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Indiana's only 100 Mile Trail Race - April 30 - May 1 2016

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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 30 - May 1 2016.

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.

The Indiana Trail 100 is pleased to announce that the 2016 race will be a qualifier for the 2017 Western States Endurance Run.



Registration for the 2016 Indiana Trail 100 is in process. We will take the first 400 registrants. Click the RunSignUp Logo to enter.

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We are very pleased to announce that Tailwind will be the official endurance and electrolyte drink of the 2016 Indiana Trail 100. We will provide Tailwind at each aid station. Please note that we will still have the standard hydration options at the aid stations as well, such as water, soda, and coffee. But Tailwind will be the exclusive electrolyte drink.

Many of our runners use Tailwind regularly, so this will be a convenient transition and you will no longer need to mess with carrying baggies of it in your vests or drop bags. For those new to the product, we're announcing this now, so you have plenty of opportunity to give it a try in advance of our event.

We're pleased to have this association and sponsorship with Tailwind and we think our runners will benefit, which is our primary objective in all matters such as this.

February Announcements

1) Race Dates – The 2016 Indiana Trail 100 is less than three months away – event dates are 4/30 – 5/1. For those new to the Indiana Trail 100 we feature a 100 mile and 50 mile run held in Chain O’Lakes State Park in Albion, IN.

2) 2016 Race Registration – Registration for the 2016 Indiana Trail 100 is now in process. The registration will be provided through RunSignUp:

3) Cap – The cap for the 2016 Indiana Trail 100 is 400 runners. It is at the race committee’s discretion to determine the overall size limits for the 100 mile and 50 mile fields, respectively. We’ll provide advanced notice if we decide to close down one of the fields due to the maximum limit.

*Please note that you can check the size of the field at any time by going to our registration link listed above.


It is your responsibility to register before we reach our cap. Last year, we were contacted by approximately 200 people that requested to enter the race after we had filled up in late January.

4) Waiting List – As soon as the 2016 Indiana Trail 100 reaches its limit of 400 runners we’ll implement 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.

5) No Deferrals/No Refunds/No Transfers – There will be no deferrals, no refunds, and no transfers for any reason, including injury. However, we will allow runners to switch from the 50 miler to 100 miler, and vice versa, after you have signed up.

6) Western States – Please note that the 2016 Indiana Trail 100 is a 2017 Western States qualifying race.

7) Volunteers – The Indiana Trail 100 is known for its volunteers. Let us know if you would like to join our team. For information on how you can participate as a volunteer please contact Jerry Diehl at

We’re currently looking for volunteers to assist with set up/tear down, registration, aid stations, shuttle van/drop bag logistics, manual scoring (Finish Line), and course sweeping. If any of those volunteer positions sound appealing and you wish to give back to the ultra running community please contact Jerry.

8) Western States – Please note that the 2016 Indiana Trail 100 is a 2017 Western States qualifying race.

9) Midwest Super Slam – Please note that the 2016 Indiana Trail 100 is part of the 2016 Midwest Super Slam.

10) Buckles – We’ll again provide sub-24 hour buckles, along with traditional buckles for runners that finish over 24 hours but less than 30 hours. The 50 mile finishers (or 100 mile runners that complete at least 50 miles but not 100 miles in the allotted 30 hours) will receive a medal.

11) Training Runs – Please note that we will have weekend training runs every Saturday until two weeks before the 2016 Indiana Trail 100. The weekend training runs are very popular and a good way for those to check out the course and train/receive advice from several local ultra runners. We typically see ultra runners from all over the Midwest (and Canada) on our course during the winter months.

The Saturday training runs start at 9:00 a.m. (EST) from the Sand Lake Beach parking lot.

12) Tailwind – We’re very pleased to announce that Tailwind will be the official and exclusive electrolyte drink of the Indiana Trail 100. We’ll have Tailwind at each aid station, along with water, soft drinks, and coffee. For more product details, please see the attached link:

13) 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:

  • Super 8

  • Quaity Inn

  • Holiday Inn Express of Kendallville!

  • Brick Ark Inn

  • Chain O' Lakes State Park

  • There will be tent camping (non-electrical) available right next to the start/finish line beginning on Friday before the race. This will be on a first come, first served basis. Please note that you must leave your car in the parking lot if you are tent camping.

    Electrical campsites in the COL campground will be plentiful for campers or RV’s. The campground is less than ¼ mile from the start/finish line and also has access to showers.

    14) 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 While we’re happy to answer your questions, we won’t always be able to respond quickly, particularly as we get closer to the race date. That is why we hope that you find the monthly announcements and website information helpful.

    15) Sponsors/Supporters – The Indiana Trail 100 is fortunate to have incredible partnerships with our sponsors and supporters – City Chevrolet, Culligan Water of Columbia City, Fort Wayne Metals, GU, Indiana Trail Running, Jameson Coffee, Parkview Health, Running Around Screen Printing, Salomon, Speedgoat Karl’s 100 Mile Blend, SportOne, Tailwind Nutrition, Three Rivers Running Company, 2Toms, and Whitley Chiropractic & Wellness Center.

    16) Site Protocol – Our website and Facebook Forum/Event Page is specific to the Indiana Trail 100. Topics discussed include ultra running in general but the focus is primarily on our event as an informational guide to our runners.

    We do not permit advertisements of non-ultra running events/sites, nor their sponsors. While we have great respect for those that compete in shorter distance running events or triathlons, our site does not focus on these types of events, nor do our runners. We will remove all material, links, etc., that don’t meet the aforementioned criteria.