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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, April 21, 2018
2017: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Trail
Certified?: No

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 66°F (18°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: N/A
Course Score: N/A

Race Size

2017: 38 Finishers
2016: 41 Finishers
2015: 52 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: N/A
2016: N/A

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Free State Trail Marathon is a loop course on rocky, rooty, and hilly trails. The course is 100% single track trails.

Marathon Rankings

The Free State Trail Marathon was the 484th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 561st largest in 2016.

Elevation Chart

No course elevation available at this time.

Recent Free State Trail Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2013 Free State Trail Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a great low key event. The aid stations are run by experienced ultra runners and are well stocked. It is a small event so there is a community feeling to it, I enjoyed chatting with other runners and watching the 40 mile and 100K finishers. They had free beer and a great meal at the finish as well.

Race Tips

The course is technical, there is a section along the lake that is very rocky, but not very hilly. It was pretty dry in 2013 but could be quite muddy if there was much rain. There are enough roots and rocks to keep your mind engaged, I fell twice when my attention wavered.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Clinton Lake is just outside Lawrence, KS which has lots of hotels. Lawrence also has quite a few restaurants, check out Massachusetts Street for good food and shopping. Parking on race day is easy and close to the start, arrive an hour early to watch the start of the 40 mile and 100k. Packet pick up was available on race day.

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