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.
Age Group Awards
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
Men (2013): Steve McIntire - 1:21:09
Women (2011): Sunny Gilbert - 1:35:40
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.
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 Saturday, October 8th at the Thompson Campus Center (210 S. Osteopathy, Kirksville, MO, 63501) from noon until 10 p.m and again race morning at the Marina beginning at 7:00 a.m.
The race starts Sunday, October 9th 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.
Online registration at Active.com closes at midnight Friday, October 7th. 2016. In-person registration is available Saturday, October 8th at packet pick-up.
$35 discounted registration available thru midnight Thursday, December 31, 2015!
$40 discounted registration available thru midnight Friday, September 9, 2016!
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