WELCOME TO THE 2022 HAVENS TRAIL RUN
11 Mile / 5.5 Mile - November 26th 2022 8:00am/8:30am
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Welcome!

Welcome to the 2022 iteration of the famous Havens Trail Run.

First, I hope you've had a great year! Some exciting news for Havens that your participation over the years has made possible: they are building restroom facilities there NOW. They may not quite be done by race time but this is going to be a great added amenity to our local park here and its thanks to everyone that utilizes our outdoor spaces that made this possible.

Race Upgrades

Yes, the race has been upgraded. You've already noticed it is 11 miles now instead of 10. Even better, last years 10 miler clocked in at 9.6 miles or so. This year's 11 miler promises to meet or exceed that number. Now, if you have a really crappy watch there's not much I can do about that, but one thing is for certain: this will be the longest, toughest, hilliest Havens race to date. Now how's that for an upgrade? Yes! You will be running up that hill! Or, uh, hills! That's right. Take a look at last year's leisurely course. Now look at the SIX hills added. This should be the dumbest, coolest, hardest race here yet... you are in for a treat!

Parking

Get ready to park! Near the park. There is a large parking lot with a lot of spots for vehicles. It is here you will park. Sportsfield parking lot, Leavenworth, NW corner, look for all the idiots.

Dogs

No dogs. This is not because I don't like dogs. This is for other reasons.

Cats

You can bring a cat. This is not because I like cats. This is for other reasons.

Cut-off

You won't need a cut-off.

Course

Ah yes, my favorite part! The course! Well first you run in like a half-circle. Then you run up an enormous hill straight away. Then you run down another hill and then back up the hill and then back down the other hill. Congratulations you have reached the trail! Then you run on the trail for a while where you will encounter hills and things that will trip you and people running in the wrong directions. Ignore those people. Just follow the well marked course and come back to the start line. That's the 5.5 mile course. For the 11 mile course you will be running into the Federal Penitentiary the same course again.

Swag

There will be swag! Well, actually... brace yourself: it's a t-shirt. It will say on the back "LEAVENWORTH'S TOUGHEREST RUN" when you get asked what idiot put that on the back I hope you remember what moron signed up to run it.

And... introducing, this year: Other swag. Yeah. We'll have something else. Probably don't have to brace yourself though.

There will also be awesome photos by John Knepper.
2021 Photos
2020 Photos
2019 Photos

Food

We will have food! This year there will not be chili. Not sure if you remember last year's chili but basically it didn't win any awards. Probably pizza. Or Taco Bell.

Alcohol

Quadruple IPA on tap!!! Would be nice wouldn't it? Well... I'd suggest just like have a beer probably when you wake up, and one after the race (or 4). There is no officially authorized alcohol at Sportsfield, unless the city commission caves to blackmail and threats. And being followed. You know some people disappeared at this park a while back. Not sure what happened to them.

After Party!!

Stick around Jack! For the famous after party. Just tell the missus, or mister, you'll be home LATE.

Awards

If you thought the last year's awards were a phone-it-in shit bomb, wait till you see these. I guarantee you've never seen awards like these before. So start training to make sure you take one home. Awards for M/F 1-2-3 in both distances, 12 total awards.

Dumb stuff

Last years elevation profile:
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This year's elevation profile:
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Duels

Canceled:
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Somber Note

And on another note.

Quiz

Basically another upgrade.



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But a truly somber note:

Havens is a fun race where people have fun and challenge themselves and get to relax a bit from the 40 hour work week. There have never been any missing people here. There is one old tree that has some railroad spikes stuck in it that a Google search said might be witchcraft... so its been a running joke of mine. I am deeply troubled and disturbed at the recent report of a runner who out on her daily escape and comfort met an untimely end. My heart is sickened and sad to have to learn of something like that. All of the web pages etc were built before that tragedy occurred, but of course this isn't the only incident where something like this has happened. The "missing persons" stuff on here is not true and was not done in response to the latest news story. Last year Havens race donated to the local homeless shelter in Leavenworth. This year we will seek to donate any excess funds to something that could possibly either benefit the families of tragedies like this or prevent new ones. Everything (most) things on this page are meant in fun and jest and also part of a challenge to ace the quiz at the race. Here's to having some fun on this planet and try to mend, offset, and prevent the sad realities that unfortunately occur.