Saturday, May 31, 2014

Flint Hills Trail

Ottawa , KS 40 Mile, Marathon

This Event Took Place Sat. May 31, 2014

INAUGURAL FLINT HILLS TRAIL 40 MILE & MARATHON

ENTRY:


  • UNIQUE, DATE & EVENT SPECIFIC BUCKLES FOR ALL 40 MILE FINISHERS & MEDALS FOR ALL MARATHON FINISHERS!
  • MEN'S & WOMEN'S SIZED TRI-BLEND TECH SHIRTS (50% Polyester, 25% Rayon & 25% Cotton) 
    Guaranteed sizing only to entrants registered by May 12, 2014.
  • PRE & POST RACE MEALS
  • EVENT SPECIFIC RACE BIBS
  • COMPLIMENTARY RACE PHOTOS
  • UNPARALLELED AID STATIONS
  • EPIC FINISH LINE!!!
  • LIMITED TO 200 TOTAL PARTICIPANTS
$125/40 MILE & $95/MARATHON THROUGH MAY 4, 2014.

$140/40 MILE & $110/MARATHON FROM MAY 5th THROUGH MAY 27, 2014.

ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS, DEFERRALS OR CARRYOVERS TO FUTURE EVENTS. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

START & TIME LIMIT:

40 Mile, 6 AM start; 14-hour time limit. Marathon, 7 AM start; 13-hour time limit. Turnaround (halfway point) cutoffs of 6.5 hours for the 40 Mile participants and 6 hours for the Marathon entrants, along with aid station cutoffs on the inbound leg of both races.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Starting/Finishing at Celebration Hall in Ottawa, Kansas, and following the Prairie Spirit Trail two miles north before intersecting with the Flint Hills Trail, this (out & back) course will take you outbound southeasterly to the quaint little towns of Rantoul for the Marathon and the western edge of Osawatomie for the 40 Miler, and then back to Celebration Hall in Ottawa. Crew and/or drop bag access at both of the events turnaround points in Rantoul and Osawatomie. Come join us for a late spring/early summer "jaunt through the woods" on crushed limestone, along the far eastern section of the gorgeous 120 Mile Flint Hills Trail. The trail will be in "full bloom" come late May and the trees will be providing a spectacular shaded canopy over many portions (on this particular section) of this very scenic "rails-to-trails" trail in mid-eastern Kansas.

AID STATIONS:

7 manned aid stations in the 40 Mile, 5 manned aid stations in the Marathon. All fully-stocked with ice, water, electrolyte drink, soda-pop & sweet 'n salty snack-type foods, including sandwiches, Approximate distance between aid stations is 5 miles, with the exception of a 7 mile stretch for the 40 Milers between Rantoul and Osawatomie where an unmanned water stop will be utilized to make this close to 5 miles between water access, as well.

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 3-7 PM on Friday evening May 30th.

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, May 31st from 4:30-5:30 AM for the 40 mile entrants and 5:30-6:30 AM for the Marathon 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 40 Mile Finishers & medals to Marathon 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), 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:


Primitive tent camping (no hookups) will also be available at the start/finish line for $10 per tent, per night...AND, we have showers at Celebration Hall!

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) on 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 Garmin Connect map of the Flint Hills Trail 40 Mile out and back course from Ottawa to the western edge of Osawatomie, Kansas. The turnaround for the Marathon is in Rantoul.

PHOTOS:

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

CONTACT:

Eric Steele, RD

E-Mail:

Web:

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