Sunday, September 7, 2014


10K - 25K - 50K - 100K - 100 MILE - 135.6 MILE


The fifth annual 2015 Pumpkin Holler 100 Mile. 100K, 50K, 25K, and our newer 10K and 135.6 MILE races will take part in the beautiful J.T. Nickel Preserve.  The largest privately protected conservation area in the Ozark, the Nickel Preserve is a 17,000 acre remote area northeast of Tahlequah, Ok, and runs alongside the scenic Illinois River. The preserve was formed in 2000 as the result of a land gift from the John Nickel Family. This 17,000-acre landscape rests in eastern Oklahoma's rolling Cookson Hills and has many spring-fed creeks amid a rugged topography of steep slopes and narrow valleys.  The surrounding areas are characterized by steep canyons and narrow ridges, harboring a mosaic of oak-hickory forest, lofty pine woodland, and a diverse mix of savanna, shrubland and prairie.

The course consists of gravel country two lane roads with several hills. It is home to grassy prairies, an extensive system of tributaries feed the Illinois River to the south. The tree covered trail will be bursting with yellows, and reds and browns as the trees are just beginning to turn colors and show off their magnificent fall foliage. We simply believe that we have found a little slice of heaven in our "perfect world".

Pre-Race Meeting

There will be a non-mandatory pre-race meeting and dinner where we will go over the course, drop bags, cut-offs etc.  Please attend if you have questions. Location of the pre-race meeting will be announced.

This race is part of the Oklahoma Dirt Trail Race Series.

Schedule of Events


Friends and family members can pick up packets for other runners.  The one rule is that you MUST let the other runner(s) know in advance that you are picking up their packet so that they do not try to find a packet that has already been picked up for them !!!!!

Packet pickup will be at the following times:
  • Friday October 16 from 5pm - 7pm at a location yet to be determined
  • Saturday October 18 from 6:30am to 9:30am at the start/finish line.

Packet Pick-up 5:00 – 7 PM
Race Briefing 7pm-8pm
135.6 mile race starts at 10:00 PM at Eagle Bluff Resort

Saturday, October 17 - CHECK - IN AND RACE START
 Eagle Bluff Campground HW 10 NE of Tahlequah, OK 
Racer Check-In (Mandatory) 5:00 AM –7:30 (50K, 100K, 100M) 9am - 9:45 AM (25K)
Start of 100 Mile, 100K, & 50K - 8:00 AM
Start of 25K and 10K - 10:00 AM

Sunday, October 19
Eagle Bluff Campground S/F area 
Cutoff time for all runners 2:00 PM

Great Gourd Challenge

Some of you may have heard of the Great Gourd Challenge.
This extra one mile out and back (0.5 miles out and 0.5 miles back) is open to all the 50K , 100K, 100 Mile, and 135.6 Mile entrants.

100 milers, 100Kers, and 50Kers wishing to take this challenge will receive a Great Gourd memento and must complete the challenge on the first lap. 

135.6 milers must do their Great Gourd Challenge (if they choose to do it) on their 2nd lap.

Entrants who take this extra mile will have the accomplishment noted on the official results. 

Course Map with Crew Routes

(Better if printed in color)

The course consists of a 31.9 mile loop with a short out and back located at mile seven.  50K runners will do one loop. 100K runners will do two loops and 100 milers will start the race with a 8.0 mile out and back followed by three loops. 
100 Mile runners will do an out and back before the first loop to get in an additional 8.0 miles.

135.6 mile freaks will do an 8 mile out and back and then do FOUR loops.

10Kers will do a 5K out and back at 10:00 am
25kers will do an out and back on a different part of the course an 10:00 am.

The course consists of 28ish miles of dirt roads with crushed dime size gravel outside of the tire mark areas.  (Do not get out a dime and measure the rocks.) Three miles of the course is on a two lane paved asphalt road with no shoulders. (Some people like this stretch as there are fewer dime sizes rocks.)


Aid Station
Crew Spot
Drop Bags
Last Lap Cut Off
Mad Dog
Out and Back
Out and Back II
Savannah Corner
East of Eden
"Hard Up" Ahead
Bath Tub Rocks
Last Gasp

Course Elevation

This is the course elevation of ONE of the 31.9 mile loops.  As you can see--the course is relatively flat. Take out the 6-8 nasty hills, and it's a pancake.  :-) Seriously, the hill at mile 4.5 is a bitch. The hills around 13-15 are decent, but do not seem as bad. The hills at mile 25-28 are doozies. All of the hills are longer and steeper on the second time around. They are off the charts for those doing three loops. For those doing our 135.6 miler, we do have a local cemetery on the course.

Race Rules

1. Numbers must be worn on the front and outside of what you are wearing. It is the runner’s        responsibility to make sure their number has been checked in at each aid station.
1a. Any entrant who gets off course for any reason, must re-enter at the same location that he/she left the course. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

2. Absolutely no littering! This entire course is run on county roads along the banks of the scenic Illinois River and the perimeter of the Nickel Nature Preserve, and we do not want to jeopardize our ability to utilize this land.  Littering includes Gu tear-off tabs, banana peels, candy wrappers and other trash (organic or not).

3. Runners are responsible for the actions of their crews.

4. You may not stash supplies along the course.

5. You may have as many pacers as you wish, but only one pacer at a time.

6. Any runner dropping out shall immediately notify the nearest aid station or race management at the start/finish area and return his or her timing chip.

7. Runners accepting a ride for any reason are deemed out of the race and may not reenter.

8. Runners receiving aid from crews or pacers outside the designated crew access points are subject to disqualification.

8a. Medical personnel, the race director, and aid station captains have the right to pull a runner if they feel the runner may be a danger to himself/herself. The quickest way to be pulled from the race is to let yourself get severely dehydrated.

9. Cutoff times are non-negotiable. 

10. All runners will abide by the directions of race management.

11. Violations of any rule will be grounds for disqualification.

12. Decisions of Race Management are final.

Drop Bags

 1. The 50K, 100K, 100 Mile, and 135.6 mile may have drop bags at the Start/Finish, Savannah Corner, and Hard Up Ahead Aid Stations.

2.   Drop bags should be a waterproof bag or small box type container. Trash bags, heavy duty plastic bags, recycled grocery tote bags, gym bags, sport bags, small ice chests, Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers all work well. Paper bags or cardboard boxes are not good materials for drop bags.

3.   Drop bags must be labeled in large letters with: YOUR NUMBER, YOUR NAME, the aid station where you want the bag to be delivered to. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY CAUSE YOUR DROP BAG TO NOT MAKE IT TO YOUR DESIRED DESTINATION.

4.  The drop bags must be places in the designated areas near the start/finish line 45 minutes before race time to be delivered to the aid stations.

5.   The 50K and 100K runners who want their drop bags as soon as they are finished with their race, will need to follow the crew map directions and drive out to the aid station(s) to pick them up. After the last 100 mile runners leave the drop bag aid stations, the drop bags will be delivered to the start/finish area.

6.   No runners or runner’s crew may drive on the course to get their drop bags, but should follow the crew maps to get there via paved roads. It is actually much quicker that way.

Rules for Pacers

1.  50K, 25K, and 10K runners may not have a pacer.

2.  Pacers will be allowed for all 100K, 100 mile runners AFTER the first 50K loop is completed. 

3.  Pacers will be allowed for the 135.6 mile runners after their 1st lap.

4.  Each runner may have as many pacers as they like, however only one pacer at a time can accompany the runner. 

5.  No runner can have two pacers running with them at the same time. The one exception is at the very end of the race when they are circling the campground. Friends/family members may run the last few yards with their runner.

6.  All pacers must wear a pacer number that matches the runner whom they are pacing.

7.  Pacers do not pay an entry fee and are welcome to all of the aid that the runner receives.

8.  Pacers will be required to follow the same set of rules as the racer.

9.  Pacers must be over 18 years of age or have the signed permission from a parent or legal guardian.

10.  Runners ages 60 and older may have a pacer for the entire 100 mile, 100K, or 135.6 mile distance.

11.  Pacers are for mental support rather than physical support. 

12.  Pacer may not provide ANY physical support at any time other than at a crew accessible aid station. This includes helping a runner up to his/her feet who has fallen, lancing a blister or massaging a cramp etc. However it is the pacers duty to provide physical aid if the runner is in physical danger. The runner will be DQ'd but SAFETY IS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN !

13.  Pacers may not "Mule" for a runner at any time. Muling is carrying and/or supplying water, extra clothing, medical supplies or any other type of aid to the runner. This provides an unfair advantage to those who choose not to use a pacer.

14.  Each pacer must clearly identify themselves when passing through the aid stations.

Past Race Coverage