- YouTube of Course
- EVENT SCHEDULE
- TRAINING PROGRAMS
- EVENT CONTACTS
- Road Runners Club of America
- MIDWEST GRAND SLAM OF ULTRARUNNING
We are very pleased to announce that the only 100 mile trail race in the state of Indiana will be held at Chain O' Lakes State Park in Albion, Indiana on April 25-26, 2015.
Please note that there will also be a 50 mile race option on the same course with the 100 mile race. There will be a 30 hour time limit for the 100 milers and a 15 hour time limit for the 50 milers.
The Indiana Trail 100 is a non-profit event managed by ultra-runners with the net proceeds going back to the park. We are convinced that once you run on our scenic course you will keep coming back. We will help you achieve your goal, whether it's your first 50 or 100 miler or setting your personal record time.
Pre-Race Instructions April Announcements
The Indiana Trail 100 is pleased to announce that the 2015 race will be a qualifier for the 2016 Western States Endurance Run.
You will also need to turn in a completed and signed medical form at that time. If you want to expedite the form processing, please print out the form from the Indiana Trail 100 website, fill it out, sign it, and hand deliver during packet pickup. Please note that WE WON’T ACCEPT EMAILED VERSIONS of this form. Last year, a few people said that they emailed us the forms when they didn’t and it delayed the processing. We need the hard copies on site for review.
If at all possible, we highly recommend that you pick up your packet on Friday afternoon/evening. Most of the runners do this and it’s less stressful for them than trying to do it before the start of the race.
2) Drop Bags – There will be two places on the course that allow for drop bags – Rally Campground (halfway point of the course) and the Main Event Tent (start/finish line). Please turn in your drop bags at the Main Event Tent either Friday during packet pickup or Saturday morning before 5:30 am EDT. We will NOT transport any drop bags to the Rally Campground after the race has started.
We will have two designated areas to place your drop bags with each clearly showing which aid station the bags will go to. PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AND BIB NUMBER ON YOUR DROP BAGS. We will provide tape and a marker for your convenience.
Placing your name and bib number on your drop bag is very important because the volunteers will try to keep the bags sorted by bib numbers. This could potentially save you a lot of time searching for your drop bags.
3) Start – The race starts at 6:00 am EDT on Saturday, 4/25. Each year we have runners show up late because they forget the time change from the state they’re arriving from. Please plan accordingly because you will not be given extra time.
Everyone is to line up at the start/finish line by 5:45 am EDT.
4) Bridges/Stairs – Bridges and stairs will be slick if wet. You may want to walk or tread lightly on any wet bridges/stairs.
5) Scoring – When you arrive at an aid station, it is your responsibility to report your bib number to the scorers.
6) Scoring Mats – Please make sure you go over the blue electronic scoring mats at each aid station. If you don’t go over a scoring mat at an aid station you’ll lose the ability to be electronically timed for that particular area.
7) Course Markings – There will be Indiana Trail 100 markers, signs, and pink flags to guide you around the course. The pink flags will be on your right.
8) Aid Stations – This year there are two aid stations at the Schoolhouse – approximately miles 4 & 14. In between these aid stations, runners will go through the Rally Campground aid station – approximately mile 8.5. The final aid station will be at the start/finish line, where you’ll start your next loop.
Please consult a volunteer on which direction to go when leaving the aid stations if you have questions.
9) No Littering – We have a strict NO LITTERING policy on our course. There will be trash bags located at the aid stations and a distance afterwards. This event is for the benefit of the park, so the last thing we want to do is trash it. Any runners found flagrantly littering will not be invited back in future years.
10) Ham Radio – Ham radio personnel will be stationed at various parts of the course and are there for your safety. Please report any course issues to them, including if someone needs assistance.
11) Medical Personnel – Medical personnel or first responders will be at each station. Their headquarters will be at the Main Event Tent but they will also have medical personnel and an ambulance at the Rally Campground. First responders will be at the Schoolhouse. Please let them know if you or any other runners need assistance.
12) Sand Lake Beach Parking Rules:
The Ham Radio trucks will be stationed on the side beach parking lot. They will be situated between barricades. Do not move the barricades to try to park at their location.
No cars are allowed past the barricade heading towards the start/finish line (Main Event Tent), except for race officials and ambulances. Do not move the barricades to try to park near the start/finish line.
There will be ample parking available at the beach parking lot, as well as the lot overlooking Sand Lake and the main campground parking lot.
13) Schoolhouse Parking Rules:
Per our monthly announcements, there is little to no parking room available at the Schoolhouse and what little there is will be used by the volunteers, race officials, and first responders. Please note that spectators or crew members cannot park on the side of the road at the Schoolhouse, as it’s on a hill and is a safety hazard for everyone. If you drive in that vicinity volunteers will wave you through to move cars out of that area.
If you are a spectator or crew member and you want to visit the Schoolhouse area, there are a few options – You can park in the Long Lake picnic area parking lot and walk over (about a half mile away), you can park in the Dock Lake parking lot and walk over (about a mile away), or you can take the shuttle. We will provide a map at the Main Event tent if you want to review the Long Lake and Dock Lake parking options.
14) Rally Campground Parking Rules:
With the Rally Campground aid station moving over to the youth tent area, it will free up some more parking. Spectators and crew members will be allowed to drive out to this area and park all the way up to the barricades, where runners will exit the last trail before the aid station. Only volunteers will be allowed to park beyond the barricades. If you’re not a volunteer, do not move the barricades.
15) Dropping Out of the Race – If you decide to drop out of the race for any reason, YOU MUST INFORM ONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS OR RACE OFFICIALS AT ONE OF THE AID STATIONS. Otherwise, this will result in an unnecessary search for you, which will utilize a lot of manpower and resources.
Additionally, if you drop out, please turn in your chip strap to a volunteer or race official. We can either assist you with retrieving your drop bags or you can do it yourself while you’re still at the event site.
If you’re entered in the 100 mile race and drop out between 50-99 miles, please go back to the Main Event Tent to pick up your medal. It is your responsibility to request your medal while you’re on site, as we are not going to mail the medals.
16) Start/Finish Line Scoring – Please report your number to scorers before going into the Main Event Tent prior to starting a new loop.
17) Pacers – Pacers are allowed only for 100 mile runners and after they complete 50 miles. While you can use more than one pacer for the last three loops, only one pacer is allowed with a runner per loop. For example, if you have three pacers, each of them can run one loop with you (loops 4, 5, and 6).
All pacers need to sign in at the Main Event Tent to complete their medical form and pick up their pacer bib. If a runner has multiple pacers, it’s okay for the pacers to pass along the bib to the next pacer but all of them still need to sign in.
18) Main Event Tent/Wristbands – Only runners and pacers will be allowed in the Main Event Tent with the volunteers/medical staff/ham radio personnel. We will issue wristbands for everyone that belongs in the Main Event Tent.
This year we will have an extended Main Event Tent, as one section will be strictly for drop bags and a changing area. The changing area will have a partition.
Please do not bring any of your own chairs into the Main Event Tent, as we’ll have plenty. We’re trying to de-clutter the main area to provide more space for everyone.
19) Spectators – Food will be available to the public on Saturday at the Sand Lake Beach concession area and at the Sunny Shelter near the Main Event Tent starting at 5 am. They will be open until 10 pm on Saturday night and re-open at 6 am on Sunday morning. The concessions are provided by the Albion STAR Team, a local nonprofit agency.
Please note that the STAR Team will have a freewill breakfast on Sunday morning. As they are a charity organization, please consider donating appropriately for the freewill breakfast.
20) Storm Strategy – In the event of a storm warning (tornado or thunderstorm) issued by the National Weather Service, the race will be suspended by park and race officials until the threat has passed. All runners and volunteers will be asked to leave the course and will be reinstated at the same spot they were pulled and given additional time to finish (which equals the amount they previously had – 30 hours for 100 milers, 15 hours for 50 milers).
The ham radio personnel will work in conjunction with the Noble County Emergency Management Team to monitor the weather days leading up to the event, as well as throughout the event.
21) Sharing the Park – Please note that there will be people in the park that are not involved with our event. Please be courteous to these people and they will most likely return the favor. If you come up from behind on some hikers, please announce your presence, so as to not startle them. Chances are good that they’ll be aware of the situation but it’s just good trail etiquette.
Additionally, please be aware of the drivers at all times you’re on the road. If you’re wearing earplugs while listening to music, it’s your responsibility to be aware of anyone trying to communicate with you. We highly recommend that you remove any listening devices while running on the roads or when an official is trying to give you instructions. This goes double for nighttime.
22) Showers/Toilets – There will be showers available in Sand Lake Beach building, as well as main campground area. Porta potties and toilets can be found in the following places on the course:
Main Event area – Porta potties near the start/finish line, pit toilets in the tent camping area, and toilets in the Sand Lake Beach building.
Schoolhouse (about mile 4) – Porta potties and pit toilets.
Rally Campground (about mile 8.5) – Porta potties and pit toilets.
Miller Lake (about mile 10) – Pit toilets.
Canoe Campground (about mile 11) – Pit toilets.
Schoolhouse (about mile 14) – Porta potties and pit toilets.
Boat Rental (about mile 16) – Pit toilets.
23) Salt Tablets/Aspirin/NSAIDs/Sun Tan Lotion – It is the runner’s responsibility to provide their own salt tablets, aspirin, NSAIDs, and sun tan lotion, so please plan accordingly. As an observation, many runners did not keep up on their salt tablets last year and it resulted in dehydration for some.
24) Clothing during the race – Many runners misjudge the nighttime temperatures and don’t wear enough clothing at night. Please keep this in mind.
Please note that if you’re parked at the Sand Lake Beach parking lot you will run right by your car when finishing each loop. MANY RUNNERS CHANGE THEIR CLOTHING AT THEIR CAR, AS IT’S EASIER THAN DOING SO AT THE MAIN EVENT TENT. IT ALSO GIVES YOU MORE SPACE IN YOUR DROP BAG. Please consider doing this, as it’s a good strategy and a way to continually switch into fresh clothing.
25) Lost or Forgotten Items – If you leave any personal items behind after you leave the park, we suggest you contact the park office at 260-636-2654. As previously stated, we are sharing the park with people that are not involved with our event. Sometimes, these hikers leave clothing behind as well on warm days, so we cannot assume it is from our runners and pick it up, other than take it to the park office.
Additionally, WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAIL ANY DROP BAGS BACK TO PARTICIPANTS. You will need to work out an arrangement with the park office and obviously, you will need to pay for all shipping.
26) Shuttle Service – Each runner will receive a flyer with information about the shuttle service during packet pickup. Please provide this information to anyone that you think would want to use the shuttle service. We will also send out a separate notice regarding the shuttle service leading up to the event.
27) Volunteers – We don’t care what anyone else claims, we have the best volunteers. They are truly what makes this a special event for our runners, as they sacrifice their own weekend to assist you with your goals. Please show your appreciation to the volunteers when you have the opportunity by extending a simple thank you.
28) Final Word – Have fun. This isn’t the time to sweat the small stuff. This is the time to celebrate all of your hard work. We will share your ups and downs with you. In the grand scheme of things, very few people can understand or relate to what you’re attempting but we do. And we salute you for it.
1) The park is graciously allowing runners to camp in an area next to the start/finish line by the Main Event Tent. This area is free of charge and is first come/first served.
2) Runners can begin selecting a site in this area on Friday morning (4/24) starting at 9:00 a.m. You cannot reserve a spot, so please don't ask anyone to do so. It is your responsibility to get there before the spots are all taken.
3) Please note that you can drive up to this area only to drop off your tent. There is no parking in this area or next to your tent and you'll be asked to move your car down to the parking lot.
4) The size of your tent cannot exceed 12' x 12'. This area was never intended for anything larger than that. Anything larger than these dimensions will need to go to the campground, which is nearby. The park is trying to accommodate as many people (and tents) as possible.
5) We ask that all tent campers in this area keep the noise level down as a courtesy to all the runners that are trying to rest. Any issues with noise or general obnoxious behavior will be dealt with by park security.
6) While it's a decent size area, we have no idea how quickly it will fill up. It will obviously be a function of when people arrive to the park and start taking up spaces. Will it be full by Friday? We'll see.
If it does fill up there will be many spaces available in the campground. A lot of our runners will be camping there. Attached please find a link to the park website, including camping information. Please note that you will need to pay to stay in the campground.
7) Runners will need to clear out of the tent camping area by Sunday afternoon (4/26). It is fine to get in a nap before you leave town.
2) Race Registration – THE INDIANA TRAIL 100 IS FULL - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
You can view the entry list at any time by going to the Indiana Trail 100 website, clicking Entry/Registration/magnifying glass icons for the 100 mile and 50 mile races, respectively. Or click on the link below.
3) Waiting List – Since the 2015 Indiana Trail 100 has reached its combined limit of 360 runners, we currently have a waiting list. The runners will be placed on the waiting list in the order they sign up; the first on the waiting list will be the first to take the place of someone that drops out.
As of this week, we have over 25 people on the waiting list. There is no way to know how many people on the waiting list will make it into the race. Please note that we are discontinuing the waiting list as of 4/15, so anyone on the list at that time will no longer be eligible to enter.
To register for the waiting list, please enter online through the Indiana Trail 100 website, under Entry/Registration - see attached link below:
Please note that there are NO REFUNDS and NO TRANSFERS for anyone dropping out.
4) ) Pacers – If anyone wants to pace and is looking for a runner to help, please contact Jerry Diehl at email@example.com. This might be a good solution for people that don’t get into the race as an entrant but still want to be part of the event. If you’ve never run a 100 miler before, pacing is great training to go through the night with a runner plus you’ll make a friend for life.
5) Volunteers – Please let us know if you want to join our volunteer team. We have interesting opportunities available at this time. For more information on how you can volunteer at the Indiana Trail 100, please contact Jerry Diehl at firstname.lastname@example.org
6) Trail Maintenance Day – We will have a trail maintenance day on Saturday, April 11th at Chain O’Lakes State Park. Starting time is 9am and we’ll meet at the Sand Lake beach parking lot. We’ll work on various trails on the IT100 course in preparation for the event.
Please click Join on the Indiana Trail 100 event page if you wish to volunteer.
7) Shuttle – We’re pleased to advise that Eaton will once again be the official shuttle service of the Indiana Trail 100. The shuttle will take runners, spectators, and volunteers to any of the aid stations on an hourly basis. We’ll provide more details closer to the event date.
8) Main Event Tent – As was the case last year, the main event tent will be accessible only to runners, pacers, and volunteers. Each will be given wrist bands before they participate and will need to wear those in order to gain entrance during the event. We’re trying to keep this area free of clutter and a place where the participants can collect themselves and make the appropriate adjustments as they head out for the next loop.
9) Schoolhouse Parking Situation – Please note that parking is very limited at the schoolhouse aid station and what little is available will be prioritized to volunteers and medical personnel. There will be NO parking allowed alongside the road next to the schoolhouse parking lot, as it is on a hill and is a safety hazard to everyone. There will be volunteers there to wave you along if you attempt to park on the side of the road, so please don’t consider it.
The alternatives for crew and spectators to view the action at the schoolhouse is to either take the shuttle or park in a lot less than a mile from the schoolhouse and walk over. We will provide these options on a large map outside of the main event tent.
10) Jackets – As previously stated, we’ll have an assortment of women’s jacket colors. Poppy will be the predominant color for participants, with a few pink and light blue jackets to complete the order.
With regards to the men’s jackets, due to an ordering conflict with their French manufacturer, Salomon will now provide gray jackets.
The gray jacket is on the far right. Salomon apologizes for the late jacket color adjustment.
11) Hotel/Camping Options – Below are links to where many of our runners have stayed and will stay for the weekend of the Indiana Trail 100:
There will be tent camping available right next to the start/finish line, with many electric campsites available in the campground. The campground is about ¼ mile from the start/finish line and also has access to showers. We will post a separate note about the tent camping soon.
12) Sponsors – The Indiana Trail 100 is fortunate to have incredible partnerships with our sponsors – Culligan Water of Columbia City, Eaton, Fort Wayne Metals, GU, Brett Hess Insurance Services, Icespike, Indiana Trail Running, Jameson Coffee, Parkview Health, R&D Motorsports, Running Around Screen Printing, RunRace, Salomon, Speedgoat Karl’s 100 Mile Blend, Sport One, Subway, Three Rivers Running Company, 2Toms, and Whitley Chiropractic & Wellness Center.
We will have a drawing for some sponsor giveaways on Friday, April 24th, during packet pickup. Please stay tuned for more details. You will need to be present in order to win any of the drawings.
Please thank all of our sponsors for their support of our event and please check out their respective companies by clicking on their own logos on the sponsor page of the Indiana Trail 100 website.
13) Website – If you have any questions about the Indiana Trail 100 that can't be found in these monthly announcements, most answers can be found on our website at: Indiana Trail 100
While we’re happy to answer your questions, we won’t always be able to respond quickly, particularly this close to the event when we have many things to do. This is why we hope you consider reviewing the monthly announcements and website before asking, as the answers to your questions may already be available.
The course is a 16.67 mile mixture of wide and narrow trails - from rolling hills, dirt, and off camber grass sections. There will be relatively little road running on the course. The terrain and woods provides protection from the wind. Most of the trails surround many of the lakes.