Friday, Nov 1, 2024

Hare Mountain 100

Haw Creek Falls Recreation Area

Hagarville, AR 50 Miler, 100 Miler

Registration closes: Tue, Oct 15 @ 11:59PM CT

About the race

100 mile Friday November 1st-7am-Haw Creek Falls
50 mile Saturday November 2nd-6am-Indian Creek TH
This run is very difficult.
The Ozark Highland's Trail is a national scenic trail marked with white blazes for the main trail and blue blazes for spurs. Sometimes trees with markers fall and sometimes the fog is so thick you cannot see your hands. Gaia is highly recommended.
No one finished the full, original course the inaugural running October 2023.

The Hare Mountain 100 is a point-to-point 100 mile run, that incorporates 2 scenic loops, along the Ozark Highlands Trail in the Northwestern part of Arkansas across the Boston Mountain segment. Hare Mountain is the highest point on the OHT at nearly 2400 feet. This segment covers 164 miles of rocky, steep and rugged forest with several creek crossings, incredible fall colors, waterfalls, bluffs and beautiful sandstone outcrops. I'm utilizing 100 miles of the most difficult sections of this segment. I grew up on this trail and it means a lot to me to bring such a rugged and beautiful experience to runners.

In 2023 I offered a 100k and 50 mile at the same time as the 100. The 100k will be at a different time of year now. The 50 mile will be the second, and more difficult, half of the 100 course. It will start at Indian Creek TH at 6am on Saturday. The cutoff is 16 hours. Hundred mile runners can drop at 50 (Indian Creek) for credit but not awards.

To run the 100, it is highly recommended that you have completed at least a 50 mile race on trail with at least 5000 feet of vertical gain. Measurements taken by GPS and topographic mapping have put elevation gain between 20,000-22,000 feet. Runners will have 38 hours to complete the 100 mile run.
Runners must sign a waiver when registering. There is also an option to donate $100 to the Ozark Highlands Trail Association.
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Part of the proceeds of the race will go to local animal shelters.

Runner Packet

Runners are encouraged to have a crew or someone who can drop them at the start or camp with them at the start and drive to finish.
This is a serious race.
The weather in Arkansas in late October could be 70 and sunny, raining and 38, snowing or
in the 40's and sunny. The temps will be cold to chilly at night with a decent possibility of
freezing temps.
-Bivy or emergency blanket (I prefer bivy)
-2 headlamps (carry one at all times and 2 after Aid 5.
-Rain jacket with hood and taped seams
-Long sleeve (preferably wool)
-Pants of any type (depends on weather if you must carry from the start or can pick up at
Aid 5.
-Beanie (also weather dependent on when you must carry)
-Water filtration/treatment (I carry a Katadyn BeFree or Life Straw depending on what I'm
doing or iodine tablets)
-Socks at every drop bag. Lots of creek crossings.
-Blister kit
-Anti chaffing cream or Vaseline. One of our sponsors, Squirrel's Nut Butter, has provided a
tub for every aid station.
-Tracking device
-Gels, energy chews, etc
You can pick up pacers at Indian Creek TH, Aid 6, mile 50. Pacers must sign a waiver and
get a bib at the aid station they are starting from. One pacer at a time. Pacers must be
picked up at aid stations only. No muling. No car rides. No aid outside of aid stations
Crew Access and Drop Bags
-Clarksville AR has hotels ~30 minutes away from start.
-Small campground at start, free, fcfs
-Dispersed camping in the national forest near the start and all along the course.
-Camping at Ozone CG aid 2
-House rentals in Oark
-Wolf Pen Recreation Area on hwy 215 just east of Indian Creek
-Byrd's Adventure Center near aids 6 and 7
-Redding Campground, fcfs, aid 7 (We'll have several spots for the race here).
-Dispersed camping all over Morgan Mt near Morgan Fields TH aid 8. Also just below Hare
Mountain climb.
-Black Mountain TH plenty of dispersed
-Turner Bend CG on hwy 23
-Shores Lake CG aid 11.
-White Rock Recreation Area has cabins and a campground (dispersed just below the
recreation area). We have sites reserved here.
The best place to gather post race if you feel like socializing is Redding Campground. If you
finish the 100 at White Rock, you have a campsite to chill at. Redding lists showers but I
need to make sure they are working before I say that for sure.
Lake Fort Smith State Park is a short distance away from the finish and they have showers,
a campground and cabins.
Alma has hotels about an hour from the finish.
Fort Smith has hotels about an hour and 15 minutes from the finish.


Who puts on this race?

This is a grassroots endurance run presented by Wilderness Endurance. Wilderness Endurance is owned by Stephanie Turner.
I have spent a lot of time on the Ozark Highland's Trail over the years. It's a special place to me. So I intend to keep this race "old school" never exceeding 150 runners. I want for this race to become a family of runners. I want for it to be about the trail, comradery, pushing yourself, and the environment. The vibe will always be laid back, inclusive and fun.
I think it's important for humans to have a fellowship of people to recreate with in the outdoors for better mental health. A safe place to challenge themselves without judgement. It's about you having a really good time in the woods and making new friends.

Proceeds from the race

Part of the proceeds from the race will be donated to help those who need assistance, pay for emergency veterinary hospital bills. As a dog lover, animal lover in general, and someone who has been grateful for after hours life saving animal care, this means a lot to me. If I can help even one family get to choose life for their pet, over euthanasia, that's beautiful. My goal is to one day expand this to a general fund for any veterinary clinic, to help those who cannot afford life saving veterinary care. This year I will ask for donation matches from individuals and businesses to get this project, For the Love of Paws, started.

Event's current local time: 6:12 PM CT


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