Beer Bottle Open 4 Miler

The 43rd Annual Beer Bottle Open at Columbus Grove, Ohio (north of Lima off US 30).


Beer Bottle Open 2020 SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

WHERE:  Columbus Grove, OH.  Race starts and finishes near Miller’s Lunch in downtown Columbus Grove.

 WHEN:  Saturday, March 13, 2021.  Race starts at 2:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION:  Columbus Grove H.S., 201 W. Cross St.  Registration starts at noon.

COURSE:  4 miles, flat, fast course, all on roads.  Course is certified.  (#OH 83007 PR).

 AWARDS:    Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 male and the top 3 female overall finishers.

ENTRY FEE:   $25 with shirt; $15 with no shirt.  Shirt sizes only guaranteed if pre-registered.  Size selection will be limited on race day.  No shirts will be mailed after the race.

Pre-registration deadline will be March 5th.

BBO mugs will be issued to the first 130 people to pre-register.

The race is an affiliate race of Veep Races and has been selected for inclusion to encourage support for this great event.

This race is presented and organized by a separate organization that is wholly responsible for the event. Veep Races highlights the race for runners and athletes who participate in our other events.


Frozen Forest Off Road Run

The Frozen Forest Off Road Run at the cross-country course of Huntington University has been canceled for 2021.

It is a “pop-up” event.  Best part – it’s FREE.

That’s right. There is NO registration cost.  We do ask you let us know you are coming by going to our Eventbrite site and letting us know.  But if you show up the morning of the race, that is fine, too.

It is a bit of a give-back for the support of all the runners we know.

There is one “suggested” thing we would urge you to do but it is not required.  We’d like to see participants wear at least one item of green clothing or some buffalo check (aka buffalo plaid) clothing.  Could be a shirt; could be a jacket; could be a hat; or, maybe you could get a pair of those cool limited edition plaid Brooks running shoes.  Look like a lumberjack if you will . . . a Forester.

In any event, we’ll have cookies, water, sport drink and maybe something warmer to drink at the finish. We’ll time the race but expect the timing may be a bit of old school pull tags or even popsicle sticks.

Race starts at 9 am.  Please start arriving at around 8 to 8:30.  Course will be marked with flags and/or signs.  And the course measures more or just a little bit less than a 5K.   Indeed, we’ll aggregate people’s GPS measurements to check out the distance.

The Huntington University Cross-Country course is located off US 24 just west of Parkview Huntington Hospital at Stults Road and Gragg Street.  Turn south at the US 24 stoplight at Stults Road (N 200 W). Turn west at Gragg Street (near Crestview Middle School).

There will be some mud back in the woods; a couple little water crossings and a lot of fun with your fellow runners.

If it is cold, we may have a few propane heaters and some mylar blankets available.

Oh, and one other thing.  For the cost of zip, nada, not a dime – you may even walk away with a classic t-shirt.  How’s that?  It could be about anything from races in the past.  This is an opportunity for race directors to clear out the closet of clean, never worn, extra t-shirts.  We invite other RD’s to bring shirts to give away.  Those shirts not taken will be offered to one of our local runners – and teacher – to distribute to his students who may want one . . . or two . . . or more.

You can find access to a map for the Huntington Cross-Country course here.

Come see what Huntington University’s Cross Country program has accomplished in design and care of this outstanding cross-country course.

AJ Arnett 5K Honor Run & Walk


IMPORTANT: Due to the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 – the DATE of the AJ Arnett 5K Honor Run HAS BEEN CHANGED to May 22, 2021.

On Saturday, May 22nd, commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) by running the AJ Arnett 5K Honor Run.  Race start is Saturday morning at 8:30 am. The race starts and finishes at Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St Joe River Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.

Online registration for 2021 is now open.

See Course Map Here.

There will also be ‘MORNING OF’ REGISTRATION starting at approximately 7:15 am at the CLHS campus.  Day before and day of registration fees are $28 for individual and $25 for family discount. There is also a discount for military service.

click here to register online at Get Me Registered

Early packet pick-up on Friday, May 21st,  at Concordia Lutheran High School from 5 pm – 8 pm.  On-site registration will be available for friends and family who have not yet registered.


If you would like to confirm your entry – use this tool:


The 2021 AJ Arnett 5K Honor Run has been selected for the Fort Wayne Running Club’s 2021 Point Series. Fort Wayne Running Club members received a $3 discount on registration.

SPC AJ Arnett is a 2004 Concordia graduate and a US Army veteran of the Iraq War. A.J. deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division in January 2005. On July 13, while on patrol in Baghdad, A.J. was seriously wounded in a car bomb attack that resulted in the death of one soldier and seriously wounding another soldier in his squad.


2016 Age Group Results may be found here in a printable pdf on the VeepRaces Results page.

Searchable 2016 Results may be found here.

AJ is well known to the area running community and is an example to others in dedication and perseverance. His full biography is below.

The Concordia Lutheran High School Junior ROTC is the host of this run. The CLHS JROTC will donate proceeds from the event to Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana and  Shepherd’s House of Fort Wayne.

The race will start with a cannon blast and there will be other activities for persons of all ages that will highlight the contribution of the JROTC.

AJ Arnett Biography:

SPC A.J. Arnett, a 2004 Concordia Lutheran High School graduate, was the 2003 CLHS JROTC Battalion Color Guard Commander and the Commander of Snap Squad and Adventure Training Teams. He also was a member of the 2004 All SAC Track Team during his senior year.

A.J. entered the U.S. Army in June of 2004, leaving the day after graduation. He received his initial training at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantryman. A.J. was subsequently assigned to 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, after completing Basic and Advanced Infantry School.

A.J. deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division in January 2005. On July 13, while on patrol in Baghdad, A.J. was seriously wounded in a car bomb attack that resulted in the death of one soldier and seriously wounding another soldier in his squad.

Suffering shrapnel and blast wounds to his leg, A.J. underwent multiple surgeries to repair the extensive damage to his leg. At one point, he was told that he would never run again, but A.J. persevered and continues to run multiple long distance events.

A.J.’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Expert Driver’s Badge (W), Unit Awards: Presidential Unit Citation, and French Fourragere.

The race is an affiliate race of Veep Races and has been selected for inclusion to encourage support for this great cause.

Veep Races highlights the race for runners and athletes who participate in our other events.

Veterans Marathon

The Veterans Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K is November 13, 2021.


Located in the heart of northeast Indiana, Columbia City is a small-town community with true Hoosier values. It’s a community rooted in its agricultural heritage, strengthened by its commercial and residential development, and proud of its hometown heroes.

In honor of those heroes and servicemen and servicewomen throughout the state and nation, the Veterans Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K will be held November 13, 2021. Only 20 miles west of Fort Wayne on US Highway 30, Columbia City is easy to find, easy to get to, easy to appreciate, and easy to enjoy. We can’t promise the race is easy to run, but we promise you’ll have fun.

Come experience the challenge and excitement of running the Veterans Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5K and do so in honor of America’s veterans.

The race is an affiliate race of Veep Races and has been selected for inclusion to encourage support for this great event.

This race is presented and organized by a separate organization that is wholly responsible for the event. Veep Races highlights the race for runners and athletes who participate in our other events.

Gingerbread Pursuit

2021 Race Date is December 11, 2021. Race start is 8:30 am. Gather the morning of at the Promenade Park Pavilion, 202 W. Superior St., Fort Wayne IN 46802

WE HAVE CHANGED THE COURSE TO ALLOW FOR AN EXTENDED START TIME.  The number of participants is small so as to allow substantial safety in distancing and avoidance of contact.

All of the event will be outside.  Because the start line will remain open longer to accommodate distancing we have altered the course.  What is exciting is that the new course gets people up on part of the Pufferbelly Trail and will take them UNDERNEATH Clinton Street along Spy Run Creek north of Science Central.

The new Clinton Street trail underpass in shown in the photo here.

The race prep and after refreshments will not take place in the Promenade Park pavilion. The race will start on Harrison Street, go due north, will cross the back of the St. Vincent’s Villa property  (so expect a bit of cross country over the soccer field), enter the new Pufferbelly trail at Jacobs Street to West State.  Then runners will take the ramp down from the trail, take the brand new trail along Spy Run Creek that runs UNDER Clinton Street, then south past Science Central to the RiverGreenway.  From runners will head east along the Greenway to a turn-around point near the Old Fort.  Runners will then turn and head back west to finish near the Harrison Street bridge.


Start a new Holiday Season tradition with the Gingerbread Pursuit 4 Mile Run.

“The gingerbread man, he’s out of the pan! Chase him, yes chase him as fast as you can!”

2020 Online Registration is here.

EXCITING – The Start and Finish will both be near Fort Wayne’s new Promenade Park along the St. Marys adjacent to Harrison and Superior downtown!

The 2020 Gingerbread Pursuit will be held December 12th in Downtown Fort Wayne – 8:30 AM. Your race bib will earn you (and a child) free entry to the Gingerbread Festival at The History Center.

The 2020 Gingerbread Pursuit has been designated as the Road Runners Club of America INDIANA STATE 4 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP.

And the 2020 Gingerbread Pursuit is also proud to be designated as part of the Fort Wayne Running Club’s Point Series.


The Gingerbread Pursuit was the FIRST race event to be held at the NEW Promenade Park.

Start on Superior adjacent to the park, then head east, you will hook up to run on the Greenway near the east side of downtown. Then run along the Rivergreenway back to downtown, past the confluence, past the Old Fort, and along the St. Mary’s River, turning south on the bridge to finish back at Promenade Park.

Runners will enjoy gingerbread cupcakes, cookies, and hot cider all in the new Promenade Park Foundation Pavilion. Enjoy Fort Wayne’s newest downtown attraction.

The race helps promote the Gingerbread Festival at The History Center and each runner will get a free entry to the Festival after the race; your race bib number is your entry to the Festival. It is amazing to see all the Gingerbread structures created for this Holiday tradition.

Part of your entry goes to support The History Center in its effort to bring heritage education to elementary students.

There is plentiful parking downtown.  You may wish to park between Promenade Park and The History Center if you plan to visit the Gingerbread Festival immediately after the race.

Route: NOTE: The route has been changed for 2020 to accommodate the start mat being open longer for runners to race safely.  Runners will head north on Harrison to the gate at the former St Vincent Villa.  It will be slightly cross country to meet up with the Pufferbelly Trail. From there it will exit just prior to W. State Blvd to go east on the new trail along Spy Run Creek, UNDER Clinton Street, following the trail past Science Central and then through Lawton Park to the Greenway.  Runners will then head east to a turnaround – then back west to finish at the Greenway and Third Street. The race route can be viewed here.  The route may be slightly altered as we move closer to the race date.  We expect it to be USATF Certified for distance.

Packet pick-up is the Saturday morning of the race starting at approximately 7:15 am at the Promenade Park Pavilion.

Visit the Gingerbread Pursuit Facebook page  for photos and updates.

2019 results will be posted simultaneously with the race completion on eRunner Timing and Results – our timing services provider.

NOTE: Refreshments will be limited this year. Individually bottled water and individually wrapped cookies will be at the finish.  Each finisher will receive a giant Spangler peppermint candy cane. We ask that runners disperse and go their vehicle immediately after finishing to be in compliance with our safety plan.

Come out and help promote The History Center and the Gingerbread Festival for the holidays!


Awesome race, I have run this race every year since 2014. So much fun, very competitive!Great refreshments afterwards!    Patricia Barger-Shoemaker  December 08, 2018

[G]reat race! Pretty cool to run in the snow, and the courthouse afterwards was fantastic.  Dave Daugherty  December 09, 2017

This was a ton of fun! The gingerbread cupcakes were amazing! Thank you to all who helped put on this event.  Drew Bruton  December 09, 2017

2018 Results can be see here:   AGE GROUP     OVERALL RESULTS

2019 Race Photos HERE.   Photos by Doug Dye.

2018 Race Photos HERE.   Photos by Daniel Owens.

OVER 500 PHOTOS of runners at the 2017 Gingerbread Pursuit may be found on the Veep Races Flickr account here.

2017 Gingerbread Pursuit Results

2014 Gingerbread Pursuit Results


Once there was a gingerbread man,
Baking in a gingerbread pan.
Raisin eyes and a cherry nose,
Trimmed right down to his fingers and toes.
A gingerbread man in a gingerbread pan!

Here’s the old woman who made him so sweet,
A treat for her and her husband to eat,
She made him with flour and sugar and eggs,
She gave him a face and two arms and two legs.
A gingerbread man in a gingerbread pan!

Now open the oven to see if he’s done,
This gingerbread man, he knows how to run.
Out of the oven and onto the floor,
Now run away out the kitchen door.
The gingerbread man, he’s out of the pan!

Now chase him old woman, now chase him old man
Chase him, yes chase him as fast as you can!
Through the garden and out the gate,
Catch him right now, before it’s too late.
The gingerbread man, he’s out of the pan!

Waterfall 5K / 10K Trail Runs

The 2021 Waterfall 5K/10K TAKE PLACE on JUNE 13, 2021 – One Day Before Flag Day.

We look forward to a 2021 race when the coronavirus threat has eased.  Know that we are planning for your safety and our volunteers’ safety.  There will be a few contingencies which we will send to confirmed entries as we get closer to the event.  So, plenty of sanitizer, the opportunity for handwashing with soap and water.  And a somewhat different take on the cookout that has traditionally accompanied the event.

The 2020 race is a model for other events going forward as to safety in this changed atmosphere.  This has traditionally been a smaller event among those that Veep Races manages but 2020 saw a record number of participants. So, the participation cap will be strictly followed.

The 2020 race had one challenge we could not anticipate – downed trees from a straight line storm (and perhaps, some rotation) three days before the race.  But race day was sunny, the temperatures were moderate and the air was soft.  The new start and finish at the Observation Mound was well received.  A large green area for social distancing, an easier to find location, new restrooms and a large amount of parking space.

5K and 10K races are on the trails of the Salamonie State Forest. The site has numerous waterfalls and is one of Indiana’s true natural treasures. You may even see a bald eagle swooping across the water of the Salamonie River.

Race start is 8:30 am.

click here to register online at Get Me Registered

Register online by clicking above or download the printable registration form to sign-up by mail.  Feel free to copy and distribute copies of the printable registration form.

The start and finish will be at the Observation Mound Pavilion, 6297 S Salamonie Dam Road, Lagro IN 46941. This beautiful site is atop the Salamonie Dam near the confluence with the Wabash River.

There will be a cookout – maybe –  after the race on the pavilion grill.  In 2020 we had gourmet sandwiches safely distributed; that may again be our go-to option.

The latitude and longitude for the start at the pavilion is: 40.811673, -85.673640

There will be ‘morning-of’ registration at the Observation Mound Pavilion. We are now taking credit cards for ‘day-of’ registration. You may pay ‘day-of’ by credit card, cash or check. If you have the Square ‘Wallet’ – you may pay by your Square smartphone app.

You can check the status of your registration here:


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1. 2018 Overall 2. 2018 Age Group

2013 Results: 1) 5K Overall; 2) 10K Overall; 3) 5K Age Groups; 4) 10K Age Groups.

We congratulate ACRES Land Trust on the action of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in December of 2014 to officially dedicate Kokiwanee as a statutory nature Preserve. One of the protective restrictions as a nature preserve means that it is limited for recreational purposes. So, starting in 2015, the Waterfall Trail Runs shifted to the trails of the Salamonie State Forest on the south side of the Salamonie River.  We appreciate ACRES Land Trust and their protection of the bluffs of the Salamonie contained in Kokiwanee.
Testimonials from the 2011 race:

I just wanted to say Thanks! again for all your work on the run yesterday.  This was my first trail run and was a great experience all around.  The event and camaraderie made for a terrific Sunday morning.

– David and Rhonda Kattau

Had fun with my boys at the Waterfall Trail Run. Great job by the race director, Mitch Harper. The boys really like their race shirts by Running Around Screen Printing / JoAnn Bird  Great memories with the boys.

– Jason House

I loved the atmosphere that this race promotes. Unique awards, nice shirts, and the cookout afterwards will bring me and my family back next year.

– Josh Colvin

Thanks for putting together this wonderful event! Great trails, and a welcome change of scenery!

– Sarah Hetrick

Galloping Gobbler

on  and on Facebook at Galloping Gobbler Runs and Walks

2021 Race date is Thanksgiving Day – November 25, 2021.

Thanksgiving Day

November 26 thru December 12, 2020

The Galloping Gobbler has become Fort Wayne’s new family tradition for Thanksgiving. Folks visiting from across the country have made room for the turkey and trimmings by running the four mile Galloping Gobbler course. The four miler would start at the Hutzell Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Saint Francis and then take you through Fort Wayne’s historic Lindenwood Cemetery before finishing back at campus.

We regret that the latest COVID 19 Restrictions have caused the race to go to a VIRTUAL status.  We know many of our runners would like to keep their streak going.  You may run the 4 Mile distance on Thanksgiving Day or any day until December 12, 2020.  Then, report your times.

More information on the exact manner to do so is coming soon and will be distributed to all those who have registered.  Packet pick-up will be at Fleet Feet in the Village of Coventry, Fort Wayne.  WE WILL SEND THE DATES and TIMES of PACKET PICK UP to REGISTRANTS soon.

Those who have registered already may go back to the registration site and elect to be in the 2020 VIRTUAL GOBBLER or to have a deferred entry to the 2021 Gobbler.

Runners have enjoyed music, posing with a live turkey, a costume turkey mascot, chip timing, and the camaraderie of over 2400 runners, friends and family over the years.  We look forward to having a TRUE THANKSGIVING in 2021 when we can all be together again.

Know that we have worked hard to have a safe, in-person event.  We had a robust and well thought-out safety plan that was approved in October.  However, the Allen County Board of Health advised that situation could change if the COVID situation worsened.  Unfortunately, Allen County is now a RED county under the Indiana guidelines and for the safety of you, your families, our volunteers and the community – the Gobbler is now a virtual.

We are still working on the details of the conversion to a virtual event.  Indeed, we are moving quickly to get the details done and communicated. Thank you for your understanding.

We are of the strong belief that runners want to run and compete in live events.  In June, we held the first trail run in NE Indiana when the first limitations were lifted.  We enjoyed working with the Indiana Dept of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers in having a safe event at the Salamonie River State Forest and Salamonie Dam. We have provided guidance to other race directors on conducting a safe event.

However, we know that the incidence of active coronavirus positive individuals is likely 4 to 5 times the number of currently known positive population. Transmission is widespread.  Be safe. We will all get past this.  So, run with your immediate family this year or join us for the 2021 event when we will have even more features at the race to make that a really special day of Thanksgiving.  Blessings for you and your family.

View Course Map HERE.

click here to register online at Get Me Registered



View the 4-mile course and elevations here:

4 Mile Course Map Here.     4 Mile Course Elevation Profile Here.

2019 Overall Results

2019 Age Group Results

2018 Overall Results

2018 Age Group Results

Results may also be viewed on eRunner Timing – our timing services provider:

2019 4 Mile Overall     2019 4 Mile Age Group

2018 4 Mile Overall    2018 4 Mile Age Group

PACKET PICK-UP: ( The following is packet information for the live event.  2020 packets will be at Fleet Feet in Village of Coventry – I-69 and W. Jefferson Blvd.  Registrants will be sent the particular times. We ask that you not call Fleet Feet for packet times.)Packet pick up for the Galloping Gobbler will be Wednesday from approximately 5:45 to 7:45 PM at the Hutzell Athletic Center on the USF campus off Leesburg Road south of Spring Street.   Packets may also be picked up on race morning starting at approximately 7:10 AM.

PARKING: (Note: This parking information will hopefully be used in 2021) Parking is at a premium with the large crowd. We would recommend you use the North Campus lot off Spring Street (the largest lot is BEHIND the building) or the lots near Spring Street and Lindenwood Avenue. It is a short walk across campus to Hutzell and one gets to see the restored Bass Mansion up close.  You may view a map of the campus here.

Awards will be customized and sent to recipients after the race!


Liz Schloss on 11/22/2018

A Thanksgiving tradition that I love and treasure. Great course, great people, great time.

Elizabeth Smith on 11/22/2018

Great run experience for a new runner! Well organized, interesting route, lots of fun!

David Kelly on 11/26/2010

Great event! Well managed, no hassle venue with 2,000 participants. Fast course in the prettiest cemetery ever. Hilly and interesting with a happy family and friends atmosphere. Run or walk at any pace. Train to win or push the stroller. Everyone gets home by 10am to enjoy Thanksgiving. Perfect! See you next year.

Melissa Walda on 11/25/2009

Fun start to Thanksgiving for runners or walkers. Very family friendly!

The Huff 50K Trail Run and Relay






Womens Relay

Mens Relay

Mixed Relay

19 and under Mens

19 and under Mixed

The HUFF 50K Trail Run


2021 Race Date:  Saturday, December 18, 2021.

2021 is the Silver Anniversary year.  25 years without interruption.  25 years without change of time of year so that you can test yourself against time, distance . . . and Mother Nature.

We have taken on constructing a robust safety plan.  It will require different practices and a paring down of activities associated with it. But we know folks want to run and we are endeavoring to create a safe platform for runners, volunteers and support personnel to do so.

If circumstances change, registrants will be notified. We will have a virtual race, deferral of entry to 2021 and possibly a potential make-up date.  These are all live options.  What we do know is that if the race is live – participants will need to stay in their cars until 5 minutes before the start.  To accommodate that, the race start will take place at the top of the hill (above the Sand Lake parking area).  This will put participants in close proximity to the major parking lots above Sand Lake.  ALSO, 50K participants will start at 8 AM.  One Loop AND Relay participants will start at 9 AM or later.  The start mat will be open for each event at least 15 minutes.

Relay teams will run together and add their times.  This is a change from what we have jokingly called the only real rule for The HUFF.  We have always required relay teams to run a real relay – with the next leg not begun until the prior leg’s runner had crossed the mat at the chute.

Understand we are still working with health authorities on this plan and that details may change as circumstances change.

This is one week PRIOR to Christmas Day; since Christmas Day falls on a Saturday – we move it to the weekend before Christmas instead of its traditional time on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s.

Note that entry to Chain O’ Lakes State Park is included in your registration;  you will not have to obtain a parking pass or pay at the gate on race morning.

Register online beginning January 20, 2021.

What sort of a challenge is The HUFF 50K?  Here is a great video of the 2016 race:


Packet pick-up will be available both the night before the race from 5:30 PM  to 7:30 PM Friday night at Running Around Screen Printing, 227 W Van Buren St, Columbia City, IN 46725 and then again on Saturday morning before the race at the Main Tent at Sand Lake, COL State Park.   You will be able to make changes to teams or make corrections in your name.

Running Around Screen Printing is located at 227 W Van Buren St, Columbia City, IN 46725 – 2 blocks west of the Whitley County Courthouse.

Runners can gather after packet pick up on Friday night  from 5:45 pm to approximately 8 pm at Chapman’s Tap Room just a block and a half from Running Around Screen Printing. Chapman’s is directly across from the Whitley County Courthouse at 227 W Van Buren St, Columbia City, IN 46725.  The Tap Room has great craft beer.

Results will be shown continuously scrolling on television screens in the Main Tent during the race day.  Periodic updates will be posted throughout the day at

Course map. You may view the 2020 course map below or at this link .  The new map made changes so that the runners face more rational choices in direction where parts of the two courses converge and diverge.  Runners will all be running in the same direction wherever the courses do converge.  Relay runners and one loop runners will run the GREEN course.  50K individual runners will be running the PINK course.  Trail flags in the respective colors will guide runners along the course.








2020 Finishers of the 50K and the Relay will receive belt buckles.  The One Loop Finishers will receive medals.

Overall and age group winners will also receive plaques.

The OVERALL 50K Winners will receive one of the heaviest awards in ultramarathoning.  It is a specially cast translucent blue art glass slab with the race logo   etched into its face.







PHOTOS of the 2017 HUFF by Daniel O. Owens and staff are now posted here on the Veep Races Flickr page.

PHOTOS of the 2015 HUFF by Daniel O. Owens are now posted here on the Veep Races Flickr page.

2015 Results:

HUFF 50K Trail Run Individual 50K Overall
HUFF 50K Trail Run Individual 50K Age Groups
HUFF Trail Run One Loop Overall
HUFF Trail Run One Loop Age Group
HUFF 50K Trail Relay by Team Name, Members’ Names and Division

Results will be posted here on the Veep Races results page.   Age groups are to follow.

News-Sentinel newspaper article by Tanya Isch Caylor on the 2014 HUFF.

The 2017 and 2016 HUFF runners faced some of our toughest weather conditions. However, the 2015 HUFF enjoyed great weather conditions.  We thank those who made it a near record breaking year for the number of 50K finishers.


Shawn Tate Peterson: So well coordinated. I cannot wait to do this race again next year! (Written January 2015)

Julie Ader Loving: “Best race ever! This is our third year running the Huff 50k. Beautiful trails, aid stations are wonderful tons of food especially the chocolate turtles. The volunteers were amazing! Nicest people you will ever meet. very organized too, we will definitely be back for 2015.”

Doug Sawyer: “Overall I have to say this was a great race. It was a beautiful, and, if it wasn’t for the snow, fast course.[ … ] The race was well organized, the staff and volunteers fantastic and the food and bling awesome.


HUFF Individual 50K Overall


HUFF Overall Individual 50K and 1 Loop

2011 Overall Relay Results

HUFF 50K photos taken by the professionals at INMedia Source.

HUFF 50K Videos –

Another video of the 2016 HUFF showing a bit of the snowy conditions seen above.

The 2014 and 2013 HUFF weather conditions were outstanding.  A great video showing the trail and illustrating the fun of The 2014 HUFF was made by Scott VanLoo.

2014 The Huff 50K Recap from Scott VanLoo on Vimeo.


A synonym of ‘ultra’ is ‘extreme’.  The 2011 HUFF 50K had extreme and unusual water conditions. Those conditions were unique in the 50 year history of Chain O’ Lakes and are unlikely to be repeated.  The likeliest winter race conditions are like those of 2012, 2013, and 2014;  race conditions runners regarded as ‘perfect’ and ‘perfectly beautiful’.

The HUFF Medals.

50K finishers will receive a custom gold colored medal.  The 2017 design featured three time winner Ann Heaslett.  50K Relay finishers will receive a silver colored medal. All medals are made in the Midwest, or, as we like to say, the Old Northwest Territory.

Now a tradition – One Loop Run (10+/- miles) finishers will receive a medal.

The 2011 medal (shown) featured the historic one-room brick Stanley Schoolhouse that now serves as the Chain O’ Lakes Nature Center, the torch symbol from Indiana’s state flag and the two bucks with locked antlers discovered in 2007 at Norman Lake in the Park.

Check-In: Packet pick-up will be available the day before starting at 5:30 PM  on Friday night (December 27th) OR starting at 7:30 AM at the race site (Sand Lake Tent) on race day (December 28th).  Packet pick-up is at Running Around Screen Printing in its historic building in Columbia City one block west of the Courthouse.


  • Individual 50K Trail Run
  • 3 Person 50K Relay
  • 1 Loop (10.8 miles) Fun Run
  • December 28, 2019
  • Start time 8:00 am for the Relay and One Loop Runs; 8:15 am for the Individual 50K.

LOCATION: VERY IMPORTANT –  The HUFF 50K  moved to a new venue in northeast Indiana eight years ago –  CHAIN O’ LAKES State Park in Albion, Indiana.  The terrain is more technical than at the Huntington Reservoir.


There will be three staffed aid stations along with the Start/Finish tent and one unmanned aid station.  You may view the old map here. We’ll p0st a new map prior to the 2018 race; an adjustment was made to move the Aid Station at the Fishing Pier across Sand Lake to the parking lot at Dock Lake.  Aid stations are marked with blue stars are manned. All runners in all race categories will pass by the aid stations.
Here are a few of the things that will be available at the aid stations:  water, sport drink, coffee, hot chocolate at some, bananas, PB sandwiches at some,  pretzels, potato chips, tortilla chips, M&M’s, defizzed Coke, boiled potatoes, kidney beans (if our stocker agrees with me), turkey sandwiches at some, unbelievable and out of this world chocolate turtles at the Stanley School and grilled hamburgers at the Rally Camp Aid Station.
Our thanks to great volunteers and our Main Tent staff for heading up the manned stations.

PARKING:VERY IMPORTANT:  Runners should park in one of the three large surface lots near the campground.  This is a short walk to the Main Tent at the Sand Lake Main Tent.  The parking lot at Sand Lake will be utilized for the Start/Finish, volunteers, service and emergency vehicles.  For everyone’s safety, please use the two campground lots or one of the other lots nearby.  When you enter the Park, go past the drive off to Sand Lake – continue to one of the next two entryways to your right. Those are the campground lots.

Again, no entry pass will be required for 2019 – it is included in your entry fee.

Lodging information available here.

Camping is available at the Chain O’ Lakes State Park.  Pick a site when you arrive and a ranger will be around to collect the fee at some point in your stay.   Chain O’ Lakes Park number  is (260) 636-2654

Coordinates: Those who are interested in latitude/longitude coordinates for mapping devices may consult this list:

  • For the RUNNER’S PARKING AREA (also post-race showers at the campground)
    Latitude, Longitude
  • For the MAIN TENT:
    Latitude, Longitude
  • For the START/FINISH:
    Latitude, Longitude
  • For AID STATION A at the Stanley One Room Schoolhouse:

    Latitude, Longitude
  • For AID STATION B at Rally Camp:

    Latitude, Longitude
  • For AID STATION at the Dock Lake Parking lot:

    Latitude, Longitude
    41.334843, -85.375394

    REGISTER ONLINE by clicking here.

    PRINTABLE MAIL-IN REGISTRATION will be posted here later.

    The Following Entry Fees Schedule will be updated once registration is live:

    Individual 50K ultramarathoner:

    • $– through May 1, 2019
    • $– from May 2 through September 1, 2019
    • $– from September 3 through November 10, 2019
    • $— from November 11 through December 10, 2019
    • $— from December 10 until December 30, 2019

    3 Person Relay Team – Adult:

    • $— for Team through November 1, 2019
    • $— for Team from November 2  through December 1, 2019
    • $— for Team from December 2 until December 25, 2019


    • Please know that 19 & Under Relay Teams are eligible for Relay Team Scholarships.  The Scholarships are an additional discount off the discounted entry fees for 19 & Under Relay Teams shown here:
    • The discounted fees shown here are for all 3 team members together:
      • $– for Team through December 1, 2020
      • $– for Team from December 2 until December 17, 2020

    No online registration after Dec 25.  There will be in person registration available the night before and on race day morning. We reserve the right to limit numbers of in person registrations.

    All 50K and relay entrants will receive running gear bearing the HUFF50K logo.

    Make checks payable to: VEEP Races.


    Mitch Harper
    5207 Hopkinton Dr.
    Fort Wayne IN 46814Phone: 260.436.4824Mobile: 260-435-9524

    Showers: Showers are not available on site when the race occurs after Christmas Day.

    Hot showers will be available in 2020 at the Whitley County Family YMCA in Columbia City IN and the Cole Center YMCA in Kendallville after the race but before 6 PM.  Both YMCA’s have graciously allowed the use of their facilities on race afternoon by 2017 and 2018 runners.

    Awards:  Belt buckle medals to 50K, 50K Relay Finishers will be presented at the finish line, and – now, since 2012 – medals for One Loop Finishers, will be presented at finish line.

    The heaviest award in ultramarathons will be presented to the overall male and female winners of The HUFF 50K. In past years, it was first a large cast gargoyle, then it was a large granite plaque.  Starting in 2016, it is a translucent slab of sandblasted art glass produced by the oldest art glass manufacturer in the United States.

    Age group awards will be presented at end of race or will be mailed to participants.