What is the Tarheel Ultra?

Tarheel Ultra is a multi-day, self-supported, 367-Mile footrace across coastal North Carolina

It is not a relay

Runners must complete the entire 367-Mile course, on foot, as a single attempt, under the cutoff

to be recognized as a finisher


Runners have 8-Days (192-Hours) to finish

2016 race schedule

Begins: 8am, Saturday November 26, 2016 in Carova Beach, NC

Ends: 8am, Sunday December 4, 2016 in Calabash, NC


All runners will be required to provide a method for remote tracking them (SPOT, Find my Friends or similar)

Entry Qualifications

Prospective runners should have verifiable ultra running credentials. 1 prospective challenger who may be lacking running credentials and still wanting to participate will be accepted for “Paul’s Entry”. For more details on Paul’s entry contact the registrar.


Entry is by invite only. To request an invite contact the registrar

Entry Fee includes

Transportation from Calabash to Corolla for solo runners

1 night shared lodging in Carova Beach

Dinner Friday & Breakfast Saturday morning before the race

A finishers award and finishers polo shirt


1.) Race Progress

You must make progress under your own power

2.) Race Clock

The clock never stops even if you do

3.) Solo Defined

Solo means you are unaided and not receiving pre-coordinated aid or support. You are coordinating all of your own lodging, meals etc. on your own while you make progress on the racecourse.

4.) Crewed defined

Crewed means you have a support vehicle providing you support at stops, coordinating your lodging and meals etc.

5.) Pacers

Pacers are defined as “being accompanied on the course by a person not entered in the race”.

Pacing is not allowed even for crewed runners. Crews are intended to support you at stops, not run with you on the course. Crews may stop and render aid to you anywhere they please provided they are legally parked. Rolling handoff’s or aid provided out the window of a moving / paused crew vehicle is not allowed. Crew following alongside, or behind a runner for more than 1000’ (1/4-mile) is not allowed. Doing so will result in disqualification

6.) Crewed aid zone

Crewed runners have a 2000’ aid zone. Your crew may walk/run out to you up to 1000’ as you approach your crew vehicle and they may walk/run with you up to 1000’ after you pass. Having anyone walking or running with you outside of the 2000’ exchange zone is defined as pacing and will result in disqualification

7.) Support from Road Angels

Road angels are defined, as “anyone not associated with the race”

Road Angel support is a spontaneous act of support offered to you by a stranger meaning not race staff, not another runner and not another runner’s crew. If a road angel offers you food, water etc. you can accept it provided it is not something you pre-arranged

8.) Running in a group

Running with other runners in a group is allowed provided everyone in the group is a registered participant in the race. Solo & Crewed runners may run together provided solo runners receive no aid of any kind from the crewed runners crew

9.) Race provided aid

There is no race provided aid after you leave the start or until you finish. You must coordinate all of your own logistics between the start & finish

10.) Traveling the course

The course must be run as-is without detour. A runner may leave the course at a given point to seek aid on a side road but must return to the exact point they left the course before making progress on the course. Following the course on a parallel side street and returning to the course in another location further down the course is not allowed and will result in disqualification

11.) Leaving the course

Both solo and crewed runners may leave the course for any period of time for lodging etc. any time they choose but they must mark the course in some meaningful way to ensure they return to the same point before making forward progress again

12.) Solo Transportation

A solo runner may call a taxi, motel, family member or a friend and ask to be picked up and carried to a lodging location where they plan to stay for the night provided they coordinate this on their own and they return to the same point on the course where they left before making any further progress

This should be coordinated logically and sparingly. If you are fortunate enough to be passing within a few miles of your home and staying in your home is possible by all means do so. If you arranged to have a family member pick you up 3 nights in a row to carry to/from your home that would be deemed “significantly aided”. This is allowed but may end up in solo status being revoked

13.) Significantly aided solo runner

A significantly aided solo runner is someone who in the opinion of race staff has pre-coordinated significant support from friends or family to help them on the course with food & water drops, excessive transportation (multiple nights) etc. while attempting to retain a solo status. If race staff deems a solo runners has been significantly aided their status will be changed from solo to crewed and the runner will be notified of the status change. A solo runner who is deemed to be significantly aided by race staff will receive 1 warning before their status is changed.

14.) Check in locations

An official finish requires checking in with the registrar at posted locations between the start & finish. This must be done by the runner themselves, not their crew. Failure to check-in at designated checkpoints by the runner will result in disqualification and your attempt not being recognized or listed in the finisher’s registry. If multiple runners are together 1 runner may checkin for all runners in the group.

15.) Ferry crossings

Runners must embark and disembark all ferries by foot not in a vehicle

16.) Runner responsibility / liability

Runners are responsible for themselves as an individual pedestrian traveling by foot over any and all roads in the public right-of-way, highway right-of-way or municipal road or sidewalk. Runners are completely liable for their own actions and take full responsibility for any and all actions, accidents or incidences, injuries etc. involving you, your crew or anyone with you during the race.

17.) 20 total participants will be granted entry for 2016

If you wish to enter, contact the registrar