Once a national championship, the Burning River course remains point to point despite some course reroutes due to Cuyahoga Valley National Park restrictions. The race has a little bit of everything for surfaces, and traverses some of our most heralded trail systems in the region. There’s a 100 mile, a front 50, a back 50, 4-person relay and 8-person relay option.
Have you ever been to Tuscarawas County? Well, it’s hilly. Lodged in the foothills of the unglaciated region of the Appalachian Plateau, you’re going to climb and descend through 10,000 feet of single track trail, railroad beds and towpath trail in 25-mile loops. Good luck.
A 246 kilometer race from Athens to Sparta to replicate the path that Pheidippides traveled in 490 BC to seek help in the war between the Greeks and the Persians before the battle of Marathon. According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta the day after his departure from Athens. Accordingly, there’s an aggressive 36 hour cutoff. Connie raced it in 2015. Ask her about it sometime.
Trail Runner Magazine’s description: “Since 2012, Lazarus Lake, the infamous race director who relishes in the pain of others, has been quietly hosting runners for his last-man-standing race on his property in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. The format is simple: Runners must complete a 4.16667-mile loop every hour until only one hardy soul is left. Whatever time they bank before the next hour begins is theirs. So it’s not a race of speed but rather a war of attrition where all but the winner DNF.”
The 50 mile road national championships, Tussey is gravel road course through the hills outside of State College, PA.
The Canal Corridor 100 is one of our favorite races. It’s fast & flat, but also celebrates a hometown gem: the Ohio and Erie Canalway. The aid stations (all 5-7 miles apart) are all managed by dedicated ultrarunners who will both keep you fueled and keep you going. In its first two years, the course was an out & back in two different directions from the start due to Cuyahoga Valley National Park trail closures. A point-to-point course may be in the works this year depending on bridge construction in the National Park. Regardless, in the same way that Tunnel Hill 100 is seeing exceptional 100 mile trail times, Canal Corridor will give you 100 mile PR opportunities.
Running for 28 years, MO100 was the home of the first USATF Ultra Running Championships in 2005. The 100-miler is 4 loops of single track through Mohican Memorial State Forest. The course is challenging. Though she consistently races the 100, Connie has been heard saying that the 50-miler is the smart distance on this course. They also offer a marathon distance.
A trail 50k, 25k and fun run as part of the Running Forward Giving Back Series. This is a free race. From the website: “The Forgotten is an urban trail ultra race experience held in Forest Hill Park, which borders Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. The rich history of the area is often forgotten. Forest Hill Park was the former estate of John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest person in history, whose family donated the land for public use. The course is beautiful, with wonderful meadows, deep gorges, old pathways, majestic trees, rolling hills and waterways. Urban graffiti, abandoned buildings and other ruins are constant reminders of Cleveland's past and present.”
As the 24th annual event, this one is a classic. There are 100 mile, 100 kilometer, 50 kilometer and 38 mile distances. 100% of the course is on trail with 65 miles run on the Ice Age Trail. The total altitude gain for the 100 miler is 8,800 feet.
A track ultra that boasts an IAU Bronze Label for 50k and an IAU Silver Label for 12 Hour, 100 Miles, and 24 Hour Races. The Race Directors are a class act and mean it when they say that this event is “for runners, by runners.” A great place to set a PR and feel great support in your efforts whether you arrive with crew or not. And the track is USATF certified at 400 meters!
Sciacchetrail is a special race in Italy’s coastal Cinque Terre. The race seeks to cultivate tourism by people who are sensitive to the region’s unique environmental and sustainability needs and to revive the hard-working agricultural culture focused on growing and harvesting bosco, albarola and vermentino grapes to produce Sciacchetrà, a fine wine with a fruity floral aroma reminiscent of the essence of the Mediterranean.
Wicked Running LLC takes a run tour to the region for the 46 kilometer race.
A trail fest celebrating spring mud and trail agility. This is a loop style course featuring a 7.75 mile loop with approximately 1000ft. of climb per loop. The course is mostly made up of single track trails with some very technical treks and awesome views! There are creek crossings, steep hills, lots of downhill and mud.