General Race Information for the 2017 Ice Age Trail 50!
Runners can pick up their race packet and bib Friday night at Rushing Waters, N301 County Road H, Palmyra, Wisconsin from 4-7 p.m. or in the Nordic shelter on race day morning after 5:00 a.m.
The Start/Finish area of the Ice Age Trail races is located at the Nordic Trailhead in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine Forest: N9084 Co Rd H, Whitewater, WI 53190. The trailhead is located approximately 1.5 miles north of La Grange, Wisconsin on County Hwy H. GPS Coordinates: 42.821715,-88.600437
A Wisconsin State Park pass is required to park in the starting area. All registered runners will receive a pass when they enter the park, which is good for race day only. Please make sure to display the sticker on the inside of your windshield on the driver’s side. In the event that parking spaces are not available in the Nordic lot when you arrive, there is overflow parking across Hwy H in the John Muir lot. if the Muir lot is full, you will have to drive 2.3 miles north on Hwy H to the site of our packet pick-up, Rushing Waters. Shuttle service to the start will be available from there. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY AND CAR POOL if at all possible.
When you arrive at the Start/Finish area, you will find a number of tarps, each marked with a drop bag station location. Place your bag on the appropriate tarp.
There are three drop bag sites for the 50-mile race: The Start/Finish (9 miles), Hwy 12 (18 & 26 miles) and Horseriders Camp (37 & 43 miles).
There is one drop site for the 50K at the Start/Finish (13 & 22 miles).
Drop bags will be transported to Hwy 12 and Horseriders Camp by race volunteers — and back to the Start/Finish area later in the day. Please secure your bags tightly and don’t overpack.
For 50-mile runners: The aid stations at Hwy 12 and Horseriders will have “return tarps.” When you pass through those stations, move your drop bag to the return tarp and it will be delivered to the Start/Finish area sooner in the day.
AID STATION FOODS & FLUIDS
All Ice Age aid stations will be stocked with water, HEED and soda (Coke, Mountain Dew and Ginger Ale).
Food items vary by aid station, but all will have: PBJ sandwiches, oranges, bananas, cookies, chips, pretzels and candies.
A limited supply of Hammer Gels will also be available, but runners are encouraged to bring their own gels.
CUTOFF AND COURSE CLOSING TIMES
For an official finish, runners in the 50-mile race will have to complete the course in 12 hours (6:00 pm). There is a 9:45 cutoff for the 50k (6:00 pm). The Half Marathon course will close four hours after the start (1:30 pm).
Aid Station cut-off times are listed on the course map and on the Ice Age website.
Runners in all three races will receive disposable timing chips, but official results will be based on GUN TIMES. No one crossing the 50 Mile finish line after the 12:00:00 cut-off as given by the finish line clock will be officially scored.
POST RACE BBQ DINNER
The Post Race BBQ Dinner in the finish area will begin around 12:15 p.m. The BBQ dinner, catered by Glenn’s Market of Watertown, is free to all Ice Age Trail 50 runners and volunteers and to everyone who has pre-paid for additional BBQ dinners for their family members. BBQ tickets can also be purchased in front of the shelter for $15 each. (Please bring cash or a check!) Beer and soda will be provided.
You must check in at the BBQ ticket table and get a BBQ ticket to go through the buffet line.
There are five-year age divisions for the 50-mile race and 10-year divisions for the 50k and Half Marathon events.
All runners will receive a finisher’s award if they complete the course in the required time.