General Race Information for the 2020 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 3:30-7 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.   The trailhead is located approximately 1.5 miles north of La Grange, Wisconsin on County Hwy H. 

Address:  N9084 Co Rd H, Whitewater, WI 53190

GPS Coordinates:  42.821715,-88.600437

A complete race day agenda can be found here.


When you arrive at the Start/Finish area, you will find a number of tarps, each marked with a different drop bag station location.  Place your bag on the appropriate tarp(s).

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).

To help reunite you with your bags after the race, please write your name and bib number on each one.  

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.


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, pickles, cookies, chips, pretzels and candies.

A limited supply of Hammer Gels will also be available, but runners are encouraged to bring their own gels.


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 (1:00 pm).

Runners will receive disposable timing chips, but official results will be based on GUN TIMESNo 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.

There are several hard cut-offs in the 50 mile and 50k races, which are listed on the course section of this website.  Runners who miss these cutoffs will be asked to turn in their bibs.

50K RUNNERS:  Aid Station #1 (Tamarack) will be open until 4:30 p.m., but will be UNMANNED after 3:00 p.m.  Water, Heed and other supplies will be available after 3:00, but volunteers will not be there to assist runners.


There are five-year age divisions for the 50-mile race and 10-year divisions for the 50k and Half Marathon events.  Finisher’s awards will be given to all runners who complete their event in the required time.