We've Got Adventure!
With unpredictable and often wildly varying weather conditions from one hour to the next, minimal aid, and a course that will take you from one of the country's beautiful great lakes to the foothills of the Ohio River and back, the Olde 96er will be unlike any ultra you've attempted. The 200 mile event is not for the beginner, and the 100 proved to be a serious challenge to all who toed the start at the inaugural event in 2018. You'll need to be prepared for many miles of self-supported adventure, and weather conditions that might include snow, freezing rain, blazing heat and humidity, wind, hail, and everything in between. Runners will cover all but one mile of the 96.6 miles of Ohio state route 45 plus 3.5 miles on Ohio 531, plus a short run through Walnut Beach in Ashtabula. The 200 mile event will have a 96 hour time limit, while the 100 will retain its 36 hour limit. Aid will be sparse, as runners will need to be mostly self-sufficient, utilizing the shops and diners along the route in addition to unmanned stops every 20 miles.
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Note: Those who wish to run the 200 will need to have previously completed a road event of a similar nature (Vol State, Tarheel Ultra, etc) or the 100 at the 2018 event.
New for 2019
The inaugural Olde 96er Ultra was a 102 mile point-to-point run from Wellsville to Walnut Beach in Ashtabula, OH. The 2019 event will include both the original point-to-point distance as well as an out-and-back 200 mile event from Ashtabula. Finishers of the 100 will receive a buckle as well as a unique hand-made finisher award. Finishers of the 200 will receive a slightly larger buckle, finisher jacket, and a unique hand-made award.
Local time: 2:44 PM
While runners are still expected to be largely self-supported, unlike the 2018 event during which there was only ONE aid station at roughly the halfway point, in 2019 there will be aid stops approximately every 15-20 miles OVERNIGHT when stores, diners, and shops are closed. This is rural Ohio, and most businesses are not open 24 hours. During the day, runners may be offered fluids by a mobile aid station, but will otherwise need to anticipate being responsible for their needs.