If you’re up for an adventure, you need to race this fall’s North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin. With distances ranging from 5k to 50 miles, all on the trails of the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Park, there’s something for everyone from trail running newbies to experienced ultrarunners.
Below, race representative Jeff Ball tells us more about this year’s event. For race specifics, visit our Featured Races page.
Can you give us an overview of The North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin weekend?
The weekend kicks off with our GORE-TEX 50 Mile race on Saturday morning at 5am. It’s our longest race distance offered and is an excellent way to start the event. We also have a 50K, Marathon and Marathon Relay that day, along with a free Kid’s 1K Fun Run. On Sunday, we offer a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and, again, a Kid’s 1K Fun Run. The weekend is a lot of fun as the trail community comes together – there are partner and sponsor booths with an excellent vibe to the event.
What makes this event different or unique?
These races are different in the sense that we have 7 different race distances to choose from, so there is something for everyone. We also try to make the event a place that you want to hang around at both before and after your race and meet new friends.
Is there anything new being offered or are there any changes from last year’s Challenge weekend?
The event will be the same in terms of the courses and routes each distance will run. We always try to improve upon the previous year’s event, so expect to see some improvements!
Can you tell us more the races?
All of the race distances will find most of the same trail conditions. There are short, but tough hills on a mix of horse trail and single/double track trails. The aid stations for the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon will have electrolyte drink and water available. The Marathon Relay, Marathon, 50K and 50 Mile aid stations will have electrolyte drink, water, soda, pretzels, chips, M&M’s, skittles, boiled potatoes and more to keep runners going.
All events have overall and age group prizes. The overall awards are given to the top 3 male and female per race distance. Age group prizes are awarded to the first finisher in each category. All runners will receive a race-specific tech t-shirt from The North Face. Depending on their race distance, runners will receive free beer and food.
Being a trail race, what should runners expect compared to a road race? Any trail racing training tips?
Runners should expect to find more hills and rugged terrain then they typically run on the roads. We suggest doing hill training and getting on the trails in their local area before coming out for the race so they are well prepared.
Are there any known elite ultrarunners or trail racers expected at this year’s event?
We haven’t heard who will be coming this year, but Tyler Sigl has won the event three years in a row so if he comes back again he will be the one to watch. Last year we had The North Face runner Dylan Bowman join us, and we may have another sponsored runner join us again in 2016 for the 50 Mile race.
Any other comments?
This event is a great chance to get more into trail running. We encourage everyone to join us for The North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin in 2016!
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Jeff! Now for the part you’ve been waiting for – who wants to win a race entry? The North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin is generously providing a race entry for one Keep Running MKE reader. To enter to win, answer the following Q in the comments section:
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