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NOC 3.0

The Night Ops Challenge is back. May 4, 2013 at Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, Texas.

Get more information and register here.

You can also join our excited community on facebook.


Austin Fit Magazine Lives to Tell the Tale

Want to see what you missed? Take a look at this writeup by Austin Fit Magazine. The author and his team completed NOC 2.0 and learned that success in Night Ops requires both physical and mental toughness.
We’re scheming for NOC 3.0. Overnight? Wilderness? Bear wrestling? Share your thoughts on facebook.

Mission Accomplished

NOC 2.0 is over. Thanks to all the athletes, volunteers, and vendors for making it possible. Check out all the pictures, taken by Bougie Photography, on fb here.

You can expect another Challenge in Austin within the next six months. We also intend to have a running outside of Austin before then, so stay tuned for updates.

Race Night Instructions – Read Carefully

Start Point:West Austin Park

Time: Friday Night – 7:45pm show up – 8:15pm start

How race will start:  At 8:15pm we will post the location of Check Point 1 on the Night Ops Challenge Facebook Page. A team will not be able to begin the course until all of its members sign a liability waiver. We will hand these out at the start point. To view the waiver, click here.


  1. Smartphone with the ability to take / send pictures, view facebook, view Youtube, and GPS capabilities
  2. Prescribed weight for your gender.  Water and food do not count as weight but mission-essential clever items do count towards weight
  3. Pen / Paper
  4. Sturdy shoes – minimalist shoes not recommended.
  5. Headlamp / Flashlight
  6. 1 Liter of water
  7. Change of clothes – suggested since you’ll be a dirty little athlete


  1. Your Team must remain on foot
  2. You must keep your weight with the team (20lbs male – 10lbs female)
  3. You must have a headlamp / flashlight on with each team member

How the race works: This course is roughly 6-7 miles in length.  Expected completion time is 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Along the course is a series of checkpoints that have tasks assigned to them.  You will not find out the tasks until you arrive at the first checkpoint.  Look for the Red X.  It will have a URL below it that you will need to put into your phone and will give you your first set of instructions.  Attention to detail and following instructions is critical to success in this race.  Further instructions will be provided via URL’s and text messages throughout the race.  Sound kinda vague….well it is supposed to…..

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded for 1-3rd place teams.  We will also give out a prize for whoever has the most creative load out of equipment and whoever gets their ass kicked the most.

After Party:  Prizes, Booze and food for sale will be available at the after party.  For non-competitors there is a $15 fee to drink our beer, vodka, sangria, wine, and margaritas.  The after party will be from 9:30pm to midnight at Zocalo cafe on 1110 West Lynn Street.  After that we’ll move to the Tiniest bar in Texas by the Whole foods downtown.

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Start Point for September 28th NOC 2.0

Start Point:  West Austin Park

Time: Arrive 7:45 – start time will be 8:15 – how the race will start: We will post the first checkpoint on the NOC FACEBOOK page between 8-8:15pm.

Parking:  There is plenty of parking along 9th / 10th street in the neighborhood near the park.  The finish point and the after party are fairly close to the park.

Equipment: Men will need to carry 20lbs of gear / women 10lbs.  Some athletes prefer to use just dead weight, others pack their packs with mission essential items that you would use in real world situations.  There is a good chance that you will get to use some of this during the course but all that is required is weight and 1L of water.  This must be weight at the finish and does not include water / or items picked up along the way.  Prizes are awarded to the first 3 teams and those teams will be weighed upon completion.

Party: After party will be held at Zocalo Cafe at 1110 West Lynn Street from 930 to midnight.  It’s recommended to have a fresh shirt / change of clothes in your pack. All athletes that participate get free booze….yes free.  Guests and non athletes can attend as well for $15.  We’ll have wine, sangria, 512 draft beer, margaritas, Horchata-coladas. Food is on your own.  Guest passes can be paid at the door or HERE.