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Man Day Run & Gun 5K Biathlon 2017
Sat, March 25, 2017, 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
MAN DAY RUN AND GUN 2017 INTRODUCTION:
The Man Day Run and Gun is a biathlon – competitors will run a 5K combined with obstacles and a shooting competition. The event is a test of man and equipment alike. It is intended to give participants an idea of how being hot, exhausted, and challenged by the environment affects their shooting, and to test the effectiveness of their gear under field conditions. This event is not intended for inexperienced shooters – all participants are expected to be familiar with the operation of their firearms, and to observe basic principles of firearm safety at all times. With the exception of emergencies, Range Officers (ROs) are not allowed to help participants in any way. Good attitudes are a must. If you are the type of person who gets upset when minor changes are made to a plan or when you don’t always get your way, this is not the event for you. This event is being hosted by very generous individuals on their private property -- all participants must show strict respect for the owners and their property. 100 percent of all entry payments go to the Man Day mission of drilling clean water wells in Niger, West Africa.
Participants will receive both a score for their run based on how long it took them to complete the course, and a score for their shooting based on how long it took them to clear each course of fire. The run score and shooting score will be equally weighted in determining the participant’s final score. This is true run-what-you-brung field-style shooting, with no equipment classes. For the most part, if you want to carry it for a 5K, be our guest. Shooters are expected to have all their firearms sighted in and all their gear ready to go on the morning of the shoot. There will be no zeroing at the event.
The only equipment that is strictly required to participate is a safe center fire rifle, a safe center fire pistol, enough ammo to clear the course (at least twice the minimum round count from the Course of Fire is recommended depending on your skill level), eye protection, ear protection, and some form of stopwatch. Everything else is up to the participant, but water and a pen and notepad are highly recommended. Shooters may use any type of gear they want to carry their equipment with, the only requirement being that pistols must be carried in a secure holster that covers the trigger if they are to be carried loaded. Rifles may be carried any way you like, as long as they remain pointed in a safe direction. You may not use tracers or armor piercing bullets that have a hardened penetrator core (mild steel core bullets like M855 and 7N6 are OK). Your pistol must fire a pistol cartridge.
First and foremost, all participants will be expected to comply with basic firearms safety at all times. If you demonstrate inability or unwillingness to follow basic firearm safety, you will be asked to leave, with no refund and no apology. Muzzles must be pointed in a safe direction at all times, and fingers must be off the trigger unless the firearm is pointed at a target. Rifles shall only be loaded when a shooter is at a rifle stage, after the RO has given the “fire” command. Shooters may leave their handguns loaded at all times. However, loaded handguns must remain securely in a holster unless the shooter has been given the “fire” command on a shooting stage. Some stages will be active, involving moving and shooting. Firearms may remain loaded during movement, but strict muzzle discipline must be maintained.
Every shooter will be given a Man Day Run and Gun score card that he will be required to carry through the course. The card is how we record your score. Do not lose it or we will not be able to give you a score for the event. When a shooter approaches a station, he will be required to show a RO an empty mag well and empty chamber on his rifle. If another shooter is currently on the stage when he arrives, the one who just arrived will be instructed by a RO to start his stopwatch to keep track of his wait time (this will be subtracted off the participant’s run time when his run score is calculated). It is purely the shooter’s responsibility to keep track of his wait time. The ROs have no responsibility whatsoever to help you do this. Even if a RO offers to help you keep track of your time, you have no one but yourself to blame if this is not done. When the shooter is ready to shoot the stage, he will hand the RO his score card, and the RO will record his wait time if any. The shooter will be given a quick summary of the course of fire. The RO will ask if the shooter understands the course of fire. If the answer is yes, the shooter will be given the “fire” command, at which time he may load his rifle and/or draw his pistol and begin shooting the stage. All stages will have a zone where the shooter must fire from -- either a particular hole in a barricade that you must shoot through, or a marked zone on the ground, which every part of your body or equipment which touches the ground must remain inside of when you fire. Hits made from outside the designated area will not count toward completion of the course of fire. Every shooting stage will have a time limit. This is to keep the runners moving and to prevent large backups of shooters waiting to shoot a stage. If a shooter does not complete the stage under the time limit, he will receive a score of 0 for that stage. If for any reason the “cease fire” command is given, you will immediately cease fire, holster your handgun, and unload your rifle. You will do likewise when you complete a stage, or time out. The RO should tell you your time for the stage. The RO will record your time on your score card. You may want to carry a pen and notepad to keep track of your score in case you lose your card, or if there is a mix-up with the scoring. Every shooter must show a RO an empty mag well and chamber on his rifle before leaving each stage. A RO will give directions on where to go to continue down the trail. Shooters are NOT required to leave their rifle’s bolt open during the run… this is actually discouraged, as it will allow lots of that beautiful Oklahoma red dirt to accumulate inside the action. There will be ample opportunity for this to happen on the course.
Participants will run a 5K beginning at the registration tent, going north around the section to the east, then south to the first of five shooting stations. The path for participants to follow will be marked with brightly colored flags and/or tape. Shooters must stay close to the marked path. Do not cut corners. Failure to follow the marked trail may take you into the impact area of a hot range!!! If the trail takes you through some difficult terrain, this is on purpose! . Certain obstacles and other challenges may be encountered along the way. These must be completed, or you will receive a run score of 0.
This event is in a remote area, and you need to be aware of over-exertion. We should have some folks with medical skills on hand, but your health is your responsibility. If you start having problems, slow down... drink some water... listen to your body! There is no shame in walking the course... know yourself and your limitations.
There are any number of hotel accommodations on the west side of Enid, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton ect… for those of you coming a significant distance. Man Day is 27 miles south west of Enid as detailed in the “directions” section below.
Attendees will park in the designated area just inside the driveway, on the grass area to the north marked “parking”. Camping will be allowed in a designated area for those of you wishing to come in Friday afternoon or evening. Shooters will need to be at the registration tent by 07:45 am for a briefing. Runners will begin taking the course at 08:15 sharp and be released in 3 minute increments. There will be porta potties on site along with portable showers for you to clean up before heading home or staying for Man Day beginning a 1 pm. Your lunch is included with your Run and Gun entry. Those of you wanting to stay for the actual Man Day, will need to make a second donation of $50 and register at the tent or online at:
How to Sign Up:
The registration fee for the Man Day Run and Gun is $50 and will be limited to 50 entries.. Registration is handled through EventBrite, which charges an additional fee of a few bucks per ticket. To register, click on the "Sign Up!" button at the top menu of this website. Remember, this event is limited to 50 participants. Sign up now to reserve your spot. If for some reason you sign up and are unable to attend, we will not be able to refund your entry as it will already be deposited in the Man Day Niger well drilling account and likely on its way to doing good work!
From Enid, go West on highway 412 to 132 South. South on highway 132 12 miles to "Ames" blacktop. West on Ames blacktop 5 miles, turn South and go 4 miles, East on gravel road 1 mile, 1/2 mile south.
From Okeene: go east on highway 51 about 10 miles across canadian river bridge, two more miles to blacktop on left. Go north on lacey blacktop for 5 miles, east on gravel road 1 mile, south 1/2 mile and east into.
From Hennessey: Go west on highway 51 about 10 miles to the itty bitty town of Lacey. From Lacey, go an additional 2 miles west on 51 to blacktop on right hand side. Go north on blacktop 5 miles, east on gravel road 1 mile, 1/2 mile south, east into.
Man Day signs will be on the corners, unless some idiot steals them again. If you see him, shoot him.
MAN DAY 2017 RUN AND GUN 2016 COURSE OF FIRE
Stage 1 – TORSOS IN THE WOODS / hand gun and rifle 6 hits each
On the command of “fire” the shooter will draw his handgun and shoot three steel torsos at 10-15 yards 2 hits each for a total of 6 hits. The shooter will transition to rifle and shoot three torsos at 25-40 yards 2 hits each for a total of 6 hits. 12 rounds total for stage, 6 handgun and 6 rifle.
Stage 2 – SHOOT AND PIVOT / handgun and rifle, 10 hits each
On the command of “fire” the shooter will draw his rifle and shoot 5 steel targets at 40 yards with 2 hits each, transition to hand gun and shoot 6 steel targets with one hit each and one torso at 25 yards with 4 hits.
Stage 3 -- REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE / rifle only 10 hits
On the command of “fire” the shooter will draw his rifle and complete 7 hits thru a shooting board ranging from upright, kneeling, to prone at a steel target at 150 yards. The shooter will then move to the side and shoot a 250 yard gong with 3 hits from whatever stance of prone he chooses.
Stage 4 – HANDGUN BEAT DOWN / handgun only 20 hits
On the command of “fire” the shooter will draw his handgun and hit six steel targets of a dueling tree flipping them around (10 yards), and then 6 additional hits to flip them back, then rotate to a torso and complete 8 hits ( 15 yards ).
Stage 5 -- BONUS SKILL STAGE FOR OVERALL TIME AWARD / handgun 5 shots
Challenging 5 shot stage, only 5 shots. Each hit will result in a full minute of time being taken off your run time. I’m sure all of you are going to run a 24 minute 5K and don’t need this extra time……….but just in case……..
All stages will have a 3 minute time limit. If the time limit is exceeded the RO will call “TIME” and you will be scored the full 3 minutes.