Race Information

Wild Duluth 100K and 50K Race Information

WHEN:  Saturday October 15, 2011.

100K start time:  6:00 a.m.

50K start time:  8:00 a.m.

Harder’n He!! Half Marathon start time:  9:30 a.m.


100K race begins and ends at Bayfront Festival Park in downtown Duluth, MN

Directions to Bayfront Park:
From I-35 take exit 256B for Lake Ave/5th Ave W.  Turn RIGHT at S 5th Ave W (signs for Harbor Drive).  Slight RIGHT onto ramp to W Railroad St.  Turn LEFT into large dirt parking lot in front of Bayfront Park.  You will see Bayfront Park from the Interstate.

50K race begins at Oldenburg Point picnic area in Jay Cooke State Park and ends at Bayfront Park in downtown Duluth.

We will have bus transportation for 50K runners to the starting line at Oldenburg Point.  Transportation to the starting line at Oldenburg Point will leave promptly from the Bayfront Park parking lot at 7:00 a.m.  Donations for the bus are appreciated and may be made during packet pick up.

Directions to Oldenburg Point:

From the South on I-35 take exit 235 for MN-210 toward Cromwell/Carlton, Turn right at MN-210 E/State Hwy 61.  Continue to follow MN-210 E.  Turn right to stay on MN-210 E.  Destination will be on the right.  Look for the Oldenburg Point sign.

From the North on I-35 Take exit 241 for Thomson toward Esko. Turn left at Co Rd 1/Thomson Rd. Continue onto Dalles Ave. Turn left at MN-210 E.  Destination will be on the right.  Look for the Oldenburg Point sign.

Harder’n He!! Half Marathon starts at the Superior Hiking Trail Spirit Mountain trailhead and ends at Bayfront Park in downtown Duluth.  We should have bus transportation for the start of the half marathon this year as well.  Bus will leave Bayfront Park parking lot promptly at 8:45 a.m.  Donations for bus transportation are appreciated.

Directions to Spirit Mountain trailhead:

From I-35, take Boundary Ave Exit #249. Go south on Boundary Ave past gas station, McDonald’s, to T-stop. Turn left on Skyline Parkway (follow Spirit Mountain signs). Take left turn to Spirit Mountain Chalet, go 2 blocks to trailhead parking lot on left by Duluth Alpine Club building.


100K – $75.00 by September 16, 2010 – $95.00 September 17 to race day

50K – $50.00 by September 16, 2010 – $70.00 September 17 to race day

Half Marathon – $45.00 by race day – $65.00 on race day (shirt not guaranteed)

CUTOFFS: Runners will have until 12:00 a.m. midnight on Sunday October 18 to finish races.

18 hours for the 100K.

There will be a 9 hour intermediate cutoff at the 31 mile turn-around at Oldenburg Point for the 100K.  100K runners will have to arrive at Oldenburg Point by 3:00 p.m. in order to continue.

PACERS:  Runners may be accompanied by a pacer in the 100K beginning at Munger Trail Aid Station at mile 42 to the finish.  We do not track pacers and they are responsible for their own transportation.  Parking space is limited at Munger Trail Aid Station.  Please consider this and also consider starting your pacing duties at Magney-Snively Aid Station where there is more parking space available.  Pacers may take food and fluids at the aid stations as available.

AID STATIONS/DROP BAGS: Aid Stations will be between 3.1 and 5.8 miles apart.  Standard ultra food and beverages will be available at all aid stations.  Crew members may only provide aid to runners at designated aid stations.  Limited parking will be available at aid stations.

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 Mountain
13.7 4.9
Magney-Snively TH 15.7 2.0 Y
Munger Trail TH 20.0 4.3
Grand Portage TH 25.7 5.7
Oldenburg Point
31 5.3 3:00 p.m. Y
Grand Portage TH 36.3 5.3
Munger Trail TH 42.0 5.7
Magney-Snively TH 46.3 4.3 8:00 p.m. Y
Spirit Mountain
48.3 2.0
Highland/Getchell Rd. 53.2 4.9 Y
N. 24th Ave. W TH 58.9 5.7
Bayfront Park Finish 62 3.1 12:00 a.m. Y
50K Aid Stations Cumulative Dist. Dist. Between
Grand Portage TH 5.3 5.3
Munger Trail TH 11 5.7
Magney-Snively TH 15.3 4.3
Spirit Mountain 17.3 2.0
Highland/Getchell Rd. 22.2 4.9
N. 24th Ave. W TH 27.9 5.7
Bayfront Park Finish 31 3.1

Parking is very limited at N. 24th St. W, Highland/Getchell Rd, and Munger Trail.  Crews should consider avoiding these aid stations.


COURSE MARKING: The course will be marked well at all intersections.  There are several intersections and road crossings on this course.  The trail will be marked with pink flagging and we will have flagging with reflective tape for the night sections.

All but the 1/5 mile between Oldenburg Point and Superior Hiking Trail junction will be on the Superior Hiking Trail.  The Superior Hiking Trail is very well marked with blue blazes and trail signs.  There are arrows at many intersections as well.  If you’re paying attention when you’re on the Superior Hiking Trail it will be VERY difficult to get lost.  It’s also critical that you pay attention and are very careful at all road intersections.  Vehicles have the right of way at all times.  We will try to have run officials at the busiest road intersections.

CHECK IN: Packet pickup and late registration will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday October 14.  BAYFRONT FESTIVAL PARK downtown Duluth, MN.

Race day entries will be accepted, but we highly discourage race day entries.  If you’re planning to wait until the last minute, please sign up on Friday night at the packet pick up.  Late registrants will have no guarantee of finishers award or shirt the day of the race.

Race course briefing will occur 15 minutes before each race.  Arrive at the start line early for the briefing.   Races will start on time.

AWARDS: Overall awards to the mens and womens champions in the 100k and 50k.

Age group awards to the mens and womens division winners for the 50k and 100k in the following divisions:

29 and under

30-39 Open

40-49 Masters

50-59 Super Masters

60-69 Grand Masters

70+ Grand Old Masters

No duplicate awards.

All finishers in the 100k will receive a custom designed hooded sweatshirt or jacket.

50k finishers will receive a custom designed long sleeve t-shirt or technical shirt.

Last place finisher will receive the “Taconite in your Pants” award.

Half Marathon finishers will receive a t-shirt.

POST RACE SOUP AND CHILI FEED: We will have a post race meal at Bayfront Park consisting of homemade meat and vegetarian chili and soup with additional fixin’s.

WEATHER: Weather in the middle of October can be very uncertain.  We could have a blizzard in October or it could be in the 60’s.  Come prepared for inclement weather and have warm clothes available.  The average high for October 17 is 52 and the average low is 38.  Record high temperature for the date is 77 and record low is 22.  Last year we had a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 50’s and perfect running weather.    October 17 for the last three years has seen high temperatures of 51, 52 and 50 with low temperatures of 38, 47 and 39.  In 2006 and 2007 it rained a little on October 17.

Regardless of the weather, we should have beautiful fall colors on October 17.  The hills above Duluth will be all shades of green, yellow, orange and red.

Sunrise on October 17 is 7:30 a.m. with sunset at 6:17 p.m.  Runners in the 100k should be prepared to run in the dark at the start and finish for most runners.

DROP BAGS: Drop bags may be left at the Highland/Getchell Rd. and Magney-Snively aid stations as well as the turnaround at Oldenburg Point.  For 100K runners, drop bags may be accessed at miles 8.7, 16.5, 31.0, 45.5, and 53.3.  Drop bags can be left at the check in on Friday night before the race and on the morning of the race.  If leaving your drop bag the morning of the race please have it prepared and left at the check-in table by 5:30 a.m.  Drop bags must be clearly marked and secure.  Bags must include your name, race number and location where you want them to go.  Race management is not responsible for any lost items from your drop bag.  All drop bags will be brought back to the finish line at Bayfront Park as soon as the aid station closes.


The Wild Duluth 50K and 100K race rules and procedures are designed for the safety and well-being of everyone involved in the race including runners, crews, volunteers and spectators.  Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of the runner.

1.  Runner responsibilities – The runner is responsible for knowing all the rules

2.  No unauthorized aid caches or drops – No one is allowed to cache, drop or store supplies on the race course before or during the run.  Runners are not allowed aid between checkpoints.  Crews are forbidden to leave aid along the trail during the run.

3.  No course cutting – Runners must follow the marked course at all times.  If the runner departs from the marked course, the runner must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing.  Cutting the course is grounds for immediate disqualification.  Please do not cut switchbacks on the course.  Switchbacks are designed to ensure the sustainability of the trail.  Doing nothing to risk the sustainability of the trail we are using will ensure that we will be able to use it for future races.

4.  Checking in/Checking out – It is the runner’s responsibility to properly check-in and check-out of each checkpoint.  Race numbers must be clearly visible.

5.  Cutoff times – Cutoff times will be enforced at the turnaround and mile 45.5 by the aid station captain.  Their decisions are final, no exceptions.

6.  Road crossings – The main concern is the safe movement of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  There are not that many busy road intersections on the course, but do not be complacent and forget to look both ways before crossing.  Vehicles have the right-of-way at all times.  We will have run officials at the busiest crossings, especially early in the race when runners are grouped together.  The runner is a pedestrian and must obey all directions of the race official and all laws pertaining to road pedestrian crossings.

7.  If you decide to drop out of the race – If any runner is unable to complete the run, the runner must notify the aid station captain and surrender their race number.  Upon surrendering their race number, the runner is officially out of the race.  If a runner leaves the race and does not show up at the next checkpoint within a reasonable time, run officials will assume the runner is lost and notify authorities.  This situation will cost the race time, money, hardship and credibility.  It may also threaten the race’s ability to acquire necessary permits for future races.  Please be sure to notify race officials if you plan to drop out of the race.  Leaving a race without informing the aid station captain is grounds for disqaulification and restriction of entry in future races.

8.  If you get lost or injured – If you get lost or injured, stay on the trail and wait.  Inform another runner that you are injured and ask that they notify race officials at the next checkpoint.

9.  Do not litter – Either carry your trash or leave it at the aid stations.  We are operating under permits from the City of Duluth and the Superior Hiking Trail and litter could threaten the acquisition of permits in the future.  Littering along the trail will be cause for disqualification.

10.  Passing other runners and trail users – All runners will meet other runners coming toward them on the trail.  50K runners will meet the 100K runners going the other direction and 100K runners will meet each other on their way back to the finish.  Please be considerate of runners coming your way on the narrow trail.  Runners going uphill please step off the trail for runners coming downhill.  In most cases the runners going downhill will be going faster and concentrating on their footing.  It’s easier for the uphill runner to step off the trail.

Also, there will be other people using the trail on race day.  Please be VERY respectful of other trail users and give them the right-of-way.  Remember we are guests on the trail and there will be quite a few of us out there on race day.

11.  Pacers –  Runners may be accompanied by a pacer in the 100K beginning at Munger Trail Aid Station at mile 42 to the finish.  We do not track pacers and they are responsible for their own transportation.  Parking space is limited at Munger Trail Aid Station.  Please consider this and also consider starting your pacing duties at Magney-Snively Aid Station where there is more parking space available.  Pacers may take food and fluids at the aid stations as available.

12.  Relieving yourself –  O.k., this is gross, but it should be mentioned.  Solid human waste should be buried (find a stout stick and dig a quick hole with it) well off the trail and away from water.  Liquid waste should not be deposited on the trail itself or near water.  You should be at least 100 feet from any water source when relieving yourself.  A non-entrant in the race should not see you relieve yourself.

Have Fun!


Contact the race directors by e-mail at: adventurerunning@gmail.com

and by phone at:  218-728-6443


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Race Website Updated! « Wild Duluth Races - 100K and 50K
    Feb 28, 2009 @ 02:27:16

  2. Joe Gerard
    Mar 19, 2009 @ 18:48:32

    I just stumbled upon this race website, It is the first time I have heard of it. It sounds perfect. Now I need to decide if I will run 50k or 100k!

  3. Alarik Rosenlund
    Sep 15, 2009 @ 03:26:31

    I am interested. Wish I hadn’t sunk a nail into my foot today at work. I will see how the foot heals….

  4. Scott Keltner
    Oct 07, 2009 @ 18:38:09

    Just to verify…….The 50K race begins at Chambers Grove Park and starts at 8:00am??????

  5. Deborah Bezanis
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 01:27:52

    Will drop bags be accessible at the same places for the 50K and 100K races?

  6. Deborah Bezanis
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 01:29:05

    That is, at miles 8.7 & 16.5 ?

  7. Adventure Running
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 03:26:46

    Scott – yes, the 50K starts at Chambers Grove Park at 8:00 a.m. You can park at the finish line at Bayfront Park and take the bus to the start at Chambers Grove. The bus will leave at 7:00 a.m. from Bayfront Park.

    Deb – good question! Yes, you can leave a drop bag at the same aid stations for the 50K as for the 100K. See you soon!

  8. Scott Keltner
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 00:41:19

    Can you provide a link to Chambers Grove park through Google maps. Maybe I missed it.

  9. Adventure Running
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 02:10:51

    Scott, I updated the map on this page with a marker showing where Chambers Grove Park is. Hope this helps.

  10. Bethany
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 20:38:49

    When does the 2010 race registration open?

  11. Bill
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 04:57:17

    I see we’ve got a date for 2010. Has anyone put the course into mapmyrun or similar. I’m curious about the total climbing/descending for the race. Looking forward to doing this as it will be my first ultra! Looks like an awesome race, can’t wait to do it.

  12. Eric
    Jul 11, 2010 @ 22:55:04

    Are pacers allowed during the 100k?

  13. Updated Race Information Page « Wild Duluth Races – 100K and 50K
    Sep 17, 2010 @ 21:11:00

  14. Mike
    Sep 23, 2010 @ 00:39:26

    Please tell me more about the “Taconite in your Pants” award. This will be my first 100k (albeit not my first race on the SHT), so that might be the award I’m shooting for.

  15. Deirdre
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 03:37:26


    I am travelling up to the race with some 50km runners on Saturday (in their car) and I need a lift/ car pool to the start of the half marathon.
    I’ll be at the 50km bus pick up point at 7am – any suggestions?


  16. Lynn
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 20:28:50

    Diedre – I will be looking to carpool to the half as well. Will let the folks at the start know where I am so we can get together.

  17. Dee H
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 15:28:24

    I’ve organised a lift with one of the aid station people from the finish at Bayfront to half marathon start; if you’re around there at 7am I’m sure you can take a lift. It’ll be early tho as she has to go get her aid station set up.


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