Holston River Endurance Challenge


2nd Annual Holston River Endurance Challenge at Holston River Brewing Company in Bristol, TN. This race will be August 5-7, 2016.  This is a race for beginners and veterans alike, walkers and runners. The object is to complete as many laps as possible in the time limit of each event. Only complete laps will count toward total mileage. The runners will follow a 1.5 mile loop course (USATF certification TN15047MS) throughout the campground adjacent to the brewery and may run or walk any distance or time up to registered time. Headlamps/flashlights will be required to run through the night. Reflective tape and/or glow sticks will be placed along the course to help direct runners at night, as well.

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Course/Aid Station

The 1.5 mile course loop is fairly flat with two small climbs each loop. There is minimal elevation gain per lap (It will feel like more elevation as time goes by) and consists of gravel/dirt roads, some grassy areas and a bit of asphalt. The road is wide enough to allow for easy passing. There will be one Aid Station at the end of the loop, near the timing station. This aid station will be fully stocked with the usual ultra type food/drinks, ie water, electrolyte drink, energy gels, cookies, fruit, potato chips, chocolate, pretzels, pb&j, broth, etc. Also there will be Death Wish Coffee for that caffeine boost at 3AM!! If you have special dietary needs/electrolyte drinks, please plan to bring your own. Runners will be allowed to set up personal supplies at their tent site or their car. There will be a bath house with flush toilets near the Aid Station.

Packet Pick-up/Check-in

Packet Pick-up and Campground check-in for all runners will be on Friday Aug 5 from 12 pm – 5pm. Please do not come before Noon to check-in and set up your campsite (12pm-5pm). You will be allowed to change events at Check-in/Packet Pick-up, but after 5pm, no drop downs/switches will be allowed. If you have to check in on Saturday Morning before the 8am race, please let me know ASAP. Those Saturday morning runners will need to be checked in by 7:30 am.

Start Time

The start time has been moved to 8pm for the 100 mile, 36 hour, and 24 hour runners. The 100 mile race has a 36 hour cutoff time. The 6 hour and 12 hour runners will have 2 start options- 8pm and 8am. The 8pm and 8am races will be 2 separate events, so you will only be competing against the runners in your start time, not all 6 hour or 12 hour participants.

Timing System

Each runner will be assigned a chip-timed bib and each time that runner passes through the timing station, his/her lap split will be recorded and the total mileage will be calculated as well as total running time. Each bib will be color coded to identify which event you are running. We will be posting updates of the race progress throughout the 36 hours via the Dancing Donkey Racing website and the Holston River Endurance Challenge Facebook page. Runners will be able to see their split times, total mileage, and total running time as they pass through the timing station.

Pacers/Safety Runners

Pacers/Safety Runners will be allowed to run/walk with the runners beginning at Midnight on August 5. Only one pacer/safety runner at a time on the course per runner, although you can have many pacers to come spend time with you. Due to liability issues, each pacer must check-in before running on the course. Each pacer must have a Pacer Bib, so the timing tent will be able to identify the pacer. Please respect this rule and do not have more than one pacer on the course. This is a 1.5 mile loop and there will be many runners on the course. Also the pacer needs to be aware of other runners and move to the side when event runners are passing. If a pacer hinders any other runner’s progress during the race, I reserve the right to remove that pacer off the course. Pacers will be allowed to eat and drink at the aid station.


Camping/Parking for the whole weekend is included in your registration fee this year. This will be much easier this year. Your family/crew can join you as their camping is included in your fee. This will be for primitive tent sites. If you plan to bring an RV, please contact for the water/electric fee (there is an upgrade fee for RV camping).

Venue Info

The race will take place next to Holston River Brewing Company. The Brewery is working on some package deals and discounts for the HREC runners, so check back for details on that!!

Race Swag

Soft Triblend Unisex T-shirt – (sizes X-Small to XX-Large) T-shirts were ordered on July 25th!! No guarantee on shirts if you register after July 25th.You will have to wait until packet pickup to see what is available.

Finishers Award for all who complete the event.
Overall Male/Female awards in each event,
100 Mile Buckle for 100 Mile event finishers. (Buckle available for purchase for 24 hour and 36 hour runners who run 100 miles)

Other Info

No refunds on this event. I donate all proceeds of HREC to the local Foster Children Associations in the Tri-Cites area and other Charities, such as the American Cancer Society and Team RWB.