Saturday, Mar 29, 2014

Prairie Spirit Trail

Ottawa , KS 50m , 100m

FEATURING

Ultrarunning Legend &
Our Honorary Guest Speaker:


DAVID HORTON

ENTRY:


THE 2ND ANNUAL PRAIRIE SPIRIT TRAIL 100 & 50 MILE ULTRA RACES
  • UNIQUE, DATE & EVENT SPECIFIC BUCKLES TO "ALL FINISHERS" OF EITHER EVENT!
  • MEN'S & WOMEN'S SIZED TRI-BLEND TECH SHIRTS (50% Polyester, 25% Rayon & 25% Cotton). Guaranteed sizing only to entrants registered by February 28, 2014.
  • PRE & POST RACE MEALS
  • EVENT SPECIFIC RACE BIBS
  • COMPLIMENTARY RACE PHOTOS
  • UNPARALLELED AID STATIONS
  • EPIC FINISH LINE!!!
  • LIMITED TO 200 TOTAL PARTICIPANTS
$190/100 MILE & $135/50 MILE THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2014

$225/100 MILE & $150/50 MILE FROM FEBRUARY 1 THROUGH MARCH 26, 2014.

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION, REFUNDS, DEFERRALS OR CARRYOVERS TO FUTURE EVENTS (Please DO NOT contact us and ask us to make an exception to this rule, as we will not respond to any requests of this nature).

START & TIME LIMIT:

100 Mile 6 AM start; 30-hour time limit. 50 Mile 8 AM start; 28-hour time limit. Turnaround (halfway point) cutoffs of 14 hours for the 100 Mile entrants and 12 hours for the 50 Mile entrants, along with aid station cutoffs on the inbound leg of both races.

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) or Garnett (50 milers), 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 allowed in the 50 mile event. Pacers WILL BE allowed for the second half of the 100 mile event. Check out the Bike Prairie Spirit Website for complete details of the course (including maps, mileage, towns, etc) by clicking the link below now:

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. 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 220 W. 17th Street in Ottawa, KS. Packet pick-up and drop-bag (drop-off) will be held from 3-9 PM on Friday evening March 28th.

Our pre-race meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 PM on Friday evening, immediately followed by an RD pre-race briefing and short Q & A session at 6:30 PM. Our "Honorary Speaker" David Horton, will take the floor at 7 PM to speak and be available for book/DVD signings and photographs afterwards.

Late packet pick-up Saturday morning, March 29th from 4:30-5:30 AM for the 100 mile entrants and 6:30-7:30 AM for the 50 mile entrants. 

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

POST-RACE:

Burgers & veggie-burgers, hot-dogs and fixings will be available for 50 mile runners after their finish, along with light breakfast fare (biscuits & gravy, bagels, muffins, oatmeal, etc.) for the 100 mile runners as they finish their respective race late Saturday night through Sunday at Noon.

AWARDS:

Personalized, date specific, first overall male & female award plaques in both events AND customized, date specific, belt buckles guaranteed to all 100 & 50 Mile finishers.

LODGING:

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:

MEALS:

Included in the entry fee, all entrants will be served one pre-race meal consisting of roast beef, chicken breasts, scalloped potatoes, rice pilaf, steamed vegetables, tossed salad, rolls, chocolate sheet cake , tea & lemonade AND one post race meal consisting of burgers & veggie-burgers, hot-dogs and fixins' for 50 mile runners, along with light breakfast fare (biscuits & gravy, bagels, muffins, oatmeal, etc.) for the 100 mile runners starting late Saturday night through Sunday at Noon. Extra guests are $15 per meal for the pre-race meal and $10 for post-race and need to be paid for in advance at checkout as we will be prepping enough food based on PRE-PAID head count.

MAP & 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.

PHOTOS:

COMPLIMENTARY runners photos provided by our very own "in-house" Epic Ultra Photographers and uploaded to:  

CONTACT:

Eric Steele, RD

Local time: 12:53 PM
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