Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wild Duluth Race Results Posted!

Thank you runners for another amazing day!  The weather was spectacular for running and the trail
was in great shape!  It was a pleasure seeing you all on the trail and at the finish line!  We had a fun day as well and your smiles make all the work leading up to the race worth it!  HUGE shoutout to our great volunteers!  Thank you for making the race possible!

Race results are posted - RACE RESULTS  Results are still unofficial.  Let us know if you see an error. (50K results UPDATED 11:37 a.m. 10/20/2015)

If anyone has any photos from the race they would be willing to share, please send us the link and we'll post them on our website.

Hope to see you all next year!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Some Race Updates

We're just a few days away from the 7th Annual Wild Duluth Races!  We could use a couple more volunteers to cover a couple of aid stations.  Please consider helping out.

The Course Photo Tour has been updated with new photos covering the Start to Grand Portage Aid Station.  Check them out.

A reminder to runners that you will use the regular Superior Hiking Trail just after you leave the Grand Portage Aid Station.  Do not follow the SHT detour.  We will try to mark this well, but just use the SHT like you always have in the past here.

There are a lot of new mountain bike trails in Duluth.  We will cross many of them.  We will also use those trails primarily from the Start to Grand Portage Aid Station.  However, between Grand Portage and the finish at Bayfront, stay on the Superior Hiking Trail the entire way.  Don't pay attention to the  new, wide mountain bike trails with large boardwalks that you might see paralleling the trail you're on.  Stay on the narrow, singletrack Superior Hiking Trail this entire way.

There will be a mountain bike race between the Highland Getchell aid station and N 24th Ave W aid station.  Just be on the lookout for mountain bikes blasting across the trail you are on in this section.

Also remember the cut offs have been adjusted.  The turnaround cutoff is the same for the 100K - 3:00 p.m.  The cut off at Magney Snively Aid Station has been lowered to 7:30 p.m. and a new cut off has been added at Highland/Getchell Aid Station of 9:30 p.m.  These are hard cut offs and you will be pulled if you arrive after these times.  We believe these cut offs are necessary for the sake of our hard working volunteers (who are so hard to find and keep as you can see) and also for runner safety.

Remember that the race start for the 50K this year is at Fond du Lac park.  This is detailed in the race packet.  The turnaround for the 100K is just up the road where the trail comes out on Highway 210.

Thanks and can't wait to see you all Saturday!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Volunteers Still Needed and Half Marathon Maps Updated

We're still in need of volunteers to cover aid stations and act as floaters and aid station re-supply.  Please see the previous post.

Half Marathon maps and course profile have been updated on the Maps page.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

2015 Race Volunteers Needed!

As race day approaches, we're still in need of many volunteers to help with the race.  Primary needs are course marking on Friday, aid station workers that can help all day, and a couple of people to help with busier road crossings.  We would also like one or two people that could help out all day gophering supplies to aid stations, putting out fires and generally monitoring the course during race day.  I generally do a lot of that and it would be nice to be at the finish line more to see you all finish! Please send an email to me at adventurerunning@gmail.com or Lisa Messerer at
wknits@gmail.com if you think you can help out on race day.  Thanks!

2015 Wild Duluth Course Updates

We're about 5 weeks away from the start of the 2015 Wild Duluth races!  And, just when we think we have the course dialed in after the 2012 floods, we're thrown more curveballs!  This year's edition of the Wild Duluth races will have two temporary course adjustments due to construction along the course.  Both are significant enough to be addressed, but they're both very short and minor.

The first course adjustment, due to construction at our normal start location at Chambers Grove Park, will require us to locate an alternate start location for 2015.  From what I'm hearing, this will also affect the race in 2016.  This year we will be starting the race just a little down the road at Fond du Lac Park.  For 50K runners, this will require about a 3-4 minute run along the shoulder of the highway before hitting the Mission Creek mountain bike trails and our regular course.  The 100K turnaround will be near where the trail comes out onto Highway 210 to avoid the run along the highway shoulder.  See the map below:

The other course adjustment for 2015 will occur at the Munger Trailhead Aid Station.  The parking lot for our regular aid station location is closed due to construction on the railroad line and we will have to move the aid station up Beck's Road to the climber's access parking lot.  This will also require a short trail re-route on the Superior Hiking Trail.  The SHT is temporarily re-routed in this area and we will follow that re-route.  This will require crossing the highway bridge on the shoulder for about 500 feet.  Please use caution when on the highway.  This re-route should only be for this years race.  See the map below:
Other than that, the course should remain essentially the same.  An improvement over last year is the new route of the SHT under Highland Street and up into our Highland/Getchell aid station in the brand new parking lot.  This is a huge improvement over previous years and is welcomed.  You may remember that there was a LOT of construction in this area last year that required us to move this aid station. 

See you soon!

Friday, February 13, 2015

New Cutoffs for 100K and Runner Limit for Half Marathon

Starting with the 2015 edition of the Wild Duluth 100K, we are instituting new cutoff times.  We believe these new cut offs will make things more clear for runners and race management and help ensure that our volunteers are not overly inconvenienced with super late nights out helping our runners.  We have great volunteers and we know they'd be happy to stay out all night and help our runners, but we don't want to burn them out and we want them to continue to have fun helping you achieve your goals.  We also believe this will improve runner and volunteer safety.

We are keeping the turn around cut-off the same, adding a cut-off at Highland/Getchell Aid Station and shortening the cut-off at Magney Snively Aid Station by a half hour. 

New 100K Cut-offs:

3:00 p.m. - Chambers Grove turnaround Aid Station
7:30 p.m. - Magney Snively Aid Station
9:30 p.m. - Highland/Getchell Aid Station

We are also imposing a 150 runner limit on our Half Marathon.  We also believe this will improve runner safety.  The Half Marathon poses the greatest risk to runners crossing the many roads and streets in our race due to the increased speed of the runners, tighter packs and perhaps more heated competition.  We believe that we need to limit the Half Marathon to 150 runners to help ensure runner safety.  We will continue to monitor the Half Marathon for safety concerns and will continue to offer this distance if we believe we can do so in a safe manner.  At this time, there will be no runner limits for the 50K and 100K races.

Race Registration is Updated!

Race registration is now live for the Wild Duluth Races!  Please go here to register for the 2015 Wild Duluth Races and Harder n' He!! Half Marathon:


You can register online and pay online or register online and send us a check.

You can also print out a registration form from our REGISTRATION page and send it in along with your check.

Looking forward to seeing you this October!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Date of 2015 Race Set for October 17

Happy New Year!!! The date for this years Wild Duluth Races is set for October 17, 2015!  More
details will be forthcoming and we will have online registration available soon as well.

We will be offering all three races again in 2015. We will most likely have a runner limit for the 1/2 marathon however. That number is still being determined.

Also new for 2015 will be an adjustment of the cut off times for the 100K. Stay tuned for updates!

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

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
Munger Trail TH
Magney-Snively TH
Spirit Mountain AS
Highland/Getchell Rd.
N. 24th Ave. W TH
Bayfront Park Finish

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

N. 24th Ave. W TH

Highland/Getchell Rd.

Spirit Mtn. AS

No Crew
Magney-Snively TH

Munger Trail TH

E. Palkie Road AS

UMD Outpost
3:00 p.m.
E. Palkie Road AS

Munger Trail TH

Magney-Snively TH
8:00 p.m.
Spirit Mtn. AS

No Crew
Highland/Getchell Rd.

N. 24th Ave. W TH

Bayfront Park Finish
12:00 a.m.