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 10th. 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.
The course is a 10k loop that will be repeated 5 times by the 50k runners. Butt slide hill, Hot food, coffee, heat, and volunteers at the Gnome Depot Aid Station. Everything you could wish for a winter wonderland race!
Shirts and Awards
Registration is limited. We can not guarantee shirts after December 24th. Sign up soon to be sure to get a Gnome shirt and miss the price increase!
*Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall Male and Female
*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 and 50k start 7:45 am
cutoff for both races 8 1/2 hours or be done by 4:15 pm. We decided to give runners an extra 30 minutes this year to complete the course.
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.
MUDD also hosts the Hennepin Hundred in September and the Earth Day 50K & 15 mile in April. For more information visit Muddrunner.com.
Sign up for all races are on ultrasignup.com
"The mission of MUDD Ultra-running Dudes and Dudettes is to bring trail runners together for training, events, education and community service"
Finding the starting line- 431 Walkup Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Local time: 8:11 PM
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.