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!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

4th Annual NK 50k - March 29th, 2014 - UPDATED!

Only 7 of these stickers have been earned thus far! 

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

At 6:00 AM, we will start at the northern end, the Glenbeulah Trailhead on Hwy P.  Transportation will be provided either to the start before we take off, or back to the start upon completion (if needed).

After we're done, we'll enjoy some pizza, refreshments, and PRIZES at Amanda's House -- more info below, scroll down for the details!

There will also be 16 mile, 7 mile, and 3.5 mile options for those interested.  Again, these run will be Point-to-Point, finishing at the Hwy H Parking Lot.

The 16 Miler 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 7 and at Mile 23.  There is water available along the course at additional spots as well, at or near the backcountry shelters.

The Schedule

5:15 AM - The transportation will be leaving from the Hwy H trailhead and take runners to the start at Hwy P.  For those runners coming from the North (Fox Cities, Manitowoc, Oshkosh, etc), they are welcome to meet us at Hwy P, and transportation will be provided after the run back to their cars at Hwy P.

6:00 AM - The NK 50k Starts at the Hwy P Trailhead.  Have fun!  The first 3 miles of the run are the most technical (and uphill) of the entire course, and it'll be pace yourself!  As Dan would say "If you get hurt, it's your own darn fault!"

8:15 AM - The 16 Mile runners will be picked up at Hwy H (the finish), and taken to their start at Butler Lake.

9:00 AM - The 16 Mile runners will take off!  Enjoy!

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Shuttles will run to the 7-Mile and 3.5 Mile starting points from the Hwy H Parking Lot for runners.

The Map

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 After The Run -  "Amanda's Dirty 30 BDay Party to Stop Kid Cancer"

Amanda K. of the West Bend Running Club will be hosting a Post Party, featuring Pizza, Refreshments, and Prizes at her home (7395 Frederick Place, West Bend, WI).  There's even rumors circulating of a Beer Pong Game or two taking place.  Donations to RACC (Racers Against Childhood Cancer) will be accepted.  Besides the NK50k and the 16 miler, there will be many folks out running shorter distances, so feel free to join in.  The goal is for the majority of runners to be finished and making their way to the party (from the Hwy H Parking Lot) between 11:30 and 12:30.

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 Amanda or comment here, or on the Facebook page that you'll be running!

Here's a recap of last year's run.  Let's hope for better weather this year!

Here's some Garmin Data from 2 years ago of the North-to-South direction.

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!

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

2013 GTR Night Run

This year's GTR Night Run will be held in Greenbush on Saturday July 13th at 9pm. Six miles of ski trails/mtn bike trails is the planned route. Anyone interested in putting in an extra 5 or 6 miles can meet up early at 7:30. There will be beer at the finish! The Night Run will start and end in the group camp parking lot at the ski shelter, this was the same location as last year's Night Run. To park in this lot you must have a state sticker or a daily parking pass.

Everyone is welcome, all four legged friends are warmly welcomed as well. Hope that you can join us for a night out in the great Kettle Moraine State Forest!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Things That Occur When Running on Roads (That Probably Wouldn't Occur on the Trails)

I'm running an event that is about as opposite as a runner can get from the trails--a flat road marathon (Manitowoc Maritime Marathon).  Because of this, I'm trying to get some leg speed back...although I miss using every hill I come across on the Ice Age Trail as a reason to Power Hike!

Tonight I again worked on speed.  I set my Garmin Auto Lap at .5 miles, and figured I'd push hard for a mile, then try and cruise at my goal marathon pace for 1/2 mile, then push hard again for another mile.  This worked great...with several exceptions:

At 1.5 miles, a dog ran out of his owner's garage and started barking and growling at me.  Right out in to the road he came despite his shock collar (actually, I think it was a hunting collar, but either way) that was TOTALLY useless.  Every time I turned to start my running again, this pooch would get aggressive again and start chasing.  Then, his owner would alarm his collar to no avail. This process repeated itself for a full 3 housed down the road.  Hey buddy, yeah, you, the one in the garage...COME GET YOUR DOG.  Ugh!  There goes one fast split...

At 5.5 miles I came across a controlled burn of a brush pile--firefighters, fire trucks, and a TON of smoke billowing to the west.  A slight asthma flare up, and I was on my way again...but at about 30 seconds per mile off my pace.

At 6.5 I came across a pair of Geese Parents and their goslings.  Not only do Geese crap everywhere...they're also not all that friendly to passers-by.  I also have heard that the parents shed their flying wings when raising their babies.  I'm not sure if this is true or not...but either way, a very defensive Papa Goose has exactly two ways to ward off a predator (or, in this case, just a guy trying to get some speed work in):  Stick your tongue out and hiss, and charge the threat.  These geese did both.  I did learn something, though--if this happens to you, drag your feet on the gravel shoulder of the road, and they'll back off.  They're not keen on loud noises apparently.  Or, perhaps it was the action of me dragging my feet on the ground that looked so much like an injured animal myself, that they left me alone?

I really wish I would have had a camera around for all of this...and I really look forward to running the marathon on June 23rd, and promptly returning to the trails.

Just in time for the deerflies to arrive.

What don't you miss about the roads?  What do you like about the roads? 


PS - Here are the can see the spikes in my pace pretty easily :)