How To Request an Invitation to Run in the 2016 Ancient Oaks 100

If you want to be invited to the 2016 Ancient Oaks 100-Mile Endurance Run, then you must send an e-mail to  no earlier than June 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM and no later than 11:59 PM, June 30, 2016.  Invitations will be issued no later than July 4, 2016.

Something like ‘Yes, I would like to run in the 2016 Ancient Oaks race’ would suffice.  Unlike the Barkley Marathons Race Director, I don’t need an essay telling me why you should be allowed to run ;-).

In the past couple of years, more than 150 runners have asked to run.  There are just 60 Entry Slots, which means that many deserving runners do not receive an Invitation To Run.


Here is the information you might want to review before requesting an invitation to run.

The TENTATIVE dates for this year’s race are SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 and 18, 2016THIS HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED WITH THE PARK!  It IS my choice of race dates, though, and the park has been very accommodating in the past so there’s no reason to think that this will not continue for 2016.  I’d plan on this being the race date for 2016 if I were you ;-).

The race will have a 32-hour cutoff, and it will begin promptly at 7:00 AM on the morning of Saturday, December 17 and the course will officially close at 3:00 PM on Sunday December 18.

THIS IS A 100-MILE RACE.  THERE WILL BE NO OTHER FINISHING DISTANCE OPTIONS.  If you do not finish the entire 100 miles within the 32-hour time frame, you will be listed as a DNF (Did Not Finish) and your partial mileage will be listed in the results.  This does NOT mean that you should avoid entering if you have doubts about finishing the entire distance – even the most experienced ultrarunners occasionally do not finish and often have doubts at the starting line.  It means that there will be no official credit for finishing anything other than the complete 100 miles.

The race takes place in the Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary county park in Titusville, Florida.  The course consists of 29 loops of a 3.46-mile course composed mostly of loose sand, slightly rolling wood-chip paths, two short sections of plastic-wood boardwalk, and twisting root-infested single-track trail.  The course is generally flat, but has one hill of significance – Mount Mahoney climbs about 15 feet and is located about a quarter-mile from the loop’s end.

This is a VERY low-key event.  Entrants will be strictly limited to 60 people or less, and there is no fee, no awards, no swag, very little aid, and absolutely no whining allowed ;-).  There are no qualification standards to meet, and entry into the race is determined solely by the Race Director.  The Race Director reserves the right to withdraw an invitation to the race at any time before the race begins, and he also reserves the right to ask any runner to leave the race at any point during the race.

There are no official rules for selection into the race, but several factors will influence whether or not any particular runner receives an invitation.  Contrary to what some believe, sending multiple requests pleading for entry into the race will NOT get you any extra consideration ;-).  Nor will being first in sending you Request make any difference – every Request that arrives before the cutoff will be equally considered.

The official race website is  As we get closer to race day, information will be posted here, so you should look to this website for information and for answers to your questions.  Frank Norris, a local Titusville-area runner, also has a website posted about the race, but there is some information there that may not be accurate, so look to first.  Like the race, the website will be low-key.

I’m looking forward to hosting the race this year, and I hope to greet each of you at the finish line in December!


Mike Melton
Jensen Beach, FL

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