– Photos by Lonnie Hinton, The Vienna Times ©
Vienna’s first international event began early this morning.
Over 300 endurance runners from across the United States, and three other countries, kicked off the first Tunnel Hill State Park 100 Mile and 50 Mile Runs this morning, Saturday, Nov. 15, in Vienna, Illinois.
With temperatures in the upper-teens prior to the 8:00 a.m. (CST) start, it took no time for participants to realize they had over-dressed. By noon the temperatures rose to near 40.
The first 50-mile runner is expected to cross the finish line early this afternoon.
100-mile runners should finish late this evening.
The two races, running simutaniously, began Saturday morning at the Vienna City Park.
Runners traveled south to the Cache River Wetland Center near Cypress, IL., and turned back for their first official time-check in Vienna, before heading north to the famous tunnel to a turn around north of the tunnel, and back to Vienna.
Additional details of today’s race will be posted as they become available.