The thirteenth annual 2023 Pumpkin Holler 100 Mile, 100K, 50K, 25K, and 10 Mile races will take part in the beautiful J.T. Nickel Preserve. The largest privately protected conservation area in the Ozark, the Nickel Preserve is a 17,000-acre remote area northeast of Tahlequah, Ok, and runs alongside the scenic Illinois River. The preserve was formed in 2000 as the result of a land gift from the John Nickel Family. This 17,000-acre landscape rests in eastern Oklahoma's rolling Cookson Hills and has many spring-fed creeks amid a rugged topography of steep slopes and narrow valleys. The surrounding areas are characterized by steep canyons and narrow ridges, harboring a mosaic of oak-hickory forest, lofty pine woodland, and a diverse mix of savanna, shrub land, and prairie.
The course consists of gravel country roads with a few nice climbs. It is home to grassy prairies, oaks and pines, and an extensive system of tributaries feeding the Illinois River to the south. The tree covered trail will be bursting with yellows, and reds and browns as the trees are just beginning to turn colors and show off their magnificent fall foliage. We simply believe that we have found a little slice of heaven in our otherwise mad world.
The Pumpkin Holler Gravel Grinder, gravel ride/race, SUNDAY, October 22
The gravel race is SUNDAY, October 22nd even though your confirmation will show it's on Saturday!
The gravel grinder will be held alongside the already established Pumpkin Holler 100 mile running race and will share the road with the 100 mile runners as they are finishing up their event.
You will do one loop for the 30 or two loops for the 60 with a 10 mile out and back in the middle of your first loop for the 70 milers.
Finishers awards to anyone who makes the 2:00PM cut-off and crosses the finish line.
Awards ceremony at 2:30pm. Top 3 in each distance in each of the categories.
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Local time: 11:19 AM