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A point-to-point 200-mile footrace along the beautiful Cowboy Trail in Nebraska. This is a rails-to-trails course and will be run on 90% crushed gravel.
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Runners will travel from Norfolk to Valentine on the Cowboy Trail, an old “rail-trail” consisting of crushed limestone trails (off-limits to automobiles). During their epic 200-mile adventure, runners will be immersed in nature and experience the beauty and solitude of the Nebraska back-country.
Along this amazing journey, runners will see many ancient relics from the old railroad and pass through many quaint, history-filled towns’ still utilizing buildings and artifacts from the old railroad – including a water-powered gristmill and numerous old railroad depots scattered along the route.
Some of the most famous and awe-inspiring structures along the Cowboy Trail are the former railway bridges in which runners will cross. In total there are over 200 bridges along the route with the largest being ¼ mile long and 148 feet high! This truly is a beautiful trek through America’s heartland.
The Cowboy Trail is non-technical, 100% runnable, and extraordinarily flat, making it perfect for the first time 200-miler, or for those seeking a PR.
We will provide 7 fully stocked aid stations, in addition to at least 11 unmanned, water-only stations along the 200-mile route. There will also be approximately 4 sleep stations along the route. Runners are allowed to sleep in crew vehicles/tents at ALL FULL/MANNED aid stations. We will utilize the towns and communities that dot the trail to the best of our abilities for the 7 stocked aid stations. We do this in an effort to provide connectedness between runners and the communities as well as to create “crew-friendly” aid stations.
Runners will receive a Cowboy 200 lightweight, packable, puffy jacket (perfect for the required LS jacket that must be carried at all times during the race), and a Cowboy 200 duffle bag. Additional freebie items will be included in runner swag/duffle bags.
All 200-mile finishers will receive a beautiful, year-specific, Cowboy 200 finishers buckle worthy of a 200-mile adventure. Our 200-mile finisher’s buckles will be different every year! Collect them all!
Finishers will also receive a free beer from Bolo Beer Co. at the finish line.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in both men’s and women’s races will receive additional awards (TBD).
1st place male and female will receive a cash prize. The cash prize = $50 per 200-mile entrant (genders separate).
Runners will receive a Cowboy 100 duffle bag and a high-quality cotton/poly blend shirt. Finishers will receive a Cowboy 100 buckle and a free beer from Bolo Beer Co. There will be additional prizes for top 3 male and female finishers (TBD)