Runner & Crew Information
100 miles – Course begins at the park in Vienna, and heads south to the Wetlands Center at 13.25 and turn back north to run 25 miles to the north turnaround, and then back 11.75 miles to the start/finish. This gives you 50 miles. Repeat this course for the 100. By repeating the 50 mile course we are giving you the best course, with the most scenery.
50 miles – runners will begin by running south for 13.25 miles, then turning back to run 25 miles north to the 50 mile turnaround, and back 11.75 miles to the finish.
50 milers will run through the famous tunnel twice, 100 milers 4 times.
Both courses have the same 30 hours to finish. 100 milers must begin the second 50 in less than 15 hours.
Must be visible at every turnaround, and when passing by the timing station at the start/finish. Chip timing will be used, so please do not fold the bib#. NOTE: When crossing by the timing station or turnarounds, you must assure that the timers or course marshals have secured your bib #. Any runner who decides to stop without completing the course MUST report in person (or have a representative bring their bib#) to the timing station at the finish line. All runners have to be accounted for.
Bags should be clearly marked with runner Bib# and name, and with the designation drop, either Karnak, Tunnel Hill, or Vienna (if you want it left at the start/finish with other bags rather than leaving at your site or vehicle). See chart. Saturday pre-race, leave drop bags at the designated area near the start for transportation.
As you are leaving a station containing your bag for the final time, PLEASE place it in the “Return to finish” area. This will assure your bag is returned in a timely fashion.
Pacers will be allowed the final 24 miles of the 100 mile run. This will start you at the main start/finish and you will run together on the northern section (which includes the tunnel).
The running surface is smooth, with a finely crushed limestone layer over a dirt bed. You can wear whichever shoes are most comfortable for you. I recommend you wear gaiters to keep the small rock out of your shoes (especially if it rains, as the rock tends to stick to the bottom of your shoes more.
Do we really have to mention this? This is an Illinois State Park.
Cups on the Course
We really want to eliminate as many cups as possible. However, we see that everyone might not have separate containers for both water, and SWORD hydration drink, and you probably don’t want to mix them. Therefore, bring a container for water, and we’ll have cups for SWORD hydration drink if you need them.
The average temperatures for Vienna, IL for November 15 is 60/40.
If you would like to volunteer for this race, we’d love to have you for whatever length of time you’re available.