A 50-mile out and back course on backcountry gravel roads with less than one mile of paved surface for the 100-mile race. 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. Crew access is available at nine locations for the 100-mile run. Ten of the aid station can be used for drop bags in the 100 mile run.
Local time: 2:30 AM
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.
HEARTLAND CHALLENGE: Complete the Heartland 50 mile race April 29, 2017. Or NEW FOR 2017, Heartland 50K race April 29, 2017. http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=40370. AND complete Heartland100 Spirit of the Prairie 100 mile ultra October 14, 2017. Earn the new Heartland Challenge buckle. 50K/100-mile buckle will be a bronze finish. 50-mile/100-mile buckle will be silver & gold finish.
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.
100 MILE CHECK IN: Check-in from 3PM to 6PM on Friday October 13, 2017 in Cassoday. The prerace meal will be served from 5PM to 6PM for the 100 mile runners and one guest. Additional guests are welcome at a cost of $10 per person.