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Indiana Trail 100/75/50

October 14 - October 15

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The final leg of the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning and a qualifier event for the famed Western States 100, this Ignite Trail Series event was founded and nurtured by a small group of ultra distance runners to promote and give back to Chain O’Lakes State Park in Albion, Indiana.  In 2013, the founders put on the first 100-mile ultra in Indiana.  The event has since turned into a world-class event with the addition of 75-mile and 50-mile options.  Strambecco rates the event as one of the best trail-running events in the Midwest.

The course takes place on a 25-mile wooded trail loop.  Over the years, with the hard work and dedication of other local ultra runners, the Ignite Trail Series has helped add 10-12 miles of new trail to the park’s trail system.  Along with this, all the proceeds from the race go directly back to Chain O’Lakes.  New for 2023, Ignite will be holding a new spring race, the Glacial Esker 6-12-24 Hour Race, on April 29 & 30, 2023.

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.


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