Hennepin Hundred plans for 100 mile run

How organizers are prepping for the 'ultrarace.'

Published 07/05 2015 09:51PM

Updated 07/05 2015 09:51PM

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Hennepin Hundred race organizers spent their Fourth of July weekend planning the 100 mile foot race set for September 12th. The planning consisted of  biking the entire span of the race making stops along the way to make sure the run goes smoothly.
 
The trail is along the Hennepin Canal and spans from Sterling, IL to Colona, IL.
 
Part of planning was to get a feel for the route to see what the runners would experience on their journey. They noted confusing cross sections, the surface of the trails, and the amenities the towns have for the more than 1,000 crew and aide members. 
 
On average it takes runners about 28 hours to finish. Elite runners could finish as quickly as 14 hours. Typically runners will run the whole race without sleeping.
 
Running or biking one-hundred miles is no easy feat, but for 'ultramarathoners' it's all about keeping your mind on the finish line. 
 
Hennepin Hundred Race Director, Michele Hartwig says when it comes to 100 mile run, all it takes is some training,  "If you're fit and mentally prepared, and really want to finish the 100 miles, I think with marathon training you can do it. You just have to get passed exhaustion."
 
This is the first year of the Hennepin Hundred, and so far 175 runners have registered. Runners participating come  from 20 states, Mexico, Norway, and France. There will also be a 50 mile race and a team relay. They hope to raise $10,000 with all of the proceeds going right back into the trails.
 
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