Saturday, Mar 23, 2013

Prairie Spirit Trail

220 West 17th Street

Ottawa, KS 50 Miler, 100 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. Mar 23, 2013

2018 Race Booklet

Please take some time to read through this year's Race Booklet


Unique, date & event specific buckles to all finishers of either event!
Men's & Women's sized tri-blend tech shirts.
Pre-race food
Post-race food
Event specific race bibs
Complimentary race photos
Fully stocked aid stations


Registration Period   100 Mile    50 Mile    50K
April 9 - June 30           $175         $120        $60
July 1 - Sept 30             $190        $135        $70
October 1 - Dec 31        $200        $155        $80
January 1 - Feb 28        $210        $165        $90
March 1 - Race day       $225        $175        $100

All registrations are final.

Start & Time Limit

100 Mile 6 AM start; 30-hour time limit. 50 Mile 7 AM start; 29-hour time limit. 50K 8 AM start; 28-hour time limit. Turnaround (halfway point) cutoffs of 14 hours for the 100 Mile entrants, 13 hours for the 50 Mile entrants and 12 hours for the 50K entrants. along with aid station cutoffs on the inbound leg of both races. The finish cutoffs are a STRICT cutoff, meaning if you are one second over, you will not be listed as an official finisher or receive the finisher belt buckle. 

Course Description

The Prairie Spirit Trail is a beautiful "rails-to-trails" course that runs through numerous quaint little towns. Runners will do an out-and-back, beginning in Ottawa, KS and traveling south to Iola (100 milers), Garnett (50 milers) or Richmond (50K), then, back north to the finish. The course is primarily on a crushed limestone trail, with asphalt paths as you travel through each town. Manned and unmanned aid stations will be approximately every 5 miles (with no greater distance than approximately 6 miles) and the course is easily accessible to crew. It's a great event for first timers, as it's a flat and relatively easy course. It's also the perfect course for experienced runners wanting to set a PR. The atmosphere will be family friendly with plenty of places for your crew to hang out and relax while cheering you on. Pacers WILL NOT be 50K event. Pacers WILL BE allowed for the second half of the 100 & 50 mile events. Check out the Bike Prairie Spirit Website for complete details of the course (including maps, mileage, towns, etc) by clicking the link below now:

Prairie Spirit Trail

Aid Stations

21 aid stations in the 100 Mile; 11 manned aid stations fully-stocked with water, electrolyte drink & snack-type foods, including soup & sandwiches, 10 unmanned aid stations with water only. 11 aid stations in the 50 Mile; 5 manned aid stations fully stocked (as stated above), 6 unmanned aid stations with water only. 7 total aid stations in the 50K; 3 manned aid stations fully-stocked (as stated above), 4 unmanned aid stations with water only. Approximate distance between aid stations is 5 miles with no distance greater than approximately 6 miles between aid stations in either event.

Check-In/Staging Area

Race headquarters is at Celebration Hall, located at 1737 South Elm. Ottawa, KS 66067. Packet pick-up and drop-bag (drop-off) will be held from 4-8 PM on Friday evening March 23rd.

Our pre-race meal will be served from 5-6 PM on Friday evening at Celebration Hall. Not-Your-Average-Race-Pasta, All-you-can-eat (Non-meat option, Gluten-Free option, or lots of meat with Italian seasonings) Served with crisp and buttery fresh garlic bread, salad, cake, ice tea, lemonade, water. This meal is included in your registration for all runners.
The Post-Race Meal is be a variety of Breakfast Food made-to-order, and leftover pasta!

Late packet pick-up Saturday morning, March 24th from 4:30-5:30 AM for the 100 mile entrants, 5:30-6:30 AM for the 50 mile entrants and 6:30-7:30 AM for the 50K entrants.

Map to Celebration Hall (staging area) can be found by clicking the link below:

Prairie Spirit Trail Ultras Staging Location



Personalized, date specific, first overall male & female award plaques in both events AND customized, date specific, belt buckles guaranteed to all finishers who finish under the cutoff time.


There are several different hotels to choose from in Ottawa, KS, with none of them being any further than 10-15 minutes maximum from Celebration Hall (staging location). Please click the link below now to see all lodging options in Ottawa and the surrounding cities listed on Orbitz:

Ottawa Lodging

The Ottawa Super 8 and Comfort Inn are offering special rates for runners. These rates can be obtained by making reservations over the phone and using code: “EPIC RATE” and calling Sunny, the owner, directly at 785-764-3408.

Map and Course Profile

Please click the link below to open a PDF map of the course from the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks that also contains a course profile. Please note that our staging area (start/finish line) is not the Ottawa Depot as listed on this map, but is Celebration Hall a couple miles away, so mileage on this map will not correspond exactly with actual race course.

Prairie Spirit Trail Map & Course Profile


Mile 90 Photography will be taking photos that will be available for free after the race.

Local time: 1:03 AM


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