The Western States ® 100-Mile Endurance Run is the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race. Starting in Squaw Valley, California near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and ending 100.2 miles later in Auburn, California, Western States, in the decades since its inception in 1974, has come to represent one of the ultimate endurance tests in the world.
Following the historic Western States Trail, runners climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn. In the miles between Squaw Valley and Auburn, runners experience the majestic high country beauty of Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness, the crucible of the canyons of the California gold country, a memorable crossing of the ice-cold waters of the main stem of the Middle Fork of the American River, and, during the latter stages, the historic reddish-brown-colored trails that led gold-seeking prospectors and homesteading pilgrims alike to the welcoming arms of Auburn.
For more than four decades, Western States has been home to some of the sport’s most stirring and legendary competitions, and has spurred the capacity of spirit of all runners, of all abilities and from all walks of life, from all over the globe.
With more than 1,500 dedicated volunteers, offering the sport’s oldest and most prized possession – a sub-30-hour finisher’s bronze belt buckle or a sub-24-hour finisher’s silver belt buckle – and owning 100-mile racing’s richest and most compelling history, Western States remains one of the undisputed crown jewels of human endurance.
Welcome! The NorthCoast 24-Hour Endurance Run, commonly known as NC24, is an exciting endurance race held on the shores of Lake Erie at Cleveland’s scenic Edgewater Park. Runners will travel around a loop of .88185 miles, covering as many miles as possible within the race’s specified time limit and may elect to run any amount of time or distance that they wish. The overall winners will be those who cover the most distance within the race time limit.
The NC24 race course will be the same as in 2017. Those who run with us regularly know that the course got quite a face lift in 2017 due to a massive construction project at the beach house pavilion. The current course utilizes the 8′ wide asphalt all-purpose trail around Edgewater Park that measures .88185 miles in length. USATF Course Certification: OH17029MW
We anticipate that the direction of travel will be CLOCKWISE around the course; however, the Race Directors will monitor the weather prior to the start of the NC24 and will make a final decision at that time.
Please note that we cannot close the course to all non-NC24-related traffic during the race. Edgewater Park is a public park, and you can expect to see some walkers, runners, and the occasional dog on a leash during the race. In general, the park is much less crowded in late-September than it is during the summer months.
The western edge of the course loop features a brand new beach house. Our start line (and official timer and lap counter) will be located by this pavilion. Immediately after this pavilion will be the official NC24 aid station. Immediately after the aid station will begin the “aid area”. This area, which will likely include the entire western edge of the course loop, is where you may set up your own aid station. In past years, many runners have set up tables, tents, crew areas, etc., containing their own supplies. You may do so if you choose, but you are certainly not required to. The official aid station will supply plenty of excellent “ultra” food and drink to satisfy the needs of most runners.