The Hawk

Download a PDF: Hawk 2015 Guide and Course Map

Download a PDF: Hawk Elevation Profile

Course Markers

The course is marked with flags and ribbons. There are also right-turn, left-turn, straight ahead, and wrong way signs. The course is designed so that you can follow it using the Park Department’s blazes on the trees, except on the out-and-backs to Bunker Hill/Goodwin Loop and Sanders Mound. The trail will be marked with reflectors during the night portion of the 100-mile race. You must have a headlamp or flashlight in order to see these.

This, of course, is a trail race. Part of a trail race is making your way on the course. We will do our BEST to make it difficult (even for the most bone-headed among you) to get off-course. That said, wind, animals, vandals or your own blurry vision may cause you to miss a marker or a turn and we’re not looking to paint the entire course orange.

Trail Blazes

In addition to signs, flags and ribbons, runners should also watch for the white, blue and red blazes on the trails. The westerly, out-bound portion of the course is marked with blue blazes. A one-mile detour along the Clinton Lake shoreline will be marked with red blazes. When the course turns back east toward Lands End, it will be marked with white blazes.

In addition to the white, blue and red blazes on the westerly, easterly and shoreline trails, you may see trails marked with both white and blue or red and blue blazes. These are “connector trails.” Do not follow them. They will be marked with wrong-way signs and/or ribbons, but in case the signs get knocked over or vandalized, please know you should follow only SINGLE white, blue or red blazes as shown in the photos.

Course Description

100-mile and 50-mile races: You’ll begin at the Start/Finish and run about an eighth of a mile to the trail head for the blue-blazed trail. Make a left turn onto the blue-blazed trail and follow it a couple hundred yards to the Sanders Mound trail. You’ll take a left and do a quick 1.1 mile out-and-back to the top of Sanders Mound where you will find a hole punch for your bib. From there you’ll get back on the blue-blazed trail and head for the Lands End aid station.

From Lands End you’ll take the red-blazed shoreline trail until it meets back up with the blue-blazed trail. The blue-blazed trail will turn into the white-blazed trail 3.5 miles from Lands End 1 at a point known as Cactus Ridge.

The white-blazed trail will take you to the West Park Road aid station. From there, leave the trails and follow the signs, flags and ribbons along West Park Road, staying on the grass, to Bunker Hill. This is the Goodwin Loop. Complete the 2.5-mile Goodwin Loop, which includes a traverse of Bunker Hill, and return to the West Park Road aid station. You’ll then continue on the white-blazed trail back to the Lands End aid station.

Leaving Lands End you will continue on the white-blazed trail back to the Start/Finish aid station. This completes one loop of the course.

Marathon: Marathon runners will follow the same course as the 50- and 100-mile runners, but they will run an additional 1.2 miles at the beginning of the race.

Big Loop: At the Start/Finish aid station, runners will have completed 25 miles (26.2 for marathoners)—what we call the “Big Loop.” Hundred-milers repeat the Big Loop three more times and 50-milers one more time.

When the trails cross: The white-blazed trail and the blue-blazed trail cross at several points on the course. The crossings will be heavily marked and signed, but it is your responsibility to read and heed the markers, signs, and white, blue and red blazes to stay on course.

Aid Stations

The 2015 Hawk is a fully-staffed race. Aid stations will feature water, sports drinks, and typical aid station snacks. Following are the locations and distances runners will hit aid stations as they traverse the 25-mile course (26.2 for marathoners).

Lands End: 4.5 miles – no crew access, drop bags West Park Road: 10.5 and 13 miles – crew access, drop bags Lands End: 18.5 miles – no crew access, drop bags Start/Finish: 25 miles – crew access, drop bags


The 100- and 50-mile races will have a 32-hour cutoff, ending at 2 pm on Sunday, September 14th. 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.

Race date:
September 12, 2015
Start time:
06:00 AM
Race distance:
100, 50, 26.2
Cut off time:
32 hours for 100- and 50-mile, 31 hours for marathon

Event Information

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1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female in each race will receive a special award. All finishers will receive an award.

Race Director

Race Results

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] and we’ll hook you up. You can also join our Facebook page and post your request there.