Friday, January 18, 2008

Hotels for Race?

There is no official race hotel. I haven't stayed at any hotels in the area, but one that seems to be close to the race start (or training run start) and looks OK is the Days Inn at Farmer City. It is about 15 minutes from the race course (either the real start/finish at the boat access site or the training run starts at the canoe access site). There is a nice cafe across the street and a gas station/convenience store right next door. As you get off I-74 at the Farmer City exit, you just stay on the road and the Days Inn is just a few blocks south of the interstate. That road is the same one that you take toward the race site (officially Hwy 54, but I think it's called "Clinton Ave" in town). When I looked online for the night of March 28, a single room is about $50 with taxes. Not too bad.

In Clinton, IL there is the Sunset Inn & Suites on the edge of town. They have regular rooms and suites plus fantasy rooms! What better way to get ready for the race than staying in a fantasy themed suite? What counts as an ultrarunning fantasy?

Clinton & Farmer City are about the same distance from the race start (at the north fork boat access site). If people stay at a hotel in either area, let me know if it was a good value. I might contact them for next year and have them be the official race hotel and we could get a discounted rate.

2 comments:

Brian Gaines said...

To confirm, the Days Inn is $55/night (at least for the March 14 and March 28). This is when I booked on Jan. 18. Checkout at the Days Inn is 11 AM.

Chris said...

Thanks Brian. Let me know if it works out OK.