32nd Annual Hocking Hills Indian Run – Race Profile

Posted on 15 July 2010

  1. The following information was provided by Karen Raymore, Executive Director – Hocking Hills Tourism Association.    Discuss the race date (day) and location, website, how many years has it been around?   The 32nd Annual Hocking Hills Indian Run is September 18th.  Divisions include 60k, 40k, 20k, 10k and 5k.  In 2009 participation in the Run broke all previous records.  Runners from across the country have participated.  The Hocking Hills Indian Run is popular super marathon with veteran runners as well as newcomers to the sport.  The race route is mostly off road trails through the Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking Forest.  Registration details, including online registration is available at http://www.1800hocking.com/indianrun.
  2. What time does it start/ check in time, what’s the “average” weather like at that time of the year?  60k runners begin at 7am; 40k at 8am; The other races (5k, 10k and 20k) are individual starts between 9 and 11 a.m. Each runner in these races has an individual start and finish time recorded for them; therefore runners can choose to start their race any time within those two hours. 10k and 5k runners catch a bus at the Lodge to get to their start locations, and should plan to check in at registration 1/2 hour before beginning their races.  September weather in the Hocking Hills is usually excellent – cool in the morning and warming up to mid to upper 70s in the afternoon.
  3. How long has the current race director been handling the race, are they endurance sports athletes?  The race is organized by the staff and volunteers of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association.  They are not endurance sports athletes.
  4. What’s the entry fee and what does the athlete get with respect to shirt, medal, food, etc?    The entry fee is $25 (advance registration) and $30 registration after September 14th.  All runners receive a t-shirt and a medallion created by local art students.
  5. What makes the race memorable for athletes?  The course is absolutely what makes the Hocking Hills Indian Run memorable.  The scenery is spectacular and course is challenging.
  6. Is there a pre-race/post-race dinner?   No
  7. How has the growth been with the race?  Good – each year exceeds the previous.
  8. Where do most of the athlete’s come from for the race (what states)? Ohio
  9. Is there an airport close to the venue? Port Columbus Airport is approx 50 miles away.  Fairfield County airport is about 20 miles
  10. Are there hotels close to the start?  The region has hundreds of cabins peppered throughout the hills.  The City of Logan (about 15 miles from race start) has 4 hotes; Baymont Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Budget Motel, Intowner Motel
  11. Is there anything in the area to keep the kids busy during the race or do I want to leave them home ?  The Hocking Hills is a very popular vacation destination.  There’s plenty of nature based activities for families; hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, ziplining, miniature golf, go carts, ATVs, slot car racing, petting zoo
  12. In terms of logistics is the race a point to point or does the race start and finish in the same area?  The 20k, 40k and 60k races start at the Lodge. (The 60k trail follows the 20k trail three times; the 40k follows it twice.) The path runs through the Hocking Hills State Park Cottages, onto Route 664, up Steel Hill Road, along Chapel Ridge Road, then into the Hocking Hills State Forest on the Queer Ridge Trail. From here it passes through the Cedar Falls area in Hocking Hills State Park, through the forest to Rose Lake, through the Old Man’s Cave campground, over the A-Frame Bridge at Old Man’s Cave, past the Naturalist’s Cabin at the Old Man’s Cave Visitors Center, then up the hill back toward the Dining Lodge. Water stops are located at Steel Hill/Chapel Ridge Road, Cedar Falls parking lot, at the beginning of the Campground and at the Naturalist’s Cabin. Water stops are manned beginning at 8 a.m. so 60k’ers are invited to “stash” their own water/snacks around the course if that would be helpful to them. Fruit and water are available to 60k’ers at the Dining Lodge as they pass by.

10k runners meet at the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge to register for the race. They are transported by bus to the start location, which is near Top O the Caves Campground on Chapel Ridge Road in Hocking County. From here the trail passes through the Cedar Falls area in Hocking Hills State Park, through the forest to Rose Lake, through the Old Man’s Cave campground, over the A-Frame Bridge at Old Man’s Cave, past the Naturalist’s Cabin at the Old Man’s Cave Visitors Center, then up the hill back toward the Dining Lodge. Water stops are located at the Cedar Falls parking lot, the beginning of the Camp Ground and at the Naturalist’s Cabin.

5k runners meet at the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge to register for the race. They are transported by bus to the start location, which is at the Fisherman’s Parking Lot near Rose Lake on State Route 374 in Hocking County. From here the trail goes through the forest to Rose Lake, through the Old Man’s Cave campground, over the A-Frame Bridge at Old Man’s Cave, past the Naturalist’s Cabin at the Old Man’s Cave Visitors Center, then up the hill back toward the Dining Lodge. Water stops are located at the Cedar Falls parking lot, the beginning of the Camp Ground and at the Naturalist’s Cabin.

Are there an abundance of bathroom facilities or porto-potties at the start/finish and out on the course?  There are at the start/finish but not an “abundance” on the course – there are facilities on the course

Are there any specific training idea’s to prepare the athlete for the race, based on the specific course terrain?  Train for hills

Any traffic issues to be concerned about on the course?  There has never been a traffic issue – most of the trail is off-road.

Aid stations, how many on the course, what are the specific items/products at the aid stations There are 5 water stops

Is the course clearly marked, what is used? The course is marked by Hocking Hills State Park staff with brightly colored markers.

Budget Items for summary of costs:

Race entry Fee: $25/$30

Hotel $150 per night

How many dinners/ meals to buy Most cabins have fully equipped kitchens – the number of meals will depend on arrival and departure

Transportation flight cost or gas totally depends on where travel originates

Rental Car Requirements yes, if arriving by air

Are there grocery stores close by, if so how far from the start of the race?  large grocery stores (Kroger & Wal-Mart) are approx 15 miles from start of race/ convenience store approx 1 mile from start of race

Will there be water and or coffee at the start of the race? Yes

Is there cell phone coverage in the area? No

Is there a race photographer on the course? No

Why should an athlete consider this race? Excellent training, unsurpassed scenery, challenging.

Check out this event and for those of you looking for a mid September trail race with multiple race distances. I will be there running and look forward to posting a follow up review including pictures!

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