2016 Race Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016. 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 RD@VeepRaces.com for additional information.
For 2017, the race will move 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.
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.
Packet pick-up will be available both the night before the race from 5:30 PM to 8 PM Friday night in Albion IN and then again on Saturday morning before the race at the Main Tent at Sand Lake, COL State Park. The site of the night-before packet pickup has not yet been determined. Check back for details.
New course map for 2014. You may view the new course map here. The new map makes 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 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.
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 2014 HUFF design. 50K Relay finishers will receive a silver colored belt buckle. Both the 50K and the 50K Relay belt buckles will be Indiana made for 2014. (There will not be a ribbon on the 2014 medals.)
NEW for 2012 and now a tradition – One Loop Run (10+/- miles) finishers will receive a medal. The design will be similar to the 2014 50K medal but will be a flat medal rather than a 3D belt buckle.
The 2014 medal will feature a 3D adaptation of a HUFF competitor approaching the first Aid Station in front of the Stanley One Room Schoolhouse.
The 2013 medal featured a runner charging through and conquering the unusual water condition of the 2011 race.
The 2012 medal featured Ringo the dog – a favorite of HUFF participants.
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 night before starting at 5:30 PM on Friday night (December 16th) OR starting at 7:30 AM at the race site (Sand Lake Tent) on race day (December 17th).
- Individual 50K Trail Run
- 3 Person 50K Relay
- 1 Loop (10.8 miles) Fun Run
- December 19, 2015
- 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.
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.
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)
For the MAIN TENT:
For the START/FINISH:
For the BIRDLAND AID STATION: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.
Individual 50K ultramarathoner:
- $80 through May 1, 2016
- $85 from May 2 through September 1, 2016
- $90 from September 2 through November 1, 2016
- $95 from November 2 through December 1, 2016
- $100 from December 2 until December 17, 2016
3 Person Relay Team – Adult:
- $180.00 for Team through November 1, 2016
- $192.00 for Team from November 2 through December 1, 2016
- $204.00 for Team from December 2 until December 17, 2016
DISCOUNTED ENTRY FOR 19 & UNDER RELAY TEAMS
- 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, 2016
- $105.00 for Team from December 2 until December 17, 2015
No online registration after Dec 15. 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 RD@VeepRaces.com
5207 Hopkinton Dr.
Fort Wayne IN 46814Phone: 260.436.4824 Mobile: 260-348-5343
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.
Age group awards will be presented at end of race or will be mailed to participants.