Race Rules

Every organized event must have some rules to help make it a fair, fun, and safe event for all participants. Unfortunately we are no different, so here are ours:

1. All runners are required to traverse the entire course as marked.

2. Your race number must be worn on the front of your clothing and be visible at all times.

3. Runners must ensure their number is duly recorded by a race official at each Aid Station (AS).

4. Runners must yield to vehicles and obey all commands from race officials (orange vests) at all road crossings.  YOU MUST STOP FOR TRAFFIC!

5. For safety reasons and as required by our insurance company, headphones of any kind are prohibited while participating in the race.

6. What to do in the unfortunate event that you are not able to finish the race: Any runner dropping out of the race shall do so at an Aid Station and make sure that this is duly noted by a race official. Please turn in your chip at this time to an AS Official who will ensure proper recording that you have decided to not continue. Transportation to the finish area will be provided upon request. Any runner dropping out of the race without informing a race official is subject to being banned from all future Ice Age Trail 50 runs. Do not become a “lost runner”.

7. Runners will accept and follow all the directions and decisions of all Aid Station and medical personnel.


We are required to leave the trail as clean, if not cleaner, than we found it. It is the responsibility of the runners to keep the trail clean, not our volunteers. Please pay special attention to proper disposal of gel packets and foil wrappers. Any runner caught littering the trail is subject to immediate disqualification. Please carry any litter to the next Aid Station where garbage bags are provided.

9. Crews may assist only at designated crew access sites. PACING is not allowed!!

10. All Aid Stations will close at the designated times as posted in the Aid Station section. If you decide to continue on after the posted closing times, you are no longer considered an official participant of the race and do so at your own risk. Aid Stations are staffed by volunteers who are only scheduled for set times.




1. The Race Director of any trail run will tell you that litter on the course, or on the property of people living near the course, is a threat to the existence of the race. Please take this seriously and see that your crew does as well. A runner may be disqualified if his or her crew is discovered littering the course.

2. Pets must be leashed at all times.

3. Crews may park only at designated parking areas. Where parking is allowed along the side of a road, it is only on one side of the road and totally off the pavement. Sheriffs may ticket violators. Observe the no parking signs.

4. If a runner drops from the race, his crew should be sure that Aid Station personnel or Race Officials are notified, that the scoring chip has been turned in, and that the DNF is duly recorded.

5.   All road guards will wear ORANGE VESTS.  Please obey their instructions.

6. Keep track of your children at all times!  Do Not Allow any children to go on the course looking for their parents. Previously, we had a child run on the course looking for her dad who had dropped out. We spent considerable energy locating the child. Luckily this ended with a positive outcome. It is very easy to get lost on the trails. Please keep track of your children at all times.


The Ice Age Trail 50 will be timed using the ChampionChip® timing system by Sports Management Associates, Inc. Each runner will receive a timing chip at packet pickup with instructions to mount the chip on your shoe. If you change shoes, you must also transfer the chip. The chip will not work on your wrist, in your pocket, in your car, or in your hotel room. NO CHIP – NO TIME! Please make sure you wear YOUR chip on race day. Your chip envelope will be labeled with your race number and the chip number and chip instructions.

Although all runners are required to wear a chip for tracking, all the races will be scored using GUN TIME.

You will see multiple timing mats on the course. You must cross the mats in order to be timed. Note there will be two sets of mats at the finish area. Please don’t cross the finish line unless you’re actually finishing the race.

Your chip must be returned after the race to the timing crew at the finish line. You are responsible for lost or unreturned chips and will be billed $30 if not returned.

If you drop out of the event, you must report this to the AS official where you drop out. You may give your chip to this person or return it to the timing crew at the finish line. You are responsible for lost chips.

Chip returns
Return chips at the finish line or give them to an AS captain. If you totally forget, put the chip in a padded envelope and mail it to SMA Chip Returns, 4562 North 126 Street, Butler, WI 53007. The chip must be received by May 31, 2015 or you will be billed the $30 cost of the chip.

Last but not least – Have Fun, Have a Good Run, and Enjoy the Trail!