Frequently Asked Questions

Club Questions

How can I join?

Sign up online or download our mail-in form.

Are you a not for profit group?

Yes. The Lawrence Trail Hawks trail running club is a registered non-profit with the State of Kansas. As a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) we are a 501(c)3 non-profit under that club’s group exemption. Any donation you make to the Lawrence Trail Hawks is tax deductible. If you have more questions please contact club board Trail Hawks Board.

Who are the Lawrence Trail Hawks?

The Lawrence Trail Hawks, founded by Lawrence area trail and ultra runners, run on, promote and care for the Lawrence trails, including the Kansas River Trails (sometimes known as the Sand Rat trails), and the Clinton Lake North Shore Trails.

We work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Kansas Trails Council, and the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club to help keep the trails groomed and free of trash. We stage events, and help with other groups' events that meet our goals of promoting and caring for the trails.

We take care of the trails, our fellow Trail Hawk members, and all others who have interest in the trails similar to our own. We might not do as much as we'd like, but we do what we can.

We are trail running enthusiasts, and our members range from "I only run 1 mile a week" to "it's just a marathon."

What are the benefits of membership?

Member benefits include:

  • 20% discount off regular retail price shoes, clothing, accessories, and food year-round at all Garry Gribbles' Running Sports locations
  • 15 percent off online purchases at http://www.runningwarehouse.com

Also, you get all Trail Hawks gear at cost, and dramatically reduced entry fees for great Trail Hawks events like the Shoreline Shuffle 5K, Sander's Saunter 10k and more. Your dues are what helps us put these events on. Perhaps best of all, you get a cool Hawk name, bestowed on you by your fellow Hawks. Sorry, but there's no self-naming.

What is an ultra marathon?

An ultra-marathon is any race longer than a marathon (26.2 miles). Typical ultra distances are 50km (31.5 miles), 50 miles, 100km and 100 miles. We have runners who never ran an ultra before joining, and within one year, had completed 100-milers.

Run Questions

Do you run at night?

Yes! During the winter, most group runs are at night so make sure you bring a head lamp or a handheld light. The trails ARE dark at night.

I’m not a joiner. Can I run with the Hawks anyway?

Sure thing. All our scheduled weekly runs are free. And you can get in on the Hawk Talk by joining our Lawrence Trail Hawks Yahoo e-mail group or our Facebook Page.

How fast do you run?

Our speeds typically are slow. A lot of us are slow runners, with a few speed demons. The shorter runs are usually faster than the longer runs. If speed is a concern for you, we can change the run tempo to accommodate.

Do you run in the winter?

Yes! We run year round. Rain or sleet or snow. We're like the USPS. Only thing that keeps Hawks of the trail are tornadoes and lightning. One trick we often use to help our winter running (especially when it is icy) is to screw our shoes. We run in nice weather too.

What is "screwing your shoes"?

It’s inserting short, hex head screws into the lugs in the outsole (ie, the bottom) of the shoe For an excellent write up on how to do this, read Matt Carpenter's webpage, "The Screwed Shoe".

I want to come run with your club, what should I bring?

We are a self-sufficient group. Each runner is expected to bring water, water-bottle/s (or hydration pack), food, salt tablets, etc. It is often hard for first-time distance runners to judge the amount of water/food they should bring. If you have any doubts it's always safer to bring more than less. Here is a guide which should help.

Note: this guide is subject to change depending on weather conditions and from runner to runner.

  • under 10 miles: 1 water bottle and 1-2 gel packets (or food of similar calories)
  • 10-15 miles: 1-2 water bottles (or hydration pack) and 2-3 gel packets and 1-2 salt tablets
  • 15-20 miles: 2-3 water bottles (or hydration pack) and 2 gels and one energy bar and 3-4 salt tablets

Please remember that this is a general guideline. Each runner has his or her own fueling needs. And more importantly weather conditions can make this guide fluctuate wildly.

How old must I be to run with the Trail Hawks?

Runners of all ages are welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent.

How far do you run?

Our distances vary. Our “Beginner Run” is every Monday, and ranges from 1-4 miles. Another Trail Hawks beginner-oriented trail run is our women-only "Gal-Gallop,” also between 1-4 miles. Our Wednesday Short-to-Middy Run goes from about 4 to 12 miles. The Saturday long run has gone as far as 40 miles. Not everyone runs the full distance, and some run further. No one who is new to the trails is ever left alone on them during our group runs. Check out our "runs page" for details and contact info.

Race Questions

What if I need to drop?

100-milers who drop to the 50 will receive a 50-mile finisher award. They are not eligible for 50-mile 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes. 100-mile and 50-mile runners may NOT drop to the marathon. If you would like to drop down in distance before the race and be eligible for awards, contact the RDs at HawkHundredRD@gmail.com before September 1st.

What kind of race swag do we get?

  • All 100-mile finishers will receive a belt buckle.
  • 50-mile finishers will receive a handmade finisher’s mug.
  • Marathon finishers will receive an award.
  • The top three male and female finishers in each race will receive a special award.
  • All entrants get a cool Hawk shirt.
  • In addition, 100-mile entrants who sign up by August 15 also get a jacket.
  • We will also have t-shirts and hoodies available for purchase.

How can I help?

The Hawk wouldn’t be possible without the support of the many volunteers who help us do essential tasks—like staff aid stations, direct runners, cook meals… And in addition to the warm fuzzy feeling you’ll have for making runners’ dreams come true, we’ll even feed you and give you an awesome Hawk t-shirt! Sound good?

Still have questions? Want to offer suggestions?

Email the Race Director, Sherrie and Justin, at HawkHundredRD@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

I need a pacer / I would like to be a pacer. Can you help?

Absolutely. We love to help people make new friends! Just email the RDs at HawkHundredRD@gmail.com and we’ll hook you up. You can also join our Facebook page and post your request there.

Will there be photography?

Photography on the trail will be by Mile 90 Photography. http://www.mile90.com/Race-Photos/Pi-Day-2014

Can I bring my non-human companion?

The River Trails are not that wide, we ask that if you can leave your pet at home, please do so. If you do decide to run with a four legged pal (or a parrot?!?), please make sure they are on a leash and do not get in other runners’ ways.

Can I run with headphones?

Headphones are allowed, but if you use them, please only have one ear bud in so that you can hear if a course director or fellow runner needs to tell/warn you of something.

What about parking?

The parking past the levy will not have access from 7:45 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. during the Pi Miler start and again from 8:45 a.m. –9:20 a.m. for the beginning of the Half Marathon.

Both races start at the levy gate into the park, run through the parking lot and on to the trails. Please be mindful of that when parking.

Where do the races start? Where do I check in?

Both races start at the gate on the levy.

Check in and the finish line is a bit Southeast of there in the field.

ALL runners should check in and out of the race.

Check-in starts by 7am.

Wait, what time does my race start?

The Pi Miler starts at 8 am.

The Pi Day River Rotation Half Marathon begins at 9 am.

Weather/Changes/Cancellations/Refunds

The Organizer’s refund policy is subject to change at the discretion of the Organizer and any such changes are published either within this refund policy, Facebook page, and/ or on the Lawrence Trail Hawks website. You, as the participant, understand that we may cancel or postpone the Event if circumstances beyond our reasonable control. The Race Directors reserve the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns or natural disaster. In such cases there will be no refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complimentary race entry to a future race. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date – including course preparation, race supplies, permits and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision we make that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety and manageability. The organizer will not refund any proportion of the Event Participation fee once the Participant has participated in the event. This policy is non-discriminatory and does not take account of any individual circumstances in order for fairness and clarity. Event reservations may be transferred between categories provided any additional costs that are relevant are paid in full if such a request is emailed ten clear days before the event date. You may transfer your Event reservation to a friend, in writing, to the Organizers, along with a signed waiver by the new participant, if such a request is emailed fourteen clear days before the event date.

Wait, what time does my race start?

The Pi Miler starts at 8 am.

The Pi Day River Rotation Half Marathon begins at 9 am.

Where do the races start? Where do I check in?

Both races start at the gate on the levy.

Check in and the finish line is a bit Southeast of there in the field.

ALL runners should check in and out of the race.

Check-in starts by 7am.

What about parking?

The parking past the levy will not have access from 7:45 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. during the Pi Miler start and again from 8:45 a.m. –9:20 a.m. for the beginning of the Half Marathon.

Both races start at the levy gate into the park, run through the parking lot and on to the trails. Please be mindful of that when parking.

Can I run with headphones?

Yes and No. Headphones are allowed, but if you use them, you can only have one ear bud in so that you can hear if a course director or fellow runner needs to tell/warn you of something. If you choose to ignore this rule and go off course...

Can I bring my non-human companion?

The River Trails are not that wide, we ask that if you can leave your pet at home, please do so.

If you do decide to run with a four legged pal (or a parrot?!?), please make sure they are -on a leash and -do not get in other runners’ ways or both other participants/volunteers.

Will there be photography?

Photography on the trail and finish line will again be by Mile 90 Photography! http://www.mile90.com/Race-Photos/Pi-Day-2014

How will I know my finish time?

We are using chip timing this year with RaceDay Timing Solutions for both races.

What kind of pie?

All kinds! Celestial Bakery will be back again providing us with yummy cream, fruit, and vegan pies! And of course plenty of homemade pies. There will be pumpkin pie too.

If you have a favorite that will help you get to the finish line, just on our Facebook page and let us know!

Swag?

We will have Pi Day sweatshirts and the opportunity to purchase extra and/or the long/short sleeve version of the race shirt during registration on Ultra Signup. Limited numbers will be available on race day. We will also have the very awesome Lawrence Trail Hawk t-shirts available.

It run on trails? Will I get lost?

The Lawrence River Trails loop around, so you should be fine. In the months/weeks leading up to the races the LTHs will do training runs running the courses, check out their Facebook page or the main page here for dates/times. Or ask, someone is always up for a run!

How do I get to the race?

Your best bet is to use Google Maps to chart your route. Use this coordinate for the destination: Overlook Park @38.939175,-95.339651. It puts you right at the Start/Finish, Shelter 1, in Clinton Park.

Do you have a Facebook page?

Why yes, we do! Thanks for asking! You can find it here: Hawk Hundred on FB. We have monthly contest with Orange Mud gear as our prizes. Weekly training runs and updated race information will be posted often, so please join the page.

I need a pacer / I would like to be a pacer. Can you help?

Absolutely. We love to help people make new friends! Just email the RDs at HawkHundredRD@gmail.com and we’ll hook you up. You can also join our Facebook page and post your request there.

Can my dog run with me?

Yes! We LOVE dogs, and if you let us know ahead of time we’ll even get your pup a bib so he or she can compete in the Canine category. No charge. However, as a courtesy to other runners, your dog MUST remain on a leash for the duration of the race.

Please request an additional bib for your canine runner when you pick up your packet.

How can I help?

The Hawk wouldn’t be possible without the support of the many volunteers who help us do essential tasks—like staff aid stations, direct runners, cook meals… And in addition to the warm fuzzy feeling you’ll have for making runners’ dreams come true, we’ll even feed you and give you an awesome Hawk t-shirt! Sound good? Please visit the registration page: https://ultrasignup.com/volunteer.aspx?dtid=20207 to sign up as a volunteer.

When is the pre-race briefing?

The pre-race briefing is at the Start/Finish, Shelter 1, on Friday, September 8th at 6 pm. It is especially recommended for all 100-mile runners, and would be helpful for 50-mile and marathon runners as well. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm. Family, friends and crew are welcome, menu to be announced soon.

Packets may be picked up during the pre-race briefing on Friday, September 8th, at the Start/Finish from 5–7 pm. You may also pick up your packet at the Start/Finish on race morning, at least 30 minutes before your race starts. The Start/Finish is at Shelter 1, Overlook Park at Clinton Lake.

Can I have a pacer?

Pacers are only allowed (and are recommended) for the 100-mile race, although no “muling” is allowed. Pacers can think for you, navigate for you, keep you awake, make sure you eat and drink, and do all the other wonderful things pacers do—but they can’t carry your gear for you. Carrying your own load is part of being a finisher in the Hawk.

Pacers may join their runners starting at 50 miles or any time thereafter. They may join their runners from either of the two crew access stations after checking in at the Start/Finish. Please have the pacer check in at the Start/Finish area to sign the waiver and pick up their pacer bib.

Pacers are not allowed for the marathon or 50-mile races.

What kind of race swag do we get?

  • All 100-mile finishers will receive a belt buckle and a 100 mile car sticker
  • 50-mile finishers will receive a handmade finisher’s mug and a 50 mile car sticker
  • Marathon finishers will receive a handmade award and a 26.2 car sticker
  • The top three male and female finishers in each race will receive a special handmade award.
  • All entrants get a cool Hawk shirt and a race bag

  • We will also have t-shirts and other race items available for purchase - you can pre-order on Ultrasignup when you register for the race. -We have chip timing and custom race bibs for each race if you sign up by August 15th. -Our photographers are once again. Mile 90. Please visit www.mile90.com to download your free race pictures provided and paid for by the Lawrence Trail Hawks

What happens if it rains and the trails are too muddy to run on?

RACE CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT In the event the race should be postponed or canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Lawrence Trail Hawks (inclement or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will NOT be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined or possibly, though but not guaranteed, by mail.

ALTERNATE COURSE If local authorities, Clinton State Park and the Kansas Trails Council trail steward, deem the trails unsafe for runners or vulnerable to damage due to muddy conditions, an alternative course will be provided by the Lawrence Trail Hawks race Directors, pending approval by Clinton State Park and the Kansas Trails Council Trail Steward.

What time does the race start?

The 100-mile and 50-mile races begin at 6am on Saturday, September 9th. The marathon starts at 8 am on Saturday, September 9th.

What time do I need to check in by?

All 100-mile and 50-mile runners must check in at the Start/Finish by 5:45 am. Marathon runners must check in at the Start/Finish by 7:45 am.

What are the aid station cut-offs?

The 100 and 50-mile races have a Sunday 10:00am cut off for runners leaving the West Park Road aid station, after completing the Bunker Hill/Goodwin loop. This is at mile 88 for the 100-mile runners and mile 38 for the 50-mile runners. The cut off for Lands End aid Station is Sunday 12pm, noon. This is at mile 93.5 for the 100-mile runners and 43.5 for the 50-mile runners.

To stay in the race, you must have left the aid station by the above cut off times. Volunteers will breakdown the aid station at that time, and depart. Runners continuing on their own accord past the cutoffs, and not arriving at the Start/Finish on or before the 2pm cutoff, will not be eligible for the finisher awards.

Still have questions? Want to offer suggestions?

Email the Race Director, Sherrie or Ami at HawkHundredRD@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

What is the Hawk Hundred Deferment Policy?

Seeing you cross the finish line is the reason we host this race. If you’ve signed up for one of the events, but are unable to safely participate in the HAWK race, we offer the following options.

CHANGING DISTANCE PRIOR TO THE RACE Runners may contact the Race Director and transfer to a lower or a higher distance on or before August 15th. In the event a runner transfers to a higher distance, a pro rata charge will apply. No credit or refund can be given for runners transferring to a lower distance race. You can also make an "event change" on ultrasignup and change the distance yourself; in the event you upgrade the distance it will generate a code and prompt you to re-register for the new distance. The HAWK does not allow runners to transfer entries to other participants.

DROPPING DISTANCE ON RACE DAY Hundred milers who drop to the 50 will receive a 50-mile finisher award, if available. However, they are not eligible for 50-mile 1st, 2nd or 3rd place awards. Hundred-mile and 50-mile runners may NOT drop to the marathon and will be recorded as a DNF in the race results.

DEFERRAL Runners may defer their race entries to the following year, by notifying the Race Director on or before August 1st. Deferral will NOT be permitted for any runner making a request less than 30 days before the scheduled event. The race Deferral is good for one year only. Requests for deferral must be submitted in writing to the Race Director; given the press of other preparations, runners should make sure their request has been confirmed. The deferral code must be obtained from the Race Director and used within the first 45 days of the next year’s race registration.

DID NOT START If you can’t attend, and haven’t deferred, please let the Race Director know at least seven days before the race, so your name can be removed from the starters list. You also have the option to remove yourself from the race on Ultrasignup. If you don’t show up, and don’t let us know in advance that you can’t make it, you’ll be recorded as DNS in the race results.

Weather/Changes/Cancellations

The Organizer’s refund policy is subject to change at the discretion of the Organizer and any such changes are published either within this refund policy, Facebook page, and/ or on the Lawrence Trail Hawks website. You, as the participant, understand that we may cancel or postpone the Event if circumstances beyond our reasonable control. The Race Directors reserve the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns or natural disaster. In such cases there will be no refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complimentary race entry to a future race. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date – including course preparation, race supplies, permits and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision we make that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety and manageability. The organizer will not refund any proportion of the Event Participation fee once the Participant has participated in the event. This policy is non-discriminatory and does not take account of any individual circumstances in order for fairness and clarity. Event reservations may be transferred between categories provided any additional costs that are relevant are paid in full if such a request is emailed ten clear days before the event date. You may transfer your Event reservation to a friend, in writing, to the Organizers, along with a signed waiver by the new participant, if such a request is emailed fourteen clear days before the event date.

Swag

This year's shirts will be by Atayne with their awesome sublimation printing. Long sleeved for the Pi Day River Rotation Half Marathon, and short sleeved for the Pi Miler. Shirts are based on gender, so if you would like the opposite, please email us and let us know. A link to their sizing chart: https://atayne.com/atayne-size-guides

Because these will be custom shirts for us (color combo and all) we do need to have the order to them earlier then normal, so to guarantee your size, you need to be registered by January 25th, 2017.

After that date, there are no guarantees on quantity or size.

We'll be offering neck gaiters from Atayne with the Lawrence River Trails imprinted on them and the Pi Day logo for sale at check out and on race day (while supplies last). Good for all year!

Pi Day hoodies will be back. More info to come!

March 10th and 11th registration

Online registration will close on the 9th, but you can still sign up to run the races by going on Friday, March 10th to packet pickup and on March 11th at race day location sign in tent.

When and where is the pre-race briefing and packet pickup?

The pre-race briefing is at the Start/Finish, Shelter 1, on Friday, September 8th at 6 pm. It is especially recommended for all 100-mile runners, and would be helpful for 50-mile and marathon runners as well. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm. Family, friends and crew are welcome; menu to be announced soon.

Packets may be picked up during the pre-race briefing on Friday, September 8th, at the Start/Finish from 5–7 pm. You may also pick up your packet at the Start/Finish on race morning, at least 30 minutes before your race starts. The Start/Finish is at Shelter 1, Overlook Park at Clinton Lake.

Google maps will put you at the race destination - it even has the HAWK RACE pinpointed . Use this coordinate for the destination: https://www.google.com/maps/place/38%C2%B056'25.0%22N+95%C2%B020'24.9%22W/@38.940278,-95.3424537,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d38.940278!4d-95.340265 It puts you right at the Start/Finish, Shelter 1, in Clinton Park.

What are the aid station cut-offs?

The 100 and 50-mile races have a Sunday 10:00am cut off for runners leaving the West Park Road aid station, after completing the Bunker Hill/Goodwin loop. This is at mile 88 for the 100-mile runners and mile 38 for the 50-mile runners. The cut off for Lands End aid Station is Sunday 12pm, noon. This is at mile 93.5 for the 100-mile runners and 43.5 for the 50-mile runners.

To stay in the race, you must have left the aid station by the above cut off times. Volunteers will breakdown the aid station at that time, and depart. Runners continuing on their own accord past the cutoffs, and not arriving at the Start/Finish on or before the 2pm cutoff, will not be eligible for the finisher awards.

What times do the different races start on race morning and when do we need to check in?

The 100-mile and 50-mile races begin at 6am on Saturday, September 9th. All 100-mile and 50-mile runners must check in at the Start/Finish by 5:45 am.

The Marathon starts at 8 am on Saturday, September 9th. Marathon runners must check in at the Start/Finish by 7:45 am.

What is the Hawk Hundred Deferment Policy?

Seeing you cross the finish line is the reason we host this race. If you’ve signed up for one of the events, but are unable to safely participate in the HAWK race, we offer the following options.

CHANGING DISTANCE PRIOR TO THE RACE Runners may contact the Race Director and transfer to a lower or a higher distance on or before August 15th. In the event a runner transfers to a higher distance, a pro rata charge will apply. No credit or refund can be given for runners transferring to a lower distance race. You can also make an "event change" on ultrasignup and change the distance yourself; in the event you upgrade the distance it will generate a code and prompt you to re-register for the new distance. The HAWK does not allow runners to transfer entries to other participants.

DROPPING DISTANCE ON RACE DAY Hundred milers who drop to the 50 will receive a 50-mile finisher award, if available. However, they are not eligible for 50-mile 1st, 2nd or 3rd place awards. Hundred-mile and 50-mile runners may NOT drop to the marathon and will be recorded as a DNF in the race results.

DEFERRAL Runners may defer their race entries to the following year, by notifying the Race Director on or before August 1st. Deferral will NOT be permitted for any runner making a request less than 30 days before the scheduled event. The race Deferral is good for one year only. Requests for deferral must be submitted in writing to the Race Director; given the press of other preparations, runners should make sure their request has been confirmed. The deferral code must be obtained from the Race Director and used within the first 45 days of the next year’s race registration.

DID NOT START If you can’t attend, and haven’t deferred, please let the Race Director know at least seven days before the race, so your name can be removed from the starters list. You also have the option to remove yourself from the race on Ultrasignup. If you don’t show up, and don’t let us know in advance that you can’t make it, you’ll be recorded as DNS in the race results.

What happens if it rains and the trails are too muddy to run on?

RACE CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT In the event the race should be postponed or canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Lawrence Trail Hawks (inclement or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will NOT be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined or possibly, though but not guaranteed, by mail.

ALTERNATE COURSE If local authorities, Clinton State Park and the Kansas Trails Council trail steward, deem the trails unsafe for runners or vulnerable to damage due to muddy conditions, an alternative course will be provided by the Lawrence Trail Hawks race Directors, pending approval by Clinton State Park and the Kansas Trails Council Trail Steward.

What kind of race swag is included?

  • All 100-mile finishers will receive a belt buckle and a 100 mile car sticker
  • 50-mile finishers will receive a handmade finisher’s mug and a 50 mile car sticker
  • Marathon finishers will receive a handmade award and a 26.2 car sticker
  • The top three male and female finishers in each race will receive a special handmade award
  • Masters awards for first place Male/female in each race
  • All entrants get a cool Hawk shirt and a race bag

  • We will also have t-shirts and other race items available for purchase - you can pre-order on Ultrasignup when you register for the race. -We have chip timing and custom race bibs for each race if you sign up by August 15th. -Our photographers are once again. Mile 90. Please visit www.mile90.com to download your free race pictures provided and paid for by the Lawrence Trail Hawks

Can I have a pacer?

Pacers are only allowed (and are recommended) for the 100-mile race, although no “muling” is allowed. Pacers can think for you, navigate for you, keep you awake, make sure you eat and drink, and do all the other wonderful things pacers do, but they can’t carry your gear for you. Carrying your own load is part of being a finisher in the Hawk.

Pacers may join their runners starting at 50 miles or any time thereafter. They may join their runners from either of the two crew access stations after checking in at the Start/Finish. Please have the pacer check in at the Start/Finish area to and pick up their pacer bib. Please make sure your pacer per-registeres on Ultrasignup as your pacer.

Pacers are not allowed for the marathon or 50-mile races.

What's Pi Day?

Pi Day is a holiday held to celebrate the mathematical constant π, 3.1415... It is held on March 14th (3/14). Get it? π (sometimes written pi) is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space. source

Why is the name of your race so long??

  1. For enhancing the nerdiness of the race. The abbreviation of the title is πR², the area of a circle.
  2. Alliteration is fun. River Rotation.

Why isn't the race 3.1415... miles?

Because I wanted it to be longer darnit! More fun. :)

Do you have a Facebook page?

Why yes, we do! Thanks for asking! You can find it here: Hawk Hundred on FB.

How do I get to the race?

Your best bet is to use Google Maps to chart your route. Use this coordinate for the destination: Overlook Park @38.939175,-95.339651. It puts you right at the Start/Finish, Shelter 1, in Clinton Park.

When is the pre-race briefing?

The pre-race briefing is at the Start/Finish, Shelter 1, on Friday, September 11th at 6 pm. It is especially recommended for all 100-mile runners, and would be helpful for 50-mile and marathon runners as well. Dinner starts at 5 pm. Family, friends and crew are welcome, menu to be announced soon.

When/where can I pick up my packet?

Packets may be picked up during the pre-race briefing on Friday, September 11th, at the Start/Finish from 4–7 pm. You may also pick up your packet at the Start/Finish on race morning, at least 30 minutes before your race starts. The Start/Finish is at Shelter 1, Overlook Park at Clinton Lake.

What time does the race start?

The 100-mile and 50-mile races begin at 6 am on Saturday, September 12th. The marathon starts at 7 am.

What time do I need to check in by?

All 100-mile and 50-mile runners must check in at the Start/Finish by 5:45 am. Marathon runners must check in at the Start/Finish by 6:45 am.

Can I have a pacer?

Pacers are only allowed (and are recommended) for the 100-mile race, although no “muling” is allowed. Pacers can think for you, navigate for you, keep you awake, make sure you eat and drink, and do all the other wonderful things pacers do—but they can’t carry your gear for you. Carrying your own load is part of being a finisher in the Hawk.

Pacers may join their runners starting at 50 miles or at 6 pm (12 hours into the race and about 90 minutes before sunset), or any time thereafter. They may join their runners from either of the two crew access stations after checking in at the Start/Finish.

Pacers are not allowed for the marathon or 50-mile races.

Can my dog run with me?

Yes! We LOVE dogs, and if you let us know ahead of time we’ll even get your pup a bib so he or she can compete in the Canine category. No charge. However, as a courtesy to other runners, your dog MUST remain on a leash for the duration of the race.

What are the cut-offs?

The 100-mile and 50-mile races have a 32-hour cutoff, ending at 2 pm on Sunday, September 14. The marathon has a 31-hour cutoff, ending at the same time as the 100- and 50-mile races. There are no aid station cut-offs.