Lace em' up, runners.
After months of grueling training and preparation, the second annual 2013 Charlotte Ultra Run (CUR) is here.
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the CUR consists of two races, as runners have the choice to either run a 10k (one lap) or a 50k (five laps) around the course that's 3.1 miles out and another 3.1 back (h/t Charlotte Ultra Run).
Along the route, competitors will find three first aid stations stocked with water and fruit among other things.
With a multitude of sponsors and every finisher receiving a medal for their efforts, here's your race guide for this weekend.
When: Saturday, Feb. 2
Start Time: 8 a.m. ET
Start Place: Countryside Montessori School, Charlotte, NC
Route: Charlotte Ultra Run Map
Those making the trip from outside of North Carolina will find accommodations and attractions on the event's web page, highlighted by a trip to the historic Tyber Creek Pub on South Blvd, which is also one of the many sponsors of the race.
If runners are looking to break the records set at last year's run, they'll have their hands full.
In the 10k, 33-year-old Ben Hovis recorded the fastest time, finishing the race in 34:38.6 while setting a pace of 5:35.
For the 50k, no one was better than 38-year-old Mark Carbone, who recorded a time of 3:25:31.2 and set a 6:37 pace.
You can view the complete results from last year's event here.
The CUR looks to have had great success in its inaugural year, and the fact that it benefits charity makes the grueling effort all the more worth it.
Good luck to all the competitors, and be sure to take in the beautiful sights of Charlotte while you're in town.
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