See all Thunderbunny Trail Race information on our website: www.thunderbunny50k.com
Back for a 5th edition! - Athens County’s first ever ultramarathon! The Thunderbunny 50K comes to Strouds Run State Park and will show off some of the best trails in the region and give participants a great experience, whether you are a first timer or a trail veteran. The course starts and ends on the famous 3 mile Thunderbunny Trail, and in between runners will complete a loop around Dow Lake and run up and over a ridge to overlook the city of Athens! With the course boasting 95% singletrack trail, this will quickly turn into a favorite for pure trail runners. While showcasing some of the great Appalachian Foothills that Athens is known for, this is also a very runnable course so it is a perfect option for your first ultramarathon or first trail race! Along with the 50K, there will be two shorter course options of 25K and 12K to choose from.
New for 2022!
Starting in 2022, the 12K race distance will be held on Friday evening instead of Saturday morning.
Participants now have the option to run the 12K on Friday and either the 25K or 50K on Saturday morning and receive a special "Thunder" or "Bunny" combo award!
"Thunder" Combo (50K+12K)
"Bunny" Combo (25K+12K)
Runners that complete the above combos will receive a special finishers award!
When checking out, add on the 12K for just $10 and you'll be entered in both events.
CRA Trail National Championship
SEOTR and Thunderbunny is excited to partner with the Collegiate Running Association (CRA) to bring the Collegiate Trail Running National Championship to the Thunderbunny 12K Race! Now college students, regardless of experience, ability, or age, will have the opportunity to join other college students to compete in a trail running championship, and they'll be able to do it right here in beautiful Athens, Ohio and Strouds Run State Park, home to Ohio University!
Whether you're a college student competing on a division 1 varsity team, or a recreational college runner, you will be able to compete for Prize Money at the Thunderbunny 12K. Come join the Thunderbunny family, and register for the Collegiate Trail Running Championship today!
All details on the championship portion of the Thunderbunny events are listed below. Please use the quick links below to see all official information on the Collegiate Running Association website.
How it works?
When registering for the Thunderbunny 12K, you'll be asked if you've been enrolled in a college course since January 1st. If you select "YES" to that question, your information will be sent to the Collegiate Running Association and you'll be included in the Collegiate Trail National Championship.
You'll toe the line for the Thunderbunny 12K, along with "general public" runners in the 12K, and then results for the college students will be separated to show the Trail Championship results. The top 5 college runners will be presented an award, as well as prize money being distributed by the CRA to the top 3 men and women college runners. College students will not be eligible for the "general public" category awards/.
The Collegiate Running Association will provide $3,000 of prize money distributed evenly to the top men and women. Non college students are not eligible for this prize money.
1st college male and female: $750
2nd college male & female: $500
3rd college male & female: $250
SEOTR will present category awards to the Top 5 college men & women. These are separate from the "general public" category awards.
Capacity and Waitlist
Once the 12K registration reaches 300 participants and the 25K and 50K reach 300 total participants regular registration will be closed, but you'll still be able to register for the waitlist until the registration close date.
As runners withdraw from the race leading up to the event, the next person on the waitlist will be notified and will have the opportunity to move onto the entry list.
The next person invited into the race from the waitlist will coincide with what race the person withdrawing was in. (ex. someone from 50K withdraws, someone on the waitlist for the 50K is invited in).
You do not get charged to be on the waitlist, and your credit card will only be charged the entry fee once you accept your invite from the waitlist. You'll be notified via email once this happens, and you'll have the option to accept or decline your entry. We will accept people off the waitlist until the registration close date on the Monday before the race.
Rules and Policies
Local time: 3:18 PM
To participate in the Thunderbunny Trail Races you are required to complete and sign all waivers. If under the age of 18 yrs old, a parent or guardian must sign waiver form.
Like most events of this nature and because items for the event are purchased months in advance of the race, the Thunderbunny Trail Races cannot provide full refunds close to the race date, but we follow a refund schedule that will help give a little back to those who need to withdraw from the race. Our "Refund Window" is as follows:
45 or more days before the race = 100% refund
20-44 days before the race = 50% refund
To request a refund:
You must log into your UltraSignup account, then go into your "Registration History". Once you find the race you want to withdraw from click "edit" and then "cancel registration." At this point you'll be prompted to request your refund. The refund will be automatically applied back to your card. Please note that in some cases a bank will not accept a refund back onto a credit card, and in that case the race director will be notified and will send your refund via a check through the mail, once the race is complete.
If you don't have an UltraSignup account, please email the race director and the process will be completed manually.
Once the above "Refund Window" has closed runners may "Roll Over" 50% of their entry price to the next year's event until 7 days before the event. Inside 7 days before the event we will not process any refunds or accept any deferments.
To request a deferment:
To defer your entry into next years event once the "refund window" has ended you must email the race director.
Once your entry has been "rolled over" to next year's event you will be removed to the current year's race, then receive an invite into the next year's event via email once that registration has opened.
Your rollover credit is only valid for one year and cannot be applied to other events, or for races over a year in advance.
SEOTR does not allow transfer of bibs at any of our races and strictly prohibits runners selling their bibs to other runners, wearing someone else's bib, or recreating a look-a-like. This is considered"Banditing" and it will get you banned to all future SEOTR events.
Participants may transfer distances until 4 day prior to the event. If you made an account on UltraSignup while registering you can do this yourself; otherwise, notify the race director.
The Thunderbunny Trail Run will take place rain or shine unless conditions become unsafe. The Race Director will have the authority to make changes in order to best meet the group’s interests and the safety of participants, volunteers and spectators in case of extreme weather. The Race Director will determine if and when the event shall be postponed, resumed, or canceled. Refunds will not be given if the race has to be cancelled, but free entry upon next scheduled date will be given.