2023 race date - Saturday 10/7/2023. 25K distance has been added for 2023.
New website - https://oc100trailruns.org/
The oc100.org and OilCreek100.org websites are obsolete as of March 2023 - use the above new website
Unforgiving. Historic. Gnarly. Do you have what it takes?
RRCA's 2022 PA Ultra Championship race - 100 miler
2023 registration - will open probably in March on RunRace.net .
- Wild & tough 1860's oil boom era policies:
NO DOGS or pets race weekend (runners, crew / family, volunteers)
NO HEADPHONES per RRCA guidelines - especially Saturday during the busy morning & afternoon (or keep volume very low)
NO TRANSFER or selling of your entry to another runner - drivers license / photo ID required to pick up your race packet & chip
NO CHANGING OF RACE DISTANCE once you register
AGE - entrants and pacers must be at least 18 years of age
NO CREDIT FOR FINISHING A SHORTER DISTANCE - if you don't finish the distance you signed up for it is a DNF
"Strike oil or move on!"
- no paper entry forms - online entry via RunRace.net
Date: Oct 7, 2023 - 14th running
Location: Titusville Middle School race HQ, Titusville PA - race is primarily on the Gerard Hiking Trail of Oil Creek State Park
4 concurrent races:
100 miles - 17,627' elev gain - 32 hour limit - 5 AM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday = 18:50 / mile
100K - 11,026' elev gain - 31 hour limit - 6 AM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday = 30:00 / mile
50K - 5,459' elev gain - 17 hour limit - 7 AM to midnight Saturday = 32:48 / mile
25K - new for 2023
Start line target of approximately 100 participants in the 100K, 200 in the 50K, and 95 in the 100 miler
50K loop course on primarily the rugged single-track Gerard Hiking Trail of OCSP
Approx. 2,000 reflective flags and hundreds of orange soccer cones mark the 50K course
Friends, family, crew and pacer friendly
Race HQ is beautiful Titusville Middle School (TMS) - 415 Water St - serves as the start / finish line, aid station # 4, and race HQ
post-race showers for $ 10 in the gymnasium's locker rooms
free tenting outside next to parking lot, or inside in the huge gymnasium (be mindful of the beautiful hardwood floor - no scratching of it, or wet / muddy shoes on it)
Parking in order of proximity to TMS race HQ
Titusville Middle School parking lot - primary / most desired since in front of the school
Carter Field football stadium - rear south (right) side grassy parking area only (beside / east of Bayless Fuel buildings)
NOTE: leave room, large semi tractor rigs go in / out of the factory driveway that divides the dirt north side from the grassy south side
Giant Eagle parking lot (spaces nearest Water St) - about a 1/4 to 0.3 mile walk
Save A Lot / Drake Mall (spaces nearest Water St) - about a 1/4 to 0.3 mile walk
BSI Financial Services building - Saturday / Sunday only - about a 1/4 to 0.3 mile walk
Campers / RV's - KC Liquidation sales across S. Brown St from AS#4, then Burgess Park or Ed Myers recreation complex (both just a little over a half mile walk from race HQ TMS Titusville Middle School)
Other overflow parking - Burgess Park - 0.6 mile walk - be careful, partial sidewalks on S Brown St:
RV / camper parking at
KC Liquidation sales across S. Brown St from TMS race HQ / AS#4
2. Ed Myer's Recreation Complex - the large parking lot by the bleachers / track
Run in the valley where the world's first oil boom began in 1859 when "Colonel" Edwin Drake drilled the first commercial oil well and the reason John D Rockefeller amassed much of his fortune.
As a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), we follow their guidelines on headset use. RRCA does not encourage headphone use during its member races but does not disallow them as long as they are used safely. For this reason, Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs will allow headphones on the course only if it does not pose a safety risk. If you absolutely must use them KEEP THE VOLUME DOWN so you can hear runners approaching from behind - or risk getting run over in wild & tough 1860's oil boom era fashion. For safety reasons, it may be necessary for a course official to ask you to remove your headset/earphones during the race. You are required to comply or face disqualification and removal from the course.
Like to volunteer? Email volunteer coordinator Katie Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or ideally join the "Oil Creek100 Trail Runs Volunteers" group - 400+ members
Email Race Director Heather Nelson @ email@example.com
Are you on Facebook? Join the "Oil Creek100 Trail Runs" group - 3,100+ members
Benninghoff Farm today - the 35' replica oil derricks are the inspiration for the logo and finisher's award buckle. All runners will pass them on their way from Wolfkiel Run AS #1 to Egbert Farm AS #2 in Petroleum Center :
A large (approx. size 3.5" X 2.5"), heavy, high-quality belt buckle from Creative Casting Inc in Denison TX will be offered to all ultra finishers.
NOTE: in 2021 we removed the date from the front - due to COVID-19 pandemic cancellation concerns - and put the distance instead
100 = two-tone gold & silver buckle
Sub-22 hour 100 mile buckle - gold derricks and hills:
100K = silver (nickle) buckle
50K = bronze buckle
1,000 mile buckle - for ten 100 mile finishes
Oil Creek State Park was the 2010 National Gold Medal "Grand Award" winner for excellence in park and recreation management
The wild & tough 1860's oil boom era in Petroleum Center where crew-accessible aid station # 2 is located (Egbert Farm picnic pavilion). Washington Street is now Petroleum Center Road - notice the faint outline of the hill in the background for the then / now photo below:
Washington Street then, Petroleum Center Road now. Benninghoff Farm is only about 1/2 mile down this road (toward Titusville) where the OC&T railroad tracks & train tressel are located:
Benninghoff Farm today - from the east Gerard hiking trail scenic overlook. The paved road you see in this photo is Petroleum Center Rd (the old Washington Street) that is used to access Petroleum Center's Egbert Farm aid station # 2. This overlook is on the official course - it is beautiful with the October fall colors - and 100 mile participants will get to see the derricks illuminated Sat. night / Sun. morning