Hitchcock Experience 100M 50M & Half Marathon

Saturday, December 7, 2024 Honey Creek, IA

Welcome to the Hitchcock Experience Half Marathon, one of the most unique races you’ll ever run. Set amidst the picturesque Hitchcock Nature Center, this half marathon will take you on a rollercoaster ride of hills, ridges, and breathtaking scenery. This trail race will put your trail running skills to the test while at the same time immersing you in the natural beauty of Honey Creek, Iowa. 

The race starts bright and early at 5:00 a.m. at the Hitchcock Nature Center. But don’t be fooled by the early start time – you’ll be energized and motivated to traverse the 13.1-mile loop simply by taking in the lush greenery and breathtaking views all around you. 

The course will lead you on a single-track to fire road-size trail, and some maintenance roads, offering an elevation change of approximately 4,928 ft per loop. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll find yourself running on private property – property that’s open exclusively for this race.

The race is limited to 125 total runners, making it a cozy and intimate experience. Each loop of the 13.1-mile course features one aid station, which will be fully stocked with an assortment of tasty items, including peanut butter sandwiches, hot soups, and quesadillas, to name a few. But be sure to carry a hydration pack or bottle, as cups will be limited to sodas and hot drinks.

The half marathon will complete one shortened lap of the 16.7-mile course, making it ideal for those who want to experience the Hitchcock Experience without pushing themselves too hard. But the experience doesn’t end there. Runners who complete the Hitchcock Experience Half Marathon may want to sign up for the Hitch Double – 101k The Hard Way. 

This event includes the Half Marathon and an additional 50 miles of challenging terrain, testing your endurance to the max. And, if you’re up for an even bigger challenge, the 100 Mile Endurance Run starts at 5:00 a.m. on the same day.

Race Weather & Climate

On December 7th in Honey Creek, Iowa, the average high temperature typically ranges from 34 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low temperature falls between 16 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Honey Creek experiences an average annual snowfall of around 30 inches due to its winter climate, and it is known for its cold winters. Located in western Iowa, Honey Creek is a rural community known for its peaceful surroundings and is close to the larger city of Council Bluffs.

Hitchcock Experience Half Marathon Race Results

Hitchcock Experience Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Hitchcock Experience Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 5:00 AM.


To reserve your spot in the 2024 Hitchcock Experience Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

  • There is a $75.00 fee for the half marathon.
  • There is a $195.00 fee for the 100M.
  • There is a $140.00 fee for the 101K The Hard Way.
  • There is a $95.00 fee for the 50M.

Hitchcock Experience Half Marathon Race Website

Hitchcock Experience Half Marathon Website

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