Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run

Wes (100-miler) and me (crew and pacer) at Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run packet pickup (2016).

The Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run (MO100), established in 1990, is the fifth oldest ultra-running race in the U.S. and is regarded as one of the most premier runs in the country. It is also a stop on the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (a quest to finish 4-5 of the Midwest’s showcase 100 mile trail races within a matter of months). Depending on when you sign up, the entry fee for MO100 is $175-250, and the race is limited to 700 registrants. (If 100 miles isn’t in the cards for you quite yet, there are also 50 mile and 26.2 mile options.)

MO100 is held in Loudonville, OH, rain or shine. About 95% of the race is on trail, taking runners through the Mohican Memorial State Forest. The late summer heat and the 14,920 feet of total elevation gain will keep your sweat flowing, so have a solid hydration plan! There will be a few spots for you to meet up with your crew. And there are many, friendly volunteers handing out food, snacks, water, ice, and encouragement at the aid stations. For the this year's course map and pacing information, click here.

By the race start, there is lawn parking where you can leave your car, but I suggest carpooling if you can! If you’re looking for a cheap place to spend the night before and after the race, there is a Travelodge just off I-71 and is only a 30-minute drive from the race start. Also, across the street is a shopping center with a Cracker Barrel for some post-race feasting!

Those who complete MO100 within 32 hours will receive a custom Mohican 100 Mile belt buckle. If you’re a quick one and finish in the top 5, you'll be awarded a cash prize too! But don't worry if you're the last of the pack, because the last person to finish MO100 within 32 hours will receive the Last of the Mohicans award, which varies year to year. If you end up loving this race so much that you want to do it again and again, set your sights on doing it every year for a decade. A special 1,000 mile belt buckle is awarded to those who complete ten MO100s! (P.S. This race is usually chosen as a Western States qualifier.)

I haven’t run a 100-mile race, and I don’t have plans to. But if your goal is more and more distance, then put MO100 on your must-do list!

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