Prairie Spirit Trail Ultra Races
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Unique, date & event specific buckles to all finishers of each event!
Men's & Women's sized tri-blend tech shirts.
Event specific race bibs
Complimentary race photos
Fully stocked aid stations
START & TIME LIMIT:
100 Mile 6 AM start; 30-hour time limit. 50 Mile 7 AM start; 29-hour time limit. 50K 8 AM start; 28-hour time limit. Turnaround (halfway point) cutoffs of 14 hours for the 100 Mile entrants, 13 hours for the 50 Mile entrants and 12 hours for the 50K entrants. along with aid station cutoffs on the inbound leg of both races. The finish cutoffs are a STRICT cutoff, meaning if you are one second over, you will not be listed as an official finisher or receive the finisher belt buckle.
The Prairie Spirit Trail is a beautiful "rails-to-trails" course that runs through numerous quaint little towns. Runners will do an out-and-back, beginning in Ottawa, KS and traveling south to Iola (100 milers), Garnett (50 milers) or Richmond (50K), then, back north to the finish. The 100K will start on the trail in Ottawa and will head south to the turnaround in Welda and back north to the finish in Ottawa. The course is primarily on a crushed limestone trail, with asphalt paths as you travel through each town. Manned and unmanned aid stations will be approximately every 5 miles (with no greater distance than approximately 6 miles) and the course is easily accessible to crew. It's a great event for first timers, as it's a flat and relatively easy course. It's also the perfect course for experienced runners wanting to set a PR. The atmosphere will be family friendly with plenty of places for your crew to hang out and relax while cheering you on. Pacers will be allowed for the second half of all events.
Aid Stations: Manned aid stations are fully-stocked with water, electrolyte drink & snack-type foods, including soup & sandwiches, unmanned aid stations with water only. Approximate distance between aid stations is 5 miles with no distance greater than a little over 9 miles between manned aid stations, all manned aid stations will have drop bag access..
The following link will open up a Google Map, showing the locations of the Start/Finish (Celebration Hall) and all six manned aid stations/crew access & drop bag points located in Princeton, Richmond (50K t/a), Garnett (50 mile t/a), Welda (100K t/a), Colony & Iola (100 mile t/a). Unmanned (water only) aid stations are also show on map.
The courses are all USATF certified and record eligible.
100 mile - mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2287854271 // USATF: KS16018KH
100k - mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2287196812 // USATF: KS16005TJD
50 mile - mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2287889074 // USATF: KS16017KH
50k - mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2287920100 // USATF: KS16016KH
CHECK-IN (Staging Area):
Race headquarters is at Celebration Hall, located at 220 W. 17th Street in Ottawa, KS. Packet pick-up and drop-bag (drop-off) will be held from 4-8 PM on Friday evening March 27th.
Our pre-race meal will be served from 5:00-6:30 PM on Friday evening and is included with your registration!
Late packet pick-up Saturday morning, March 28th from 4:30-7:30 AM before each race start.
Map to Celebration Hall (staging area) can be found by clicking the link below:
Prairie Spirit Trail Ultras Staging Location
Personalized, date specific, first overall male & female awards in all events AND customized, date specific, belt buckles guaranteed to all finishers who finish under the cutoff time.
There are several different hotels to choose from in Ottawa, KS, with none of them being any further than 10-15 minutes maximum from Celebration Hall (staging location).
The Ottawa Comfort Inn is offering special rates for runners. These rates can be obtained by making reservations over the phone (785-242-9898) and using code: “ULTRA RATE”.
The Comfort Inn owner and staff really take care of our ultrarunners each season! They get their breakfast started early on race morning and are very responsive to any requests.
Looking for something local and unique?
Be sure to check out The Painted Lady Bed & Breakfast for a relaxing stay nearby!
For those who'd prefer to camp or sleep in their vehicle, the grass lot across from Celebration Hall is open for primitive camping / parking.
MAP & COURSE PROFILE:
Please click the link below to open a PDF map of the course from the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks that also contains a course profile. Please note that our staging area (start/finish line) is not the Ottawa Depot as listed on this map, but is Celebration Hall a couple miles away, so mileage on this map will not correspond exactly with actual race course.
Prairie Spirit Trail Map & Course Profile
Mile 90 Photography will be taking photos that will be available for personal use after the race.