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15th Annual
Hawthorn Half Day
Relay & Ultra

May 16, 2020 Registration is still open. Please see our COVID-19 VIRUS statement below prior to registering.

CLICK HERE to see who's registered for this year's race!

CLICK HERE to view the course.

CLICK HERE to view the course elevation chart.







March 19, 2020 

Because the race is still 8 weeks away, and we remain hopeful the ban on group assemblies will be lifted, registration remains open for our 2020 race scheduled for May 16th. Should we be forced to cancel the race because of the ban on group assemblies, and due to the expenses already incurred prior to the ban, those individuals and teams that have already registered for this year's race will not receive a cash refund, but will receive a free entry into the 2021 event. Now that we all have the knowledge of the assembly ban, anyone still willing to register after March 19, 2020, will receive a full refund (minus any service charges from the online registration site) if we are forced to cancel the race.



The Hawthorn Half Day Relay and Ultra began in 2006 as a 12-hour event for Teams of 6, Teams of 2 and individual runners. In 2015 we added a 6-hour event for Teams of 3 and individual runners. Both events start at 7:00 a.m. There are multiple divisions and age groups in which you can compete. Runners compete on a 5K loop throughout the day. Once there is less than 30 minutes to go in the race, runners will only be allowed to go out on the "short course"; 1K for the 6-hour event and 1/2 mile for the 12-hour event. Runners must cross the finish line prior to time expiring in order to receive credit for that lap. The winners in each division/age group are those that complete the most miles in the allotted time.

We provide cold Gatorade, cold water, salty snacks, fruit, nuts, etc. throughout the day. Updates are provided approximately every hour, starting at 10:00 a.m. We normally have a massage therapist onsite beginning around 1:00 p.m.

All participants receive a custom finisher's medal. Awards for the 6-hour race will be presented around 1:45 p.m. After the 12-hour race there is a meal provided for the 12-hour participants and awards will be presented around 7:45 p.m.


2019 RECAP

Once again, weather played a part in the 2019 race. It was hot day for May, with a high of 87 degrees. A few late afternoon clouds and a strong breeze helped, but the weather conditions definitely added to the challenged of competing in an ultra event. Even with the heat, it was a great day for racing, the course was in great shape and everyone adapted to the conditions. A total of six records were broken in the 6 event. Four in the individual race and two is the team race. (see below)

Thanks to Michael Harr for his race report. Click here to read his race recap. Also a big thanks to Jonathon Baumann for the video of our race. Click here to view. We didn't have an official race photographer, but we have received a number of pictures. Click here to see pictures from this year's race.

Below is a list of the winners. All the results can be found on our results page by going to the tab at the top of the page.

Overall Female Winner (12 hours) - Majel Wells 65.00 miles
Overall Male Winner (12 hours) - John Truelove 63.00 miles
Overall Male Winner (6 hours) - David Urbanak 40.92 miles
Overall Female Winner (6 hours) - Heidi Norris 33.48 miles
Team of 2 Winners (12 hours) - Wild J's 62.00 miles
Team of 6 Winners (12 hours) - Heavy Breathing Hounds of Hawthorn 85.20 miles
Team of 3 Winners (6 hours) - Dragons of Cracow 44.02 miles



David Urbanek - 6 Hour - Tied the Overall Record - 40.92 Miles
David Urbanek - 6 Hour - M50-59 - 40.92 miles
Matt Sebastian - 6 Hour - Tied M30-39 - 37.20 miles
Pam Henderson - 6 Hour - F50-59 - 32.86 miles
Riddell National Bank - 6 Hour - Team of 3- Female Open - 40.30 Miles
Geo Gliders - 6 Hour - Team of 3 - Coed Open - 27.90 miles





  If you have questions or need additional information contact either Mark or Paul.
Mark Achenbach  (812) 243-2052
Paul Clapp (812) 240-8125