Information for Runners

The Philosophy
Whether this is a race or a run is really up to you.  We won’t have any official timing… and if you aren’t ready to start when others start, you can still run and pie will be there at the end for you.  This is about fitness, fun, community and building up our appetites for treats.

Race Date:  Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Start(s)
The Half  (13.1 miles):  8:30 am at Hawk Ridge at the pedestrian crosswalk on Skyline Parkway.  You can park alongside the road.  (To get to Hawk Ridge, take Glenwood and head east on Skyline to where raptor programs happen.)
The Half-of-Half (6.6 miles):  approximately 9:40 at Hartley Nature Center parking lot – accessed from Woodland Ave.  Plan to be there by 9:30 for information.  There will be an aid station there for runners doing all 13 miles.  Doug will be there with maps & info.

This is a point-to-point run, meaning the finish line is no where near the starting line.  If you want to carpool to Hawk Ridge for the start, meet at the Bowen-Bailey house by 7:50 AM. (728 E 7th Street, Duluth 55805) We will work together at the end to collect vehicles still at Hawk Ridge or Hartley.  Parking near the B-Bs will be on the street.

Registration and Fees:
Most of you have already officially signed up and signed the waiver.  If you have not, we will have waivers at the start.

Fees:  Money will be collected at the FINISH LINE only.  Too much hassle otherwise.
($20.00 just to run, $20 additional cost if you ordered a shirt.  If there is any money left over from the run, it will be donated to CHUM Food Shelf.)

Shirts:  Ff you have ordered a shirt, we will have it for you at the finish.  There are a few extras, so you may be able to get one if you’d like.  (Shirts are $20)

Finish Line
There will be pie for you and any fans you bring along.  There will also be some beverages.  If you want different post-race food, please plan for yourself. Hang out as long as you like.  We expect some runners to finish in two hours, others may need closer to three hours.

Door Prizes:  Many people have indicated they are bringing Homemade Items for prizes.  Those who bring prizes will have their names will be put in a hat and drawn at random.  Tentatively, we are anticipating this to happen around 11:30.  (If you need to leave early, we’ll figure something out.)

Course Info
On race day, it will be marked with pink flagging to the best of our ability.     There will be some paper maps of each segment of the run at the aid stations.  The longer course is approximately 9 miles of trails, 4 miles of roads. There is one section of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) between Vermillion Road and Pleasant View which is extremely rocky.  In addition, there is a need to cross some roads that will have traffic. We expect everyone to be cautious as they navigate both roads and trails. (Check out the link for Course Maps for more specifics.)

Aid Stations
There are three aid stations (Vermillion Road, Hartley Nature Center parking lot, Bagley Nature Center parking lot).  Each will have water and gatorade, as well as maps and a check-in to make sure no one is lost. We ask that you stop/holler your name as you go by so we know you are okay.
Bathrooms:  There are biffies at Hartley and Bagley, and three bathrooms at our house.  Hope that is enough!

What to Bring

  • Water bottle/fuel belt strongly recommended. Good if you can tuck a copy of the map into the belt.
  • Your own watch – no fancy or “official” timing system in place.
  • Cell phone if you are prone to getting lost.

What NOT to Bring

  • Dogs.   Our chickens thank you for this consideration.

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