The Saturday 50k, 25k, 10k, and the Sunday 27.2m Marathon Ultra, Heavy Half Marathon, and Quarter Marathon will start and finish in front of the POSTOAK Lodge. There will be seven Aid Stations per loop for the Heavy Half, 27.2M Ultra, 25k, and 50k. The 27.2m Marathon Ultra and 50k will be two loops, the Heavy Half Marathon and 25k are one loop. The Quarter Marathon and 10k are one loop.
On Saturday the 10k will be one loop and will go up the Hill From Hell. The 25k is one loop and goes over Holmes Peak and the Hill From Hell. The 50k will be two loops and will go over Holmes Peak and the Hill From Hell on each loop.
On Sunday the Quarter Marathon is one loop and goes over the Hill From Hell. The Heavy Half Marathon will be one loop and goes over Holmes Peak and the Hill From Hell. The 27.2m Ultra Marathon is two loops and goes over Holmes Peak and the Hill From Hell.
If you want the easiest race we offer, run the Quarter. If you want the most challenging but most scenic loop, run the 25k or 50k. This loop offers the best scenery in this part of the country.
At The POSTOAK Lodge Challenge our philosophy is simple, let's run and have fun, it is a weekend party for all involved. We have the best Aid Station Sponsors you will find anywhere and they make sure you are taken care of and that you are having fun. Our motto is "You are not only paying a registration fee, you are paying a cover charge."
If you are up for two days of fun run a Double. All you have to do is run one race on Saturday and another race on Sunday. The most popular this year was the 25K / 13.6 Heavy Half. That's 29.1 miles of rugged trail running in two days. The best part about the event is that everyone has so much fun. Even runners who could not compete on the second or third day were smiling and having a good time cheering on their friends.
5:30 am to 9:30 am - Breakfast Buffet at the POSTOAK Lodge
6:00 am to 9:00 am - Packet Pickup at the POSTOAK Lodge
7:00 am - 50K Ultra Early Start (official timed finish, but not eligible for awards)
8:00 am - 50K Ultra Start, 9 hour time limit for 50K
8:20 am - 25K Start
8:40 am - 10K Start
9:00am - 5K Fun Run Start
11:00 am to 3:00 pm - Runner's Lunch in the Dining Room. Fun Run not included
5PM THE FINISH LINE CLOSES
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Packet Pickup at POSTOAK Lodge
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - Pasta Dinner in the POSTOAK Lodge Dining Room
7:00 pm - Race information and question time at the Pasta Dinner
The POSTOAKLodge Challenge Trail 50K Ultra, 25K, 10K, 27.2 Mile Ultra, Heavy Half, Quarter Marathon is not a walk in the park, these are trails in the woods and it is not for the faint at heart. This is the POSTOAK Lodge Challenge. The trails are a combination of less than a mile of existing gravel roads, old farm roads, a couple of chat trails, and miles and miles of single track trail winding through meadows and deep woods. As hard as we have tried there is no avoiding the hills of Osage County. It is a beautiful course with a little bit of everything. There are rocky areas, creek crossings, and a good chance of mud on the trail, but for the most part it is the hills that will give you the best workout. For this reason we have raised the difficulty rating to eight (out of ten). If you plan to run this one fast then you need to train for hills, lots of hills.
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