FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2022- Athens, Ohio (Strouds Run State Park)
The Collegiate Running Association (CRA) and the Southeastern Ohio Trail Runners (SEOTR) renewed their partnership to bring the Collegiate 11K Trail Running National Championship back to Athens, Ohio for 2022 and 2023 (The 2020 and 2021 events were interupted due to COVID.). The Friday, May 6 event was a success as the Thunderbunny 11K hosted the Collegiate Trail Running National Championships. Along with the Collegiate Championships on Friday evening, the event hosted their famous 25K and 50K open races on Saturday morning.
The 2019 event sold out. Like all of our championships, this event was Open To The Public, and offered $3,000 in prize money specifically reserved for college students. Check eligibility requirements or send us an email message with questions.
The 2019 Thunderbunny 12K and 2022 11K (~7 Miles) Trail Race served as host of the Collegiate Trail Running National Championships for the first and second time in race history. This amazing event runs through the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio within Strouds Run State Park near Athens, Ohio, the home of Ohio University. The park sits on the fringes of the city of Athens with park boundaries coinciding with the city limits in several places. The course is a mixture of mostly single track dirt and grass trails and had a total of 1,099 feet of elevation gain spread throughout the beautiful loop course. The park comprises 2,600 acres, and includes Dow Lake, a 160-acre lake created in 1960. The start and finish lines are located next to the lake which is a common destination of Ohio University students to enjoy the weather on sunny spring or summer days.
There were also seperate 25km (~15.5 Miles) and 50km (~31.1 Miles) events held on the race weekend (Saturday morning) for those who want to camp overnight. Due to Strouds Run State Park use permits these races were limited to the first 400 total registered participants each day. In 2019 the event Sold Out nearly 2 months before the event and 2022 saw an overall increase in numbers! Please be sure to register early to reserve your spot for 2023.
How it works?
When registering for the Thunderbunny 11km, you were asked if you've been enrolled in at least 1 college course since January 1st, 2022. If you selected "YES" to that question, your information was sent to the Collegiate Running Association and you were included in the Collegiate Trail Running National Championship where they requested student verification before awarding prize money.
College students toed the line for the Thunderbunny 11km, along with "general public" runners in the 11km. Results for the college students were separated to show the Collegiate Trail Championship results. The top 5 college runners were presented an award, as well as prize money being distributed by the CRA to the top 3 men and women college runners. College students were not eligible for the "general public" category awards.
Top 3 college men & women received Prize Money (specifically reserved for college students only)
Top 5 college men & women received category awards by SEOTR
Top 5 earned Collegiate Running Association All-America honors
These were separate from the "general public" category awards.
The Collegiate Running Association distributed $3,000 of prize money evenly to the top 3 college men and women. Non college students were not eligible for the prize money.
1st college male and female: $750
2nd college male & female: $500
3rd college male & female: $250
Prize Money Breakdown (See above)
2021 (COVID Cancelled)
2020 (COVID Cancelled)