​​The Race Rules

SAFETY FIRST

I. Safety for runners, race volunteers and the public is fundamental and drives most of the rules that follow. (Stay alert!  When running on road shoulders, you will be sharing the road with bicycles, vehicular traffic and other runners.) Respect for the environment and the privacy and property of people who live along the race route round out these rules. Everyone will be expected to take each of them seriously and to display courtesy, good taste and sportsmanship at all times. Leave no footprint behind; carry all trash and recyclables with you and dispose of appropriately.  Race marshals will be on the route to assist runners.  Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

II. The vast majority of the PALM100 will be run on bike paths or sidewalks. These may be located on either side of the roadway. Running must be on bike paths or sidewalks and not in the roadway where such paths exist. The Route Map & Notes will specify which sidewalks are to be used during the race. Signage will also be in place and volunteers deployed in strategic locations, however it's the runners responsibility to know where they are running.  In those areas of the course where running is on the road shoulder or on the road, itself, racers MUST RUN on the side of the road FACING TRAFFIC. THIS IS A VITAL SAFETY MEASURE. Any infraction will receive a 10 minute time penalty; multiple or flagrant penalties will result in disqualification.  Follow the rules.  Violating them because someone else did is not an excuse.  Do not simply follow runners ahead of you unless you know they are in the right place.  No exceptions!

III. Remember, at all times and in all situations, safety is most important. This applies to racers, volunteers, staff, and the general public. The roads are not closed for this event and are quite busy with tourist and local traffic.  Always look both ways and listen before crossing the road.  Unnecessary road crossings by runners should be minimized. 

VI.  A1A is a very heavily traveled road on weekends, with a bike lane almost all the way to Boynton, it's a favorite for LARGE groups of bikes from points south of here to ride this road.  ( when they go by the'll sound like a swarm of bee's. ) Please be cautious and considerate of these groups in the early hours of the morning!  You'll be running on sidewalk from the start to the end of Delray Beach, from there it's the shoulder of the road for the next 2-3 miles until you reach sidewalk again in Briney Breezes which continues to the inlet!

V.Packet Pick-up & Pre-Race Meeting: 

Packet Pick Up will open at 5:00 am till 7:00 am race morning, a 2nd location for the day before is being sought, check back.

At 5:45 am for the 100K, 6:15 am for the 50M, 6:45 am for the 50K & 7:00 am for the 32K there will be a mandatory meeting for all individual runners at the start line.  ( You'll get a email pre race with all the race notes you'll need to know, so the race morning meeting can be short and you can come to the start line prepared to run! 

   It is suggested that you swing by the Start/Finish line and get your packet, then go park in the Parking Garage! ( There are about 20 parking spots at the start line at $4+ an hour, but they only let you pay up to 3 hrs at a time, and they ticket heavily in this lot ) 

VI. Race Start: 
On race morning, all individual competitors must be at the race meeting 15 minutes prior to your race start.  Bags can be left at the Start for after the race. There are two sets of bathrooms and several outside beach showers right around the finish line.

The race start(s) will be as follows:
            6:00 AM    100 K
            6:30 AM    50 M
            7:00 AM    50 K

            7:15 AM    32 K
            
VII. All Races will start from the same start location. There will be a timing mat at Anchor Park in Delray Beach & at Boynton Inlet park that you'll have to cross, before heading back, as well as several others in undisclosed locations to keep you honest!  

At the Inlet there are bathrooms, picnic shelters, picnic tables, water fountains and, a drink vending machine with several types of drinks ( Poweraide, several types of soda, water..etc  bring dry bills if you plan on using the drink machine ) While there is plenty of parking at the inlet, most weekends it maxes out and the police stop letting people in.  There is another smaller park on the other side of the bridge that may still be open! Along the course you'll pass several parks with bathrooms and water fountains...see the map below.

VIII. Race In Progress–Runner Rules: 

(A) The race number must be worn on the front of the body, VISIBLE at all times during the race.  If not visible, race officials will stop the runner until the number is properly affixed.  Time penalties of 10 minutes for non-compliance may also be imposed.

(B) Runners must progress under their own power without any type of physical assistance. Runners may not use walking sticks, ski poles, or the like.

(C)  So-called "cooling vests" or other types of artificial / technological cooling systems may not be worn or utilized by race entrants.  Use of ice bandanas and the like are acceptable and encouraged.

(D1) After 6:00 PM if still on the course, racers must wear a reflective vest, reflective belt or similar reflective material facing in all four directions, as well as blinking LED lights facing front and rear. RUNNERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE THE RACE IF NOT WEARING THIS REQUIRED SAFETY GEAR.  Racers are encouraged, but not required, to wear reflective material during the day as well. Night-time gear may be bought at most local running stores.

(D2)  At the start of the race no headlights or reflective gear are needed, as the roadway and sidewalk is lit and easily runable. Sunrise will happen at 7:26am and it will start getting light around 7:00am


(E) Cell phones:  Racers will be permitted to carry cell phones; these should be used primarily for emergency and logistical purposes. 

(F) Headphones, ear-phones, i-Pods and the like:  These devices can impede the ability to hear the runner's surroundings and are, therefore, a potential safety hazard.  For safety reasons, such equipment is discouraged on the course.

IX. Individual races:
This is a fully supported race for the individual races.  Crew support will NOT be allowed except at aid stations, and will be strictly enforced. ( Long term parking options are very limited along the course ) 


X. Pacers will be allowed to accompany the active runner for any part of the 2nd loop, but must adhere to the same rules as racers regarding required reflective gear and blinking lights. Pacers must be running or walking only, bicycles, skateboards, etc., are not allowed.

XI. Check-in Stations and Cut-off times: 

(A) Individual 100 kilometer race: 
Competitors will be required to check-in at each aid station along the route as shown in the race mapbook.  Runners will have 16 hours to complete the race, but must also meet specific cut-off times at each station.  Stations will be placed at approximately 3 to 5 mile intervals.  These will offer water, ice, sport and/or soft drinks, electrolyte replacement tablets or drinks, snacks and runner food. 

(B) Individual 50 Mile race: 
Competitors will be required to check-in at each aid station along the route as shown in the race mapbook.  Runners will have 15 1/2 hours to complete the race, but must also meet specific cut-off times at each station.  Stations will be placed at approximately 3 to 5 mile intervals.  These will offer water, ice, sport and/or soft drinks, electrolyte replacement tablets or drinks, snacks and runner food.  

(C) Individual 50 kilometer race: 
Competitors will be required to check-in at each aid station along the route as shown in the race mapbook.  Runners will have 10 hours to complete the race, but must also meet specific cut-off times at each station.  Stations will be placed at approximately 3 to 5 mile intervals.  These will offer water, ice, sport and/or soft drinks, electrolyte replacement tablets or drinks, snacks and runner food.  


(D Individual 32 kilometer race: 
Competitors will be required to check-in at each aid station along the route as shown in the race mapbook.  Runners will have 10 hours to complete the race, but must also meet specific cut-off times at each station.  Stations will be placed at approximately 3 to 5 mile intervals.  These will offer water, ice, sport and/or soft drinks, electrolyte replacement tablets or drinks, snacks and runner food.  

NOTE: ALL RULES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!

Registration Opens June 15th

An example of one of the section without a sidewalk, but with plenty of soft run-able shoulder.



​Nourishing your body:
Adequate hydration and nutrition intake during the race, and in preparation for it, are vital to a strong effort. This includes replenishing salts and minerals lost through sweat by taking an electrolyte product like Hammer Nutrition's "Endurolytes",  designed for this purpose. Most runners know to hydrate during a race, but caloric intake is equally important in a race that extends over long hours.  There is plenty of published literature on the subject that will provide solid advice based upon your weight, age, sex and event conditions. As a general guideline, most people should aim for 200-300 calories per hour.  Be sure not to experiment with new foods or drinks on the course. Practice using the foods, drinks and supplements you will use during the event so you know what works and what doesn't. Creating digestive issues for yourself in the middle of a 100-mile relay or ultra-distance individual race is not a good idea!  

Care of your feet:
Proper care of the feet includes selection of shoes and socks and such decisions as whether or not you will tape your feet to minimize blisters. Highly recommended for your consideration is the book, "FIXING YOUR FEET", by John Vonhof. There is no single "best practice" recommended here, but there are many good options and advice from which to choose. Proper taping of feet and toes is covered, including specific tapes and adhesives that work. Advice is given related to socks, moisture, keeping out grit and other factors that can cause, or help prevent, blisters. How to treat blisters, should you develop them, is detailed so that you can fix the problem and get back on the road. This book is a great resource for distance runners. Buy it at your favorite running store  

To keep things simple and keep the cost of racing down the PALM100 is making some changes in order to allow more people the opportunity to race.

There will be a 32K, 50K, 50M and a 100K Individual road race.
    ( A 4 person 100K Team Event is being considered!  Email me if you'd be interested!)


Bring a beach chair with and hang out with everyone at the finish
Aid stations will still be positioned along the course, some maybe self serve
Finish line post race water, food and snacks will be available
Keeping to a Saturday format to allow you to have Sunday to recover for work.
Timing will still be provided my Mike Melton at MCM Timing

​Shirts guaranteed to those registered by October 1st, after that we'll try our best to guess what size you are! Shirts are not guaranteed to those registering after October 1st!


This race has a NO Refund POLICY.  If you are unable to run we will work with you to transfer your registration to another runner, and they can pay you.  Any difference in price will need to be paid by the new runner! Price is the price at the time of the transfer!

The race will start at the Deerfield Beach Pavilion just to the north of JB’s on the Beach ( Google: 300 NE 21st Ave Deerfield Beach FL 33441      The pavilion is the blue roof to the north of JB”s  or click  http://x.co/6lm9Y  )

For before/during & after the race, there have to be 12-15 restaurants in the immediate area for your family and crew to grab food at during the day and 2 convenience stores by the parking garage for last minute needs.

Back for a 10th Year!

The route for the race is on the barrier islands along A1A with it's spectactular ocean views, million dollar mansions!   You'll easily run by a Several BILLION Dollars worth of Real Estate on your way to the inlet!

Returning for 2018 are the PALM100 individual ultramarathon-distance competitions.


The 100 kilometer event will begin at the beach in Deerfield Beach. Runners will head north for 16 miles to the turn-around at Ocean Inlet Park--located at the Boynton Beach Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean--then run back to the finish line in Deerfield Beach where the race began, completing lop one of this two loop course.

Runners in the 50 Mile race will begin at Deerfield Beach and head north the turn-around at Ocean Inlet Park--located at the Boynton Beach Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean--then run back to the finish line in Deerfield Beach where the race began, the 2nd loop will be north to Anchor Park in Delray Beach and back. This is a fast and flat course--a great venue for setting a new "PR"

Runners in the 50 kilometer race will begin at Deerfield Beach and head north the turn-around at Ocean Inlet Park--located at the Boynton Beach Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean--then run back to the finish line in Deerfield Beach where the race began.  This is a fast and flat course--a great venue for setting a new "PR".


Runners in the 32 kilometer race will begin at Deerfield Beach and head north the turn-around is at Anchor Park in Delray Beach, then run back to the finish line in Deerfield Beach where the race began.  This is a fast and flat course--a great venue for setting a new "PR" ( Seriously, how many of you have done 32K's, Guaranteed PR! ) 

This year we’ll finish in the shade of Deerfield Beaches North Pavilion.  Showers and bathrooms are plentiful in the area where the race will be staged.  The newly renovated Fishing Pier is open to the public for $1 per person, and the view is fantastic.  [  I tried to get the race to finish out on the pier, but thay said ..NO! ]  Parking is available in the USA parking garage located about 1.5 blocks away from the start. the rate is $12 for 24 hours.  There are 2 convenience stores [ one's a 7/11 ] between the garage and the start as well as 12-15 other restaurants and bars.

Plan on bringing a beach chair and hanging out at the finish line to cheer in the rest of the runners as they cross the finish line. We’ll have a gear check area at the finish so after your race, you can jump in the ocean or shower off and change in one of the bathrooms at the start finish area.

Running an Individual “Ultra”  Ever run a marathon?

Looking for a different running experience—with excellent bragging rights? Then the PALM100 individual races of 32 kilometers to 100 kilometers are waiting for you. Move up to the challenge of an ultramarathon. Run the barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, from Deerfield Beach to Ocean Inlet Park--past the amazing real estate and landscaping of the Florida Gold Coast. Finish next to the beach in Deerfield Beach.  All races are fully supported, with aid stations located approximately every 3-5 miles to provide food, water, ice and electrolyte replacement. ( Volunteers are hard to find, so some may be self serve ) 

Further Information to Follow  or Contact RD Scott Richards at:  palm100ultra@gmail.com 

 
Weekend Calendar

Saturday, 27th  5:00-7:00 AM PACKET PICK-UP & PRE-RACE MEETING for ALL Events at the start line!
    ( A 2nd packet pick-up location for the day before is being sought, check back. ) 
    Pre-Race meeting for 100K - 5:45am / Start 6:00am
    Pre-Race Meeting for 50M -   6:15am / Start 6:30am
    Pre-Race Meeting for 50K -   6:45am / Start 7:00am

    Pre-Race Meeting for 32K -   7:00am / Start 7:15am

An email will go out a few day before the race to all registered runners, with course notes, this is a must read, as it helps keep race day announcements to a minimum.  All Races will start from the same start location, heading North!

Updates:   Please check here from time to time for breaking news and important updates.  In addition, all race-related e-newsletters will be archived below for your reference.

Timing:  Race timing will again be provided by Mike Melton of MCM Timing and Scoring.  Results will be posted at the finish line, and uploaded to the race website,and a link will as posted on MCMTiming.com

Aid:
Aid stations for individual races: Each aid station will offer ice, water, soft drinks, “runner food”, bananas and other items.  Endurolytes, electrolyte replacement capsules will also be available at each station, as will hand sanitizer and basic first aid kits.  There are several places you can stop and buy stuff along the way, one you'll pass right by in Briney Breezes, so pack a few dollars or a spare credit card just in case.

Drop bags:  plans are still being made, check back for details

Hotels:
Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort 3.5 of 5 ( next to the Start/Finish area )
Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort 3.5 of 5 ( ½ mile south ) 
Comfort Inn Oceanside 3.5 of 5 stars ( ½ mile south )
La Quinta Inn & Suites Deerfield Beach I-95 2.5 of 5 ( 3 miles away )
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach - Boca Raton 3.5 of 5 ( 3.1 miles away )
Comfort Suites 2.5 of 5 ( 5 miles away )
Hampton Inn Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach 2.5 of 5 ( 6 miles away )

Parking:
Parking will be available at USA Parking Garage 2 blocks west of the start area.  The race for 24 hours is $10.  If you enter and leave you'll have to pay again. hourly rates are available, as well as street parking.  It's sugested that teams consider street parking 1st thing in the morning, and the garage when they come back, if available.  Meter parking is $1.25 an hour, so bring lots of quarters, some of the meters are now on CC and can be paid for by an App!  ( Check Back, I'll find out what app is being used and post it here!


Restaurants: ( with-in walking distance )                                                            Convienence Stores

JB's on the Beach - Next Doorto the race                                                                 7-Eleven

Oceans 234 - Next to JB's                                                                                        Fatema Market

Peir Cafe - Next to Oceans 234

Flannigans Seafood Bar & Grill- Across the street on the corner

​Whales Rib - Next to Flannigans

Wyndham Hotel Restaurant

Pizza & Subs - Across the street

Kahuna Bar & Grill

Burger Fi

Bru's Room Sports Bar

Rattlesnake Jakes _ Mexican

Bob's Pizza

Sea Grill

Italian Gelato Smoothies and Shakes
Barracuda Bar & Seafood

Coco Yogurt
Kilwin's Chocolate & Icecream

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Weather:
Sunny and warm is the likely scenario in Octoberh in South Florida. Average high temperature in October is 86 degrees; low is 75 degrees, but it has been hotter than that on race day in previous years. The heat can be a challenging factor for the unprepared, especially if accompanied by high humidity. To minimize the impact of the heat and intensity of the sun, insure adequate fluid and salt/mineral intake, and sufficient nutrition before, during and after the race. Consider using ice in hats or neck bandanas liberally to keep cool. If it is particularly hot, begin using ice before becoming overheated. The primary reasons for people not completing our races are overwhelmingly heat related. Train and plan accordingly

Course Maps ( Click on a map and save it to your desktop, then enlarge it to view it better ! )

October 27th 2018

​​2018 PALM100 Ultras
Saturday October 27th, 2018

Run Your 1st or Your 100th ULTRAMARATHON at Deerfield Beach!

 

Race at the Beach; Party at the Beach!

PALM100 Ultras at the Beach
The course is along A1A from the Deerfield Beach Pavilion to the Boynton Beach Inlet  ​
​It's exactly 16 miles one way, so....

Individual 32 Kilometer ( 19 Mile Race )
Deerfield Beach to Anchor Park in Delray Beach & back


Individual 50 Kilometer ( 32 Mile Race )
Deerfield Beach to Ocean Ridge & back

Individual 50 Mile ( 51 Mile Race )
Deerfield Beach to Ocean Ridge & Back, 2nd loop to Anchor Park in Delray Beach and Back


Individual 100 Kilometer ( 64 Mile Race )
Deerfield Beach to Ocean Ridge & back ( 2 Loops )

​​2018 Web Site Updates in Progress,  Check back often.

Send Questions to Palm100Ultra@gmail.com

PALM100
Ultras at the Beach

32K, 50K, 50M, 100K  Indivudal Races