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100-mile Hennepin Canal trail run chosen as qualifier

SHEFFIELD — The Hennepin Hundred has been chosen as a Western States 100 qualifying race, starting with this year’s race.

“This is so huge,” race organizer Michele Hartwig said on Friday morning. “This is going to be really good for the trail and the communities along the trail. … Anyone that follows ultras knows how hard it is to be chosen as a qualifier.”

As of Friday morning, there were only five spots left in the Western States Qualifying, 100-mile distance at the Hennepin Hundred race, which will be Oct. 7-8 and uses the 104-mile Hennepin Canal State Parkway and starts at Sinissippi Park at the north end of the feeder canal.

There also are 50-mile, 100-mile-relay and 50-kilometer races.

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