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.

Harder 'n He!! Information Page

Click HERE for a page with information specific to the Harder 'n He!! Half Marathon

2012 Maps

Please click the link below to view the 2012 course maps:

2012 Wild Duluth Course Maps


2012 Aid Stations and Distances

2012 Wild Duluth 50K aid stations and distances:

50K Aid Stations
Cumulative Dist.
Dist. Between
Start – Spirit Mountain
0
0
Magney-Snively #1 AS
2.5
2.5
Skyline Parkway AS
6.9
4.4
Munger Trail AS
11.7
4.8
Magney-Snively #4 AS
15.9
4.2
Highland-Getchell Rd AS
22.7
6.8
N 24th Ave W AS
27.8
5.1
Bayfront Park Finish
31
3.2

2012 Wild Duluth 100K aid stations, distances, drop bag locations and cutoff times:

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


Y
N. 24th Ave. W AS
3.2
3.2




Highland/Getchell Rd.
8.3
5.1


Y
Magney-Snively #4 AS
15.1
6.8




Munger Trail AS
19.3
4.2


Y
Skyline Parkway AS
24.1
4.8




Magney-Snively #1 AS
28.5
4.4




Spirit Mountain
31
2.5
3:00 p.m.
Y
Magney-Snively #1 AS
33.5
2.5




Skyline Parkway AS
37.9
4.4




Munger Trail AS
42.7
4.8
8:00 p.m.
Y
Magney-Snively #4 AS
46.9
4.2




Highland/Getchell Rd.
53.7
6.8


Y
N. 24th Ave. W AS
58.8
5.1




Bayfront Park Finish
62
3.2
12:00 a.m.
Y

Important Course Update V.2

Important course update for the Wild Duluth 50K and 100K races.  Please pass this along to your friends.

The 50K race and 100K turnaround has been changed to the upper SPIRIT MOUNTAIN PARKING LOT.  This is the same location as the Harder n' Hell Half start.  The course is now almost exactly 31 miles and will avoid the congestion and conflict with the Boo at the Zoo event taking place at the Lake Superior Zoo that same Saturday.

The new starting location will have the 50K runners drop quickly down the ski hill to the Old Skyline Parkway running across the ski hill (same old road runners cross in the Voyageur 50).  Traverse across the ski hill then drop down a switchbacking mountain bike trail to the DWP railgrade.  Then follow the railgrade as before.  This will add a significant downhill for 50K runners and a significant climb up to the turnaround for 100K runners in addition to the descent.  Adding this climb will make up for the fun climbs and descents that were lost when we had to re-route out of Jay Cooke State Park.  The views from the turnaround will be spectacular!  This will make for a more exciting and enjoyable start to the 50K and turnaround for 100K runners and avoid the congestion of the zoo. We think you'll like it!

Wild Duluth 50K Start and 100K turnaround map:



View Spirit Mountain Parking Lot in a larger map

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wild Duluth 100K and 50K Course Update

The re-route for the Wild Duluth 100K and 50K races is set.  The Harder n' Hell Half course will be the same.

The 50K race start and 100K turnaround will be at the Duluth Lake Superior Zoo EDIT Spirit Mountain Ski Area.  The course will leave the zoo Runners will leave the Spirit Mountain gravel parking lot by dropping down the ski hill on a dirt access trail, connecting with the Old Skyline Parkway access road and turn right.  Follow Old Skyline Parkway and drop down a twisting mountain bike trail to the DWP railgrade.  Runners will remain on the old DWP rail grade, except for one detour, all the way out to where the rail grade goes over a bridge over Skyline Parkway near Becks Road.  Runners will drop down off the rail grade onto Skyline Parkway and then cross and follow Becks Road for a short stretch before dropping down old 7 Bridges Road.  Runners who have run the Voyageur 50 will be familiar with this section from Becks Road and down 7 Bridges Road.  Runners will then turn onto the Superior Hiking Trail where it intersects with 7 Bridges Road.  Once on the Superior Hiking Trail here, you will proceed the rest of the way on the Superior Hiking Trail to the finish at Bayfront Park.  100K runners will start at Bayfront and run the 50K course backwards to the zoo and then back to Bayfront.  Approximately the first 10 miles of the 50K course will be different this year.  The remainder of the course (20 miles) will be the same.

Your first impression might be that the old railgrade will suck. Well, that's not entirely the case.  From the zoo, you will rise ever so slightly all the way to the intersection with Skyline Parkway (100K runners will descend ever so slightly to the turnaround).  There is also a detour off the grade, under an old trestle that is somewhat unsafe to cross, up a singletrack trail to the aid station at Magney-Snively and then back down a rough, rocky old road/ATV trail to the railgrade.  Once this detour is completed, you'll stay on the railgrade the rest of the way...skirting some washouts, enjoying some tremendous views of the St. Louis River, and passing cool rock cuts.  It's actually pretty darn nice.  A little easier than the normal Wild Duluth course, but also about a mile longer.  I ran the whole thing to determine the distance, and it really is interesting and I don't like railgrades myself.

One thing to note.  Runners with very minimal shoes without any rockplates will have sore feet after running on the grade.  There is a lot of gravel and small rocks that poke the bottoms of your feet and they will be sore.  You may want some more beefy shoes for this section.

Complete update with maps will be posted soon.  Please refer to the main page of the website for all of the 2012 changes and info.