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Date:   April 4, 2020
Location:  Lake Hope State Park
Time:  Race Start – 9:00am
Distance:  13.1 mile and 4.5 mile



This event is held in accordance with special use permits from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for Lake Hope State Park and Zaleski State Forest.  Please be considerate of the land and other users to ensure the future of the Iron Furnace Trail Run.


Race Day Schedule: 

Packet pick-up: 7:00am-8:30am
Pre-Race Meeting:  8:45am
Race Start:  9:00am
4.5 Mile Awards: 10:30am
13.1 Mile Awards: 1:00pm (or earlier)
Race Closes: 1:30pm


Friday Packet Pick-up: 

Ohio Valley Running Company (20 Station St., Athens, OH, 45701)

-->5:00-7:00 pm

Race Morning Packet Pick-up:

At the Lake Hope Lodge

-->7:00 to 8:30 am.  

Registration and Pricing

Registration for the 2020 race will open in September.

Registration process:  
-To register and pay online follow the link on the main page and complete the race registration instructions. You will receive confirmation email upon completion.


-No Paper Registration or Race-Day Registration.  All participants must register online before the deadline or before the race fills. This race is limited to 315 total participants. 


-Capacity:  The IFTR has a race capacity of 315 participants over both distances.  Registration will be closed immediately, and there will not be a waitlist.

-Waitlist:  Starting in 2020, we will not open a waitlist for IFTR.



4.5 Mile:  $20 after opening, $25 after Nov. 1, $30 after Jan 1
13.1 Mile: $40 after opening, $50 after Nov. 1, $60 after Jan. 1


Online Registration closing date: Wednesday, April 1st (registration may sell-out before this date)


*There is a small processing fee that is charged when registering on  You may choose to create a account on before registering.  We will be hosting our registration for all SEOTR events here.* 

Walkers are welcome to register for the Iron Furnace Trail Run.  However, the course closes at 1:30 pm, 4.5 hours after the start so walkers are encouraged to register for the 4.5 mile distance.  The 4.5 mile course remains open for the entire 4.5 hour duration.  The 13.1 mile course will have a cut-off at the 8.3 mile aid station of 3 hours.


Every finisher of both races will receive a handmade pottery finishers medallion.


13.1 Mile Awards: 1:00 pm

-1st Place Male and Female Overall - Special 1st place award + free entry into next years IFTR
-2nd Place Male and Female Overall - Special Award
-3rd Place Male and Female Overall - Special Award
-1st Place Male and Female Masters (40-49) - Special Award

-1st Place Male and Female Grand Master (50-59) - Special Award

-1st Place Male and Female Super Master (60+)  - Special Award

4.5 Mile Awards: will be given as finishers cross line
-Medals given to top 3 male and female finishers


-T-Shirt is included with registration fee.
-You must register by March 1st to be guaranteed to receive your correct sized t-shirt with entry fee. If you do not register by the before-mentioned date, you will not be guaranteed your correct sized t-shirt with registration. Some t-shirts may be available for purchase on race day.

-Race Shirt:  13.1 and 4.5 mile participants will receive a soft short-sleeve casual shirt. 


Shirt Styles:  When registering you may choose from a "Unisex" styled shirt or  "Women's" specific shirt.  Women's specific shirts are narrower around the torso with shorter form-fitting sleeves.  If you are a female who prefers a "Unisex" shirt, simply select "Unisex" when registering and vise versa.


Course Description: Visit the course descriptions page for the 13.1 mile and 4.5 mile course descriptions, maps, and elevation profiles.


Aid Stations:  There will be one aid station on the 4.5 mile course and two aid stations on the 13.1 mile course containing water and light snacks.  Aid station locations can be found on the course map.

Rules and Policies

Please refer to the button below to see all information on rules and policies to SEOTR Events:

Waiver Form:  To participate in the Iron Furnace Trail Run you are required to complete and sign all waivers.  If under the age of 18 yrs old, a parent or guardian must sign waiver form.


Refund/Deferment Policy:  

Like most events of this nature and because items for the event are purchased months in advance of the race, the Iron Furnace Trail Run cannot provide full refunds close to the race date, but we follow a refund schedule that will help give a little back to those who need to withdraw from the race.  Our "Refund Window" is as follows:

45 or more days before the race = 100% refund

20-44 days before the race = 50% refund

To request a refund:  You must log into your UltraSignup account, then go into your "Registration History".  Once you find the race you want to withdraw from click "edit" and then "cancel registration." At this point you'll be prompted to request your refund. The refund will be automatically applied back to your card. Please note that in some cases a bank will not accept a refund back onto a credit card, and in that case the race director will be notified and will send your refund via a check through the mail, once the race is complete.

If you don't have an UltraSignup account, please email the race director and the process will be completed manually.

Deferment Policy:  Once the above "Refund Window" has closed runners may "Roll Over" 50% of their entry price to the next year's event until 7 days before the event.  Inside 7 days before the event we will not process any refunds or accept any deferments..


Transfer Policy:  Participants may not transfer their bibs to another person, nor run under someone else's bib.

Distance Switch: Participants may transfer distances until 4 day prior to the event.  If you made an account on UltraSignup while registering you can do this yourself; otherwise, notify the race director.

Cancellation Policy:  The Iron Furnace Trail Run will take place rain or shine unless conditions become unsafe. The Race Director will have the authority to make changes in order to best meet the group’s interests and the safety of participants, volunteers and spectators in case of extreme weather. The Race Director will determine if and when the event shall be postponed, resumed, or canceled.  Refunds will not be given if the race has to be cancelled, but free entry upon next scheduled date will be given.


You can type this address into any GPS app or device and you will see the best way to Lake Hope State Park.


Directions:  Address for directions to the race start/finish area:

Lake Hope State Park Lodge
27331 Ohio 278
‪McArthur, OH 45651

Parking at Iron Furnace

The main parking lot at the Lake Hope Lodge will only fit about 3/4 of the runners' vehicles on race day.  Once we reach this limit we'll start diverting cars to an overflow parking lot located about 2.5 miles from the start area.  There will be a volunteer with a neon reflective vest on AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LODGE HILL ROAD ENTRANCE when the top lot becomes full.

There will also be yellow signs helping you find the overflow parking lot. From here a shuttle van/bus will be making trips back and forth before and after the race.

Carpooling:  PLEASE consider carpooling with friends to the race, as this will alleviate a lot of congestion at the park, and will increase your likelihood of getting a parking spot closer to the start/finish area.  Use the Iron Furnace Trail Run Facebook Event Page to coordinate carpooling with other participants!

Alternative Flood Routes


In case of flooding some of the main roads into Lake Hope State Park won't be passable.  If the race director sends you an email leading up to the race about flooding click the box below to pull up a sheet with detailed directions to Lake Hope. 

2020 IFTR Registration is NOW OPEN!