The Pistol Ultra Run

The Pistol Ultra Run An urban ultra run to start the spring off with a bang! This is a great race for first time and seasoned ultra runners alike. Walkers are welcome too.

So grab your peeps, get signed up, and come party with us at the Pistol! Check out our website for all the details and registration links. http://www.pistolultrarun.org

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Help us send well wishes and strong minds to our Pistolers and all the other runners tackling Georgia Jewel 100 this wee...
09/17/2021

Help us send well wishes and strong minds to our Pistolers and all the other runners tackling Georgia Jewel 100 this weekend. With sections like "The Rock Garden, Ridgeline, Snake Creek, and Keown Falls", these runners will have quite an adventure! Special thanks to the volunteers and extra special thanks to the race directors Franklin and Jenny Baker, who have supported the Pistol and our sister race, the Ozone Endurance Challenge.
#georgiajewel100 #gajewel #PistolParty #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

Help us send plenty of good vibes to our Pistol peeps and everyone else tackling Grindstone 100 this weekend! These runn...
09/17/2021

Help us send plenty of good vibes to our Pistol peeps and everyone else tackling Grindstone 100 this weekend! These runners have 23,000 feet of elevation gain/loss in Northern Virginia! #PistolParty #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon #Grindstone100

Several have asked why the 50 miler is at night. As with most decisions, there are always pros and cons. Here are some o...
09/11/2021

Several have asked why the 50 miler is at night. As with most decisions, there are always pros and cons. Here are some of the reasons we decided:
1. We want to maintain a comfortable "family" feel to the race, not a cattle stampede. We don't want to overload the course first thing Saturday. Keeping it a top quality event is paramount. Right now it's at a comfortable level.
2. We also want to maintain a high level of aid station support and don't want to overload them first thing Saturday.
3. The Pistol is a great venue for runners to try something they haven't done before. This provides a way for runners to try night running without their first experience being during a hundo.
4. It gives the opportunity for some really "crazy" runners to tackle the Double Barrel Challenge!
5. It gives the hundo runners company during the night - added encouragement!
6. It provides the opportunity for the 50 milers to run with the hundo runners and learn how to tackle longer distances.
7. The staff and volunteers are already in place for the hundo runners, and can handle the additional 50 milers.
8. It helps spread the finishers out more uniformly over the entire event so we can provide more support, encouragement, recognition and finish line energy to each.
Are you considering your first 50 miler, or first night run? Are you using this in training for another ultra?
#PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon #PistolParty

Several have asked why the 50 miler is at night. As with most decisions, there are always pros and cons. Here are some of the reasons we decided:
1. We want to maintain a comfortable "family" feel to the race, not a cattle stampede. We don't want to overload the course first thing Saturday. Keeping it a top quality event is paramount. Right now it's at a comfortable level.
2. We also want to maintain a high level of aid station support and don't want to overload them first thing Saturday.
3. The Pistol is a great venue for runners to try something they haven't done before. This provides a way for runners to try night running without their first experience being during a hundo.
4. It gives the opportunity for some really "crazy" runners to tackle the Double Barrel Challenge!
5. It gives the hundo runners company during the night - added encouragement!
6. It provides the opportunity for the 50 milers to run with the hundo runners and learn how to tackle longer distances.
7. The staff and volunteers are already in place for the hundo runners, and can handle the additional 50 milers.
8. It helps spread the finishers out more uniformly over the entire event so we can provide more support, encouragement, recognition and finish line energy to each.
Are you considering your first 50 miler, or first night run? Are you using this in training for another ultra?
#PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon #PistolParty

Are you considering the DOUBLE BARREL CHALLENGE? This consist of completing two ultras during the March 19-20 #PistolPar...
09/05/2021

Are you considering the DOUBLE BARREL CHALLENGE? This consist of completing two ultras during the March 19-20 #PistolParty Weekend (50k/50m, 100k/50m, 100m/50m). Add your name if you've completed, attempted, or are considering the double! #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

Are you considering the DOUBLE BARREL CHALLENGE? This consist of completing two ultras during the March 19-20 #PistolParty Weekend (50k/50m, 100k/50m, 100m/50m). Add your name if you've completed, attempted, or are considering the double! #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

Heads up! Registration prices increase September 1st. Register now to join us March 19 in Alcoa, TN for the #PistolCreek...
08/30/2021

Heads up! Registration prices increase September 1st. Register now to join us March 19 in Alcoa, TN for the #PistolCreekMarathon and #PistolUltra party! Check out the course and distances offered here: http://www.lifewideopen.org/the-pistol-ultra-run

Heads up! Registration prices increase September 1st. Register now to join us March 19 in Alcoa, TN for the #PistolCreekMarathon and #PistolUltra party! Check out the course and distances offered here: http://www.lifewideopen.org/the-pistol-ultra-run

Help us give a very warm welcome to Stacy Bolyard! She is joining the Pistol team as Communications Captain. Her love fo...
08/28/2021

Help us give a very warm welcome to Stacy Bolyard! She is joining the Pistol team as Communications Captain. Her love for ultrarunning is evident from completing a 50K, 50 Miler, 100K, and 100 Miler all within 4 months. She's done the Pistol 4 years in a row and is also a seasoned Marathon Maniac Titanium, Half Fanatic, and 50 state marathon club finisher.

She has a huge heart for other runners and has crewed for some gnarly ultras around the country. She has enjoyed some wild moments in running and will have a lot of fun and useful topics to share, along with encouraging you to share yours. She is excited to be helping the Pistol family prepare as we all train and get ready for 2022 Pistol party! Welcome aboard Stacy! #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

Help us send some extra oxygen, lots of muscles, and plenty of good vibes to our Pistol peeps and everyone else tackling...
08/20/2021

Help us send some extra oxygen, lots of muscles, and plenty of good vibes to our Pistol peeps and everyone else tackling Leadville 100 this weekend! They are definitely going to need lots of all that to conquer America's Highest 100 Miler! #Leadville100 #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

Let's show some love to our Pistol peeps and everyone else battling at the Fort Frenzy Ultra Festival this weekend! Enjo...
08/14/2021

Let's show some love to our Pistol peeps and everyone else battling at the Fort Frenzy Ultra Festival this weekend! Enjoy the heat, suffer well, and may the odds be forever in your favor! #fortfrenzy #bling #pistolultrarun #PistolCreekMarathon

Let's show some love to our Pistol peeps and everyone else battling at the Fort Frenzy Ultra Festival this weekend! Enjoy the heat, suffer well, and may the odds be forever in your favor! #fortfrenzy #bling #pistolultrarun #PistolCreekMarathon

07/16/2021
Hardrock Hundred 2017 Start

A big shout out to our Pistol peeps and everyone else running the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run this weekend. You are in for one epic adventure! Enjoy every second! (Video of 2017 start) #makememories #hardrock100 #HR100 #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

We are super stoked to see all the registrations pouring in. We can't wait to FINALLY have the Pistol fam back together ...
07/14/2021

We are super stoked to see all the registrations pouring in. We can't wait to FINALLY have the Pistol fam back together again and see y'all at the 2022 #PistolParty! #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon

UltraSignup is currently experiencing some issues with their platform and has delayed opening registration until around ...
07/04/2021

UltraSignup is currently experiencing some issues with their platform and has delayed opening registration until around 3 PM today. 😥 #patience

UltraSignup is currently experiencing some issues with their platform and has delayed opening registration until around 3 PM today. 😥 #patience

Drumroll please! 🥁 Que up your happy dance. We have the dates for the next #PistolParty! Grab those calendars and put a ...
07/01/2021

Drumroll please! 🥁 Que up your happy dance. We have the dates for the next #PistolParty! Grab those calendars and put a big ol' circle around March 19-20, 2022. This is one party you don't want to miss! Registration opens with a bang at high noon EDT on July 4th! Registration links will be posted beforehand. If you have a rollover credit, hang tight. We'll be sending out an email update this weekend on how to apply it. We can't wait to see you there! #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon

Drumroll please! 🥁 Que up your happy dance. We have the dates for the next #PistolParty! Grab those calendars and put a big ol' circle around March 19-20, 2022. This is one party you don't want to miss! Registration opens with a bang at high noon EDT on July 4th! Registration links will be posted beforehand. If you have a rollover credit, hang tight. We'll be sending out an email update this weekend on how to apply it. We can't wait to see you there! #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon

Get ready! The dates for the 2022 #PistolParty will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 PM EDT!
06/30/2021

Get ready! The dates for the 2022 #PistolParty will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 PM EDT!

Get ready! The dates for the 2022 #PistolParty will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 PM EDT!

Best of luck to all of our Pistol family and everyone else toeing the start line at Western States 100 miler this weeken...
06/26/2021

Best of luck to all of our Pistol family and everyone else toeing the start line at Western States 100 miler this weekend! You are in for an unforgettable experience. We hope you all have an awesome race! #WS100 #WSER100 #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

Best of luck to all of our Pistol family and everyone else toeing the start line at Western States 100 miler this weekend! You are in for an unforgettable experience. We hope you all have an awesome race! #WS100 #WSER100 #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

Wishing all of our fathers a great Father's Day. Our thoughts and hearts go out to those who are unable to honor their f...
06/20/2021

Wishing all of our fathers a great Father's Day. Our thoughts and hearts go out to those who are unable to honor their fathers for whatever reason. #FathersDay #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

Wishing all of our fathers a great Father's Day. Our thoughts and hearts go out to those who are unable to honor their fathers for whatever reason. #FathersDay #PistolUltra #PistolCreekMarathon

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember and honor all the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We...
05/30/2021

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember and honor all the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We are deeply grateful to each of them for their selfless service to help provide the freedom we are so blessed to have. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends. #Freedom #MemorialDay #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember and honor all the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We are deeply grateful to each of them for their selfless service to help provide the freedom we are so blessed to have. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends. #Freedom #MemorialDay #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty

Good news! We expect to be announcing the 2022 #PistolParty date sometime later in June and opening registration in July...
05/27/2021

Good news! We expect to be announcing the 2022 #PistolParty date sometime later in June and opening registration in July. Stay tuned! #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon

Good news! We expect to be announcing the 2022 #PistolParty date sometime later in June and opening registration in July. Stay tuned! #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon

Wishing all of our Pistol fam and everyone else at Cruel Jewel 100/50 a hugely successful weekend slaying the dragon! A ...
05/14/2021

Wishing all of our Pistol fam and everyone else at Cruel Jewel 100/50 a hugely successful weekend slaying the dragon! A big thanks to Leigh and Josh Saint and everyone else at ** Du**ss Events ** (Dahlonega Ultra-Marathon Association) for all their work to put this beast on! #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty #CruelJewel

Wishing all of our Pistol fam and everyone else at Cruel Jewel 100/50 a hugely successful weekend slaying the dragon! A big thanks to Leigh and Josh Saint and everyone else at ** Du**ss Events ** (Dahlonega Ultra-Marathon Association) for all their work to put this beast on! #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty #CruelJewel

A big shout out to all of our mothers. We hope you have a great Mother's Day! Our thoughts and hearts go out to those wh...
05/09/2021

A big shout out to all of our mothers. We hope you have a great Mother's Day! Our thoughts and hearts go out to those who are unable to honor their mothers for whatever reason. #MothersDay #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon

A big shout out to all of our mothers. We hope you have a great Mother's Day! Our thoughts and hearts go out to those who are unable to honor their mothers for whatever reason. #MothersDay #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon

Let's hear it for Brent Jorgensen! He single-handedly prepared and impeccably packed almost all of the couple hundred bo...
04/15/2021

Let's hear it for Brent Jorgensen! He single-handedly prepared and impeccably packed almost all of the couple hundred boxes going out to all of our Pistolers over the last couple weeks. Wow!! #MadPackingSkills #EatYourHeartOutAmazon #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty

Let's show some love to our first ever Pistol Six Shooter Challenge champions! Lauren Smith, Glenn Richardson, Lawrence ...
04/06/2021

Let's show some love to our first ever Pistol Six Shooter Challenge champions! Lauren Smith, Glenn Richardson, Lawrence Chow, and Will Jorgensen officially completed all six Pistol distances totaling 282 miles during March! Amazing! #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty

Results are up! Big congrats to all the Pistol finishers! You all rock!!Half/Full Marathon: https://runsignup.com/Race/R...
04/05/2021

Results are up! Big congrats to all the Pistol finishers! You all rock!!
Half/Full Marathon: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/55312#resultSetId-235638;perpage:100
Ultra Distances: https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=80090
#PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty

Results are up! Big congrats to all the Pistol finishers! You all rock!!
Half/Full Marathon: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/55312#resultSetId-235638;perpage:100
Ultra Distances: https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=80090
#PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty

We have so many amazing Pistolers with incredible human interest stories. Take a few moments to read this one from Debra...
04/03/2021

We have so many amazing Pistolers with incredible human interest stories. Take a few moments to read this one from Debra (name changed for anonymity).

"When I was twenty-eight, I was diagnosed for the second time with AML, acute myelogenous leukemia. I had it when I was two and a half but it was quickly put into remission with eight rounds of chemotherapy. But, when it came back when I was twenty-eight, during my last semester at Harvard Law, it was bad… really bad.

"After February 26th (the day I was diagnosed), even though no one knew at the time, I would never be able to run live races again. I battled for ten years only weighing fifty-three pounds at one point. I had two bone marrow transplants. I am now left with a severely compromised immune system. I need to live a very careful life. When you get a small cold, I get pneumonia. When people complain about having to wear a mask because of COVID I shake my head because I have been wearing a mask for sixteen years.

"So, unless there is an Olympics for treadmill running, I will never truly compete with anybody except myself. When the pandemic hit and races went all virtual my husband told me to enter races, knowing that I have missed competition. I played soccer and lacrosse throughout college. I am competitive with everything in life, as my husband always has to say to me “it is not a competition” when trying to pick out the best bananas. Ha Ha! I treated cancer treatment as a competition, I was never going to quit even when doctor after doctor told me there wasn’t anything left they could do for me.

"When I was sick, I never stopped running. I ran on good days, bad days, tired days, sick days. I ran when it hurt. I ran when they told me not to. I ran because in that hour, I felt like myself. I run now because I CAN. Nothing can touch me while I am running. No doctors, no chemo or radiation, no work. I get to be me, strong, my run, my rules. I get to pound the ground (well, treadmill belt) and just BE FAST. Being fast gives me euphoria I have rarely found outside of running. One big exception to that is the love for my husband and family. I am alive and happy because of them.

"So, not being able to compete in live races is a small sacrifice I will gladly take. I am blessed to be alive and I will do whatever it takes to keep it that way."

Very well said Debra. You are a huge inspiration to us all. Keep it up!
#nevergiveup #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty

We have so many amazing Pistolers with incredible human interest stories. Take a few moments to read this one from Debra (name changed for anonymity).

"When I was twenty-eight, I was diagnosed for the second time with AML, acute myelogenous leukemia. I had it when I was two and a half but it was quickly put into remission with eight rounds of chemotherapy. But, when it came back when I was twenty-eight, during my last semester at Harvard Law, it was bad… really bad.

"After February 26th (the day I was diagnosed), even though no one knew at the time, I would never be able to run live races again. I battled for ten years only weighing fifty-three pounds at one point. I had two bone marrow transplants. I am now left with a severely compromised immune system. I need to live a very careful life. When you get a small cold, I get pneumonia. When people complain about having to wear a mask because of COVID I shake my head because I have been wearing a mask for sixteen years.

"So, unless there is an Olympics for treadmill running, I will never truly compete with anybody except myself. When the pandemic hit and races went all virtual my husband told me to enter races, knowing that I have missed competition. I played soccer and lacrosse throughout college. I am competitive with everything in life, as my husband always has to say to me “it is not a competition” when trying to pick out the best bananas. Ha Ha! I treated cancer treatment as a competition, I was never going to quit even when doctor after doctor told me there wasn’t anything left they could do for me.

"When I was sick, I never stopped running. I ran on good days, bad days, tired days, sick days. I ran when it hurt. I ran when they told me not to. I ran because in that hour, I felt like myself. I run now because I CAN. Nothing can touch me while I am running. No doctors, no chemo or radiation, no work. I get to be me, strong, my run, my rules. I get to pound the ground (well, treadmill belt) and just BE FAST. Being fast gives me euphoria I have rarely found outside of running. One big exception to that is the love for my husband and family. I am alive and happy because of them.

"So, not being able to compete in live races is a small sacrifice I will gladly take. I am blessed to be alive and I will do whatever it takes to keep it that way."

Very well said Debra. You are a huge inspiration to us all. Keep it up!
#nevergiveup #PistolUltra #pistolcreekmarathon #PistolParty

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It’s snowing here in NE Oklahoma. Time for some coffee and remanence about some painfully good times. Every time I drink from this mug I also think of Christal G. Breeden Wells for some reason. 🤣
Hi there, I know it's hard to anticipate what will happen with this race, but I'll be coming in from Louisiana so I'm trying to determine whether or not I should start booking flights and all. Will there be a decision made soon about the status of the 2021 race?
I am so glad to see some of my local (Kansas city, MO) races return at the 5K and 10K level to include some Half's are also getting approved... gives me real hope and reason to start getting trained for the pistol party 2021! How is the return to racing going there in the Knoxville/Alcoa area looking?
The emails said go to your registration...to do what? The only option is to cancel. Clarification please.
Hey, all! Newbie to the Ultra world here but looking forward to Mar 21st. Can't wait to join the pain train out on course! Question about food and training: Do y'all eat burritos and pizza during your long training days? I'm used to tris/marathons with gels, fruit, granola, and I stick to the same on my 30-40mi training run days. Wondering if I should try changing up food on my next run (and at what times) but of course everyone is different.
Question (I already read the manual but want confirmation)....if I’m already registered, do I have until February 29th to decide if I want to bump down or is it until the race is sold out? And can I go from the 100 to the double barrel? Based on the registration history it says no fee so I’m assuming so but just want to make sure one way or another. Thank you!
Will the course be the same as last year?
Representing at Yuengling in PA. Damn good Peter too.
Why is there not a 10-mile portion this year? That was really popular I thought for the past few years. Also, I had deferred from it last year for this upcoming year, but since it is not on the board, what now? I am very disappointed that there is not a 10-miler. :(
registered for the 100K to complete the arsenal. 🤩
Great course and volunteers. Truly enjoyed the event
This is a GREAT venue for a first 100M! Reserved parking lot for 100M and 100K cars so that you pass them each loop. 3 GREAT aid stations with extremely helpful volunteers for the whole race. No headlamps or handheld lights required through the night as the path has excellent LED street lamps.Easy to follow route - no getting lost. Great buckle, awards and swag!