Gearing up for Indiana’s 1st 100-mile race

Chad Ware, shown here on the left issuing instructions for this summer’s Gator Gallop 5K, is training for a 100-mile race.

If you look at ultrarunners like Scott Jurek and Dean Karnazes and think “I could never do that,” then take a look at Chad Ware.

Chad looks like an ordinary mortal, and he’s performed like one in various events where our paths have crossed this year. But he’s not concerned about his times in piddling races like a 10K or even the Veterans Marathon earlier this month in Columbia City, in which he finished dead last. The 44-year-old director of the Gator Gallop has his sights set on this spring’s  Indiana Trail 100 at Chain O’ Lakes State Park. It’s the first and only 100-mile race in the state.

“Training is going well,” Chad reported when I checked in with him recently. Knowing he needs to maintain an 18-minute pace over 30 hours to complete the race on time, he said he’s just trying to build up his mileage, “anywhere from 8 to 30 miles at a sub-15 minute pace.”

He’s not doing any specific online training program, just “working on ‘time on feet,’ which is key to completing a 30-hour event.”

As for his recent marathon, “I was dead last with a time of 6 hours 41 minutes, but this was a training run and I treated it that way,” he said. “Surprisingly my recovery from the marathon was excellent and I was able to compete in the Fox Island Turkey Trot at a 10:30 pace. (Unheard of for me one week after a marathon.)”

Next up for Chad: The Huff 50K at Chain O’ Lakes State Park on Dec. 29.

As for the Indiana Trails 100, you can click here to see a video featuring Chad and race director Don Lindley previewing the 16.6 mile loop. (Chad’s the taller guy in the black hat).

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