One of North America's best known ultramarathons. Also includes a 3-person 50K Relay and a One-Loop Run(11 Mile). The trail is easy enough to be a good first-time trail course; technical enough to give an advantage to seasoned trail runners. Measure yourself against time, distance...and Mother Nature!
We're known for the great post-race foods - particularly our array of soups. Overall men's and women's winner of the 50K receive a large, engraved, Indiana specialty trophy of very thick, translucent art glass by the oldest art glass manufacturer in the US. Overall, Masters, Grandmasters, and age group plaques are awarded in all divisions.
A custom finisher's belt buckle will be awarded to each participant completing The HUFF 50K individual race (gold) or HUFF 50K Relay (silver). A custom medal will be awarded to each One Loop finisher.
HUFF logo gear for all 50K and 50K Relay participants. The 2018 logo gear is a very special item. HUFF race t-shirt included for every registrant in all divisions.
Race start: 8 am for one-loop and relay; 8:15 am for 50K individual runners. All runners must be finished by sundown (approximately 5 pm)
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Runners arriving out of the area on Friday may pick up their packets on either Friday in downtown Columbia City IN at Running Around Screen Printing OR Saturday morning at the Main Tent at Chain O' Lakes State Park.
Running Around Screen Printing prints the HUFF t-shirt. JoAnn Bird and her crew are located in a historic brick building just a block west of the beautiful Whitley County Courthouse Square. The address is 227 W Van Buren Street, Columbia City, IN 46725
Northeast Indiana Runners may pick up their race numbers, t shirt, hand warmers, foot warmers and gear on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday at Running Around Screen Printing, However, we respectfully ask runners to wait until at least 3 PM on Wednesday to visit the store. The store hours are 9 am to 6 pm.
The Friday night packet pick-up at Running Around is from 3 pm to approximately 8 pm.
Runners wishing to fuel up and enjoy a bit of camaraderie before Saturday's adventure have an opportunity to enjoy Indiana craft beer in downtown Columbia City at Chapman's Tap Room located one block east of Running Around Screen Printing's location. Chapman's now has a full menu from Ragin' Cajun - the food has received rave reviews.
Optional Pre-Race Mailing of Bib Number and T-shirt
We experimented with early mailing of bib numbers and packets in 2017. We learned a lot; have improved the process and urge those who want to ensure an easier race morning experience to check out this option.
Want to receive your bib number, HUFF race t-shirt and other gear prior to the race?
Your shirt, bib number and maps will be sent approximately two weeks before the race by US Mail to the address shown on your registration if you choose this option.
We may even throw in a surprise item or two as well.
You will still pick up the HUFF logo item and hand/foot warmers on race morning.
Videos of the HUFF 50K
These videos can give you a taste of the challenge you will conquer at The HUFF. Together the two videos show the the range of weather conditions you may encounter.
The first is a beautiful video made of the 2016 race produced by iRunMichigan.
The second is courtesy of Scott VanLoo - a video review of the 2014 HUFF 50K Trail Run & Relay experience:
2014 The Huff 50K Recap from Scott VanLoo on Vimeo.
Lodging Options for The HUFF
The following are lodging options for those traveling to The HUFF 50K Trail Run.
Local time: 1:13 AM
We recommend the Brick Ark Inn Bed and Breakfast in Albion. Rooms fill very fast each year.
In Columbia City, the Super 8 Inn. It serves as the headquarters hotel for the race.
Columbia City also has a Quality Inn. Both the Quality Inn and the Super 8 are located adjacent to US 30. Chain O' Lakes State Park is 18 minutes north of Columbia City via Highway 9.
Fort Wayne, Indiana is 33 minutes from Chain O' Lakes State Park via US 33 and Hwy 9. There are many hotel choices in Fort Wayne; we recommend Don Hall's Guest House at the I-69 and Lima Road (Hwy 3) exit.
Kendallville, Indiana is 25 minutes from Chain O' Lakes State Park. The choices include a Best Western and a Holiday Inn Express.
Auburn, Indiana is 29 minutes from Chain O' Lakes State Park. Auburn has a Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Suites, Baymont and a Days Inn.