The Hydra

Sat April 22, 2023 Winnabow, NC 28479 US
A race unlike any that you have ever experienced before!



50K Individual

8:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
Relay Team - Individual

50K Age / Gender Graded Relay

8:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
Relay Team - Bulk Rate

50K Age / Gender Graded Relay - Bulk Rate

8:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT

1/2 Marathon-ish

8:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT


2601 River Road SE
Winnabow, NC US 28479


According to Greek mythology, the Hydra is a monstrous, snake-like creature with multiple heads, one of which is immortal.  If a warrior manages to cut off one of these heads, two more will grow back in its place.  

Rumor has it that the Hydra has been seen roaming the trails of Brunswick Nature Park, keeping a close eye on his treasure, ready to challenge any trespassers who dare to come searching for his riches.  So...are you ready for an adventure?

The Ultra Running Guys bring you a new unique race experience where your mission is to conquer the 5 heads of the Hydra and collect the treasure that is protected by each.  

All events will start at 8:00 am!

50K Events

For the 50K events, there will be an individual event and a team relay event (up to 5 runners), and the objective is to complete each of 5 separate loops, collect the treasure that awaits on each loop, and return with it to prove you conquered that head of the Hydra.

The 5 loops will be varying lengths of approx 5-7 miles, for a combined total course distance of 31ish miles (50Kish). 

But here's the twist: the order you run the loops will be completely random. That’s right. You won't find out what loop is next until you finish the previous one.  You or your team will complete all 5 loops as your adventure takes you throughout Brunswick Nature Park. 

Chances are that you will have no idea who is in first place or last place because other runners may or may not be running the same loop as you. The first runner / team to successfully collect all the treasure is the victor, aka The Hydra Slayer(s).

Half Marathon-ish

If the 50k sounds daunting, we have added a 1/2 marathon-ish option for you that will allow you to experience the Hydra on a 2 loop course. Like the 50k, your first loop will be randomized and you will be sharing the course with the 50k events.

Just because it is 2 loops doesn't mean it is going to be easy. This is a trail event and each loop will be 6-7 miles that takes you throughout most of Brunswick Nature Park.

Are you ready to take on The Hydra?

Aid Stations

There will be one main aid station at the start/finish line. Each loop of the hydra will start and stop in the central parking lot of the park. Additional unmanned water stations will be available on the longer loops. These stations will be cupless. All runners are encouraged to carry hydration on them and should plan to have a refillable handheld or hydration pack. 

The main aid station will have plenty of goodies available, but if you have any special favorites, make sure to bring them along for the day.  


NOTE: Registrations after April 1 will not include a race shirt.  We apologize for any inconvenience but due to current supply chain restrictions, we had to maintain our original cutoff.   

Every registration completed by April 1, 2023 includes this awesome Hydra race T-Shirt (available sizes S-XL)!

Also, you just never know what else you may find in that swag bag come the day of the race.  😎 

Packet Pickup

Early Packet pickup will be available from 4p-6pm on Friday April 21st at Brunswick Nature Park. The Park is also the location for the race, so we invite you to come out for packet pickup on Friday to check out the park and maybe add in a shake out run if you'd like. 

Address for the park is 2601 River Road SE - Winnabow, NC US 28479. There is one main road when you pull into the park. Follow the road all the way down to the stop sign and you will see us there.

Race day packet pick up is available the morning of from 7:00am to 7:30am. Once you have parked at Brunswick Nature Park, make sure to come to the check in table to grab your swag.

Area Hotels


Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites
1120 Town Lake Dr, Leland NC 28451
12 min drive

Holiday Inn Express Leland 
1020 Grandiflora Drive, Leland NC 28451
14 min drive

Downtown Wilmington

Hotel Ballast Wilmington
301 N Water St., Wilmington NC 28401
15 min drive

Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
9 Estell Lee Place, Wilmington NC 28401
16 min drive

Best Western Plus - Coastline Inn
503 Nutt Street, Wilmington NC 28401
16 min drive

Race Contact Info

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Who are The Ultra Running Guys?

Jeremy and Jeff are passionate about growing the Ultra Running Community and are ecstatic about having you spend race day with us!  

To learn more, follow the links below! 

Podcast: The Ultra Running Guys Podcast
IG: @TheUltraRunningGuys 
Facebook: TheUltrarunningGuys
YouTube: The Ultra Running Guys



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