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The Delmarva Ultra Challenge DUC


Date: Friday February 3rd, 2023

Time: 9:00 pm

   The Delmarva Ultra Challenge (The DUC) is a running event that takes place in conjunction with The Algonquin 50k and only runners currently signed up for The ALQ50k will be given the opportunity to enter. To complete the challenge runners must complete an all night 50k run before the ALQ50k and then complete the ALQ50k. A DNF of the First leg of the DUC (The all-night 50k on the night of February ?) or a DNF of The ALQ50K is a DNF for the DUC, HOWEVER runners who DNFs the first half of the DUC CAN redeem themselves and run ALQ50K for a 50k finish (the DUC 100k will be a DNF). If a runner completes both halves for the total 100k ONLY their DUC time will go into Ultrasignup (The ALQ portion will be shown as a split in the DUC results). The DUC requires your trust in The Race Dictator and General Gabe. You will not know the course before Friday, February ?th. Very little information about this race will be available. The less you know the better. Trust us. You will love it. We are creating the course, setting up the logistics, and will have all the volunteers and aid stations are organized and ready. What you will get is an epic overnight adventure that is unknown, challenging, fun and worth tackling. The aid stations will be well-stocked and will be sure to keep you going. What you will not get is... a huge cheering crowd, much/if any sleep, hand-holding, much love or a lot of whistles and bells. This is a tight-lipped, crazy adventure. It is not set up for first-time Ultra runners. No one you know knows anything about this race.

   Due to the distance (62 miles when combined with ALQ) and nature of this challenge (overnight), we will only accept runners who have completed a 50 mile (or further) race in under the allotted time. This will be a very limited field of runners. We are only accepting 30 runners. That’s it and we are okay if it is fewer. If one of those runners drops out then their space MIGHT open, but might not. We have a lot of work to do behind the scenes and so knowing the runners beforehand is essential.

To run the DUC you MUST be registered for the ALQ50K!

You cannot participate in one without the other!

The combination of the night run and The Algonquin leg will give runners over 100k of Running.

                                                      Are you ready to be a DUC?!?!

                           Registration will open on November 26th (Black Friday) at 5 am.

All entrants will be approved by The RDs (50 miles and night time experience required)

Additional information:

  • NO bib transfers or bandits 

  • Bib numbers should be visible at all times

  • NO littering. Pack in, pack out. 

  • Runners should stay on the established course

  • Runners who drop out should turn in their bib to the first

  • DUC crew members are only allowed at the aid station






  • NO dogs for runners

  • NO early or late starts


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