WELCOME TO THE HOME PAGE OF THE LT. JC STONE 50K ULTRAMARATHON AND TRAIL ULTRAMARATHON.
Registration for the 2015 Lt. JC Stone Trail 50K UltraMarathon is now open. Please click here to be taken to the main page for the Trail Ultra.
Registration for the 2016 Lt. JC Stone 50K will open October 4, 2015.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2016 LT JC STONE 50K
When you click the link above a new page will open and you will be on the ChronoTrack Registration Website.
Registration will be limited to 100 runners. Check out our Facebook Page to see what our past runners have to say about the race! We do have fun!
Click here for the....RESULTS of the 2015 Lt. JC Stone 50K (this is a link to the 2015 Race Report Tab. Of course you can also just click the 2015 Race Report Tab at the top of this page. Thanks)
The 2015 Race Report is on the 2015 Race Report Page.
We do have a few photos on the race report page and the race photo page, but for all the pictures please go to the flickr site!
Be sure to join the Facebook Group, Lt JC Stone 50K Ultramarathon. There you will receive updates on the event and posts from participants. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments on the event at the Facebook Group Page. Thank you. The Rotary Club of Hampton Township appreciates your support and looks forward to this event as one of two annual races that we host. The other is the Firecracker 5K held on July 4 of each year.
LT. JC STONE 50K Oval Window/Bumper Stickers!!
There are two designs. See the images below......
Lt. J. C. Stone 50K UltraMarathon
Registration for the 2016 event will open on October 1, 2015. Registration will close on March 15, 2016. The 2016 Lt. JC Stone 50K will be held on Saturday, March xx, 2016
REGISTER HERE by clicking on the JC Stone 50K LOGO
The Start of the 2014 Lt. JC Stone 50K UltraMarathon
If you have any questions regarding this event please contact the Race Director: LouDAngelo@aol.com
GENERAL RACE and COURSE DESCRIPTION
There is a football field at North Park. The field, used for local sporting events, is named to honor Lt. Joseph Charles Stone. Known as J.C. to his friends and family. J.C. enlisted to serve the USA in the Viet Nam War. He was a decorated Green Beret who gave his life for his country when the small village where he was engaged was overrun by the Viet Cong. His legacy is one of bravery. This run is in memory of J.C. and all the brave soldiers who have fought for our country.
The course starts at the North Park Boat House with a short loop, then proceeds to complete six 5-mile loops around scenic North Park Lake. Approximately 2.5 miles from the Boat House runners will pass Lt. J.C. Stone Field. This 5-mile loop has been the home to many exciting Ultras in the past. This course is the same course as the former GNC 50K/50Mile/100K race. UltraRunners from all over the country ran this course as for several years it was host to several National Championship Road Races. The course is awesome. Asphalt running trail that follows the shoreline of North Park Lake. It will be very well marked and will have volunteers stationed along the course so that you can focus on running and leave the logistics to us. Rolling hills and very runable.
Registration Fee: $60
Race Stuff: Tech fabric running shirt, Excellent Finisher Medal, Pizza and cook-out at the finish. Music provided by our very own "DJ KK".
Race Logistics: Two aid stations, park your vehicle at the Starting Line!!, Registration table inside the boat house, Indoor rest-rooms for your pre-race and post-race comfort. We have the boathouse for the day.
We consistently have several men and women listed in Ultrarunning Magazine's fastest 50K times.
Please enjoy the race reports from our past events, and some photos. Join us on Facebook under Groups. Lt. JC Stone 50K Group is out there and is a good way to follow us and receive updates and information about the event.
Saturday, March XX, 2016
Runners Check-in & Packet Pickup for Runners from 6:30am - 7:30am
Pre-race Information Meeting @ 7:45am at the starting line (unless the weather forces us to hold the meeting indoors.)
ALL runners should be at the starting line @ 7:45am
Race Starts @8:00am SHARP (7 hour time limit. Unless the weather is really horrible I will stay a little longer if you need some extra time.)
Awards - Presented as runners cross the finish line. There is no official award ceremony but I encourage you to stick around, enjoy some pizza and beverage (beer, soda, water, etc). Results are posted promptly. Our top runners have been great about sticking around and cheering on the pack as we get more runners across the line!
Race Closes @ 3:00pm, Picnic and food continues to 4:00pm+.
INSTRUCTIONS For RUNNERS
- The three rules that are strictly enforced: 1) No litter, 2) No pacing by motorized vehicle, and 3) No Aid given from any moving vehicle (bikes are vehicles). You will be disqualified for running afoul of these rules. Please don’t.
- No running pets please. This is a human race.
- Rules that the North Park/Allegheny County Police will enforce are, 1) Exceeding the speed limits around the park, 2) bicycling in the ‘wrong’ direction. The park is a one way cycling park with marked lanes. We run the race in the 'opposite' direction of the bicycle path. Bicycles are permitted on the course. Please observe all signs.
- We start and finish at the North Park Boat House. We have the boat house facility which includes indoor, warm, clean restroom facilities, several picnic tables and the food!
- Parking at the North Park Boat House has been reserved for you, your crew, your family and friends. I expect we will have plenty of room. This is a crew-friendly course, and is supported well with two aid stations. Aid every 2.5 mile. Your can have a pacer. If your pacer is going to run the entire distance they do need to register for the event.
- Please do not litter. Drop your trash at the aid stations, and we will take care of the rest.
- Registration through ChronoTrack will be $60 up until March XX, 2016.
- Pre-registration is considered to be registration by midnight March XX, 2016.
- From March XXto March XX, registration will be $75. This is NOT pre-registration. This is last minute registration. You may not get a shirt or a finisher medal. I will try and accommodate, but please register before March XX.
- Runners who pre-register (before midnight 3-XX-2016) will receive a tech fabric shirt (The shirts are awesome). Pre-registered Finishers will receive a finisher's medal (The medal is way cool).
- Registration after March 10 will only be available if the race hasn't sold out. Also, after March 10 you do run the risk of no shirt and no medal (I will try to prevent this from happening, but help me out by registering as early as you can).
- There is no registration by mail.
- There is no race-day registration.
- 2015 deferrals will be honored for 2016, however after that there is no deferral of registration. If you cannot participate after you have registered I am sorry, but we have tried this, and the race committee has decided that starting 2016 there is no deferral of entry to the following year.
- Female and male top three Overall finishers will receive a unique commemorative award. Following the determination of the Overall awards we will also present an award to the top Master (age 40 - 49) finisher, and to the top Grand Master (age 50+) finisher, both female and male. No double dipping of awards. If a 55 year old wins outright he/she get the Overall award, not the Grand Master award.
- All runners must check in before 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning to get their number. This is essential because we will start the race on time. The race will start promptly at 8:00 a.m.
- Runners will have access to indoor bathrooms before, during and after the run. While we don’t have showers, we do have indoor plumbing. Runners will also have access to bathrooms and port-a-potties along the course.
- PACERS are allowed from start to finish. But if your pacer is running the whole way, they will need to pay the registration fee as a runner. Your pacer has complete aid station access. They won't get a shirt or medal (unless of course they pre-register for the race.)
- The Boat House aid station will offer runners food and beverage including sport bars, cookies, pretzels, crackers, water, sports drink and soda pop.There is a different mix of aid station food each year.
- Dropbags may be left at the Boat House Aid Station. In fact you can have your own little area set up near your vehicle. Bring a chair, a cooler and a towel. Make it your own oasis of support if you care to.
- The temperature can vary drastically in March. Be ready for anything from a wet 35o F. to temperatures in the 70o's. I am hoping for 52F and partly Sunny. It's Pittsburgh so you just never know! Let's see what 2015 has in store for us.
- Please report to the finish line area if you happen to drop from the race. Don’t just walk off, we will be worried about you and will spend time looking for you.
- If you have a confrontation or an unpleasant encounter with a cyclist, walker or jogger at the park, please report it to one of the volunteers at the aid station. Try really hard not to escalate it. We have had very few issues. I have police presence at the park and they will respond if I call them. I get a permit issued each year and the Park Administration has been great to work with. Let's do what we can to keep it that way. I will really appreciate it.
Policy regarding deferring your entry to the 2015 JC Stone 50K entry due to injury or other unavoidable conflict. The policy is that if you notify me by email at LouDAngelo@aol.com I will remove you from the 2015 runners list. You will be able to defer to the 2016 race. If you simply fail to show up for the race, that is not deferring. There are no cash refunds for the event. There is no deferment beyond 2016 for a 2015 entry. You cannot use a 2015 entry to gain entry to the 2017 or 2018 race. Also, (VERY IMPORTANT) it is up to you to send me an email no later than one month before the 2016 event letting me know that you intend to run in 2016.
So, quick recap: No cash refunds. You can defer her for one year. You need to let me know that you're doing so by email. You need to let me know that you want to run the 2016 event no later than February 20, 2016. Please send me an email if you have any questions regarding the deferral policy. I hope this is helpful
Some local hotels in case you need to spend the night.
Home 2 Suites. 8630 Duncan Avenu, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. (This is a new hotel located 4 miles from the starting line. I will let you know if I am able to negotiate a rate with the manager) Very nice. Located 10 minutes from North Park Boat House. 412-630-8400. 3 Star. $$
740 Pittsburgh Road (Rt. 8), Butler, PA 16002. (724)586-7711. email@example.com. Very nice. Located about 35 minutes from North park Boat House. 4star. $$$
Holiday Inn Pittsburgh.– North Hills.
4859 McKnight Road , Pittsburgh , PA 15237. 412-366-5200. Nice Hotel. Located within 15 minutes from North Park. 3 Star. $$
Hampton Inn.– North Hills,
4575 McKnight Road , Pittsburgh , PA 15237 . (412)939-3200. 15 Minutes from North Park Boat House. 3 Star. $$
Comfort Inn. 4607 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
DIRECTIONS to North Park Boat House
GPS Coordinates for the Boat House
Directions from the PA Turnpike (both eastbound and westbound travelers
Travel East towards Pittsburgh on PA Turnpike to Exit #28. Take US 19/I79 Exit towards Pittsburgh. Keep Right to take the US19 Ramp toward Warrendale/Cranberry. Keep Left to take the ramp toward Warrendale. Turn Left onto Perry Highway/US19 South. Travel 4.4 Miles. This can be tricky because you are on a strip of US19 that has shops and restaurants, etc. Turn onto RT 910 East. Travel 1.7 miles on Rt. 910. Turn Right onto Pearce Mill Road and travel 1 mile. as you are coming down a rather steep hill, the boathouse parking lot is on your Right. This is the start and finish area for the event.
Take Exit #38 (Butler/Pittsburgh), Travel 100 yards north on Rt. 8 towards Butler . Get in the
Directions from the South of Pittsburgh via Rt. 79 and Rt. 910.
Take Route 79 North towards Wexford. Exit at Wexford Rt. 910 East. Travel Rt 910 East for approximately 4 miles. Turn Right onto Pearce Mill Road. Travel straight into the park. You will know when you are in North Park because the speed limit changes to 15MPH. Don't speed. The County Police are very polite when they ticket you. You've been warned. You will travel on Pearce Mill Road for approximately 2 miles. Travel up the hill and on the way down the hill look to your right and you will see the Boat House. Make a right into the parking lot. This is the Start and Finish for the event.
If you have additional questions about the Lt. J.C. Stone 50K,
Contact Lou D’Angelo, Race Director
By email at LouDAngelo@aol.com
"When you see someone putting on his running shoes,
you can be pretty sure that an adventure is about to happen."
- Winnie the Pooh