An out and back course on backcountry gravel roads with less than one mile of paved surface for the 100-mile race. The 125-mile race starts Friday Oct 9, 2020 at 10:00 pm. Beginning on the original Heartland 100 course with a 30 mile loop out to Eureka, KS beginning at mile 15. The 100K is an out and back on a portion of the Heartland 100 course, to Texaco Hill aid station and back. The 50-mile is an out and back on a portion of the Heartland 100 course to Teterville rd aid station and back. The Cassoday marathon is a point to point course with a 1.2 mile loop in Cassoday, then out to Teterville rd aid station. Much of the course meanders through open range with stunning views of the vast expanse of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. The 100-mile course has rolling hills and 6,000 feet of climb. 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).
NEW for 2020 - 125 MILE AWARDS: All runners who complete the 125 mile under the time limit will receive the new 125 mile buckle and a 125 mile finishers jacket. There will be an overall award for first male and female finisher.
100 MILE AWARDS: All runners who complete the 100 mile under the time limit will receive a belt buckle and a finisher’s sweatshirt. Sweatshirts will have 100 mile finisher on the back or 100 mile finisher, sub 24 hour. There will be an overall award for first male and female finisher. There will be an award for the first Kansan to cross the finish line.
NEW for 2020 - 100K AWARDS: All runners who complete the 100K under the time limit will receive a 100K finisher award. There will be an overall award for first male and female finisher.
50 MILE AWARDS: All runners who complete the 50 mile under the time limit will receive a 50-mile finisher award. There will be an overall award for first male and female finisher.
NEW for 2020 - CASSODAY MARATHON AWARDS: All runners who complete the marathon under the time limit will receive a marathon finisher award. There will be an overall award for first male and female finisher.
AID: Twenty-two aid stations for the 100-mile. The 125 mile will have an additional roving/mobile aid station Friday night/Saturday morning. Fourteen aid stations for the 100K, twelve for the 50-mile, and six for the Marathon. Crew access is available at nine locations for the 100-mile run, thirteen for the 125 mile run, four for the 100K and 50-mile, two for the Marathon. Fourteen of the aid station can be used for drop bags in the 125 mile and 100 mile run, seven for the 100K, six for the 50-mile and two for the Marathon.
RACE PICTURES - Mile 90 photography will be on course and at the finish line providing the usual stunning race pictures we have come to expect!
HEARTLAND CHALLENGE: Complete the Heartland 50 mile race May 2, 2020 Or Heartland 50K race May 2, 2020. http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=68109 AND complete Heartland100 Spirit of the Prairie 100 mile ultra October 10, 2020. Earn the new Heartland Challenge buckle. 50K/100-mile buckle will be a bronze finish. 50-mile/100-mile buckle will be silver & gold finish.
HEARTLAND 50 MILE DOUBLE: Complete the spring 50-mile/50K and complete the fall 50-mile earn the new doubler award.
2020 KANSAS GRAND SLAM OF ULTRA RUNNING: One leg of the Kansas Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, or Kansas Super Slam of Ultrarunning. Finish - 4 of; Prairie Spirit Trail 100, Honey Badger 100 - required, Hawk Hundred - required, Heartland 100, and/or Rails to Trails Fall Extravaganza 100, or all 5 Kansas 100 mile races in the calendar year.
WEATHER: Normal high of close to 70 and a normal low in the upper 40’s. This is Kansas, be prepared for all extremes as the record highs have been around 90 and record lows in the upper 20’s.
CUTOFFS AND TIME LIMIT: Heartland 125 mile: 38 hour time limit. Heartland 100 mile and 100K: 30-hour time limit and a 14-hour cut-off for the 50-mile turnaround. 50-mile: 15-hour time limit and a 7- hour cut-off for the 25-mile turnaround. The Marathon cutoff is 8 hours, must reach Teterville rd aid station by 3:00 pm Saturday.
100-MILE - EARLY START OPTION - 4:00am Saturday October 10, 2020. You must get approval from the race director before the race in writing, (firstname.lastname@example.org), and check in with the race director before the early start, no later than 3:45 am October 10, 2020. Runners who start early are not eligible for overall awards. The first 2 unmanned aid stations may not be set up and the first manned aid station may not be set up, before you get to them so plan accordingly. The course will be marked but the markings will not have been checked for tampering until the supply truck passes you. So it is your responsibility to study the course maps up through the 2nd manned aid station, (lapland aid station), and make sure you can get there without the assistance of course markings and/or aid station volunteers. Runners utilizing the early start will be eligible for an official finish time and buckle. They must finish by noon Sunday October 11, 2020. All cutoff times apply equally to all runners regardless of start time.
CHECK IN: Check-in from 3:00PM to 8:00PM on Friday October 9, 2020 and 4:30AM to 5:45AM on Saturday October 10, 2020 in Cassoday.
PARKING: There is limited parking at the Cassoday community center. You may park along the street. Please be courteous and considerate, do not block driveways, do not park in people's yards. There is ample parking at the starting line, (old high school). Please use this area on race morning.
Schedule of Events
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020
Cassoday Community Building
Packet Pick-up 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Race Briefing (Canceled) 5:00 PM
Pre-Race Buffet (Canceled) 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Packet Pick-up and check-in for 125 MILE RACE thru 9:30 PM
START OF 125 MILE RACE 10:00 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020
Cassoday Community Building
Late Packet Pick-up. 4:30 AM - 5:45 AM
Racer Check-In (MANDATORY) 4:30 AM – 5:45 AM
Old High School, south edge of Cassoday
Early Start Option- 100 mile ONLY. 4:00 AM
Start of 100 mile, 100K, 50 mile Race 6:00 AM
Cassoday Community Building
Late Packet Pick-up continues for Marathon 6:15 AM - 6:45 AM
Start of Cassoday Marathon 7:00 AM
50-mile Cutoff 9:00PM
Teterville Rd Aid Station
Marathon Cutoff 3:00PM
MARATHON SHUTTLE - Shuttle for Marathon participants from Teterville rd aid station back to start in Cassoday, runs approximately 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. If you have a crew, you may make your way back to Cassoday at your convenience
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2020
Cassoday Community Building
Cutoff time for all 125 mile, 100-mile and 100K runners Noon
Awards Ceremony (Canceled) 1:00 PM
Race Rules For Runners
1. Numbers must be worn on the front and outside of what you are wearing. It is the runner’s responsibility
to make sure their number has been checked in at each aid station. Entries are non-transferable.
2. Absolutely no littering! This entire course is run on county roads and through private property and we do not
want to jeopardize our ability to utilize this land.
3. Runners are responsible for the actions of their crews.
4. You may not stash supplies along the course.
5. You may have as many pacers as you wish, but only one pacer at a time.
6. Any runner dropping out shall immediately notify the nearest aid station or race management at the
7. Runners accepting a ride for any reason are deemed out of the race and may not re-enter.
8. Cutoff times are nonnegotiable. Runners must depart the aid station by the listed cutoff time
9. All runners will abide by the directions of race management.
10. Please run facing oncoming traffic.
11. Do not chase the cattle. At various sections of the course you may encounter livestock on the road.
They will be curious, may gather around you, or even run toward you from a distance. REMAIN CALM,
they are gentle animals. The safest way to proceed is to walk through the herd when you encounter them
as they will move out of your way. Running and shouting will cause the animals to scatter quickly and
there is always the possibility you will be in each other’s path.
12. Violations of any rule will be grounds for disqualification. Race Management reserves the right to bar
any runner from competing in this and any future KUS races.
13. In the case of a tie, runners will be placed alphabetically.
14. Decisions of Race Management are final.
Rules for Support Crews
1. Runners are responsible for the actions of their crew and pacer.
2. Crews are not allowed on any section of the course during the race.
3. No Littering.
4. All animals must be leashed at all times.
5. If your runner drops from the race, double check they have followed the proper procedures.
6. Due to the normal dry condition of the grass in the fall and the fire dangers, we request that there be
“No Smoking” on the course.
Directions to Meet Runners:
Crew vehicles are not allowed on any portion of the Heartland 100 course during the race. All of the
recommended crew roads consist of paved or good gravel roads.
START/FINISH TO LAPLAND – Proceed north through Cassoday on 177. Make a right turn on Sunbarger and proceed east on the last blacktop road on the north edge of Cassoday for approximately 12 3/4 miles. Make a right turn on G50 Rd (at the transformer) and proceed south for 3.3 miles to the Lapland Aid Station.
LAPLAND TO TETERVILLE ROAD – Turnaround and proceed north 3.3 miles back to the Teterville Road
intersection. Make a right turn and proceed east 5 miles to the aid station. Please drive slowly as the last
1 1/2 miles of the road is on the course the runners will be using.
TETERVILLE ROAD TO RIDGE LINE – Turnaround and proceed approximately 17 3/4 miles back to
Cassoday. Make a right turn on 177 and proceed north 10 3/4 miles to the town of Matfield Green.
Make a right turn at the sign, BOCOOK St, and proceed 1/4 mile into town to the intersection by the old school. Take a
right at the sign ROGLER St, for the Ridge Line aid station and proceed 10 3/4 miles to the aid station.
RIDGE LINE TO MATFIELD GREEN – Turnaround and proceed back to the town of Matfield Green.
At the intersection by the old school, turn right at the sign BOCOOK St, for the Matfield Green aid station and proceed
3 miles to the aid station.
MATFIELD GREEN TO RIDGE LINE – Turnaround and proceed back to the town of Matfield Green.
At the intersection by the old school, turn left ROGLER St, and proceed 10 3/4 miles to the Ridge Line aid station.
RIDGE LINE TO TETERVILLE ROAD – Turnaround and proceed back to Matfield Green. Make a left
turn at the old school house BOCOOK St, and go 1/4 mile west to 177. Turn left on 177 and head south 10 3/4 miles
to Cassoday. Make a left turn on the blacktop road on the north edge of Cassoday SUNBARGER ST, and proceed east
17 3/4 miles to the Teterville Road aid station. Be careful on the last 1 1/2 miles as you will be on the road
with the runners and it will most likely be at night.
TETERVILLE ROAD TO LAPLAND – Turnaround and proceed west 5 miles. Turn left at the signs G50 Rd, and
proceed south 3.3 miles to the Lapland aid station.
LAPLAND TO FINISH – turnaround and proceed north 3.3 miles to the signs. Turn left and proceed
12 3/4 miles back to Cassoday. Turn left on 177 and proceed back to the Cassoday community building.
Parking will be limited around the community building. There will be additional parking in the downtown
area of Cassoday that is just west of the community building or at the elementary school that is north of
the community building.
Flat Tire Warning – Some of the sharp rocks on the roads on which you will be traveling can cause flat
tires. Historically the volunteers have averaged a couple of flat tires a year. It is best if your crew vehicle
has a good set of tires, a good spare and you know how to change them. The best way to avoid a flat is
to drive slowly. You will have plenty of time to get between aid stations to meet your runner and driving
slowly will improve your odds of avoiding a flat.
Unmanned (NE 135th) - 4.6 miles - 3.6 miles to next AS
Battle Creek - 8.2 miles - 4.4 miles to next AS - 8:20AM Cutoff - No Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Unmanned (Lapland Rd) - 12.6 miles - 4.2 miles to next AS
Lapland - 16.8 miles - 4.3 miles to next AS - 10:45AM Cutoff - Yes Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Unmanned (Thrall) - 21.1 miles - 3.9 miles to next AS
Teterville Road - 25 miles - 6.2 miles to next AS - 1:00PM Cutoff - Yes Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Texaco Hill - 31.2 miles - 5.3 miles to next AS - 2:45PM Cutoff - No Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Ridge Line - 36.5 miles - 6.0 miles to next AS - 4:15PM Cutoff - Yes Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Matfield Green - 42.5 miles - 5.0 miles to next AS - 6:00PM Cutoff - Yes Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Unmanned (Towers) - 47.5 - 2.4 miles to next AS
Lone Tree - 49.9 miles - 2.4 miles to next AS - 8:00PM Cutoff - No Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Unmanned (Towers) - 52.3 miles - 5.0 miles to next AS
Matfield Green - 57.3 miles - 6.0 miles to next AS - 10:25PM Cutoff - Yes Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Ridge Line - 63.3 miles - 5.3 miles to next AS - 12:20AM Cutoff - Yes Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Texaco Hill - 68.6 miles - 6.2 miles to next AS - 2:00AM Cutoff - No Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Teterville Road - 74.8 miles - 3.9 miles to next AS - 4:00AM Cutoff - Yes Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Unmanned (Thrall) - 78.7 - 4.3 miles to next AS
Lapland - 83.0 miles - 4.2 miles to next AS - 6:40 AM Cutoff - Yes Crew access - Yes Drop Bags
Unmanned (Lapland Rd) - 87.2 miles - 4.4 miles to next AS
Battle Creek - 91.6 miles - 3.6 miles to next AS - 9:20 AM Cutoff - No Crew Access - Yes Drop Bags
Unmanned (NE 135th) - 95.2 miles - 4.8 miles to Finish Line
Finish Line - Community Building - 100 miles - 12:00 Noon Cutoff - Yes Crew access - Yes Drop Bags
Pacers will be allowed for all runners from the Matfield Green aid station (42.5 miles for 100 milers/67.5 miles for 125 milers) to the finish. Each
runner may have as many pacers as they like, however only one pacer at a time can accompany the runner.
Pacers need to be a human without a bike, scooter, horse, dogsled or anything other than their leg power.
Pacers will be required to follow the same set of rules as the racer. Pacers must be over 18 years of age
or have the signed permission from a parent or legal guardian. Runners age 60 and older may have a pacer
for the entire 100-mile distance. Each pacer must clearly identify themselves when passing through the aid
Kansas Weather Risks
We have chosen to hold the race in October to minimize the impact of the Kansas weather. In August the
temperatures could be over 100 degrees, with 30 mile per hour winds, which would make this a very tough
100-mile race. We could also have held the race in the springtime when the prairie is the greenest. However,
the likely hood of thunderstorms is greater which would have made this a more dangerous race. While
October is normally a very mild month, this is Kansas so come prepared for all possible conditions. The
following are the historical weather statistics.
Normal High – 70
Normal Low – 44
Record high of 89
Record low of 30
Sunrise – 7:35 AM
Sunset – 6:54 PM
Severe storms do not normally occur in the fall; however they are possible at any time in Kansas. Tornadoes
and blizzards have both occurred in the month of October. There are very few locations on the Heartland 100
course where there is shelter from the elements. Whatever the conditions, you will feel them. Be prepared
for them. While tornadoes get a lot of publicity, lightning is the greatest danger. Lightning often strikes the
highest object and on the course, you will often be the highest object. In the unlikely event of a severe
thunderstorm the best course of action is to take whatever shelter is available at the lowest location.
Each runner is responsible or their own actions. It is crucial that you are physically and mentally prepared
for the stresses of the race. We will utilize the local EMS services in case of a medical emergency.
While the course is on roads, the remoteness of the area and the distance between towns will result in a
substantial amount of time before they arrive to provide assistance.
It is important for the runner to recognize the potential physical and mental stresses that may evolve from
participation in this race. These include, but are not limited to, extreme temperatures of heat and cold,
hypothermia, dehydration, heat stroke, renal failures, seizures, hypoglycemia, disorientation and total mental
and physical exhaustion. Each participant must continuously monitor his/herself and understand their limitations.
Remember that you are responsible for your own well being during this race.
All manned aid stations will also serve as supply drop bag locations for runners. Drop bags must be no less in strength than double thick plastic bags and securely tied. Please keep all drop bags at a reasonable size, (approx. shoe box size). Each bag must contain the runner’s name, race number and aid station. Placing wide white tape on the bag and then writing on the tape with a black felt tip marker is preferable. If you place any liquids in your bags, make sure they are in leak proof containers. Drop bags can be left at the Community Building on Friday and can also be brought to the starting line on Saturday morning, as long as they arrive before 5:30 AM. All drop bags will be available for runners to pick up at the awards ceremony at 1:00 PM on Sunday. It is each runner’s responsibility to pick up their drop bags on Sunday. Any drop bags remaining will be donated or disposed of.
Limited camping space is available at the Cassoday City Park. Facilities are limited to drinking water and
outdoor toilets. They are free of charge for the runners. Additional camping facilities are available at
El Dorado State Park, which is approximately 20 miles south of Cassoday for a small fee. A KOA campground
is also located in Emporia. The following are a list of some lodging options:
Cassoday Motel and RV Hookup
302 E Main
Very limited number of rooms
El Dorado State Park
618 NE Bluestem Rd.
El Dorado Kansas 67042
W Highway 50
Motels – Emporia (34 miles north on I-35)
Motels – El Dorado (22 miles south on I-35)
Motels – Wichita (40 miles south on I-35)
Possibility of Race Cancellation - In the unlikely event the race is canceled, these are the protocols we will follow.
1) Our first responsibility is for the safety of all involved. Runners and their crews, race staff, volunteers, aid station workers and radio communication personel and spectators.
2) Though cancellation of the race is highly unlikely, there is the possibility. This would only occur if severe thunder storms are present with lightning also present at the start location and national weather service and local observation shows this is continuing for the duration of the event along the race course and vicinity.
3) A more likely situation would be to delay the start until the severe weather has passed. Then everyone as responsible adults, proceed at your own risk. As runners ourselves we know the work you put into getting ready for this day. If it were just us runners we would run regardless. But in a race setting there are others to consider besides ourselves. We hope you can appreciate this policy and not try and "wing it" if we do indeed make the decision to cancel the race.
4) To summarize, possibility of cancellation is near zero, and the decision to do so would only be possible at the start at the scheduled start time. For you folks traveling a fair distance to get to the race, I'm sorry we can't be more precise.
5) Due to Covid-19: The possibility we may be forced to cancel is NOT ZERO! Please be aware, we will do everything possible to have an enjoyable event for all.
No Refund, no transfer of your entry to another runner. We will carryover your registration for one year if notified before registration closes and bib numbers are assigned. After bib numbers are assigned and until prerace/packet pickup on Friday 50% credit on carryover. No refund or carryover if no show, or notified after Friday packet pickup. When notifying us that you need to defer your entry, we will confirm your request. Please make sure you get confirmation from us. If you don't receive timely confirmation, send us another message. Any late, misdirected, lost communication will result in your request for deferred entry to be denied.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are trekking poles allowed?
Local time: 5:19 PM
Yes, trekking poles are allowable equipment for our races.
Is there a course map?
Yes, there is a course map with elevation profile in the pictures section. There is also a map for crew directions to the crew accessible aid stations. Just click on the thumbnail picture to bring up a full size view.
Is there an athlete tracker?
We do not have "Live Tracking" of the runners. We track runners thru each manned aid station, and communicate via Hamm radio. So while we do know the approximate location of each runner, we do not have live reporting for spectators to follow.
Are dogs allowed on the course?
Sorry but dogs are not allowed on the Heartland course. Much of the land is open range with Cattle grazing loose, with the uncertainty of reactions between cattle and dogs we have to be cautious and prohibit dogs on the course. Your crew can have your dog, (leashed), but not out on the course.
Why 14 hr cutoff at 50 mile turn around. Why not 15 hr?
If you cannot reach 50 miles in 14 hours, it is unlikely you can make the return trip (2nd 50 miles) in 16 hours.
Can you drop down from 100 mile to 50 mile during the race?
Due to the out and back nature of this race, there is not a drop down option. If you start the 100 mile race and do not finish 100 miles before the cutoff time, (noon Sunday,) you are listed as DNF. You do not receive credit for a 50 mile finish, even if you run 50 miles or more.
Is it all gravel and road or is some of it trail?
The Heartland 100 course is 99% back country gravel/dirt roads. With 1% Paved Road in the town of Cassoday.
How do we get back to Cassoday from the Marathon finish at Teterville rd aid station?
MARATHON SHUTTLE - Shuttle for Marathon participants back to start in Cassoday, runs approximately 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. If you have a crew, you may make your way back to Cassoday at your convenience