Hindsight was born out of dark times known as the Pandemic of 2020. As runners were training and hoping that their race was still going to happen, races continued to be cancelled. Not wanting to ‘waste’ that training, we put together a ‘Fatass’ style event to put our training to good use and named it Hindsight (because hindsight is always 2020 and all we wanted to do was to participate in an event and put the rest of it behind us).
The following year, it was back due to popular demand and in 2022, we made it a formal event. While we have sign-up and formal finish times/results, we will do our best to maintain the grassroots feel to the event.
This is a great event for any runners looking to complete their first Ultra distance, complete the next distance on their list, or want to train for the next ‘A’ race.
The start line is located at the Meadows Park Dog Park in Dixon IL.
It is a 7.85ish mile loop.
4 loops will get you a 50k, 8 loops a 100k, and 13 loops get you 103 (3 extra credit) miles.
The course is a blend of everything except water crossings and mountains. Roughly 50% singletrack, 30% grassy meadows path, and 20% gravel path.
Total elevation for the 100 mile is roughly 6200’ which calculates to just under 60’/mile.
While the course is maintained, expect there to be tree roots, small tree stumps, some rocks, ankle rollers, and anything else you would expect to be on a singletrack course.
Aid Stations, Crew, and Pacing
There are 2 aid stations; Start/Finish (S/F) and a water station that is at mile 3.7ish. At S/F, there will be water and a few snacks plus anything that volunteers and runners might bring to share. Pizza is usually ordered for Saturday evening from a local pizza joint. At the 3.7ish mile water station, we only provide water.
You will want to bring any food/hydration with you other than water.
We allow crew at S/F and at the aid station. The aid station is only a ¼ mile walk from S/F.
Pacers are allowed after the first lap for all distances and can join/leave the runner at the S/F and aid station.
Personal canopies are allowed, spots are first come first serve. No campers. Set-up begins and 5am Saturday and packet pick-up begins at 5:30am Saturday.
Awards and Buckles
We hand out medals to all 50k and 100k finishers. 100 mile finishers will receive a buckle.
Due to the effort to maintain the grassroots feel, we do not hand out position awards. The only thing you get for finishing first are bragging rights.
Start Times and Cut-Offs
100 mile and 100k events will start Saturday September 23rd at 6:30am. The 50k event will start on Saturday September 23rr at 1pm.
All runners must be finished by 2:30pm on Sunday September 24th. This gives the 100 mile and 100k runners 32 hours to finish their distance and the 50k runners have a 25:30 window of time to finish.
NOTE: While the events start at a particular time, the runner does not have to start at the event start time. For example, if you are signed up for the 50k but can’t make it to the event until Sunday, you can start on Sunday morning. You only need to be finished by 2:30pm on Sunday.
50k runners can not start early.
Hindsight 100 takes place on Dixon Park District property. Please respect the park property and its visitors. The park is open during our event and we need to be kind and courteous to other park visitors. You must follow Park District Rules. RUNNERS: You are responsible for you and your crew while on Park Property. Anyone caught disrespecting Park property and or event staff will be removed and the runner will be DQ’d and will receive a DNF. While this is a ‘grassroots’ event, we do not want to jeopardize our ability to host this event in the future.
Embrace the challenge and enjoy your run!
Event's current local time: 5:17 AM CT