Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.2
(5 Ratings)  (5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.8
SCENERY
3.6
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
4.6
Taggart Vanetten runs 12:19 in his ultra debut. Taggart Vanetten, 24, a native of Illinois, chose Tunnel Hill 100 as his first ultra race. He ran the fastest 100 mile debut that anyone can think of. Only 4 people from N. America have run faster than his 12:19. Amazing. Zack … MORE
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    Joerobe REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Overall Rating: Really good first time or PR race. Course Difficulty: I think this is about as easy as a fifty miler gets; enough scenery to keep it interesting, but … MORE

    Overall Rating: Really good first time or PR race.

    Course Difficulty: I think this is about as easy as a fifty miler gets; enough scenery to keep it interesting, but no elevation or challenging terrain to speak of. The cold sort of hurts, but it is November.

    Course Scenery: Nice southern Illinois scenery with wetlands, hardwood forests, creeks and rail trestles.

    Race Production: Always good. DRM does a great job with the aid stations, volunteers, and general race coordination. No surprises, so all good.

    Race Swag: One of the best buckles you’ll ever get, and a pretty sweet hoodie and hat to go along with it – free race pic downloads.

    My Performance: I ran this entire race with a friend for her first 50 miler, and she beat her 12 hour goal…she said anything less than 12 was a win, so we won!

    Final notes: TH100/50 is a great race. Be prepared for the cold, and spend some time training for repetitive foot strikes and you can definitely get this one done.

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    4
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    5

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    jslug1 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Really nice event. The course is 2 out and backs (repeated for the 100 mile). It is completely smooth, very finely crushed gravel (you might get some amount of small … MORE

    Really nice event. The course is 2 out and backs (repeated for the 100 mile). It is completely smooth, very finely crushed gravel (you might get some amount of small rocks in your shoes- gaiters are a good option). It is very flat and therefore can be very fast. There is a slight incline from 26 to 38 but you get the slight downhill on the way back. You get to go thru the cool tunnel near the Tunnel Hill area/Aid station. Some of the aid stations could use improvement.

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    RunningNutMeg FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race should be very high on your list if you're looking for a fast, "easy" (in relative terms) 100-miler. It's all rail-to-trail, so while there's a slightly more uphill … MORE

    This race should be very high on your list if you’re looking for a fast, “easy” (in relative terms) 100-miler. It’s all rail-to-trail, so while there’s a slightly more uphill section, there are no large hills and no technical terrain. You can basically run it like a road race, but it’s softer on your legs. The aid stations are great, and the scenery is fairly nice for a flat race—the woods, rock walls, bridges, and infamous tunnel make it somewhat interesting. It’s a good one for spectators/crews, too—they can easily get around to most of the aid stations and see you several times. Plus, it’s a Western States qualifier!

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    3
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    5

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    cgrimm.running FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a great first 100. Unfortunately I went into it nursing a knee and after the first 50 knew I was in trouble and dropped. That being said it … MORE

    This was a great first 100. Unfortunately I went into it nursing a knee and after the first 50 knew I was in trouble and dropped. That being said it was an excellent race. First rate aid see. Everything you could need they had they for you. Right when you need it. Signed up to try again in 2019!

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    5

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall Rating: Great race with a lot of great people. Course Difficulty: All rail trail-non technical course. I thought I may just skate through this one, but with the cold … MORE

    Overall Rating: Great race with a lot of great people.

    Course Difficulty: All rail trail-non technical course. I thought I may just skate through this one, but with the cold and the really long uphill, it turned out to be more challenging than I thought. Really wanted a sub ten hour run, but realized about 25 miles in that wasn’t going to happen.

    Course Scenery: It was good. Course runs through the Cache River wetlands and quite a few outcroppings on the way back to the tunnel.

    Race Production: Packet pickup was a little confusing, but ended up not being any problem. Aid stations and volunteers were excellent. Food was good at the end.

    Race Swag: Outstanding buckle for 50 and 100 milers, nice thin cotton hoodie, choice of several hats.

    My Performance: Not great, but I just don’t do well in cold weather. All in all I’m satisfied.

    Final notes: This was a good 50 miler that was close to home, so I wanted to give it a try. I’m flirting with the idea of trying this as my first 100 miler, but may try for a warmer climate instead. Will just have to see. This course is obviously fast for those runners looking to PR or set a record, for the rest of us, it’s a large enough race that you have people to talk to the entire run. Worth it.

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 13, 2018 at 6:27pm

    Congrats on a solid 50 miles despite the cold, Keith! And most importantly, glad the buckle was worth your while 😁. Gotta love that talk of your first 100-miler; we… MORE

    Congrats on a solid 50 miles despite the cold, Keith! And most importantly, glad the buckle was worth your while 😁. Gotta love that talk of your first 100-miler; we have plenty of warm-weather options out here on the West Coast, and we'd love to see you and the family again in SoCal. In the meantime, thanks for the inspiration with the JFK 50 coming up (in cold weather) this weekend! LESS

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