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OPSF 50/50 Course Description and related info: The course consists of two separate loops. One a five mile, and the other 13.2 miles are run by both 50k and 50mile participants. Each is a loop which starts and ends with an out and back. The five mile has a .9 mile out and back, while the 13.2 mile has a 2.4 mile out and back. About three miles of the five mile loop are road and the balance a rugged powerline section, with one long climb. The 13.2 mile loop is all horse trail with seven significant climbs, with roots, rocks, and always plenty of mud, especially if the preceding days give us much rain. Both distances begin with a circuit of the five mile loop. The 50k runners then do two repeats of the 13.2 mile loop to finish. The 50 milers do three repeats of the 13.2 mile loop and one more 5 mile loop to finish. Aid stations: There are no aid on the five mile loop as it begins and ends at the start/finish area, which of course is also an aid station. The 13.2 mile loop has aid at 2.4, 6.6, and 10.8. We are blessed to have two-way radio communications between all stations, something I would not want to be without. I run a laid back, no frills event. In the event I happen to get any kind of sponsorship I may be able to provide some sort of goodies. We will have packet pickup Friday Nov. 4th from 6-9pm in Spencer, at a location yet to be determined. When I have that information, I will post it somewhere on the website. There may also be a pasta feed available at the packet pickup, which would be made known at that posting. Maps and other directions will be mailed to all entered by Oct. 20th, after that we will work out such things by email or phone. Lodging possibilities in the area will be listed below. It is also possible to camp at Horseman’s Campground, site of the event. It should be noted that the campground has NO water, or electricity, and is very dark at night, so you must have lights. Any camping should be away from the s/f area as that is the main area used by the horsemen and must remain open for their use. Our use of the area depends upon, in part, our relationship with the horse riders. In Spencer: The Patriot Inn 812 829-0400 The Canyon Inn Hwy. #46 east 1-1/2 miles 812 829-4881 At I-70/US231, exit # 41, about 18 miles north of Spencer: Motel 6 765 795-3000 //// Days Inn 765 795-6400 Holiday Inn Express 765 795-5050 //// Ramada 765 795-3500 Super 8 765 795-7373 //// Briana Inn 765 795-3000

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