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The 7th Annual Shawshank Hustle

The Ohio State Reformatory
100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44905

Starts: Saturday 14th of August 2021 at 8:00 am
Ends: Saturday 14th of August 2021 at 11:00 am (EST)

The 7th Annual Shawshank Hustle

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On August 14, 2021 The Shawshank Hustle returns to Shawshank State Prison in Mansfield, OH for the 7th running of this epic race! This event has become wildly popular for it's fun and unique giveaways and the medal, it's no pressure and fun atmosphere on the course which makes it great for first time racers and experienced runners alike, and the unforgettable venue at the filming site of The Shawshank Redemption!  After being forced to hold the 2020 Shawshank Hustle as a virtual event, our runners are eager to return to Mansfield and we know that many runners from around the country have earmarked this event as a Must-Do, so you'll want to sign up quick to secure your spot!



Race Date:  Saturday, August 14, 2021

Race Start Time:  8:00am (SHARP)

Race Location: The Ohio State Reformatory

                        100 Reformatory Road

                        Mansfield, Ohio 44905

COVID-19 Statement:

The goal of the race organizers is the have an in-person race on the grounds of The Ohio State Reformatory on August 14, 2021.  In Ohio, the first government mandated shut-down due to COVID-19 was March 2020.  With our race not scheduled until August 2021, we cannot envision a scenario where the pandemic will cause an event of our size to be altered 18 months after the first mandate, but in the event that we are forced to make changes, we will first exercise all options available to have an on-site event even if that means smaller event capacity, staggered starts, multiple event times, etc.  If all options are denied by the local Health Department and authorities, we will move all registrations to a Virtual Race Experience.  Our runners really embraced the Virtual Race Experience in 2020 and all involved had a once in a lifetime experience...that being said, we really (REALLY) want it to remain a once in a lifetime experience and are planning on live racing in 2021.  Keep those fingers crossed and we plan to see you on August 14!

Schedule of Events:

Friday, August 13
11:00am - 8:00pm Packet Pick up
11:00am - The Prison Marketplace opens/Ohio State Reformatory tours begin

6:00pm - Q&A with actors from the movie and ON-SITE presentation of the movie The Shawshank Redemption
7:00pm - Reformatory tours end

Saturday, August 14
5:00am-7:30am Final Packet Pick up
5:00am The Prison Marketplace opens/Ohio State Reformatory tours begin
4:30am Parking Opens

7:00am Race Corrals open
7:30am Packet Pickup/Registration closes
7:45am Welcome from Ohio State Reformatory and Mansfield Tourism
7:50am National Anthem
7:55am Final instructions from race director
8:00am Start
9:30am-2pm Post event party at Phoenix Brewing Company, 131 N Diamond St., Mansfield
10:00am Course closes
10:00am Awards ceremony to be held at the start line


Packet Pick-up Options:

Friday 11am-8pm (race site)
Saturday 5am-7:30am (race site)

If you would like to pick up someone else's packet, please have a copy of their ID with you.

NO Packets will be given out without proper ID.



Registration is currently open and closes when capacity is reached (2,500 participants)


$50.00 – September 1, 2020  thru December 31, 2020

$55.00  – January 1, 2021  thru  May 31, 2021

$60.00  – June 1, 2021  thru  July 31, 2021

$65.00  – August 1, 2021 until Race Day or Sell out, whichever comes first.



*If you would like to skip the lines at packet pickup, or are travelling from out of town and cannot pick up early, no worries, we can package and ship your items directly to your home! This option is available to addresses in the contiguous 48 US states only!! The price for this option is as follows:

$70.00 – September 1, 2020  thru December 31, 2020

$75.00  – January 1, 2021  thru  May 31, 2021

$80.00  – June 1, 2021  thru  July 31, 2021  



*Do you want to be a part of The Shawshank Hustle but cannot make it to Mansfield on Race Day?  No worries, we’ve got you covered!  Sign up for the virtual run and we’ll mail you your bib, shirt, medal, bag, and you can participate from your location on your own schedule!  Items will be shipped in early August to arrive before race day.  This option is available to addresses in the contiguous 48 US states only!! The price for this option is as follows:

$60.00 – September 1, 2020  thru December 31, 2020

$65.00  – January 1, 2021  thru  May 31, 2021

$70.00  – June 1, 2021  thru  July 31, 2021


Race Participants Receive the following:

Custom Shawshank Hustle Tech Shirt (size is guaranteed if registered before July 12)

Shawshank Hustle Race Bib with Name Personalization (deadline for name on bib is July 12)

Custom Shawshank Hustle drawstring backpack

Shawshank Hustle finisher medal 


The 2019 and 2020 Medals were instant collectibles...just wait until you see 2021's!

Participants also receive the following perks: 

Free admission to The Ohio State Reformatory (Valid through 2021 tour season)
Free ride on the Richland Carrousel (Valid through 2021 season)
Free admission to Mansfield filming sites
Electronic Chip timing
On course hydration and Post-race food 
Chance for race awards
Actor meetings as available

**FREE Professional Photography

**More FUN than should be allowed!


Parking Details:

Arrive Early! Arrive Early! Arrive Early!


All parking for the 2021 event will be onsite or at a lot adjacent to the facility and within easy walking distance.

Free Parking: Off site Parking will be located in a gravel lot adjacent to the Reformatory, via a short walk to the start line. Parking attendants will provide direction (180 East Longview Ave, Mansfield, Ohio).

Pay parking: ON SITE opens at 4:30am at Ohio State Reformatory 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield Ohio.  The cost is $10/vehicle and will benefit The Ohio State Reformatory Preservation Society.  On-site parking is a mixture of pavement, gravel and grass. There are 350 parking spots available here. On race morning we will post on Facebook once this lot is no longer accepting cars.

Handicapped Parking: All parking for those with handicapped passes will be FREE and located on site at the Mansfield Reformatory 100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield, Ohio 

There is a real working prison North of The Reformatory. Parking along the road, on private property, or in any prison lot will result in your car being towed-immediately.


Course Details:

The Shawshank Hustle race course starts and finishes at The Ohio State Reformatory and covers 4.6 miles.  Along the way you will view and have opportunities to visit and get pictures at the following filming sites:

*The Bissman Building which served as The Portland Daily Bugle and Brewer Hotel 
*Carrousel Antiques which was the Pawn Shop window that Red looked through at the compass that would help him find the oak tree 
*Brook’s Bench where Brooks sits down on the bench in Central Park to feed the birds, hoping his friend Jake (his pet crow) will show up to say hello, but he never does 
*Shawshank State Prison: main filming site of The Shawshank Redemption. You can tour cell blocks, prison yard, iconic front entrance in addition to Andy’s escape tunnel, The Warden’s office with safe and desk, The Parole Board room and the Brewer Hotel room where “Brooks was here” is carved.

The course will take place on closed to traffic city streets from the Reformatory to The Carrousel District in Downtown Mansfield and back.  Roads will be closed to traffic for your safety. Please make your spectators, fans, and family members aware of road closures. The course will offer rolling hills in a commercial area and a final Road to Redemption hill back to The Reformatory. All roads are paved and the course does cross railroad tracks twice.  While race officials make every effort to alert the Railways that there will be an event crossing the tracks on our race date and time, we cannot guarantee that the race will not be impeded by a crossing.  In this instance, there will be no adjustment to race times to accommodate any delays.

There will be four on course water stops. Mile 1, Mile 2, Mile 2.7, Mile 3.6. There is a two-hour limit on the course. Course will reopen to traffic at 10:00am

For a closer look at the course route and sights along the way, please check out the STRAVA data from our course preview.

An fun view of the course can be found HERE.


Event Rules:

-The event is open to runners, walkers and is family friendly
-Runners must corral themselves based upon speed
-The course crosses railroad tracks, please take caution
-Everyone must have a number and timing chip to be on the course…NO BANDITS!
-No Pets
-Strollers are OK as long as you start in the back
-If you stop at the filming locations please be mindful of other participants continuing to run
-Headphones are allowed but please be aware of your surroundings
-We will not ship packets, T-shirts or awards (Unless you register with the Mail me my packet or virtual option)
-There are no refunds, transfers or deferrals
-Race will be held rain or shine
-We are not responsible for shirt sizes


Guards v. Inmates Challenge presented by Richland Public Health:

After BIG Back-to-Back Victories by the Guards in 2018 & 2019, the Inmates took the prize in 2020!  Who will win the rematch in 2021, the Guards or Inmates?  Based on your predicted finishing time that you enter during registration, you will be separated as fairly as possible into two teams:  Guards and Inmates.  Depending on which team you are drafted on, your race bib and race shirt will be appropriately themed and that will be your “team” for race day.   Shortly before the race, our Warden will grace us all with his presence and will be racing against you on race day!  The team with the most participants who beat The Warden’s Finishing time on race day will be declared the winner!

We will draw 10 names from the winning team at random (must be a race day on-site finisher to win) and each of those 10 participants will win a FREE pair of running shoes!  Everyone on the winning team will receive a discount code for the 2022 event!  There’s a lot on the line, so get training and BEAT THAT WARDEN!

Can you beat our Warden?

Event Timing:

The Shawshank Hustle utilizes Mylaps disposable bib-tag timing technology with the help of our friends at Vertical Runner Race Management.  There will be timing mats at the Start, Finish, and one location on the course for tracking purposes.  Results are being streamed live at:  verticalrunnerrm.com

We will also post paper copies of the results on race site near the merchandise tent.

Past Results can be found here:








Race Awards:

Are you looking to show just how fast you can escape from Shawshank?  If so, we have you covered with very cool awards!

Prize packs will be given to the following winners:

-Top 3 Overall Male and Female finishers (regardless of age)

In addition, we will award the top three male and female finishers in the below categories with custom Shawshank themed awards:

-10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+ and Wheelchair

The awards ceremony will be held at the start line at 10:00am and awards will NOT be mailed…must be present to receive your award.

The 2020 Age Group Awards allowed our winners to be Commissioned Officers!


Costume Contest:

Design and wear your best Shawshank Redemption themed attire or accessory. 

The rules:
-You may enter either as an individual or with a group
-Costume must not interfere with the safety of you or those around you in any way
-You are not required to run the event in your costume
-Decisions of the judges are final!
-Judging will take place at the start/finish line at 7:20 am

Awards will take place at awards ceremony immediately after Judging and the following categories will be awarded:

-Best Shawshshank themed costume
-Best Group
-Best Individual

Show off your Fandom at our Shawshank Costume Contest!



FREE professional photos from EnduroPhoto will be available post-race!!

View 2018 photos HERE

View 2019 photos HERE


Post-Race Activities:

Plan to stay for food and fun following the race. Participants can use their tour ticket to tour the reformatory, visit vendors, and just take in the atmosphere of a truly unique event!

OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY: Phoenix Brewing Company 131 N Diamond St., Mansfield, OH 44902 from 9:30am-2pm



Proceeds will benefit the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society.  Learn more about the mission of this great group and their efforts to preserve this amazing piece of history HERE.



An event of this magnitude CANNOT happen without the help of so many dedicated volunteers!  We are grateful for your help and a link to register for volunteer positions is coming soon!


Thank you to our Sponsors!

When & Where

The Ohio State Reformatory

100 Reformatory Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44905

Saturday 14th of August 2021 at 8:00 am - Saturday 14th of August 2021 at 11:00 am (EST)

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