A Northeast Ohio Trail Running series



Our races in 2019 collectively raised nearly 50 thousand dollars for the following local charities

Edwins Restaurant Institute

Bessies Angels

East Cleveland Park Association

Bath Nature Preserve

Willoughby Recreational Baseball

Summit Metroparks

Herren Project

Friends of Crowell Hilaka

Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition

Help support the local community

Every penny will go to charity



Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer is the RD for Regal Beagle Ultra, Crowell Hilaki Trail Run, and Mingo Madness. Her races have raised contributions to local park systems primarily. Jennifer is active in local community groups that serve to promote healthy lifestyles as well as bettering the community for all to enjoy. Her mantra is “do whatever it takes”.


Emily Collins

Emily has won numerous 24 hour ultra endurance events and top finishes in several 100 mile races. She ran 123 miles at North Coast 24 and recently completed the Spartathalon in 2019. Emily cares greatly about NE Ohio runners and especially the park and natural surroundings we all appreciate. She leads a non profit environmental organization. 2020 Emily will co direct The Canal Corridor 100.  


Mike Erhardt

Mike has been entrenched in the Northeast Ohio ultra running community for two decades. He has taken care of thousands of runners through his Aid Station Captain efforts in local 100 mile races. Mike just simply knows what runners need. This year Mike is creating a new 24 hour race on Cleveland's Westside called Keep on Trucking'


Hugh Patton

Hugh has a long history of engagement in the NE Ohio  running scene. He was the winner of the 2012 Run with Scissors Double Marathon. Hugh is been involved with race timing and has recorded thousands of results from local races. Hugh is intimately involved with Run to Share. In 2020 Hugh Patton will co race direct Canal Corridor 100.


Rich Schlenk

Race director Rich Schlenk is leading the Doan Creek Trail Race into its 6th year and is co director to The Forgotten. His races have raised $35k for local community needs while organizing environmental clean up efforts to improve the Doan Creek trails. Rich has run in over 40 ultra marathons. 


Connie Gardner

Connie has won numerous USATF national championships. Her ultramarathon wins include Burning River 100 Mile Trail Race, Mohican 100 Mile Trail Race, NorthCoast 24-Hour Endurance Run, Tussey Mountainback 50 Miler, Canal Corridor 100, and the JFK 50 Miler. She is codirector of Regal Beagle, Mingo Madness, and Buzzard Day Races. Connie is RD for Buzzard Day


Kristie Sievers

Kristie Sievers is an finisher of multiple 100 miler marathons and the 2019 Lakeshore Mini Ultra was her first as a race director and raised over 7K for the Herron Project. She then went on to host the WB5K which benefits kids  who play baseball with special needs. She is motivated to create first rate all inclusive running experiences that gives back to the community. 


Jim Van Orman

Jim is a running veteran of some of the most difficult 100 ultra events in the country. However he is rooted in a passion for local urban trails and the NE Ohio community. Jim knows what runners want and is lead Race Director role at The Forgotten, which raised $7.5 K for charity in 2019.

Emeritus Race Directors


Roy Heger

Local ultra marathon legend of over seventy 100 mile finishes, Roy Heger understands runners and what makes them tick. He was the Race Director for Buzzard Day, Run with Scissors and co-Race Director of Canal Corridor. Roy is the founder of Run to Share, a non profit organization that helps local people in need. Roy never quits and his mantra is "relentless forward progress".


Bill Wagner

Ultra marathoner for 20 years and Western States finisher, Wild Bill is known by nearly every trail runner in NE Ohio. He was the Race Director Bill's Bad Ass 50k, which completed its 10th and final event. Through his races thousands of dollars have been raised from runners for local small organizations in great need. Wild Bill was also the co-Race Director of Canal Corridor. His mantra is "adapt and overcome". Bill cofounded RFGB.