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TEC − Täby Extreme Challenge
The following is some general info about the race. Please contact the organizers for more info.
The idea of this race was triggered by a need for a long training session as a preparation for tough ultras later on. It is only during such training sessions that one really can see how the mind copes with the strain. One thing lead to another and the plans converged rapidly.
The idea behind TEC is to offer an excellent opportunity to test the limits. The focus of the challenge is primarily aimed at strengthening the mental part and giving an opportunity for testing equipment. Therefore, it was decided to chose a course that neither stresses the muscles to the extreme nor the navigation skills. Instead we chose to have the aid station access further apart than normal, to have a start time that gives most of the 80 mile runners some night running, to let the race have an ingredient of self-support, and to let it take place at a time of the year when it is colder.
When March 21-22, 2009. The start is at 10:00 and the finish closes after 30 hours at 16:00 the day after. Contact the organizer if you participate in one of the shorter distances and would like a later start to get extra training on running in the dark.
Where Ensta Krog in the suburb Täby north of Stockholm.
Distances 100, 75, 50 and 25 miles. The prime distance is 100 miles (160.9 km). The marathon distance will be marked with a sign but no time will be recorded at that passage.
Changing distance You are allowed to change distance during the race. The registration fee will be the same for all distances.
Dropping out of the race (DNF) If you drop out of the race you will be included in the results list as finishing the longest of the 75/50/25 miles distances that you have conquered.
Divisions Male and female divisions, but no age divisions.
Registration E-mail the organizers for info about registration.
Course The course is described under the heading "Banan". A summary is: The course consists of a 25 miles long stretch that consists of several loops. The surface is mainly wide trails, dirt roads and short stretches of asphalt (<10%). The surface is not technical although there are a roots and stones at a few places. There are hills on a few stretches off the loops. The total elevation gain during the 100 miles is 1500 meters. The course should be fairly easy to navigate. A detailed description of the course will be e-mailed to the participants in early March. Note that it is hard to predict how well the snow has melted away at the time of the race. Thus, be prepared for patches of ice and snow. The course will be altered if the snow/ice conditions necessitates it.
Self suport The nature of the race is to give the runners a chance to prepare for tough races having aid stations that are far apart. The runners are therefore expected to take full responsibility for most of the energy and sports drinks that they need, and to carry a sufficient amount of energy with them during the race. Running a long race in temperatures that might be close to freezing requires extra careful planning regarding the energy intake. The average night time temperature in March is -3°C. The risk of hypothermia should not be ignored.
Aid station The race has one aid station. It is located at the start/finish and will be passed roughly every 10 kilometers. The aid station will serve a standard menu consisting of water (warm and cold), chips, bananas, boiled potatoes with salt, and pasta when the night approaches. What each runner prefers to eat and drink during a very long race varies very much from person to person and the taste can also change significantly during the race. Combined with the nature of the race, this means that the race is based on that the runners themselves bring to the race what they want to eat in addition to the standard menu of the aid station. The runners will have access to their bags at the aid station.
Compulsary equipment Runners are expected to carry with them fluid, energy and a mobile phone. The amount and type of cloth should be appropriate for the weather conditions. During the night part of the race the runners are also expected to wear good reflector tags (preferably in the form of a reflector west) and light, as well as a simple spare light and spare batteries. A survival blanket is compulsary equipment after 50 miles.
Transportation The race is just over a kilometer from the shopping mall Täby Centrum. Several bus routes and the commuter train Roslagsbanan passes within a kilometer of the race.
Lodging The closest hotel is located 300 meter south of the race. Info about discounted price at this hotel will be announced later.
Pasta dinner If there is an interest there will be a pasta dinner the night before the race.
Weather A detailed weather forecast can be found at www.yr.no.
Sun/moon The sun sets at 18:02 and rises at 5:45. There will not be much help from the moon since it will be new moon on March 26.
Rules Cheating and littering is not allowed. To help a fellow runner in need is mandatory. To have a pacer after 75 miles is allowed. The organizer can disqualify a runner that violates these simple rules or that behaves in a unsportsmanlike way.
Risk The participants participate at there own risk and responsibility.
Organizer Täby IS Friidrott in collaboration with Patrick Joyce and Jan Söderkvist.
Race directories Patrick Joyce and Jan Söderkvist.
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