A 50-mile out and back course on backcountry gravel roads with less than one mile of paved surface for the 100-mile race. The 50-mile (NEW START TIME AT 6:00PM SATURDAY NIGHT)is an out and back on a portion of the Heartland 100 course. Much of the course meanders through open range with stunning views of the vast expanse of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. The 100-mile course has rolling hills and 6,000 feet of climb. Cassoday is located off Interstate 35 and is 34 miles south of Emporia and 22 miles north of El Dorado. The two nearest commercial airports are in Wichita (55 miles southwest) and Kansas City (146 miles northeast).
AID: Twenty-two aid stations for the 100-mile and twelve for the 50-mile. Crew access is available at nine locations for the 100-mile and three for the 50-mile. Fourteen of the aid station can be used for drop bags in the 100 mile run and three for the 50 mile run.
100 MILE AWARDS: All runners who complete the 100 mile under the time limit will receive a belt buckle and a finisher’s sweatshirt. Sweatshirts will have 100 mile finisher on the back or 100 mile finisher, sub 24 hour. There will be an overall award for first male and female finisher. There will be an award for the first Kansan to cross the finish line.
50 MILE AWARDS: All runners who complete the 50 mile under the time limit will receive a finisher’s award. There will be an overall award for first male and female finisher.
WEATHER: Normal high of close to 70 and a normal low in the upper 40’s. This is Kansas, be prepared for all extremes as the record highs have been around 90 and record lows in the upper 20’s.
CUTOFFS AND TIME LIMIT: Heartland 100: 30-hour time limit and a 14-hour cut-off for the 50-mile turnaround. Heartland 50: 18-hour time limit.
100 MILE CHECK IN: Check-in from 3PM to 6PM on Friday October 11, 2013 in Cassoday. Meal will be served from 5PM to 6PM for the 100 mile runners and one guest. Additional guests are welcome at a cost of $15 per person.
50 MILE CHECK IN: Check-in from 3PM to 5:30PM on Saturday October 12, 2013 at start/finish.