Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Prairie Spirit Trail Fall Classic

Ottawa , KS 50km , 50m

Registration closes: Wed, Oct 22 @ 11:59PM

ENTRY:

2ND ANNUAL PRAIRIE SPIRIT TRAIL "FALL CLASSIC" 50 MILE & 50K ULTRA RACES
  • UNIQUE, DATE & EVENT SPECIFIC BUCKLES TO "ALL FINISHERS" WHO REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.
  • MEN'S & WOMEN'S SIZED TRI-BLEND TECH SHIRTS (50% Polyester, 25% Rayon & 25% Cotton) 
    Guaranteed sizing only to entrants registered by September 30, 2014.
  • PRE & POST RACE MEALS
  • EVENT SPECIFIC RACE BIBS
  • COMPLIMENTARY RACE PHOTOS
  • UNPARALLELED AID STATIONS
  • EPIC FINISH LINE!!!
  • LIMITED TO 200 TOTAL PARTICIPANTS
$125/50 MILE & $100/50K THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.

$140/50 MILE & $115/50K FROM OCTOBER 1st THROUGH OCTOBER 22, 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:

50 Mile 6 AM start; 14-hour time limit. 50K 8 AM start; 12-hour time limit. Turnaround (halfway point) cutoffs of 6.5 hours for the 50 Mile entrants and 5.5 hours for the 50K 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 and treats runners to "stunning displays" of incredible fall foliage. Runners will do an out-and-back, beginning in Ottawa, KS and traveling south to Garnett (50 milers) or Richmond (50K's), 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 be allowed for the second half of the 50 mile event only, no pacers in the 50K allowed. 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:

10 aid stations in the 50 Mile; 5 manned aid stations fully-stocked with water, electrolyte drink & snack-type foods, including soup & sandwiches, 5 unmanned aid stations with water only. 6 aid stations in the 50K; 3 manned aid stations fully stocked (as stated above), 3 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 3-8 PM on Friday evening October 24th.

The pre-race meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 PM on Friday evening immediately followed by a RD briefing and short Q & A session at 6:30 PM.

Late packet pick-up Saturday morning, October 25th from 4:30-5:30 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:

POST RACE:

Burgers & veggie-burgers, hot-dogs and fixings (potato salad, cole slaw, beans, etc) will be available for 40 Mile & Marathon runners after their respective finish on Saturday afternoon through the end of the race(s) on Saturday evening.

AWARDS:

Personalized, date specific, first overall male & female award plaques in both events AND customized, date & event specific belt buckles guaranteed to all finishers who register by September 30, 2014.

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), most only a few minutes away. 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 pasta, meatballs & salad meal on Friday night (sauce kept separate from meatballs for the vegetarians) and one post-race meal consisting of burgers & veggie-burgers, hot-dogs and fixings on Saturday afternoon through the end of the race(s) late Saturday evening. Extra guests are $10 per meal 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: 8:23 PM
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