The HUFF 50K Trail Run moved to Chain O' Lakes State Park for 2011 after a 14 year run at Roush Lake in Huntington County. The event was held this past Saturday, December 17th, and attracted runners from Idaho to South Carolina, Texas to Massachusetts, Australia to Ontario.
Race Director Mitch Harper said, "I'm glad we have been able to serve as an example of sports tourism for northeast Indiana. Huntington was always hospitable to our participants and certainly, we can say that Noble County people and organizations have been welcoming, helpful, and warm."
Runners faced a new course with more hills and varied terrain. The runners, the race organizers, and volunteers faced something in the first year unlikely to be surpassed in future years: water, and lots of it.
Despite the conditions, or because of it, the trail runners were up to the challenge.
The video posted on YouTube has become something of a sensation since it was posted late Saturday after the race. It shows the extreme trail conditions caused by the large amounts of rainfall recently.
Yet, the comments include:
Yep, and what a day it was! One of the best races ever!
It was very cold but we had a great time! Best race to date!