12-Hour & 6-Hour – Individuals & Teams

Our 2021 Challenge has been cancelled due to gathering restriction that were in place in the months leading into the event.

We will announce plans for 2022 soon!

Proceeds benefit:
Chatham County Partnership for Children

USATF Certified Course




  • The event scheduled for October 3 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

  • To request a refund, email Jerry Lux with your request.

  • If you would like to donate your registration fee to support NC children, you may also email Jerry Lux to let us know, and we will send you a tax-deductible receipt.

How much distance can you cover in 6 or 12 hours? Come and find out!

With both team and individual competitions, and a choice between 6 hours and 12 hours, there is a challenge that fits almost everyone.

The course is a 1.35-mile loop on old road bed and trail with glimpses of the lake. Every 1.35 miles you’ll pass the aid station with cheerful volunteers, cold drinks and more! You can even set up your own aid in the same area. The course and headquarters are located within the NC Forest Service’s Jordan Lake Educational State Forest.



Click here to see all 2019 pics

Course Description

The course will be the same as in 2017 & 2018. It is a 1.35-mile loop on old road bed and trail and is USATF Certified.  While 2019’s weather gave us quite a muddy run, normally the course is dry.

If you would like to explore the course using Google Earth, we can email you the .kml file. Send your request to You will also have to download the Google Earth Plugin if you have not already.


Jordan Lake Educational State Forest is located at 2832 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill, NC, in northeastern Chatham County, about 13 miles south of Chapel Hill or 30 miles west of Raleigh. Parking will be in front of their Stan Adams Training Facility and the Aid and Timing Stations will be located at the Picnic Shelter.

To navigate to the race venue, please use the street address or the name “Jordan Lake Educational State Forest.” Do not use the term “Jordan Lake” only, as the lake has many other recreational areas which are miles away from the race venue.


Awards will be given for the greatest distance covered in the following categories:

  • 12-Hour individual male overall 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
  • 12-Hour individual female overall 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
  • 12-Hour individual Chatham County resident (any gender, 1st place only)
  • 12-Hour relay team (1st place only)
  • 6-Hour individual male overall 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
  • 6-Hour individual female overall 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
  • 6-Hour individual Chatham County resident (any gender, 1st place only)
  • 6-Hour relay team (1st place only)

The award ceremony for each event will immediately follow the end of that event (at the end of 6 and 12 hours).

All registered participants will receive a sport wicking race shirt (if registered by September 9). No awards or shirts will be mailed.

See 2019 Results


Friday, October 2

3:00-5:00 pm      Early packet pick up Jordan Lake Educational State Forest, 2832 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Saturday, October 3

6:00-6:45 am   Packet pick up at Picnic Shelter

7:00 am            Race begins

1:00 pm           6-hour event ends; award ceremony

7:00 pm           12-hour event ends; award ceremony

Aid Stations

The aid station will be located at the Picnic Shelter. You will pass it every 1.35 miles. Our aid crew will be there for the entire 12 hours with a variety of food and drinks, cheering you on and offering any support we can. Near the Picnic Shelter there are plenty of spots where you can set up your own aid. Pizza will arrive around noon and dinner around 4:00 pm. Restrooms and portable toilets will be available nearby.


  • The distance after last FULL lap completed at the 6 or 12 hour mark will be the official finish distance. There will be no credit for partial laps.
  • Relay teams consist of 3 people.
  • Relay teams may take turns in whatever order they wish to create a total team distance. Team members must carry a lightweight baton with timing chip to facilitate accurate counting of the team distance. They may only hand off the baton at the aid station.
  • Runners may only switch between the 12-Hour and 6-Hour events using prior to the registration deadline on October 1. No switching of events will be allowed on race day.
  • Please notify event staff if you abandon the race prior to the finish time.
  • All runners must wear a bib number visibly at all times. Individuals will wear a chip bib; team members will wear a non-chip bib.
  • Please, no littering. Any food, gel packets, tissues or other items you take into the woods should come out with you. There will be trash cans provided in various locations.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed at Jordan Lake Educational State Forest.


The local fire department will be on site the entire 12 hours for first response. The course crosses park roads in a few places, and signs will be posted to warn drivers.

Fees & Registration

Online registration will close on Thursday, October 1 at 11:59 pm, or when filled. Registration will be limited to 85 runners inclusive of relay team members. There will be no wait list. Registration fees are non-refundable, non-deferrable and non-transferrable, except as noted above for those who registered by 3/31/2020.

Registration FeesBy Jan. 31 11:59 pmStarting Feb. 1
Individual (6 or 12 hours)$80$95
3-person Team (6 or 12 hours)$200$240





Jordan Lake has several great State Park campgrounds, but they all lock their gates overnight and do not open them until 8:00 am. The only way to camp there and make it to the start would be to bike out or have someone pick you up from the outside. If, however, you want a place to stay after the race, the campgrounds are a great choice.

For the night before the race, look for lodging in Pittsboro, Apex or Chapel Hill.

About Chatham County Partnership for Children

Chatham County Partnership for Children promotes opportunities for all our young children to grow up safe, healthy, and able to succeed. We are home to Smart Start, Child Care Resource & Referral, NC Pre-K, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Raising a Reader. To learn more, explore our website.

Race Staff

Race Director:
Jerry Lux
Chatham County Partnership for Children

Aid Station Captain:
Doug Dawkins/The Boogie Races

Professional Race Timing:
Wilson Timing