Race: Indiana 100k
Runner: Emily Morrison
Race Date: 10/13/2018
Location: Albion, Indiana
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- The course was very pretty
- Excellent aid stations, volunteers and RD
- Looped course
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
It was about 2.5hrs from the airport but the actual race was great!
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
Nothing weird that I noticed, but this was my first 100k so I don’t have much to compare it to
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
With very little trail access in my area of Delaware or hills, I think I navigated and prepared for this race as best as I could. I was never hungry or dehydrated, no stomach issues etc. I paced myself and tried to stay as positive as I could even though it took me longer then I expected due to a nasty blister on my foot that needed attending to after the 2nd lap. I was by myself most of the time but never got discouraged and was determined to finish. My whole goal was to see if I could complete the mileage and within the cutoff time, and I did both so that’s a success in my book!
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
We flew into Indianapolis airport but it was about a 2.5hr drive away. There weren’t a ton of hotels nearby so we rented an Airbnb about 15 minutes away from the course and it was perfect! They have a FB page which was outstanding! Lots of support from the RD and other runners, especially for a newbie like me. They treated you like family. It’s a 20 mile looped course, plus an extra 2 mile section for the 100k runners. They had the option of 50 mile, 100k and 100 mile distances and it’s also a Western States qualifying course. Plenty of rolling hills and a mix of terrain. For those with hill experience it wouldn’t be bad at all; about 4,500ft elevation gain for the 100k according to my strava. There was plenty of space for crew members and pacers, and the volunteers were amazing! I wasn’t disappointed at all! The weather could vary – we started in the 30s, got into the low 50s during the day and back into the 30s at night. Luckily it didn’t rain during the race because I was told from previous runners that it gets very slippery! We had to be careful of frost on some of the bridges in the morning and a few mud puddles from rain the night before, but nothing major. Just be prepared for any type of weather!
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
This was the longest distance I’ve ever run so I learned a lot. It was the first time I’d gotten a blister but with the help of others, we got it fixed. I never ran in the woods at night during training so that was a shocker! My headlamp was good but I’d definitely invest in a brighter one for future races. Cell service was very spotty. The aid stations had a great variety, even gluten free and vegan options, but I had trained my gut to eat so luckily I didn’t have any issues.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
It’s a 20 mile looped course. They said 1,200 ft of elevation gain per loop (my strava and garmin calculated more). Mix of terrain but for most people it would be considered pretty non-technical I’d think. Very few paved sections, but a mix of single track and normal trail.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
I thought it was! There was a lake you ran around and the leaves were starting to turn colors. About the best you’re going to get from Indiana that time of year.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
It was slightly difficult for me due to where I live, but for anyone used to running trails regularly I don’t think it was that difficult.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Absolutely well-oiled machine!
Competition – Is there a strong field?
Not super strong but then again I’m a mid to back of the pack runner so I’m not positive
Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.
It was a pretty easy process. Hardest part was finding a decent place to stay but even that wasn’t too bad.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Excellent aid stations every 3-5.5 miles. Plenty of food options, the volunteers were great and very upbeat! Always cheering you on! One even helped me with my blister until I could get to my crew.
Weather and typical race conditions
30s-50s but could vary with it being in October. This is the first year they held it in the Fall vs Spring but it looks like it’ll be staying a Fall race
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Nothing in particular. It might’ve been different if there was rain. Normal gear and clothes for different types of weather
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Other then seeing my family at the start/finish line where they set up, and volunteers at the aid stations, you really didn’t see anyone else
How’s the Swag?
Awesome! We got a nice lightweight jacket, a winter hat and some other little things in our bag. The jacket is very nice, though!
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
I highly recommend this race even though it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere! Already contemplating going back and trying to do the 100 miler next year. 5 stars from me!
Emily Morrison is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about her or to work with Coach Emily, check out her coaching page.