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Northern Lights 24 Hour Run
June 6 @ 6:00 am - June 7 @ 8:00 am PDT
An event every year that begins at 6:00 am on day first of June, repeating until June 7, 2025
6:00AM Saturday – Packet & Bib Pickup
7:30AM Saturday – Opening Ceremony & Race Briefing
8:00AM Saturday – 24 Hour, 24 Hour Relay, 100 Mile, 12 Hour Day, 6 Hour Day Start
8:00PM Saturday – 12 Hour Night, 6 Hour Night Start
8:00AM Sunday – End All Races
The event will offer two different courses.
The Track Loop: This course is a 400 meter all weather track located at La Conner High School. The direction of travel will change every 6 hours. The inside three lanes will be reserved for those wishing to achieve certain USATF standards. All other track participants, including relays will run in the outside three lanes and will receive credit for the extra distance covered in these lanes.
USATF Certification # WA19032RMB
The Short Loop: This course is a 0.3883 mile loop which circumnavigates the La Conner Middle and High Schools. The course begins on the track before exiting to follow a route around the school buildings. It then returns to the track to allow the runners to cross the timing mat. The course is mostly paved sidewalk but includes a short gravel section and a short section of the track, both of which are less than 50 meters. The route will be marked and closed to any traffic. There will be course marshals at any intersections that involve spectator crossing.
USATF Certification # WA19031RMB
Timing will be provided by Mike Melton of MCM Timing and Results, LLC and Ultra Timing Professionals, LLC. Mike times numerous fixed time events including Six Days in the Dome, Across The Years, Desert Solstice, Dawn to Dusk to Dawn and Big Backyard Ultra. He also timed the 2018 European Championships and will time the 2021 World Championships in Timisoara, Romania.
Laps will be recorded by electronic chip timing and each athlete’s number of laps and distance will be shown on an electronic display near the start. Athletes can leave either course at any point during the race but must return to the same place before continuing. Live tracking will be provided on race day at my race|result. After the event results will be submitted for USATF and IAU record purposes where appropriate.
Aid Stations & Crew
There will be a fully stocked aid station on each course which will provide water, electrolyte drinks and food. There will also be space allocated for crew to set up tables, chairs or tents both for the track course and the short loop course.
Music entertainment will be provided throughout the event. The high school concession booth will be open and other food vendors will also be present. There are covered bleachers for spectators to see all the athletes as both courses converge on the track.
All participants will receive a unique finisher’s prize. Awards will also be given to the top male, female and relay in each of the track and short loop categories. The 6 hour day and night runners and the 12 hour day and night runners will be grouped together for awards. A belt buckle will be awarded to all athletes reaching 100 miles or more.
Packet Pickup & Awards Ceremony
Race packet and bib pickup will be held in downtown La Conner the evening before the event. Runners and crew can sign up for a pre-race dinner to be held at the same location. More details will follow closer to the event day.
Immediately after the race ends runners are invited to join us in the middle school gym for a breakfast hosted by the school’s Booster Club. Prizes will be awarded at this time and athletes who received charity bibs for the event will be invited to speak about their chosen cause.
Many of the high school students will be a part of our amazing volunteer team for the event. In return part of the proceeds will go to their various sports teams and clubs. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team to help with event set up, aid stations, course marshaling and event breakdown. Volunteers will receive a race shirt and credit towards the next year’s race.
Event details subject to change; check event websites for details.