Chain O'Lakes State Park Hosts Big Race

By Madeline Shine

December 28, 2013 Updated Dec 28, 2013 at 7:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 Alive) -- A race that tests yourself against time, distance and mother nature.

The 16th annual Huff 50K ran all day Saturday at the Chain O'Lakes State Park in Noble County.

"This is the largest single tourism event in Noble County. We fill more beds with visitors than any other event in Noble County. It's a big event you can see people are having a lot of fun here," Race Organizer Mitch Harper said.

It may be the start of winter but that didn't stop more than 900 people of all ages from running in Saturday's event. The Huff 50K is one of the largest ultra marathons in the country.

"There are two different loops ones a 15 and a half mile loop, that the Huff 50K runners will do two passes of, and then the other loop is a little over ten miles, people can do that short distance, or there's teams of relay runners, lots of high school runners are out there competing on the relay course," Harper said.

The race originally started in Huntington, where it earned the name Huntington Ultra Frigid Fifty. Three years ago the race claimed it's new home up in Noble County where many people come to finish out the race season.

"This year I've done two marathons, I did a fifty miler here in April, and so this is my last race of the year," participant Chris Gerber said.

And for some this isn't their first time running the 50K.

"Well when I turned 40 I wanted to prove that I was still 20. So now this is the 8th year or 6th year I've done it. I might have missed a year or two," race veteran Wendy Wexler said.

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