This event is a foot race held in The Badlands of North Dakota along the Maah Daah Hey Trail. This event covers multiple distances from 10k to 50 miles and is open to runners and walkers.
Participants should plan on carrying a hydration pack or handheld water bottle while out on the course. Eagle Endurance, LLC will provide you with 2 aid stations along the way. Drop bags are allowed for 50k and 50 mile runners and will be transported to any aid station along the route. Participants will run along the Maah Daah Hey Trail from Wannagan Campground to Road 725 (7.95 miles) and back to Wannagan Campground. The aid stations that are along the route are set up along the trail where we have easy access to them so the first one you will come to is 3.3 miles from Wannagan Campground and the last aid station is 7.95 miles from Wannagan Campground.
The Aid Stations will have electrolyte replacement tablets/drink mix, water and gels along with typical ultra event food. Please feel free to bring whatever you would like to supplement food items. You will be able to park very close to the START/FINISH Line to access these items.
Weather and Terrain:
Average daytime temperatures for August are around 84°F (27°C), with typical overnight lows around 59°F (8°C). Participants will encounter a large variety of terrain over the trail including hard packed clay, soft clay, rocky ground and slopes. If there is a risk of inclement weather conditions; the organizers reserve the right to modify the route and length of the route in order to ensure the safety of the participants. Participants must supply their own containers for receiving water.
Leave No Trace:
The Badlands Trail Race takes place in one of the world's most beautiful and preserved regions in the United States of America. Littering will not be tolerated along the Maah Daah Hey Trail or at the campsite. This will result in immediate disqualification. Sufficient waste bins will be provided at aid stations.
This event operates under a special use permit through the Little Missouri National Grasslands. All participants are expected to stay on the trail at all times and adhere to the rules that are established for the event. Destroying plants along the route will not be tolerated. Do not harass the wildlife. Failure to follow the rules will subject you to immediate disqualification. Do not light any fires along the route. If you need to relieve yourself along the route, please bury all human waste at least 150 feet from the trail. There are restroom facilities at Wannagan Campground. These are the only facilities that will be available.
Please be aware that like many other running events, under NO CIRCUMSTANCE WILL WE ISSUE REFUNDS.
How distances are completed
The event consists of “out and backs” that will be completed on a 7.95 mile section of the Maah Daah Hey Trail for safety considerations. Below is how you can anticipate completing the various distances:
You will run from Wannagan Campground to the Aid Station at Road 728 and back. This will give you a distance of 6.6 miles.
13.1 Mile Participants:
You will run to the Aid Station at Road 728 two (2) times completing 13.2 miles.
16 Mile Participants:
You will run to the Aid Station at Road 725 (utilizing the Aid Station at Road 728 and continuing up the trail) and back giving you a total of 15.9 miles.
26.2 Mile Participants:
You will run to the Aid Station at Road 725 and back one (1) time giving them 15.9 miles. Their next out and back will be to the Aid Station on Road 728 and back giving them a total of 22.5 miles. The last “out and back” that they will do will be a short 2 mile run from Wannagan Campground up the trail and back finishing their marathon with a distance of 26.5 miles.
You will run to the Aid Station at Road 725 (utilizing the Aid Station at Road 728 and continuing up the trail) and back two (2) times giving you a total of 31.8 miles.
50 Mile Participants:
You will run to the Aid Station at Road 725 (utilizing the Aid Station at Road 728 and continuing up the trail) and back three (3) times and then a short 1.15 mile leg up the trail and back giving you a total of 50 miles.
Article from Runner's World Magazine
Want to know how cool the Maah Daah Hey Trail is?! Below is an article that was published in Runner’s World Magazine:
Run With The Turtle
Exploring the Maah Daah Hey Trail
By Kate Davis
July 22, 2008, Runners World Magazine:
The Badlands in rugged western North Dakota are a geological timepiece for awe-inspiring trail running adventures. The raw, untamed beauty of this area is why President Theodore Roosevelt once referred to it as "the romance of my life." With its colorful rock formations, scenic vistas, and seemingly endless grasslands (where wild horses still roam freely), it's no wonder the area is a popular destination for trail runners.
The best way to experience Roosevelt's paradise is to go for a run along the Maah Daah Hey Trail, which follows the Little Missouri River stretching throughout the North Dakota Badlands. Opened in 1995 after three decades of planning, the Maah Daah Hey Trail connects the North and South units of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and, at 96 miles, is the longest singletrack trail in the U.S. Although this multi-use trail (closed to motorized vehicles) has quickly gained popularity with outdoor enthusiasts, it's never crowded.
For the adventurous trail runner, the Maah Daah Hey offers varied terrain blending seemingly endless miles of easy-on-the-legs fl at grasslands prairie with challenging climbs up rolling bentonite buttes that are worth the quad-burning effort for the reward of panoramic vistas from the top. It can be tackled in short spurts or as an ultradistance training day, if you're interested in carrying the necessary gear or can carefully plan resupply points.
The many changes in terrain and the utter remoteness of this area make it a haven for feral horses, bison, prairie dogs, elk, mule deer, big horn sheep, and coyotes. Look up and you may spot a golden eagle or prairie falcon flying overhead. But be careful to stay on the trail because this rugged landscape is also home to prickly pear cactus and rattlesnakes.
Unlike most modern-day recreational trails, the Maah Daah Hey has been in existence for hundreds of years and is steeped in national history. Native Americans used the trail for hunting and as a main trade route. The trail was also used heavily during the Indian battles on the plains as an escape and pursuit route for both the Indians and the frontier Army.
The trail's name comes from the Mandan Indian language and means "Grandfather or long-lasting, describing things or an area that has been around for a long time and is deserving of respect."
As you make your way along the Maah Daah Hey Trail, wooden mile-marker posts are easily spotted on the route and are emblazoned with a turtle symbol. Borrowed from the Lakota Indian tribe, it is another reminder of the area's long history, both geological and nationally. The turtle stands for patience, determination, steadfastness, long-life and fortitude and is a reminder to users of how long the land has been there and that it should remain unharmed. The hard shell of the turtle symbolizes protection.
The wildness and freedom of it all will feed your senses and stir your soul – and your quads will thank you for it. Run with the turtle.
Lodging, Dining & Entertainment: Check out Medora (www.medora.org) for lodging, souvenirs and fun cowboy-style entertainment. At the nationally famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue, chefs pile pitchforks with rib eye steaks and fondue them "western-style" while patrons enjoy the panoramic views of the Badlands from the restaurant dining room. Please consider catching the outdoor musical extravaganza at the Medora Musical. It is a fantastic show that’s thoroughly entertaining.
Local time: 5:27 PM