An opportunity to set your soles free on a 140-acre incredible piece of pure Michigan forest and fields, not to mention a beach. Century-old white pines, old-growth forests, and meandering dirt two tracks make this place both magical and majestic. The headline 100-mile event is the 4th leg of the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning and a qualifier for the famed Western States 100. Strambecco rates the event as one of the best trail-running events in the Midwest.
There are many other events to choose from, including the Happening 100k, Peace Love & 50 Miles, Freak 50k, Mellow Marathon, Hippie Half, and last but not least, Flower Power Five Mile. The race course for all events is a 16.6-mile loop comprised of a mostly single-track trail. Total elevation gain (per loop) is about 1500′. Hallucination is a full weekend festival experience with many participants camping out. Although the running events bring challenges, the weekend offers lots of time to mellow out, meditate, listen to music, do yoga, and even make out! To select a camping site, you must register for a paid race.
The event is produced by RF Events and benefits the Washtenaw Promise. Its mission is to empower children in the Washtenaw County community facing serious obstacles to help raise their potential for success in the family, school, and the world. Learn more about Washtenaw Promise.
The Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning was established in 2012 and is comprised of completing any four of the midwest’s premier 100-mile trail races: Mohican Trail 100; Kettle Moraine 100; Burning River 100; Hallucination 100; Indiana Trail 100. Runners completing all five races are designated “Super Slammers.”
The Western States 100 is the grandaddy of ultra-running events. It is an epic 100-mile trail run from Olympic Valley to Auburn, CA, in one day on the last weekend of June. It is the world’s oldest 100 trail race, starting in 1974 as one of the ultimate endurance tests. Over the course, runners will climb more than 18,000 feet and descend 23,000 feet. See the dedicated Western States Endurance Run website for details on the lottery process, training, support, and volunteer opportunities. Participants must qualify for the race within two years and enter the lottery. If you are selected as part of the lottery, you are officially sent details to register within two weeks. If not completed in time, the registration will be available to runners on the waitlist of 50-75 people.