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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Course Map 2014

Hello to all.  Things are moving along with the race.  We have a new shirt on order and are working on a few other things.  It has been brought to my attention that the course info is not adequate.  In my attempt to remedy this I will post a link to the Garmin info as well as break it down section by section. For all intents and purposes; think of the course as a oddly shaped figure 8

Here is the important info needed on the course. 
The Split times will show the distances between each of the aid stations.

Miles Distance
Feet Elevation Gain
Feet Elevation Loss
Minutes per Mile Avg Pace
Minutes per Mile Avg Moving Pace
Minutes per Mile Best Pace
Calories Calories
  2.40 230 302 11:15 11:05 8:24 332
  3.81 476 427 11:51 11:38 8:34 508
  3.18 377 358 12:25 12:17 8:05 418
  3.80 463 453 12:17 12:08 8:07 490
   0.18 --  

Section One:  Orchard Shores East to Horse riders campground  ( Split 1 )
The race runs out from Orchard Shores East Picnic  shelter using the number 1, 2 and 4 trails to the south side of the lake.  Think double wide, groomed, fast trails.  This gives everyone time to sort out pace and pass easily if need be.   Easy Peasey. Distance from Start to Horse Riders A/S 2.40 miles.

Section Two:  Return Loop from Horse Riders Campground to Nature Center ( Split 2 )
This section will use the 1, 2, and 4 trails in a loop back to the Nature center.  The trails are still wide, groomed, and fast.  While on these trails you can expect gravel, dirt, and loose rock.  Nothing too technical.  This is one of the only sections of the race that has significant elevation gain and loss.  While on the return loop you will be expected to ascend the steep face of Steamboat hill and run down the back side to Vargo hill where you will get to enjoy a 1/2 mile of down hill.  Distance from Horse Riders A/S to Nature Center A/S 3.81 miles.

Section Three:  Nature Center to Peppermint Road ( Split 3 )
You will run from the Nature Center to the Mountain Bike Trails located behind the playground at the nature center. Use the bathroom at the nature center or the vault toilets located on the playground if needed before you hit the single track.  Taking a left onto the Mountain Bike trails you will run the trail system in reverse order as stipulated by the park for safety.  We have never had a problem with bikers in the past but you should know the potential does exits as the park will not allow us exclusive right to the mountain bike trails for the day.  The Mountain Bike Trails are technical single track and are very narrow.  Please do not walk/ run two abreast as to not allow anyone behind you the ability to pass.  When you hear loud polka music playing through the woods you know you are close to the aid station.  The folks who run this A/S are a special breed and who love this race and the park.  Please take time to thank them  Welcome to the middle of nowhere.  Nature Center to Peppermint Road A/S 3.18 miles

Section Four: Peppermint Road back to Nature Center. ( Split 4 )
This is the section that will test your mental fortitude.  People who have run this race in the past have told me that this is the hardest section mentally. You will be running on the mountain bike trail back to the nature center. This is the section that  contains the now infamous boulder pile.  Yes...that is the trail run over the pile of large rocks.  I promise you wont break.   After what seems like 8-10 miles you will exit the mountain bike trail near where you entered and run back to the Nature Center. Note: Bathrooms are located here. Peppermint Road back to Nature Center 3.8 miles

Section Five: Nature center to Orchard Shores ( split 5)
This section if you are running the half is a return to the Orchard Shoes Picnic area.  Its only a quarter of a mile to the finish.  If you are running the Marathon you get to head back out and do it all again. Ultra do this entire course twice more.  

My Garmin 310xt says its accurate +/- to .30 of a mile.  I have done some tweaking to the course in general in order to keep the distances accurate.  We may make a few more changes along the way so we dont confuse anyone.  ( and no making fun of my pace on the split table...I was tired and getting over a cold or something like that )
Click Here for the MAP

Friday, April 18, 2014

Greetings to all! 
The online registration is up and running. Please find it in the right hand column.

I have been working on trying to get you guys some different swag for this years event.  Please email me with your suggestions.  Currently, I am looking at water bottles with the race logo.  That way we don't have issues with sizing and color likes and dislikes.  Shoot me an email and let me know what you guys think. ( I am wondering if anyone really reads this stuff anyway.)



Potato Creek Online Registration

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Potato Creek Trail Runs August 9th, 2014

Hello to all. 

Due to the Indiana Trail 50/100 and various other race conflicts in the month of April we have decided to move the race to a warmer month with fewer races.  The 2014 installment of the Potato Creek Trail runs will take place August 9th. 2014 at 8:00 AM.  The month of August will offer different challenges than what we experienced in April.  The main one being the heat.  Hydration will be key this time of year.  In addition to the heat we also anticipate bugs; and, seeing how it is the upper Midwest,  please plan for crazy weather. 
 I am currently working on a more accurate, less confusing route ( if that's at all possible). I am also in the process of forging the first place awards for this years race.  I will also be making other awards for people who have supported us over the years.  More on that later.

Currently we are using T&H timing out of Valpo. Todd and his crew do an excellent job.  We will be working to get online registration up and running shortly.  Mail in registration should be linked on the menu on the right hand column. 

As questions arise please email me at or give me a call on my personal mobile phone at 574-596-3860. 

Thank you


2014 mail in registration

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Here are the results of our race yesterday, April 27th!  Thank you for the continued support of all of our racers. We couldn't do this with  our your support!!

Special shout out to all of our volunteers  that make this even more enjoyable to Brett and me! We couldn't have done it with out you.....literally, we couldn't have!! From set up, attending to racers and clean guys 'da bomb!!!

Oh, do us a favor, take a moment and give us some feedback!  We can't improve if we don't have suggestions!  We want to be known as the most racer friendly in the State!  Help us achieve that!!  Thanks again, Senator and Leslee (Race Mom)

Monday, January 28, 2013

A quick post and a brief introduction:

The online link for registration on the right hand column should be good to go.  If you prefer snail mail you can print out the entry form and waiver from the link.  You then fill that sucker out and mail it into me.  I have worked hard to find an affordable online registration service that doesn't charge you guys an arm and a leg to sign up.  T&H is as affordable as they come.

Potato Creek Trail Runs welcomes  This free online training guide is provided by Rich Airey the former record holder of the 10,000 meters event at Monmouth University, and a life long running coach. .   The running WOD site promotes strength training as well as a sensible approach to periodic volume training.  Click on link listed in the sponsor's column and check out his great site. Rich can be reached at Ronin Athletics in San Marcos, CA. Phone: 732.966.7985!/richairey
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hello Everyone.

We are all set to get the race rolling again.  As of right now I am working with T&H timing out of Valpo to get the "online registration"  up and running.  The mail in link for registration should be go to go.  Also I have listed a link on the right hand column for the data junkies.  It gives all the GPS info one could want.  I used a Garmin 310xt to record the distances.  As you look over the course please remember you have a 1/2 mile spur (out and back) to the finish line.  This means you will not have that distance recorded 2 and three times if you should choose to run either the marathon or the 60K distance.  There is also an elevation profile please take advantage of this and look it over.  Also, with this data please note the split times.  Although my pace was terrible it will show the distances between each of the aid stations along the way. ( I think i was sick or something ;-) )
New this year the course will be run counter clockwise on the hiking trails.  This should result in the speedsters really having a fun and fast course.  Its not that we have all that many hills anyways.   We are looking to change the course direction on the hiking trails according to it being a current odd or even numbered year.   This pertains to the wide, groomed hiking trails only.  The park dictates that we run against the flow of the mountain bikers for the safety of everyone involved.
Check back here often as we will be putting in updates with pictures of awards, shirts, and pictures of the course and general comments about the race.



Monday, May 7, 2012

Hi guys!   I hope you all have recovered from the run on the 28th.  I am looking at my calander for this coming weekend and it shows a new, local 10k and 50k in Michigan City.  If possible please show up and give support to our local grass roots trail running events. 
Tryon Farms 10/50k