An out and back course on backcountry gravel roads with less than one mile of paved surface.. Much of the course meanders through open range with stunning views of the vast expanse of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. 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). This is a great course for a first timer to take on the 50 mile or 50k distance, with a challenging but not technical course, and generous 15 hour cutoff (both races) to complete this race. It is also an excellent course for an experienced ultrarunner to PR on.
AID: 50 MILE- There will be 5 manned aid stations, along with several unmanned stations with water only. Crews will have access at 3 points on the course, and 3 of the aid stations can be used as drop bag locations (which gives you access 5 times)
Local time: 5:30 AM
50K.- There will be 3 manned aid stations, along with unmanned water only stations. You will have access to your drop bag at the halfway point /turnaround. Crews will have access to you at the turnaround aid station.
SHIRTS/AWARDS: All finishers will be receive a tri blend shirt (these tend to run small, so consider ordering a size up) and a finisher's award. .
FREE RACE DAY PICTURES: Photos will be available for free download by runners shortly after the event.
WEATHER: Average lows are in the 50's and average highs are in the 60's and 70's this time of year, but this is Kansas in the spring, so be prepared for anything!
CUTOFF: 6am start time. 15 hour cutoff. Runners must reach the 25 mile turnaround in 7 hours. There will be intermediate cutoffs on the return 25 mile leg TBA..
PACKET PICKUP/CHECK IN: Packet pickup will be available at the Cassoday Community Center on Friday night 4/26 from 5-7 p.m. Race day packet pickup will be available from 5-5:30 am on Saturday 4/27, with a race briefing at 5:45 and 6am sharp start time.
DROP BAGS: **subject to change** Drop bag service is available at all 3 manned aid stations. These are at appx 8.5, 16.5 and 25 miles on the course. (Battle Creek, Lapland, and Teterville Aid Stations). All drop bags must be clearly marked with runners name, and bib # and dropped at the start/finish staging area by 5:30 am on race day.
CREW ACCESS: Crew access is available at Lapland and Teterville Aid Stations. There is *NO* crew access at Battle Creek aid station.
***NO DEFFERALS AFTER APRIL 2nd***
***NO PACERS ALLOWED***