The Half Marathon course was designed and measured by Tom Bunk and Craig Swartwout (Trail Marking and Course Management). The two-loop, 13.1 mile course begins and ends in the finish area near the Nordic Trail parking lot. The course for 2014 is marked with YELLOW ground arrows.
For simplicity, the loop can be broken into two sections.
Section 1 is the Nordic trailhead to the Tamarack Aid Station (AS 1; 2.2 miles). Your race will start on the Green Trail and proceed roughly .90 miles to a point where you will merge with the Nordic Blue Trail. Referring to the race map, you are running in a counterclockwise direction from AS 2 to AS 1. At AS 1, you’ll be greeted by Marty Kanter-Cronin and his team of volunteers.
Section 2 is the Tamarack Aid Station (AS 1) back to the Starting area (AS 2). When you reach AS 1 (only fluids will be provided at this station), you will continue on the Blue Trail for another 4.3 miles back to the Starting area. The AS 2 aid station will be managed by Dick Flayter, a 25+ year volunteer at the IAT50!
When you return to the Starting area, you’re halfway there. AS 2 will have plenty of aid and supplies and there’s a restroom only a few yards away. Loop two is a repeat of the first, so when you reach this area, please be sure to bear left to reconnect with the Green Trail – and watch for the yellow ground arrows.
When you reach the Tamarack Aid Station on your second loop, you are less than 4.5 miles from the finish. Depending on your pace, you may encounter some 50K runners along this stretch.
Enjoy your run on the Nordic Trail. The trails are very wide and scenic. The loop you are running is very representative of the glacial topography and natural diversity of the Kettle Moraine. As a cross country ski trail, it provides every type of terrain imaginable for skiing.
The trail or tread on the Nordic is very runnable – and easy on the feet and joints. There are hills, but also sections in the pines and meadows where you will want to develop some speed. Many areas that were rocky have been wood chipped over to help skiers save their equipment.