Monday, April 4, 2016

2017 NK50K - 7th Annual

The 2017 NK50K will be held on...wait for it...Saturday, April 1st, 2017.

Fitting, isn't it?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

GTR 5k and 5 Mile Loop Team Challenge Three week challenge June 8th to June 28th, two person teams, four different loops, must use Strava to record loops completed. The team with the most recorded loops at each location will be crowned the Champions at that location. The four loops were strategically picked so that the north, south and central part of the NKM forest is represented, hopefully ensuring a loop near you! So, we’ll crown Butler Lake Champs, Zillmer Champs, Greenbush Champs and New Fane Champs. Also, the team with the most combined loop mileage will be crowned “Mileage Champions”. Only mileage run on the four loops will be counted towards team total mileage. Your team must complete at least one loop at two of the four loop locations to be eligible to win any of the championships. 

Greenbush Purple Loop 5.1 miles
West Central
Zillmer Red Loop 3 milesImage

East Central
Butler Lake Loop 3.1 miles
New Fane Purple Loop 3.1 miles

Monday, February 16, 2015

5th Annual NK50k - April 11th, 2015

Only 28 of these stickers have been earned thus far! Join the elite company! 

Join us for a point-to-point tour of the Northern Kettle Moraine Ice Age Trail!

It's time to kick off the Northern Kettle Trail Running Season!

At 7:00 AM, we will start at the southern end, the Highway H Trailhead.  Transportation will be provided  to the start from the finish (Glenbeulah Trailhead), leaving at 6:15 AM.

After we're done, we'll enjoy some burgers, refreshments, and PRIZES at either Nic's House (only 2 miles by car from the finish), or Fudgienuckles.

There will also be a 25k option that will start at Butler Lake.  Again, this run will be Point-to-Point, finishing at the Glenbeulah Trailhead Parking Lot.

The 25k will start from Butler Lake.  This stop is also where Aid will be provided to the 50k runners.  See the map below for details.

Aid and access to drop bags for the 50k runners will also be provided at Mile 3.5 and at Mile 25. There is water available along the course at additional spots as well, at or near the backcountry shelters.

The Schedule

5:30-6:15 - Check-in.  We are requesting a $10 contribution to cover expenses.

6:15 AM - The transportation will be leaving from the Glenbeulah Trailhead and take runners to the start at Hwy H.

7:00 AM - The NK 50k Starts at the Hwy H Trailhead.  Have fun!  The last 3 miles of the run are the most technical (but, they're downhill!) of the entire pace yourself :)  As Dan would say "If you get hurt, it's your own darn fault!"

9:15 AM - The 25k runners will be picked up at the Glenbeulah Trailhead (the finish), and taken to their start at Butler Lake.

10:00 AM - The 25K runners will take off!  Enjoy!

11:15-? - Welcome back to Glenbeulah!  Congrats on a great morning in the Northern Kettles!  Now, off to celebrate!

The Course
Aid Stations will include Water, Sports Drink, Coke, Mt. Dew, S!Caps, and assorted normal "Ultra Aid Station" foods.  Any special requests?

Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  Please ask away!  Let's make this the best year yet.

We need some solid numbers on participants to make sure we have enough stuff (BEER) at the finish, so please contact Nic or Tony or comment here, or comment on the Facebook page that you'll be running!

And Finally...REMEMBER:  This is a fun run.  The best effort will be made to provide aid as scheduled and at those locations, but stuff happens, so go in to this run assuming you're on your own!  No Whining!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

3rd Annual GTR Night Run

Come join us on Saturday June 14th for a run in the dark on the trails of the northern kettle moraine. The 18, 12 and 6 mile distances will start and finish at the Greenbush recreation shelter (ski shelter). A Wisconsin state sticker is needed to park in this lot. We plan to have beer and pizza at the finish!
Start times:
18 or 12 Miler 7:00
6 Miler 9:30

The 18 and 12 mile course will start at the Greenbush rec shelter, run south on the IAT to the Parnell tower, ascend, enjoy the sunset, descend, complete the Parnell tower loop, IAT back north to the shelter. We will link up with the 6 milers back at the ski shelter parking lot.

The 6 mile course will start at the Greenbush ski shelter, we'll jump on to the #1 mountain bike loop to the purple loop, complete the purple loop, back onto the #1 mtb loop to the shelter.

Don't forget your headlamps, flashlights, torches...............

Hope you can join us!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Northern Kettle Key Run

What:  A "Key Exchange Run" where we split the group of runners in half and start at opposite ends of the trail.  We'll run towards eachother, trade keys, and then end up at Fudgieknuckles to have some food a swap some stories.  The shortest distance will be 8.73 miles, but you are welcome to add miles on before!  There is talk of turning this run in to a 50k.

Where: Half of us will meet at the Glenbeulah Trailhead (Here's a map.  Look for the Parking Lot off of Hwy P just East of Glenbeulah).  The other half will meet at Hwy 67 (See Previous Link).  If you want to add miles on, I suggest starting at Hwy 67 and running South before turning around and heading towards the Glenbeulah Trailhead.

When: 9:30 AM, Saturday, November 16th.

Why: If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

More details:  Comment on this post, check out the Greenbush Trail Runners' Facebook Post (link on the right), or email me (link below.)

We'll need to have a pretty accurate idea of who's attending to be sure we get it set up correctly, so be sure to be in touch!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's Glacial Trail Time!

It's that time of year again...time for the most fun and low key ultra around -- Glacial Trail.  Good luck to all running, and thanks to all the volunteers.  Extra Good Luck to the Greenbush Trail Runners taking part!

In other news, check out Matt's report from an attempt to cover 72 miles of Northern Kettle Goodness...AMAZING!

Now, let's all hope the rain we are getting right now ensures a (relatively) dry track next weekend...unlike last year.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Local & National Grand Slam Thoughts

I'm in a bit of "Taper Madness" right now, with my first trail race coming up this weekend at Lapham Peak (I HIGHLY recommend putting this race--whether it's the 10k, 13.1, or 26.2--on your calendar. It takes place on "The Black Loop" of Lapham Peak, which is a legendary loop.

 On my last run this morning before the marathon on Saturday, I was thinking a bit about what races or series of races I might want to try next year, and it fit in well with a 'current events' story in the trail running world right now...

 There's an interesting news story occurring around the "Grand Slam of Ultrarunning" and instead of trying to explain it here, I'd suggest you read this report, as it's a good synopsis of what seems to me to be an interesting but also ridiculous story. From that story, the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning is:
 ...a fun sideshow to watch. A few dozen folks get into Western States, decide it’s their year to do it, then sign up for the other three hundos: Vermont, Leadville, and Wasatch, all taking place over the next few months. It is, in my mind, the ultimate FKT. 

 It got me to there a "Grand Slam of Wisconsin" or an "Ice Age Trail Grand Slam"? Here are a couple ideas...

 "Ice Age Trail Grand Slam" could consist of FOUR 50-milers that contain a lot of Ice Age Trail: May's Ice Age Trail 50, July's Dances with Dirt 50, September's North Face 50, and finally the October Glacial Trail 50.

 "Ice Age Trail Mini Slam" could be completing the 50k race at each of those events...but then again, when it comes to 50k's, how does one leave out John Dick in February (although rarely run on the Ice Age Trail; due to conditions, it's mostly snowmobile trails) and Chippewa Moraine in April (all Ice Age Trail)?  Including those two events could the "IAT Six Pack"!

What if we picked the biggest, most-historic, or most-prestigious races in Wisconsin? Kettle, Mad City, Fall 50?

There could be a series of races where there's one completed at each distance (50k, 50 mile, 100k, 100 mile).

 I'm guessing someone reading this HAS completed one of these ideas already--maybe not in a year, but in a career--and if so, please share your thoughts in a comment or on Facebook! For additional references and a calendar, check out this page courtesy of