There’s no place like Gnome! Come chill with the McHenry (County) Ultra Running Dudes and Dudettes, MUDD, on a fun and frosty run in Crystal Lake on January 11th. The Frozen Gnome's beautiful single-track course will take runners through the winter wonderland of Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods. Folks may choose either the 50K ultra run or the 10K race for speedsters. Gnome doubt about it, either course will be tough.
There will be age group awards and surprises along the trail. The Gnome Depot Aid Station will be heated and well stocked with warm drinks and hot soup. Registration is limited. It does not take a Sherlock Gnomes to know this event will be exceptionally cool.
We are not going to be able to guarantee shirts after December 24th!!!! Sign up soon so your for sure to get one.
Inov-8 will have a tent at the race with try on shoes! Plus they are giving out free Inov-8 shoes to first overall Male and Female in both races! The Running Depot is giving gift certificates to 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Our Age Group awards are 3 deep with 10 year spreads.
Main parking lot of Veteran Acres. North of 176 on Walk up avenue. Race start line is north of the baseball fields/tennis courts. The course is mainly single track trails on a lot of hills. It's a 10k loop that will be repeated 5 times for the 50k runners. One main aid station "Gnome Headquarters" at the start-finish line. Gnome Headquarters will be stocked with hot soup, homemade goodies, coffee and drinks. There is one unmanned aid station with gatorade or sports drink on the course. The course is set up so spectators/crew will be able to see your runner quite a few times.
10k start 7:45 am
50k start 8:00 am
cutoff for both races 8 hours or be done by 4 pm.
About the McHenry (County) Ultra Running Dudes and Dudettes – MUDD
Founded in 2010, MUDD is a group of ultra and trail running friends who share a love of trails and distance running. The group is about FUN and welcomes runners of all levels. MUDD has weekly runs in Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods in Crystal Lake. The group also hosts the Frozen Gnome 10K & 50K in January and the Earth Day 50K & 15 mile in April. For more information visit MUDDrunner.com.
Finding the starting line- 431 Walkup Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Local time: 6:24 AM
Veteran Acres park is on Walk Up Avenue a short distance North of route 176.
Packet pick up will be at the pavilian North of the tennis courts. We will be there at 6:15 am. There are two parking lots on Walk Up Avenue. The one farthest North is closest to the start but it is a smaller lot and will fill up quick. The other lot is very big and a short walk to start. If you arrive early for packet pick up and are looking for somewhere to hang out there is a Starbucks close by. It's a couple of blocks away, you will want to drive. It's address is 40 N Williams Street, Suite A, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. There is also a Panera Bread Company at 6000 NW Highway in Crystal Lake.