About our event
Are you looking for a spring challenge? Trying to conquer a new distance? The inaugural High Lea 6/12/24 hour race is waiting for you! The course is 2.95 miles with 237' of gain. It works out to be about 9 loops for a marathon with 2,133' of gain, 17 loops for a 50 miler with 4,029' of gain, and 34 loops for 100 miles with 8,033' of gain. Temperatures in late May in Richfield average between 58 and 78 degrees- great running weather! Most of the course is shaded and runs on 90% camp roads and 10% trail. The camp roads are not paved- they are gravel roads. Walkers & hikers are welcome at this event!
A portion of the proceeds will go to capital improvements at the Richfield Heritage Preserve.
Covid 19 protocols
Due to Covid 19 still being a threat to our health and safety, we will have a staggered start at High Lea 6/12/24 hour race. Don't worry, you will have all of 24 hours to finish you race, it's just going to look a little different. We will start in smaller waves a few minutes apart to accomplish this. There will be plenty of space for passing on the camp roads, but be kind to your friends and other park visitors by not passing when you are on the single track portions of the course. We are working closely with the health department and Richfield Heritage Preserve to make sure this is a safe and fun event for all! More updates to come.
UPDATE: We are moving the aid station and start/finish line up the road a bit to the Summer Barn. The summer barn has electricity and with the food safety protocols from the health department this was necessary so that we can serve and prepare hot foods, sandwiches, and have fresh fruit at the race. We will give priority to the 24 hour participants to park by the summer barn (because they're running longer than the rest of you), followed by the 12 hour participants. The remainder of the participants will have about a .5 mile walk to the start area.
Update: please wear a mask to the start line and when social distancing is not possible. We will be starting in one wave distanced 6' apart at the start line.
Belt buckles for 100 mile and 100k finishers
Medals for finishing a marathon/50k/50 mile
Finisher medals for 6 hour
Long sleeve T-shirts for all
Deadline to register and receive your preferred shirt size is 4/30/2021.
Thursday May 20 at Vertical Runner Brecksville from 3:30-6:00 pm. 8929 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville OH 44141
Race day from 5:15-6:30am at the Summer Barn (Start finish line). In Google maps, navigate to 3177 Oviatt Rd., Richfield OH 44286. This is the corner of Route 303 and Oviatt Rd. You must turn right on Oviatt and go approximately 1/4 mile and the entrance is on your right.
For 12 hour night run, you may also pick up your bib until 6:45 pm at the summer barn
Spectators may park at the main entrance at 4374 Broadview Rd Richfield OH 44286. There is a kiosk with a map right at the parking lot in front of Gund Hall. Spectators can follow the pink flags to the start finish area or turn right at the large grass cut if they want a shorter .55 mile walk. Right on grass cut, down hill then back up and left where you see the pink flags again (you will be going the opposite way on the course here so please yield to runners). The park is open to visitors, so spectating is allowed anywhere on the course except at the High Lea shelter because there is a group there.
Aid station and camping
Our aid station will be at the High Lea Shelter pictured above. There are picnic tables and a fire pit in the open air shelter. There is camping available at High Lea and we are working on a plan to transport tents back to the site. More info to come.
We will have all the usual aid station food & drink, all in grab & go containers. Chips, pretzels, candy, PB&J, gels, soda, heed, and water. We will have ramen or broth overnight as well as coffee. UPDATE: aid station is moving to the summer barn. The camping area and parking for the 24 hour participants & campers will also be at the summer barn. See Covid 19 protocols above.
Restrooms can be found throughout the park along the camp roads. The restrooms do not have running water- they are from the old girl scout camp.
$70 until March 31
$80 April 1- May 18
$80 until March 31
$95 April 1-May 18
$150 until March 31
$175 until April 1-May 18
Race will be timed by Mid Ohio Race Management using a chip timing system. There will be a lap-o-meter at the start/finish line as well as a leader board. At the conclusion of the race, participants may choose to stop at the start/finish line or at the mid point of the course. Live tracking will be available at this event.
12 hour overnight option
We have added a 12 hour that starts at 7:00 pm. You will be asked to choose day or night during the registration process.
Local time: 6:49 AM