Pre-Race Info

Make sure you read this and the rules of the race to help you be ready for race day. Our goal is to help you have the best race you can. Let us know if you have any questions.  

Race date: October 7, 2017

Look at the Aid station page for locations for all aid stations & starting line. We recommend crew putting the gps coordinates into navigation device before the race. You can save them with the name of each station, plus the start & finish line. This is a very easy way to follow your runner: 



FRIDAY, October 6th: Packet pick up location and pre race safety meeting: 

  • Mandatory for 100/50 solo runners & at least one person on the team relay: 

Colona Scott Family Park Club House (formerly Indian Trails Resort)
5775 Poppy Garden Road
Colona, Illinois

ARRIVE: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm for packet pick up

GUEST SPEAKER: Sam Skeels- We are thrilled to have Sam speaking. He is a huge supporter of the running community & he will have some great words of encouragement. Sam is the current course record holder at Indiana Trail 100 with a time of 15:04:55. He set this record in 2016. This was especially remarkable since it rained the entire race & course conditions were brutal. When Sam is not being a bad ass ultra runner he is Principal of an Elementary School in Adrian, Michigan and overall great guy! 

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS: 5:00 pm We will give pre-race safety instructions with Sam's talk.

FREE PRIZES: During our pre-race meeting we will be raffling off prizes. You need to be present to win.

Fleet Feet Davenport expo: they will have a store set up with last minute race needs. Visit their Fleet Feet Davenport Website

SUPER COOL GEAR: Hennepin branded jackets/hats/gear for sale

We encourage you to come for the pre race meeting, free prizes, and talk with Sam Skeels. If you want to pick up your bag and hit the sack early we will be at packet pick up by 2pm and can go over safety instructions with you

Friday night Drop Bag instructions:

Leave all drop bags on Friday at packet pre-race meeting. Please keep bags a reasonable size. Have them labeled with your full name, & station they will be left at. Then put them on the tarp with the station number listed. We will have signs by the tarp that let you know which station the bags will be dropped off at. Please read carefully and put your bag on the correct location.

Aid 4- mile 19

Aid 7/14- mile 32.1 first time through, mile 67.3 second time

Aid 10/11- mile 47.1 & 50 mile finish line after an out and back

Aid 18- mile 87.5

100 mile finish line & 50 mile finish line

Race Morning Special instructions:

We understand things happen & you can't make the meeting: We will have bibs available for pick up race morning. You will need to sign a waiver that you did not make the mandatory pre race meeting. We will have limited volunteers so please arrive early and be patient. You will then be able to pick up your race shirt at the finish line.

Race morning drop bag pick up from the starting line- We will have tarps and be able to deliver drop bags to these locations on race morning:

  1. Aid stations 10/11  

  2. 100 mile finish line

Please have these drop bags marked with your name & aid station you want it left at. 

Bus service is for runners parking at the finish line, and riding to the starting line.

100-mile runners from Timbrook Field in Colona: Bus leaves at 5:10am sharp

>>>>Hundred mile runners can camp at Colona Scott Family Park, three miles from the Timbrook Field finish line where the bus will pick you up on race morning.

50 mile runners from Lock 17 near Wyanet: Bus leaves at 5:10am sharp

>>>>Camping is available at the 50 mile finish line, Lock 17, near Wyanet, Illinois, with bus service to the start in Sterling

Bus service is $5.00. You can add it at registration.

Race Start

Sinnissipi Park, Sterling, Illinois: 7:00 am 

>>>>Free Camping is available at the race starting line. Primitive. You can not leave tents up, or cars parked there after the race starts.


Lodging Information

Camping, 50 & 100-milers
Camping is available at the 50 mile finish line, Lock 17, near Wyanet, Illinois, with bus service to the start in Sterling. Hundred mile runners can
camp at Colona Scott Family Park, three miles from the Timbrook Field finish line where the bus will pick you up on race morning.

Hotels, 50 & 100-milers

Near the Start Line: Search hotels in Rock Falls or Sterling, Illinois

Near the 100 Mile FinishSearch hotels near Colona, Illinois

Near the 50 Mile Finish:

Search hotels near Geneseo, Illinois

Search hotels near Princeton, Illinois

When you make your reservation be sure to tell the hotel that you are racing the Hennepin Hundred. This will be very helpful to show the state of Illinois the value of this great trail. The tourism department is keeping track of how many people visit. This helps much needed funds go towards trail improvements. Thank you!