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A few hours into the Black Mountain Monster 6-, 12- and 24-hour Ultramarathon, which started at 10 a.m. on June 8, on the trails in the In-the-Oaks Estate, it started to rain.
When the 6-hour runners crossed the finish line at 4 p.m., the rain continued to fall. By 10 p.m., as the 12-hour runners completed their race, it was still coming down. Around 3 a.m., organizers cited safety when they pulled the plug on the final seven hours of the 24-hour race.
"Due to rising water and continuous heavy rain, we are ending the (race) early," Relentless Running Events announced on Facebook. "We are urging runners to finish their laps, which will be counted, and leave the race area."
Volunteers and staff assisted runners and their crews with collecting and loading their gear.
"Our top concern is safety," Relentless Running's post stated. "Dangerous flooding is a real possibility."
The race, which began in 2008, featured a record 250 runners this year. Participants follow a 3.1-mile course for 6, 12 or 24 hours. Laps are completed in the middle of a tent city, which is set up on the property in a field behind the manor house.
The area is prone to flooding under heavy rain, which forced the event the be postponed in 2018.