The Huff 50K Trail Run and Relay

The HUFF 50K Trail Run

Packet pick-up will be available both the night before the race from 5:30 PM  to 8 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. 

Running Around Screen Printing is located 2 blocks west of the Whitley County Courthouse.

The Pasta Dinner will be held from 5:45 pm to approximately 8 pm at Chapman’s Tap Room just a block and a half from Running Around Screen Printing directly across from the Whitley County Courthouse at 227 W Van Buren St, Columbia City, IN 46725.  The Tap Room location and the catering were new for 2016; each received great reviews.

2017 Race Date:  Saturday, December 30, 2017. You may register for any of the divisions online here.  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.

19 and Under Relay division runners are  eligible for a special ‘scholarship’.  Please contact the Race Director at for additional information.

For 2017, the race has moved back to the Saturday after Christmas Day – December 30, 2017.

A downloadable, printed entry for mailing will be made available later.

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

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


2014 Overall Results are now 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 2015 HUFF enjoyed great weather conditions.  We thank those who made it a near record breaking year for the number of 50K finishers.

Course map. You may view the course map here.  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.






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 -

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 belt buckle featuring the 2017 HUFF design.  50K Relay finishers will receive a silver colored belt buckle. Both the 50K and the 50K Relay belt buckles are Indiana made.

Now a tradition – One Loop Run (10+/- miles) finishers will receive a medal. The design will be similar to the 2017 50K medal but will be a flat medal rather than a 3D belt buckle.

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 29th) OR starting at 7:30 AM at the race site (Sand Lake Tent) on race day (December 30th).  Packet pick-up is at Running Around Screen Printing in its historic building in Columbia City one block west of the Courthouse.  NE Indiana area runners will be able to pick up their packet starting on Wednesday, December 27 after 3:30 PM at Running Around Screen Printing,



  • Individual 50K Trail Run
  • 3 Person 50K Relay
  • 1 Loop (10.8 miles) Fun Run
  • December 30, 2017
  • 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 five years ago -  CHAIN O’ LAKES State Park in Albion, Indiana.  The terrain is more technical than before.  The amenities to be to a higher standard as well.  The change is exciting and we think you will find the COL location to be exciting, too.


There will be three staffed aid stations along with the Start/Finish tent and one unmanned aid station.  You may view the  map here. 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 Nature Center/Stanley School and grilled hamburgers at the ‘Birdland’ 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 two 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 2016 – it is included in your entry fee.

Lodging information available here.

Camping is available at the Chain O’ Lakes State Park.  Comfort station #1 will be open in the campground for race weekend.  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

    Latitude, Longitude
  • For the NATURE CENTER/Stanley School AID STATION:

    Latitude, Longitude

REGISTER ONLINE by clicking here.

PRINTABLE MAIL-IN REGISTRATION will be posted here later.

Entry Fee:

Individual 50K ultramarathoner:

  • $80 through May 1, 2016
  • $85 from May 2 through September 1, 2017
  • $90 from September 2 through November 1, 2017
  • $95 from November 2 through December 1, 2017
  • $100 from December 2 until December 17, 2017

3 Person Relay Team – Adult:

  • $180.00 for Team through November 1, 2017
  • $192.00 for Team from November 2  through December 1, 2017
  • $204.00 for Team from December 2 until December 17, 2017


  • Please know that 19 & Under Relay Teams are eligible for Relay Team Scholarships sponsored by Fort Wayne Cardiology and Drs. Mark O’Shaugnessy and Eric White.  There will be a Fort Wayne Cardiology HUFF Relay Scholarship application form posted here as a PDF.   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:
    • $90.00 for Team through December 1, 2017
    • $105.00 for Team from December 2 until December 17, 2017

No online registration after Dec 26.  Limited registration the night before and on race day.

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: 260.436.4824 Mobile: 260-348-5343
FAX: 260.436.8284

Showers: Showers will be available on site.  The showers will be available at the Main Chain O’ Lakes campsite just east (and up the hill) from the start/finish.

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

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

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