the S/F throughout the race.

Drop bags must be dropped off at packet pickup Friday night. Any bags dropped off on race day will not be delivered to the aid station.

You must have your name marked clearly on the drop bag.

Drop bags will be taken to AS4 – at mile 13.7 for the 50k; miles 13.7 and 33.4 for the 50mi.

Pacers

Pacers allowed after 30.3 miles for 50 mile runners. No pacers allowed for 50k runners.

Pacers may join your runner at AS3 at 30.3 mi. You and your runner must arrange your own transportation to this aid station.

Only one pacer at any time.

Pacers cannot assist the forward motion of their runner.

Pacers are not allowed to carry any materials for their runner.

Pacers may accept aid at aid station.

 

Aid Stations

50 km 50 mi
Distance from last AS Total race distance Distance from last AS Total race distance
AS1 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5
AS2 4.7 8.2 4.7 8.2
AS3 2.4 10.6 2.4 10.6
AS4 3.1 13.7* 3.1 13.7*
AS5 6.2 19.9 6.2 19.9
AS1 3.3 23.2 3.3 23.2
AS2 4.7 27.9 4.7 27.9
AS3 2.4 30.3
AS4 3.1 33.4*
AS5 6.2 39.6
AS1 3.3 42.9
AS2 4.7 47.6
S/F 3.1 31 3.1 50.7

 

Aid stations 3 and 4 will be manned. All other aid stations are unmanned.

*Drop bags will be available at this point.

Aid stations will have the following: water, ginger ale, coke, pre-mixed Heed, pretzels, chips, m&m’s, Hammer gels, boiled potatoes, candy, and salt, quesadillas, grilled cheese, pb & j, candy etc.

It is highly encouraged that you bring either hand held water bottles or a hydration vest/pack as there are long portions of the trail without access to water or aid.

Course Map

 50k course:

All trials are followed in the clockwise direction. From S/F, join Tally’s Trail > left onto Mills Branch Trail > left onto Richardson Creek Trail > left onto Tally’s Trail > to return to the S/F.

You will pass aid stations 1-5 once and aid station 1-2 a second time. You do not return to S/F between loops.

50mi course:

All trials are followed in the clockwise direction. From S/F, join Tally’s Trail > left onto Mills Branch Trail > left onto Richardson Creek Trail > left onto Tally’s Trail > left onto Mills Branch Trail > left onto Richardson Creek Trail > left onto Tally’s Trail > to return to the S/F.

You will pass aid stations 1-5 twice and aid station 1-2 a third time. You do not return to S/F between loops.

Post Race- The post race get together will be a great time of awards, food, beverages, and just general fun.

Lodging

The closest hotels are located in Natchez, MS (~30 mi west on Hwy 84), or Brookhaven, MS (~40 mi east on Hwy 84).

 

 

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*** Click The Map Below To See A Larger Version***

2014 Course Map

Equinox Trail Race Map
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Clear Springs Equinox Topo map

Equinox 50k Elevation Profile: 4547 feet of gain.

This is the 50k (31 mile). You’ll get a tast of it here.

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Directions to “Clear Springs” , EQUINOX from Baton Rouge

TO: 3888 Clear Springs Rd. Meadville, MS 39653 (The Start Finish)

Take I-110 North

Exit #8A/ LA-19 Scotlandville/ Baker

Turn Right onto Scotlandville Ave. (Hwy 19N) toward Baker/Zachary  33.0 Miles

Continue on MS-33 6.0 Miles

Turn Right on MS-24/MS-33 10.2 Miles

Bear left onto MS-33 25.7 Miles

Turn Right onto US-84 E, US-98 E 7.6 Miles

Turn Right onto Clear Springs Rd. SW 0.1 Mile

2 Hours

2013 Inaugural Eqiuinox 50k,25k, & 10 Miler RESULTS

2013 Equinox 10 Mile Female

2013 Equinox 10 Mile Male

2013 Equinox 25K Female

2013 Equinox 25K Male

2013 Equinox 50K Female

2013 Equinox 50K Male

 

2014 Eqiuinox Ultras 50mi, 50k, & 10 Miler Results

Equinox 2014 50 Mile Results 50 Mile Results

Equinox 2014 50K Results 50K Results

Equinox 2014 10 Mile Results 10 Mile Results

 

 

  1. Are you doing a 50 miler this year? Do you have cut off times?

  2. We are considering this for a first 50m , how are the hills?

    • Hey Nick,
      Very nice course with rolling hills, great ridge runs with great views. There are low flat portions. I think you’ll enjoy it for a first time 50m. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Jeff

  3. As far as the camping situation goes, would I just show up and pay for a spot already reserved by FORGE? If so, how much? I am trying to make plans and want to be sure I will have a place to sleep that I can afford!

  4. Cut off for the 50Mile ? Is it possible to sign up for 50M and drop to 50K? Cut off for the 50K?

    • We are playing with it…the terrain is pretty intense (topography) so we are thinking 13 hrs for the 50 miler and NO cut off for the 50k (as long as there are still 50 milers on the course). If all 50 milers finish and you are a 50k er and still on the course we’ll pull you.Does that help?

  5. Will the Forge campsites be improved sites (electricity)? We are tent camping but want to be able to plug in our stuff!

    • I believe so. They are near the bathrooms and have the gravel area to camp on, grill etc. We had the same last year but cant remember. Ive camped in alot of primitive places and this is not like those. You are camping right next to other people.

    • Camping- I have reserved a group camp site for us for Friday night the 21st and saturday night the 22nd. The cost is $10 a tent. Just let me know. You can pay when you arrive. There ARE RV sites in the group area as well.There IS electricity

    • Camping- I have reserved a group camp site for us for Friday night the 21st and saturday night the 22nd. The cost is $10 a tent. Just let me know. You can pay when you arrive. There ARE RV sites in the group area as well.

  6. Can I reserve a site with you? I tried to look at the Clear Springs website and it doesn’t look like they will let me make a reservation. Hate to just show up without a definite spot to camp! So can you reserve one for my family and we will pay you when we get there? I am registered for the 50k.

    • I have a group camp reserved for us…For friday the 21st & Saturday night the 22nd. $10 a tent. Pay me when you arrive. You just got a spot,

    • Camping- I have reserved a group camp site for us for Friday night the 21st and saturday night the 22nd. The cost is $10 a tent. Just let me know. You can pay when you arrive. There ARE RV sites in the group area as well.

  7. What if I have 40 miles in and I am at 12 hours? Will you pull me? I was hoping to make this my first 50 miler but I dont know what I can do. I have done two 50k at about the 8 hour mark but they were not trail. I was hoping your time limit would be closer to 15 hours.

  8. I’m signed up for the 50 miler, and I’d like to tent camp on Friday and Sat. What else do I need to do for that? Thanks.

    • Camping- I have reserved a group camp site for us for Friday night the 21st and saturday night the 22nd. The cost is $10 a tent. Just let me know. You can pay when you arrive. There ARE RV sites in the group area as well.

      • Thanks. I have a pop-up camper, but probably will tent camp this time. How do we make reservations for other times? I would like to go up there in a couple of weeks to check out the area, and I might stay over. I couldn’t figure out who to contact with the Forest Service about camping.

  9. You cannot reserve spots. There is ALWAYS room. I can do it because i am having an event there.

  10. Jeff,
    Just noticed you set the cut off at 13 hours, my wife and I have run a few 50k and many marathons, 50k in 6 to 6:30. I have no idea on a time for the 50 miler but figure we will be walking a good bit in those last few miles. We bought lights and would hate to get pulled if we are still moving forward.

    Nick & Pam

    • Hey Nick,
      So, as long as you are making legitemate progress, like coming closer to the finish (not 15 miles out or something), you will not be pulled.
      Sound good?
      Jeff

    • Nick and Pam, I am in the same boat. Maybe we can hang together and help pace each other. Carol

      • We will have to look for you, we just did a trail marathon
        in 4:30ish ( garmin said 24 miles) but the Equinox is hillier and muuch looonger.

  11. How early will people be there Friday to get a group spot?

  12. Do you know the average ascent and descent?

  13. For the 50 miler

  14. Ok, I just signed up. I don’t think I will make the cutoff, but I am going to go for it anyway!

  15. Please save me a camping spot. Thanks!

  16. So any idea on the number of people running the 50k?

    Just curious. :)

  17. How about the 50 miler?

  18. Thanks for a great experience and a very challenging race. I hope to see you all for the 100k in December.

  19. Thanks for putting on a great race. It was really tough for me, but I appreciate the encouragement of you and your team. The hospitality was great. That’s why I love trail ultras! Great job Forge!

  20. Pam and I also had a great time Saturday for our first 50 miler, I might be interested in that 100K as long as it has bigger hills and more of them. HA!!

  21. Please god no more hills !!!! I’m still dreaming about those hills . The hill from the finish line to the bathroom was bigger than the hills I trained on . Lol

  22. Do you have a date for the 2015 50 mile run?

  23. Robert faulkner

    If i am able to go can i pay the night before or day of and how much is it for the 50k. I talked to jeff and did this for the coyote run so i assume it would be ok. Please let me know

  24. Hahaha, yes hello! Thats how FORGE rolls!
    Jeff

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