Farmland Course and Info
The Farmland races start and finish at Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery near the towns of Inwood Iowa and Canton South Dakota. The course is a "loop" course with each loop being approximately 12.5 miles for the 100 and 50 milers. The 50K course will consist of a loop of approximately 15.5 miles.100= 8 loops of the 12.5 mile course and the 50= 4 loops of the12.5 mile course. The 50K will be 2 loops of the 15.5 mile course. All races will be run entirely on maintained gravel roads through rich farmland of Northwest Iowa. The route covers a beautiful area of America's Heartland and is in close proximity to the Big Sioux River. (50K-ers will cross the bridge over the river into neighboring South Dakota for a short "out-n-back") The course consists of small "rolling" hills left during the last great Ice Age when the glacial formations receded. There is less than 700 ft of elevation gain for each loop. Coupled with the fact that there are no water crossings that will get your feet wet and are no "technical" sections to traverse, this course lends itself to be fast for the experienced runner and very doable for the first timer.
Local time: 2:40 AM
There will be aid at the start/finish and also at the 6.25 mile mark (approximately)
Packet pickup at Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery, 2368 Able Blvd, Inwood IA 51240 Thursday 4:00pm-7:00pm and Friday from 5:00am to 11:00pm...100 mile runners are encouraged to get their packets on Thursday.
Pacers are allowed in the 100 mile event after 4 loops. Only one pacer allowed at a time. No pacers allowed in the 50 miler or 50K
Crews are asked to give aid to their runner only at the start/finish. This is primarily for safety reasons. Roads will not be closed for this event, so the fewer cars, the safer it will be for your runner.
Drop bags will be allowed at the start/finish. They will be kept inside Calico Skies or you may keep them in your vehicle.
Typical weather for November in Northwest Iowa can vary. Average temps are 44 for the high and 26 for the low. However, be prepared for any type of weather. I have seen 70 and sunshine as well as snow and sub zero temperatures.
Inwood Iowa and Canton South Dakota are within just a few miles of Calico Skies. Sioux Falls South Dakota is approximately 28 miles.
100 mile race starts at 6:00am Friday November 5th. 50 mile will start at midnight November 5th. 50K will start at 6:00am Saturday November 6th.
100 mile cutoff is 32 hours (must be through halfway point in 15.5 hours)
50 mile cutoff is 14 hours (must be through halfway point in 6.5 hours)
50K cutoff is 8 hours (must be through halfway point in 3.5 hours)
Buckles will be awarded to all 100 mile finishers
Medals to all 50 mile and 50K finishers
Shirts for all entrants plus other swag as yet to be determined
There will be awards for the top 3 overall in each distance