Saturday, Mar 23, 2013

Prairie Spirit Trail

220 West 17th Street

Ottawa, KS 50 Miler, 100 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. Mar 23, 2013


Unique buckles to all finishers of each event!
Complimentary race photos
Fully stocked aid stations
Post race meals for all participants

Course Description

The Prairie Spirit Trail is a beautiful "rails-to-trails" course that runs through numerous quaint little towns. Runners will do an out-and-back, beginning in Ottawa, KS, and traveling south to Iola (100 milers), Welda (100Kers), Garnett (50 milers) or Richmond (50K), then, back north to the finish. The course is primarily on a crushed limestone trail, with asphalt paths as you travel through each town. Manned and unmanned aid stations will be located approximately every 5 miles (with no greater distance than approximately 6 miles), and the course will be easily accessible to crew. It's a great event for first-timers, as it's a flat and relatively easy course. It's also the perfect course for experienced runners wanting to set a PR. The atmosphere will be family friendly, with plenty of places for your crew to hang out and relax while cheering you on. Pacers will be allowed for the second half of all events.

Aid Stations: Manned aid stations are fully stocked with water, electrolyte drink & snack-type foods, including soup & sandwiches, and unmanned aid stations with water only. The approximate distance between aid stations is 5 miles, with no distance greater than a little over 9 miles between manned aid stations; all manned aid stations will have drop bag access..

The following link will open up a Google Map, showing the locations of the Start/Finish (Celebration Hall) and all six manned aid stations/crew access & drop bag points located in Princeton, Richmond (50K t/a), Garnett (50 mile t/a), Welda (100K t/a), Colony & Iola (100-mile t/a). Unmanned (water-only) aid stations are also shown on the map.

Course Map(s) 

The courses are all USATF certified and record eligible.

100 mile - // USATF: KS16018KH
100k - // USATF: KS16005TJD
50 mile - // USATF: KS16017KH
50k - // USATF: KS16016KH

Check-In/Staging Area

Race headquarters is at Celebration Hall, located at 1737 South Elm. Ottawa, KS 66067. Packet pick-up and drop-bag (drop-off) will be held from 5-8 PM on Friday evening.

Late packet pick-up Saturday morning starting at 4:30am.

Map to Celebration Hall (staging area) can be found by clicking the link below:

Prairie Spirit Trail Ultras Staging Location


All runners who complete their respective race distances within the designated time limit will be awarded distance-specific, custom-designed belt buckles or medal.
In addition, the first overall male and female in each race will receive an overall award.


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).

For those who'd prefer to camp or sleep in their vehicle, the grass lot across from Celebration Hall is open for primitive camping / parking.

Map and Course Profile

Please click the link below to open a PDF map of the course from the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks that also contains a course profile. Please note that our staging area (start/finish line) is not the Ottawa Depot as listed on this map, but is Celebration Hall a couple miles away, so mileage on this map will not correspond exactly with actual race course.

Prairie Spirit Trail Map & Course Profile


Mile 90 Photography will be taking photos that will be available after the race.

Event's current local time: 6:03 AM CT


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