The Lake of the Ozarks only trail race will debut this spring at one of the area’s most beautiful locales — Ha Ha Tonka.

The Lake of the Ozarks only trail race will debut this spring at one of the area’s most beautiful locales — Ha Ha Tonka.

Ha Ha Racing recently announced the Ha Ha Half Marathon to be held May 5, 2018 on the trails of this scenic and popular state park near Camdenton. The Ha Ha Half will begin at 10 a.m. on race day.

“Ha Ha Tonka is a geological wonderland rich in history and lore. Come run with the ghosts of the Osage Indians, early European explorers, fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen and present day visitors. Don’t miss this opportunity to etch your adventure into the history of the mystical Ha Ha Tonka,” said Gary Braman, co-race director of the Ha Ha Half Marathon.

The castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State Park will greet runners as they make their way through 13.1 miles of gorgeous, single-track terrain. And in its first year, the Ha Ha Half is free for all runners!

“Consider it a giant meetup with like-minded individuals,” said John Shelby, another co-race director of the Ha Ha Half Marathon.

The course will be challenging, according to the directors, but entirely doable.

"Within the first mile, runners will be transfixed by the aqua blue and green colors of Missouri's 12th largest spring, but that beauty becomes a distant memory as runners immediately hit the staircase. The ascent is steep, 316 steps lead runners to the upper boardwalk,” said Shelby.

The third co-race director Scott Page noted that the views from the course will be unlike any other race in the states with runners on a path to see everything Ha Ha Tonka has to offer, a reward in of itself for runners willing to make the effort.

Then stay for the après race after-party!

Get social with Ha Ha Half Marathon. Find them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ HaHaHalfMarathon/. Find details on the race and RSVP here, https://www.facebook.com/events/ 1682341378482807/.