Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014 Chambers Grove Start to Grand Portage Aid Station Map


2014 Wild Duluth 50K and 100K Course Profiles

Course Profiles for the 50K and 100K with the start at Chambers Grove Park.  Use the route from Spirit Mountain in to Bayfront to see course profile for 1/2 Marathon.
Wild Duluth 100K Course Profie



Wild Duluth 50K Course Profile



Monday, October 13, 2014

Updated Course Description

The course description and other details for the 2014 race have been updated.  Maps will be updated tonight.  Also please be aware that the Highland/Getchell aid station may be moved slightly.  I believe we'll be able to use the Superior Hiking Trail through that intersection as usual, but construction continues in that area and I am receiving updates daily from the construction manager.  Race packet will be sent via email and pdf file with final details tomorrow.  Thanks!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wild Duluth 50K/100K Turnaround at Chambers Grove

We will be starting the 50k and 100K turnaround at Chambers Grove park this year. With the new mountain bike trail leaving directly from the park and climbing up through a lovely grove of pines, this will be an awesome start location. ALSO, please note that there is construction around the Highland/Getchell aid station and there may be some re-routing and aid station relocation there. Maps of new start location should be available tomorrow.

Friday, September 5, 2014

2014 Wild Duluth 50K Start Location

We're getting closer to the race date for Wild Duluth and we'd like to give you an update of the course and start location for the 50K (100K turnaround).

This year we should be almost entirely on the original Wild Duluth course two years post-flood.  We won't be starting the 50K at the UMD Outpost like last year.  However, we have a couple of options for the start/turnaround location that we're still exploring.

The first option would be to start at Oldenburg Point where we had the start in previous years.  This is a good start location and would involve road running at the start this year due to trail closures and construction at the dam near the start, which isn't ideal.

The second option would be to start at Chambers Grove Park, the location of the start/turnaround the
New MTB trail where it crosses Hwy 210
first year of the event.  This option is very appealing and might be cool enough to be the permanent start location.  COGGS, our local mountain bike club, recently built several miles of new and amazing trail in this area leading directly up and out from Chambers Grove Park.  If you remember the start from the first year, we used deer paths and bushwhacking to get to the top of the hill.  Now, there are graceful, beautiful, professionally constructed switchbacks to get you to the top of the hill.  It's really a beautiful trail!  With the switchbacks and twisting trail, more mileage has been added and my give us enough distance to fit the 50K distance.  The first year the course was short a couple of
New MTB trail after leaving Chambers Grove
miles.

Just wanted to give you a heads about about the possible new start/turnaround location.  More information will be coming soon.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Online Registration Open for 2014 Wild Duluth Races

Online registration is now available for the 2014 Wild Duluth Races slated for October 18.  Please go HERE to register for your desired race.  MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone and we look forward to seeing you again next October!!!

Next Year's Races Slated for October 18

Next year's Wild Duluth Races are slated for October 18, 2014.  Hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Corrected Results Posted

The results should be official.  You can see the corrected results HERE.

Unofficial Wild Duluth Results Posted

The unofficial Wild Duluth race results have been posted HERE.  We are missing two runners in the 100K and one in the Half Marathon.  Please contact us if you are one of them and we will get the official results finished.  We need to find finishers 43 and 44 in the 100K with times of 19:15:10 and 19:15:11.  I think I remember who this was, but want to confirm.  Also need to find the 58th finisher in the Half Marathon with a finishing time of 2:54:29.  Please contact us if you know who these finishers are.

Thank you runners for making Wild Duluth wild and wonderful once again! We are truly blessed by the
Todd Rowe photo
weather Gods! The day was very nice and not nearly as bad as the forecast.  Sunday ended up being a rainy day from start to finish.  


Once again it was a pleasure to watch all of you cross the finish line and help you out along the way.  It was fun talking to some kids and aid station volunteers who had never seen an ultramarathon before and listen to their excitement when seeing these friendly runners pass through.  Our 15 year old son had a lot of fun working the Spirit Mtn aid station with some of his friends this year.  And, after packet pick up on Friday, he said in all sincerity, "Ultrarunners are the nicest people, if you were going to categorize them, you would say they are the nicest people."  Great to hear from a teenager and what a tremendous compliment to our community!  

And a HUGE, HUGE shout out to our wonderful volunteers!!! From our trail markers, to our timers, to our aid station crews, to Eric Nordgren who ran around the course all day, to our tireless sweeps and of course our HAM radio operators!!! The majority of our positive comments were about our great volunteers. Kim and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ready to Roll!

See you tomorrow runners!  We should be ready to roll!  Look forward to seeing you all!  Have fun!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Photos of 2013 Wild Duluth 50K Start

Click on photo to right to see more photos of the 2013 Wild Duluth 50K start and 100K turnaround.

2013 Wild Duluth 50K Start Maps Updated

2013 Start of WD 50K:
















East Palkie Road Aid Station to Munger Trail Aid Station:


2013 Wild Duluth 100K and 50K Elevation Profiles Updated

100K Elevation Profile:








50K Elevation Profile:


Aid Station Chart Updated

The aid station chart has been updated to reflect minor changes to the 2013 Wild Duluth 50K and 100K race courses.  Please use the chart below for the 2013 races.

Also, please note that there will be no crew access at the Spirit Mtn. Aid Station.  Runners will come down and cross the base of the ski hill near the new lodge at the bottom of the hill.  Follow flagging and the SHT back into the woods and then a little less than 1/2 mile to the aid station.  Crews may park in the parking lot at the lodge at the bottom of the ski hill and we will be allowing them to see their runners near the lodge just before the aid station.  Crews may also walk with their runner from the parking lot/lodge area to the aid station.  There will be about 1/2 mile of legal crew contact between the lodge/parking lot at the base of the ski hill to the Spirit Mtn. aid station.  Runners may also stop for a beer and a burger at the lodge restaurant in lieu of the aid station (on your dime of course!) :-)

2013 Aid Station Charts:

50K Aid Stations
Cumulative Dist.
Dist. Between
East Palkie Road AS
3.5
3.5
Munger Trail TH
11
7.5
Magney-Snively TH
15.3
4.3
Spirit Mountain AS
17.7
2.4
Highland/Getchell Rd.
22.2
4.5
N. 24th Ave. W TH
27.9
5.7
Bayfront Park Finish
31
3.1

100K Aid Stations
Cumulative dist.
Dist. Between
Cutoff
Drop Bag
Bayfront Park Start
0
0


Y
N. 24th Ave. W TH
3.1
3.1




Highland/Getchell Rd.
8.8
5.7


Y
Spirit Mtn. AS
13.3
4.5


No Crew
Magney-Snively TH
15.7
2.4


Y
Munger Trail TH
20
4.3




E. Palkie Road AS
27.5
7.5




UMD Outpost
31
3.5
3:00 p.m.
Y
E. Palkie Road AS
34.5
3.5




Munger Trail TH
42
7.5


PACERS
Magney-Snively TH
46.3
4.3
8:00 p.m.
Y
Spirit Mtn. AS
48.7
2.4


No Crew
Highland/Getchell Rd.
53.2
4.5


Y
N. 24th Ave. W TH
58.9
5.7




Bayfront Park Finish
62
3.1
12:00 a.m.
Y

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Course & Registration Update

Hello runners!  Hope your summer running season went well and you're looking forward to the cooler Fall temps and great Fall running races.

Registration is going well and we're slightly ahead of numbers for this time last year in the 100K, way above numbers from last year at this time in the 50K, and slightly below numbers for the 1/2 marathon at this time last year.  See who's registered here:  http://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=13292MN

As for the course, we'll be back to a course much closer to our original course.  However, I had earlier anticipated Oldenburg Point being open by October.  As of now, Oldenburg Point, our traditional 50K start and 100K turnaround, will not be open until November.  We're looking at a new 50K start and 100K turnaround location for 2013.  It's looking likely that we will start the race on the Willard Munger Trail in Thompson at the City Hall or at the Willard Munger parking lot closer to Carlton.  This would mean that the start of the 50K would involve mostly a flat paved trail for the first 3.5 miles before hitting the dirt in Jay Cooke State Park.  This would likely make the course a little faster but perhaps a bit less enjoyable to run.  It would make a good start location and we would be using the exact same course for Wild Duluth as we have in the past except for the 3.5 miles at the start of the 50K and turnaround for the 100K.  Once we have this route finalized, we'll post maps and directions to the start and turnaround location.  See you in October!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Date Set for October 19, Registration Updated

The date for the 2013 Wild Duluth Races has been set for Saturday October 19Online registration is also updated and you can also download and print a hard copy from our Registration page and send it back with your check.  You can register today!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 Photos Added

Some photos added to our Photos page from the 2012 Wild Duluth Races.  Thanks to Todd Rowe and Eve Stein.

Also, there are a couple of errors in our results that we are figuring out and will re-post.  Please be patient.  Thanks!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2012 Results Posted

 2012 Wild Duluth race results posted.  Check out the Results page.

Thanks to all of the runners at the Wild Duluth races on Saturday! Once again, seeing all of your smiling faces at the finish made all of the work worth it! Thank you also for your understanding about the re-route and some of the confusing intersections that caused some of you to go off course. We hope to be back on the regular course next year which will be much less confusing. We'll also continue to try to make the event better each year. Thanks!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Important Course Update V.2.1

There has been a small change near the start of the 50K course and turnaround for the 100K.  Instead of turning off Old Skyline Parkway which crosses the Spirit Mountain ski runs, you will now turn left onto the Superior Hiking Trail Spur Trail that goes up to the Spirit Mountain Campground.  You will no longer be turning left onto a mountain bike trail.  The course directions have been updated to reflect this change.  The change is as follows:

Once past the ski runs, make a sharp Left off Old Skyline Parkway past the Spirit Mountain Zip Line onto the Superior Hiking Trail SPUR TRAIL.  The spur trail is marked with WHITE blazes.  Don't miss this sharp Lefthand turn.  If you reach paved Skyline Parkway, you've gone too far.  Follow the SHT spur trail rather steeply downhill.  Just before the intersection with the main Superior Hiking Trail, you will angle to the right on a vague deer path, follow the pin flags.  Near a small bridge on the main Superior Hiking Trail you will go directly across the main SHT and continue downhill.  This will be a confusing point on the trail.  Do not turn right or left onto the main SHT, continue straight across down the hill.  This intersection will be marked well with extra signage and possibly a course marshal.  Continue down the hill to the old DWP rail grade.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Information Page Specific to 2012 and Course Re-route

Please refer to the new page with information specific to the 2012 course re-route.  Click HERE to go to the 2012 Race Information page.