7th Annual FLATS Trail Half Marathon

Saturday, October 28, 2017
FLATS Trail Half Marathon Starting Line 40.183806, -92.643105 KirksvilleMO  63501
Saturday, October 28, 2017
FLATS Trail Half Marathon Starting Line 40.183806, -92.643105 KirksvilleMO  63501

About This Activity

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 EVENT IS CLOSED BUT WE STILL HAVE A FEW SPOTS (as of October 6, 2017). FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT OUR FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/flatstrailhalfmarathon/.  


One of the Midwest's most beautiful and adventurous singletrack trail half marathons! Inside Thousand Hills State Park and finishing at West Winery at Jackson Stables.


First-place female and male finishers win $150 each, second-place $75 each, third-place $25 each.

if you win AND set a new course record total prize money is $500 ($150 for first place and a $350 course record bonus)! 

The top three female and male finishers in the following age groups will receive a commemorative FLATS Trail Half Marathon pint glass:

  • 10 to 14
  • 15 to 24
  • 25 to 34
  • 35 to 44
  • 45 to 54
  • 55 to 64
  • 65 and over

Course Records

Men (2013): Steve McIntire - 1:21:09
Women (2011): Sunny Gilbert - 1:35:40

Course Description

The race will start at the Marina at Thousand Hills State Park (the flag pole marks the start), and follow the paved road for about 1.5 miles. This is the only paved portion of the event, and is necessary to allow racers to spread out before entering the singletrack. After taking a left onto Thousand Hills Trail, racers will navigate the twists and turns, ups and downs, rocks, roots, and trees for approximately 11 miles. There are a few stream crossings, and inevitably there will be mud in spots. The trail will exit onto Rainbow Basin Trail (County Road 226), where racers will follow a gravel road for the final half-mile into Jackson Stables. There will be mile markers every half mile of the trail.

Aid Stations

There will be 7 aid stations on the course, at slightly irregular intervals.

#1) Mile 1.5                    #5) Mile 9.6
#2) Mile 3.2                    #6) Mile 11.3
#3) Mile 5.2                    #7) Mile 12.5
#4) Mile 7.7

All runners are encouraged to carry some calories and/or a hydration system or bottles which can be refilled at each stop. Water, sports drink, snacks, and gels will be provided along the course.

The finish line will have water, sports drink, soft drinks, pizza, and snacks, along with complimentary wine tasting.

The cutoff for an official finish time will be 12:30 p.m., but all athletes will be allowed to complete the course if they so choose.

All proceeds to support the Forest Lake Area Trail System.

Event details and schedule

Pre-race packet pickup will be held on Friday, October 27th at the Thompson Campus Center (210 S. Osteopathy, Kirksville, MO, 63501) from noon until 9:00 p.m and again race morning at the Marina beginning at 7:00 a.m.

The race starts Saturday, October 28th at 8:30 a.m. - Race day packet pickup will begin at 7:00 a.m. AT THE STARTING LINE!!! The first shuttle will leave the finish line area between 7:00 and 7:15 a.m. If you still need to pick up your packet AND you need to ride the shuttle, please be aware that your packet will be waiting for you at the starting line when the shuttle drops you off.

There is also a gear-drop for warm ups and personal belongings that will deliver one bag per person to the finish line from the starting line. We discourage placing any valuables in your gear bag - just what you need to warm up/eat/drink/etc. Racers are welcome (and encouraged) to use their packet pickup bag as their gear-drop bag.

We run rain or shine! In case of inclement weather, management reserves the right to delay the start or cancel/alter/modify the race/course for the safety of runners or volunteers. This is a fundraiser and there can be no refunds if the event is modified or canceled, whether to protect runners/volunteers or due to forces beyond the control of the race directors. 

Online registration at Active.com closes at midnight Thursday, October 26th, 2017. In-person registration is available Friday, October 27th at packet pick-up and at the starting line on race day. 

$35 discounted registration available thru midnight Saturday, December 31, 2016!
$40 discounted registration available thru midnight Friday, September 29, 2017!

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