30 Frequently Asked Questions About the Snake Run
More Information Than You Would Ever Want to Know !!
1) Will there be beer?
Of course !!! THIS IS A TATUR RACE ! DUH
2) Do you ever run out of beer?
NOT FOR LONG !!
3) Will I Get a Medal? The first 250 entrants that sign up will be guaranteed a 3 1/4" finishers medal which will be hung around you neck as you finish at noon or 3pm. Oh !! You also have to finish to get one. What a concept !
4) Do I really have to wear my race number?
YES ! It is so important for you to wear your race number at this event that you could risk being disqualified for not wearing it. Not only do you have to wear it, it has to be worn on the outside of your clothing and must be on the front of your body, so that it can be clearly seen.
This race is not chip timed. We will have a timing table where someone will be entering your race number into a laptop. If the timer has to wait while you make your number visible it will slow down the whole process and you will asked very politely to fix your number and keep it visible.
We recommended pinning it to your shorts/pants if you plan on changing, adding or removing shirts or jackets during the race.
5) Is this a good race for someone who has never run a trail race?
YES! PERFECT !! YOU SHOULD DO IT !! YOU WILL BE FINE. YOU WILL NOT DIE! YOU WILL HAVE FUN!
6)What is the terrain like?
The entire course is pancake flat !! While there are some rocks on the course, the route is located on the easiest section of Turkey Mountain and is rated a level 3 of difficulty whereas other sections of the mountain rate as high as 8.
7) Do I have to have trail shoes?
No. Several experienced trail runners will wear road shoes on a course like this. Trail shoes may help, but we recommend just wearing whatever you are most comfortable in.
8) Will I fall?
Maybe. You are not a "true trail runner" until you fall at least once. You most likely will not get hurt if you fall. If you don't fall, and are sad that you did not fall, notify a race organizer and we will trip you !
9) Will I get a shirt?
Most likely. The bigger question is will you get one that fits you? As of today, we are almost out of all the larger sizes. We have plenty of extra smalls, smalls and mediums left. Shirts will not be re-ordered. If we do not have a shirt in your size we will take $5 off of your entry.
10) Will there be post race food !!
Yup! The menu is still being negotiated. You will like it though.
11) Why is this race fun?
Because we tell you that it is !
12) What should I bring?
Camera, blankets, Lawn chairs, iPod. Ice chests are allowed.
13) Can I set out a drop bag?
Yes ! You can leave it at the start finish area where you will see it every 4.2 miles. If you want to carry an item to the on course aid station, you can access it up to three times per loop.
14) What can I expect to see at the aid stations?
At the bare minimum, we will have water, Lemon Lime Gatorade, Coke, pretzels, candy, PB& J sandwiches, chips, and boiled potatoes. We will not have Gu or any other energy replacement items.
15) Do I need to carry a water bottle?
Not unless you need water more than once a mile.
16) How far is each loop?
Each "circuit" is 4.2 miles 2.1 miles to the turnaround point and 2.1 miles back to the start.
17) Is there plenty of parking?
No. You can park up on top of the REALLY steep hill where Elwood curves and becomes 61st St. or you can park in the main parking lot of Turkey Mtn and hike up the REALLY steep hill. Or if you arrive late you can park on one of the side streets adjacent to the REALLY steep hill. The good news is that the REALLY steep hill is not part of the course.
18) Is there an address that I can plug into my GPS to find Turkey Mtn.
Yes. Plug in the address to this church ( Lily of the Valley House of Prayer) 6808 S. Elwood , Tulsa OK, 74132
19) Are there aid stations on the course?
Yes. There is one aid station on the course and you will hit this aid station THREE times per circuit. The first time it will be on your left, the second time it will be in front of you, and the third time it will be on your right. This is the same aid station not really fast aid station workers that move around alot :)
There is also one aid station at the start finish area.
20) Is there a time limit for this race race?
YES ! Six hours or Three Hours....Hello !!!
21) What happens if I am still out on the four mile loop when the ending gun sounds ?
Then you are out of luck and get no credit for your last partial circuit. That is why we start making announcements beginning at 10:45am and 1:45pm that if you don't think that you can finish another 4 mile circuit, then you should start running a separate 1/2 mile loop over, and over, and over and over, and over, and over...well you get the point. You can run these loops until the noon or 3pm gun sounds.
Your half mile loops will be tallied and added to your total mileage. This is where you separate the men from the boys and women from the girly girls.
22) Can I run less than three or six hours, go home, and then pick my medal up later?
NO !!! Do you get a finishers medal for running 25 miles? NO !! To be considered a finisher you must be active in the race when the finishing gun sounds. However, there is no limit to how long of a break you can take.
We will make an announcement at 11:45am and 2:45pm that if you want to be considered a finisher and get the medal then you have to end your "break" and resume running or walking. Also You HAVE to finish at least one four mile loop at the beginning of the race.
23) Can I wear an iPod?
Yes ! But unless you are a very fast runner, you will be passed many, many times on a very narrow trail. If your music is very loud and you cannot hear the faster runner announce "On Your Left" before they pass you. You will seriously annoy many runners.
24) Can I run with a dog?
Yes ! As long as it is kept on a short leash and we do not hear any complaints, bring Fido and he or she will have a great time.
25) Will there be awards to all age group winners?
No ! The very coveted Snake Trophies will only go to the top three men and top three women in both the three and six hour events.
Other age group winners will receive a certificate. Hey don't complain. We wanted to spend the money on your finishers medals. If you sponsor the race next year you can buy us some better age group awards.
Certificates will be given for the following age groups.
Men's: 5-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-99
Women's: 5-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-99
26) Are there Clydesdale, Filly, Masters, Race Walkers, Teams, and other divisions?
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO and NO !!! This is trail running. There also will not be spilt callers, mile markers, mylar blankets or bands along the course.
27) Will I get lost?
No. The course will be marked extremely well. There are only two miles of course that will be heavily marked with pink & black polka dotted ribbon. Unless you are the leader, you will just be following the crowd
28) Where can I find out more information about the race?
You can reply to this email or check out the website at http://tatur.org/SixHourTaturRun.html
30) Do you need any help with the race ?
We always need volunteers. We have lots of positions that still need to be filled. Simply click here or email race director Ken Childress at firstname.lastname@example.org