An ultra-marathon is any race longer than a marathon (26.2 miles). Typical ultra distances are 50km (31.5 miles), 50 miles, 100km and 100 miles. We have runners who never ran an ultra before joining, and within one year, had completed 100-milers.
The Lawrence Trail Hawks, founded by Lawrence area trail and ultra runners, run on, promote and care for the Lawrence trails, including the Kansas River Trails (sometimes known as the Sand Rat trails), and the Clinton Lake North Shore Trails.
We work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Kansas Trails Council, and the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club to help keep the trails groomed and free of trash. We stage events, and help with other groups' events that meet our goals of promoting and caring for the trails.
We take care of the trails, our fellow Trail Hawk members, and all others who have interest in the trails similar to our own. We might not do as much as we'd like, but we do what we can.
We are trail running enthusiasts, and our members range from "I only run 1 mile a week" to "it's just a marathon."
Yes. The Lawrence Trail Hawks trail running club is a registered non-profit with the State of Kansas. As a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) we are a 501(c)3 non-profit under that club’s group exemption. Any donation you make to the Lawrence Trail Hawks is tax deductible. If you have more questions please contact club board Trail Hawks Board.
Member benefits include:
Also, you get all Trail Hawks gear at cost, and dramatically reduced entry fees for great Trail Hawks events like the Shoreline Shuffle 5K, Sander's Saunter 10k and more. Your dues are what helps us put these events on. Perhaps best of all, you get a cool Hawk name, bestowed on you by your fellow Hawks. Sorry, but there's no self-naming.
Our speeds typically are slow. A lot of us are slow runners, with a few speed demons. The shorter runs are usually faster than the longer runs. If speed is a concern for you, we can change the run tempo to accommodate.
Yes! During the winter, most group runs are at night so make sure you bring a head lamp or a handheld light. The trails ARE dark at night.
Runners of all ages are welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent.
We are a self-sufficient group. Each runner is expected to bring water, water-bottle/s (or hydration pack), food, salt tablets, etc. It is often hard for first-time distance runners to judge the amount of water/food they should bring. If you have any doubts it's always safer to bring more than less. Here is a guide which should help.
Note: this guide is subject to change depending on weather conditions and from runner to runner.
Please remember that this is a general guideline. Each runner has his or her own fueling needs. And more importantly weather conditions can make this guide fluctuate wildly.
Yes! We run year round. Rain or sleet or snow. We're like the USPS. Only thing that keeps Hawks of the trail are tornadoes and lightning. One trick we often use to help our winter running (especially when it is icy) is to screw our shoes. We run in nice weather too.
It’s inserting short, hex head screws into the lugs in the outsole (ie, the bottom) of the shoe For an excellent write up on how to do this, read Matt Carpenter's webpage, "The Screwed Shoe".
Our distances vary. Our “Beginner Run” is every Monday, and ranges from 1-4 miles. Another Trail Hawks beginner-oriented trail run is our women-only "Gal-Gallop,” also between 1-4 miles. Our Wednesday Short-to-Middy Run goes from about 4 to 12 miles. The Saturday long run has gone as far as 40 miles. Not everyone runs the full distance, and some run further. No one who is new to the trails is ever left alone on them during our group runs. Check out our "runs page" for details and contact info.
The 100-mile and 50-mile races have a 32-hour cutoff, ending at 2 pm on Sunday, September 14. The marathon has a 31-hour cutoff, ending at the same time as the 100- and 50-mile races. There are no aid station cut-offs.
Yes! We LOVE dogs, and if you let us know ahead of time we’ll even get your pup a bib so he or she can compete in the Canine category. No charge. However, as a courtesy to other runners, your dog MUST remain on a leash for the duration of the race.
Pacers are only allowed (and are recommended) for the 100-mile race, although no “muling” is allowed. Pacers can think for you, navigate for you, keep you awake, make sure you eat and drink, and do all the other wonderful things pacers do—but they can’t carry your gear for you. Carrying your own load is part of being a finisher in the Hawk.
Pacers may join their runners starting at 50 miles or at 6 pm (12 hours into the race and about 90 minutes before sunset), or any time thereafter. They may join their runners from either of the two crew access stations after checking in at the Start/Finish.
Pacers are not allowed for the marathon or 50-mile races.
All 100-mile and 50-mile runners must check in at the Start/Finish by 5:45 am. Marathon runners must check in at the Start/Finish by 6:45 am.
The 100-mile and 50-mile races begin at 6 am on Saturday, September 12th. The marathon starts at 7 am.
Packets may be picked up during the pre-race briefing on Friday, September 11th, at the Start/Finish from 4–7 pm. You may also pick up your packet at the Start/Finish on race morning, at least 30 minutes before your race starts. The Start/Finish is at Shelter 1, Overlook Park at Clinton Lake.
The pre-race briefing is at the Start/Finish, Shelter 1, on Friday, September 11th at 6 pm. It is especially recommended for all 100-mile runners, and would be helpful for 50-mile and marathon runners as well. Dinner starts at 5 pm. Family, friends and crew are welcome, menu to be announced soon.
Your best bet is to use Google Maps to chart your route. Use this coordinate for the destination: Overlook Park @38.939175,-95.339651. It puts you right at the Start/Finish, Shelter 1, in Clinton Park.
Why yes, we do! Thanks for asking! You can find it here: Hawk Hundred on FB.
Because I wanted it to be longer darnit! More fun. :)
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100-milers who drop to the 50 will receive a 50-mile finisher award. They are not eligible for 50-mile 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes. 100-mile and 50-mile runners may NOT drop to the marathon. If you would like to drop down in distance before the race and be eligible for awards, contact the RDs at HawkHundredRD@gmail.com before September 1st.
The Hawk wouldn’t be possible without the support of the many volunteers who help us do essential tasks—like staff aid stations, direct runners, cook meals… And in addition to the warm fuzzy feeling you’ll have for making runners’ dreams come true, we’ll even feed you and give you an awesome Hawk t-shirt! Sound good?
Absolutely. We love to help people make new friends! Just email the RDs at HawkHundredRD@gmail.com and we’ll hook you up. You can also join our Facebook page and post your request there.