30 hour time limit, starting April 7, 2018 at 6am ending April 8, 2018 at noon.
24th Annual Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run
8 loops each 12.5 miles on the bike and bridle trails of Umstead State Park
Raleigh, NC
Overview
The Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run is designed to help ultra runners make the leap from 50 mile runs to the more demanding 100 mile runs. It enables runners who have difficulty finishing 100 miles in 24 hours, or just finishing 100 miles at all, the opportunity to do so when severe topography, heat, and getting lost are removed as major obstacles. Many runners find the Umstead 100 an excellent foundation for the Massanutten 100, Western States 100, Leadville 100, and Wasatch 100 runs.

Rhonda Hampton 

4937 Tuckahoe Trace 
Wake Forest, NC 27587 
RaceDirector@Umstead100.org 
919-801-6153
Course

Course Maps

Start/Finish

The start/finish line is located at the Camp Lapihio Headquarters. Each loop begins and ends at the south door of the headquarters building.

Laps and Spurs

The course is essentially a 12.5-mile lap in Umstead Park that you repeat eight times to reach 100 miles.

You go counter-clockwise around the course:

  • You start at Race Headquarters and run the first part of the Headquarters Spur.
  • Then make a right turn and run out the Airport Spur.
  • You turn around and run back the Airport Spur.
  • Then you run the remainder of the Headquarters Spur, which leads to the large loop.
  • You then run around the loop and finish the lap by returning to Race Headquarters via the Headquarters Spur.

We'll have signs at all junctions to help guide you.

The Headquarters Spur (orange) is 1.85 miles long. This spur allows you to see fellow runners up to 5.3 miles behind and in front of you.

The Airport Spur is .75-mile long, and branches off the Headquarters Spur at the 0.6 mile point of each loop. The Airport Spur is run only on the outbound leg of a lap.

The course has been rolled with a calibrated wheel and is USATF certified.

Surface

The course is along a running, biking, and horse trail. The trail width varies between 8 and 15 feet and the footing is excellent. There is no single track trail on the course. All creek crossings are on permanent bridges.

The course is an outstanding running surface. However, on the vehicle access road portion of the course leading into Camp Lapihio/Race Headquarters (.4 mile), there is larger crushed gravel that is typical for automotive traffic.

The picture below is a typical part of the gravel trail. While you might be running fast enough to need that SLOW sign, it's really for the mountain bikers who might be coming AT you down the hill at warp speed. Stay alert!

In the picture below you can see that some of the trail has less gravel than other parts. A heavy rain can turn these parts a bit muddy, so be prepared.

Here are more pictures of the course, courtesy of Ben Dillon.

Topography

The course is rolling hills with a total of 8,000 feet of climb over the 100 miles (1,000 feet per loop). The entire course is runnable for front-runners with nicely spaced hills. Getting lost, even for a short time, will be difficult (but not impossible). By day the course will be well marked, and at night the course will be marked with colored, Umstead 100 Logo direction signs and glow sticks.

Footwear

We continue to recommend a light trail type shoe, but a well cushioned, regular running shoe will do fine on this surface. We also recommend gaiters to keep the grit out of your shoes. (Which might help prevent blisters.)

Traffic on the Course

On the majority of the course there is no motor vehicular traffic except the rare official park vehicle. There is .4 mile of the course with very light park traffic that consists primarily of race/crew vehicles. There will probably be some bicycle traffic and a few horses on the trail during the day.

Hotels

Hotels

The recommended hotels for the 2016 Umstead 100 are the same as the previous five years: the co-located Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites at Brier Creek.

Both hotels are located at 8021 Arco Corporate Drive, Raleigh, NC. (Google map from hotels to Umstead Park entrance.)

The location is just behind the Brier Creek Shopping Center that is at the intersection of US 70 (Glenwood Avenue) and Brier Creek Parkway.

These hotels are convenient to RDU Airport, which is immediately adjacent to Umstead Park, and there are several eating/shopping establishments near the hotels.

Rooms at the reduced group rate are limited and reservations must be made before March 1, 2016. Once our reserved rooms are exhausted, the hotel will honor the Umstead 100 rate as long as there are available rooms.

Use the top-secret phrase "Umstead 100" when making reservations by phone.

Hampton Inn & Suites

Standard King or 2 Queen:  $89.00
Studio King Suite:         $99.00  
Call 919-484-0500

Embassy Suites

Two-Room Suite with 1 King:  $109.00
Two-Room Suite with 2 Queen: $129.00
Call 919-572-2200 

OR use the 2016 Umstead 100 reservation page to make a reservation at either hotel.

Both hotels offer shuttle service to and from the Raleigh-Durham Airport. Call the hotel when you get your bags for information.

Both hotels will also offer limited shuttle service to and from Race Headquarters at Camp Lapihio. The shuttle service to Race Headquarters should be discussed with the hotel. Race Management has no control over these shuttles. The shuttle to the Park will be limited to a specific time on Friday afternoon and again on Saturday morning. No other Race shuttle service is part of the Race's agreement with the hotels.

Driving Directions to Hotels and Umstead State Park

To the hotels from US 70 (Glenwood Ave.) coming from Raleigh and Umstead Park

Take a left at Brier Creek Parkway; stay in the left-most turn lane. Take the first left (.1 mile) onto Arco Corporate Drive and follow it .4 mile to the hotels. It is 2.3 miles from the Umstead Park entrance to Brier Creek Parkway via US 70.

To the hotels from US 70 coming from Durham

Turn right at Brier Creek Parkway, go immediately to the left most turn lane. Take the first left (.1 mile) onto Arco Corporate Drive and follow it .4 mile to the hotels.

To the hotels from I-540, either direction, using the US 70 Interchange

Exit onto US 70 towards Durham.
At the end of the collector distributor ramps, as you merge with US 70, go immediately to the left most lane/turn lane. In .5 mile turn left, at the first stoplight, onto Brier Creek Parkway; stay in the left most turn lane. Take the first left (.1 mile) onto Arco Corporate Drive and follow it .4 mile to the hotels.

Note that Arco Corporate Dr. can be accessed off the I-540/Lumley Road Interchange. For traffic going SW on I-540, Arco is directly across from the end of the exit ramp. For traffic going NE on I-540, take a left at the end of the exit ramp. Go .2 mile to Arco on your right.

To Umstead State Park from the hotels

Take Arco Corporate Drive (0.4 mile) to Brier Creek Parkway. Take a right at Brier Creek Parkway for 0.1 mile. Turn right onto US 70 East and follow it 2.3 miles to the entrance of Umstead Park. You will see a sign announcing "William B. Umstead Park entrance 1000 feet" prior to the park entrance.

Alternate route to Umstead State Park from the hotels

Turn left onto Arco Corporate Drive, go .8 mile to Lumley Road, take a left. Go 1.2 miles (passing by the airport runways) to the interchange ramps at US 70. Turn right onto the ramp before you go under the bridge. Merge with US 70 (Glenwood Avenue) going towards Raleigh. Stay on US 70 for 1.1 miles to the Park entrance on your right.