Course Description

The Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd 100 Mile, 100K, 50K, 25K and 10 Mile Race is held at Eagle Bluff Resort, 9800 HWY 10 northeast of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The loop course outlines the J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve and includes 26 miles of gravel country road and approximately five miles of paved road. The course contains several rolling hills and few not-so-rolling hills. (See the History section for a better definition of the race directors reasoning for the "relatively flat" definition.) The course is surrounded by trees, pastures and prairies. The leaves are usually beginning their massive production of fall colors.

The aid station volunteers are simply outstanding. All are staffed with ultra-runners and "professional" volunteers. Many aid stations are manned by race directors and small business owners. They really know how to make runners feel special.

Course Map

The Pumpkin Holler course is a 29 mile loop. 100 mile runners will run this loop three times, 100K runners twice and the 50K runners only get to see this beautiful course once. Each distance has an out-and-back spur through the middle of Nickel Preserve. Runners only run this spur on the first loop.

Great Gourd Challenge

Don’t ignore the Great Gourd Challenge this year. The GGC is an extra 1-mile out-and-back that gets you nifty bonus swag. This challenge is just past the East of Eden aid station (the fifth aid station you encounter on the course). The turn-off will be clearly marked.

The Great Gourd Challenge is open to 100 mile, 100K, and 50K runners but you must complete it on your first lap. Just think – when was the last time you ran 101 miles and got bonus swag?

Start/Finish Area

The Start/Finish area is at Eagle Bluff Resort located on Highway 10 just northeast of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. There is plenty of parking within Eagle Bluff. Eagle Bluff provides access to showers and restroom facilities.

Finish line activities include campfires, BBQ, ample aid station supplies, music and spontaneous dance parties.

Directions

Driving directions to the start/finish area at Eagle Bluff Resort can be found on Google maps by clicking here.

From Tahlequah:

  • Follow Highway 62 East for approximately 2 miles
  • Turn Left (North) on Highway 10
  • In 9.2 miles, Eagle Bluff Resort will be on your right.

Just past the sign and general store turn right onto a gravel road. In 500 feet turn right again to enter the Eagle Bluff campground area.

Campsite Information

There are plenty of tent camping sites at Eagle Bluff Resort near the start/finish area. Some of the tent campsites have electrical hookups, and some also have water. There are a few RV campsites with full hookups.

You can call to make a reservation at 918-894-5369. Or you can reserve online at: http://www.eaglebluffresort.com/makereservation.html.

Some people prefer 'Holiday Inn' camping. There are several hotels in the Tahlequah area. You can find a list provided by the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce.

Aid Stations

The Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd course includes eight first-class aid stations (The 100 mile runners will see a ninth decent one). All aid stations are staffed with the best and most-friendly people you could ever meet. Most are ultra-runners and race directors and look forward to giving back to the running community at PHH.

Some aid stations will include drop-bag support or crew access so you can have your preferred supplies and supportive friends nearby.

Aid Station Details

Aid Station From Start/Finish To Next Aid Station Crew Access Drop Bags Last Lap Cutoff
Start/Finish 0 1.5 Yes Yes 6:00am
Meego's Cantina 1.5 4.1 No No n/a
Mad Dog 5.6 2.4 No No n/a
Dem Country Outlaw Idiots 8 3.3 No Yes 7:30am
Savannah Corner 11.3 4.3 Yes Yes 8:00am
Out & Back Waffle Stop Your milage may vary. 3.25M to Waffle Stop then 2.6M to East of Eden.
East of Eden 15.6 4.3 No No n/a
Hard Up Ahead 19.9 3.1 Yes Yes 11:15am
Bathtub Rocks 23.0 2.9 No No n/a
Last Gasp 25.9 2.3 No No n/a
Meego's Cantina 28.2 1.5 No No n/a
Start/Finish 29.7 Yes Yes 2:00pm
  • 100 Milers take Nature Center Out and Back 5.5 miles to Sasquatch Aid Station to add 11 miles.
  • 100 K-ers take Nature Center Out and Back 1.6 miles to porta-potty to add 3.2 miles.
  • 50 K-ers take Nature Center Out and Back .75 mile to Waffle Stop to add 1.5 miles.

Crew Access Points

Crew access is provided at three aid stations along the course – Savannah Corner, Hard Up Ahead, and the Start/Finish area. The course map shows the preferred route to these aid stations. Crew is not allowed to drive on the course for safety of the runners. The designated crew route provides faster routes to the aid stations since most of these roads are paved.

Elevation Profile

It’s all relative. This is the course elevation of ONE of the 29.7 mile loops. As you can see--the course is relatively flat. Take out the 6-8 nasty hills, and it's a pancake. :-) Seriously, the hill at mile 4.5 is a bitch. The hills around 13-15 are decent but do not seem as bad. The hills at mile 25-28 are doozies. All of the hills are longer and steeper on the second time around. They are off the charts for those doing three loops. For those who feel like dying on their last loop, we do have a local cemetery on the course.

The relatively flat 2017 Pumpkin Holler Hunnerd course elevation

The bridge formerly known as Combs Bridge

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Mr. Arnold Begay--100-mile finisher

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2012 Pumpkin Holler 50K by Brian Desmarais

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Start/Finish lines just don't get any better than this.

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Illinois River viewed from the former Combs Bridge

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