Weather and Updated Information
Weather and Final Race Information for April 15 Free State Trail Race
Frequently Asked Questions
Link to FAQ
Packet Pickup is on the day of race at the race location. Please show up an hour prior to your event.
Race Start Times:
40M & 100K: 8 AM
Half & Marathon: 9 AM
If you are camping out at Branded B Ranch the night prior to the event, we may have the bib numbers by then, so check with us and you may be able to get your packet on Friday night.
Online Registration is Now Open!
The venue for this race has changed to the Lake Perry MTB Trails, between Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas.
Post-race meal, Mile 90 Photography photos, CRAFT KEG BEER, and beverages included. Post-race showers will be available at the finish area. Nicely-designed gender-specific event shirts...(if registered by April 5), a logo'd glass mug, & unique finisher's hardware:
The marathon, half, and 40-mile finishers get custom medals, and the 100-Km finishers get a custom-made pewter belt buckle. And starting this year: every 40-Mile and 100K finisher will receive a Ouray custom trucker hat with your finisher distance on it!
Awards for 1st through 3rd place M/F in all distances. M/F course record awards for 40M and 100K (and since this is the first time at this new venue, if you win, you will get one of these babies)!
There are many lodging and dining opportunities within 20 miles from the race. Camping and showers are available at the race location for $20 night, payable to Rod Brown, owner of Branded B. The camping area is a nicely-mowed grassy area, next to the start/finish area. You can email Rod Brown questions about camping, here.
100-Kilometer (3-loop) course.
40-Mile (2-loop) course.
26.2-Mile (2-loop) course.
13.1-Mile (1-loop) course.
On the beautiful Perry Lake MTB trails, near Lawrence & Topeka, Kansas.
Start / Finish at Branded B Ranch, Meriden, Kansas. (West side of Lake Perry). Map to Location
THERE IS NO STATE PARK FEE, SINCE THIS LOCATION IS ON PRIVATE LAND.
The address to load into your GPS to get there is:
7481 74th St, Meriden, KS 66512
When you get near, just follow the big yellow “Trail Race” signs to parking at the start of the event.
8:00 a.m. for the 100K & 40-Miler.
9:00 a.m. for the Marathon and Half-Marathon.
Chip timing will be used for all event distances.
2017 Course Maps
2017 Free State Trail Run 20-Mile Loop Map (for 40-Mile, 100K)
2017 Free State Trail Run HALF-MARATHON Loop map
The course is run completely on 100% single-track trails in a hardwood forest, with not much elevation gain or loss. There are occasional views of Lake Perry, during the race.
The Half is one 13.1-mile loop. The marathon is two 13.1-mile loops. The 40-mile course consists of two 20+ mile loops. The 100-Km course is three 20+ mile loops.
Packet Pickup location will be announced prior to the race. There is always a packet pickup on the day of the race at the race location, as well as late registration.
Staffed aid stations will be stocked with gels, HEED sports-drink and real food.
There are also un-staffed water-only aid stations (without cups) for each distance. Entrants in ALL DISTANCES must carry a hydration device or water bottle, since there are no cups at the unstaffed water stations.
The aid station food is for the runners (and pacers), only. Thanks in advance!
Staffed Aid Station Provisions:
The staffed stations will have the following food and drink:
-Coke, Ginger Ale, Sprite, Mountain Dew
-Pringles Potato Chips, cookies, pretzels
-Fruit, such as bananas, oranges
-Electrolytes: Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes and S-Caps.
-Hammer Nutrition Gels
They may also have coffee, potato soup, chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, candy, soup and other assorted food for runners and pacers. If you have any special food preferences or allergies, please feel free to bring your own. Minor first aid kits will also be at the staffed aid stations.
2017 Free State Aid Station locations with cumulative miles, etc.
Drop bags are only allowed for the 40-Mile and 100-K races. At the morning check-in you will be given the opportunity to leave 2 drop bags, one for the start/finish area and one which will be transported to the Kimberley Road aid station out on the course (that you hit twice at mile 10 and mile 15 of each 21-mile loop). Write your name, and bib number onto each bag. These two locations will give you access to your bags at ten mile intervals, which should be about perfect. You should have a flashlight or headlamp stashed in both locations, for your personal safety when dusk falls.
Please keep these bags down to a reasonable size, and secure or pad any "breakable" items. No ice chests larger than 6-pack size. Absolutely no styrofoam coolers. Rule of thumb: A large drop bag should be no larger than a large shoe box, and weigh no more than 6 lbs. Any bags left at the race will be discarded, or the items contained within will be given to charity.
(Human) Pacers are allowed solely as a safety consideration for runners in the 40-mile and 100K distance races in this event, and ONLY for the LAST 10 or 20-miles of the 40-mile or 100K distances for the runner that they are pacing. Only one pacer is allowed per runner, and only for the last 20 or 10-miles of the two race distances previously mentioned. No "muling" is allowed. Please refer to more detailed rules here.
Pacers need to sign up the day of the race and receive a PACER bib.
CANINE PACERS need be entered the day of the race for a $10 entry fee.
Marathon & Half:
Local time: 5:52 AM
Not to worry! You’ll have 16-hours to complete your run!
100K Cut-off Times: There will be a 6:15 p.m. cut-off for 100K runners leaving the Main Aid Station for their final 21-mile loop. The 6:15 cut-off may seem severe, but that's a 14:38 minute/mile pace, to make that cut-off. History tells us that some folks will need every bit of the next 6-hours, 45-minutes to finish the last loop. To attain the goal of making the initial cut-off, I tell people to not dilly-dally in the aid stations...that's where you will lose a LOT OF TIME. If you make the 6:15 cut-off, you could literally HIKE the last loop at a 19:17 minute/mile pace! (This may not be as easy as it seems on trashed feet and AFTER DARK, though).
40-Miler Cut-off Times: There will be a 4:15 p.m. cut-off for 40-Mile runners leaving the Main Aid Station for their 2nd (and last) 21-mile loop.
Make sure that you have adequate lighting for the trail, after
dark! If you don't have lighting, you will be pulled from the race. Here is what we mean by adequate
lighting. Cut-off Times are in the interest of your safety,
and will be strictly enforced!