These activities on the Little Missouri National Grassland are authorized by the US Forest Service through a Special Use Permit and Operating Plan.
Welcome to the 5th Annual Badlands Trail Run on the famous Maah Daah Hey Trail. This event is an established Eagle Endurance, LLC event. Join us!
ALL PARTICIPANTS THAT COMPLETE THEIR DISTANCE WILL RECEIVE A FINISHERS AWARD.
Due to the remoteness of the event, participants are required to carry a hydration pack or handheld water bottle while out on the course as well as supplemental nutrition.
There is a 12 hour time limit for this event. If you are still running within an hour of sunset, you must have a headlamp with you to continue. SUNSET IS AT 8:13PM.
Eagle Endurance, LLC will provide you with aid stations along the way. Four aid stations are out on the course (including Wannagan Campground). From north to south on the trail they are at Road 725/Short Road, Road 728, Wannagan Campground and at W. River Road. Each Aid Station will have electrolyte replacement tablets/drink mix, water and typical ultra event food. Please feel free to bring whatever you would like to supplement food items.
Date and location of the event:
August 11, 2018 Start time of 0600 at Elkhorn Campground for the 26.2, 50k and 50 mile runners, solo or TEAM participants
Here is the Google Maps link to the location of Elkhorn Campground: https://goo.gl/maps/hgZuLzhFpPB2
August 11, 2018 Start time of 0900 at Wannagan Campground for the 10k, 13.1 mile and 16 mile runners
Here is the Google Maps link for Wannagan Campground: https://goo.gl/maps/m7VDAt9XyFT2
Please use Google Maps to get directions to the campgrounds and NOT Apple Maps.
All times are LOCAL TIMES! Those running FROM Elkhorn Campground MUST have someone with them to drive to Wannagan Campground where the event will conclude. We are not responsible for transporting you back to Elkhorn.
Packet Pickup: Bibs and shirts (if ordered, will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the start of your event at either Elkhorn Campground or at Wannagan Campground depending on your event. There is NO day of registration!
If you ordered the shirt, you must place your order by July 1, 2018 to be guaranteed a shirt on the day of the event. If not, one will be mailed to you.
You run from Wannagan Campground to the intersection of Buffalo Gap Trail and back. This will give you a distance of 6.8 miles.
13.1 Mile Participants:
You run to the intersection of Buffalo Gap Trail and back to Wannagan giving you 6.8 miles. The you run UP the trail to the Aid Station at Road 728 and back to Wannagan giving you a total of 13.36 miles.
16 Mile Participants:
You 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 run from Elkhorn Campground to Wannagan Campground giving you 20 miles. Then you set out and run to the intersection of the Buffalo Gap Trail and back giving you a total of 26.8 miles.
You run from Elkhorn Campground to Wannagan Campground giving you 20 miles. Then you set out and run to the intersection of the Buffalo Gap Trail and back giving you a total of 26.8 miles. The last leg you have to run is UP the trail to Road 728 and back giving you a total of 33.36 miles
50 Mile Participants:
You run from Elkhorn Campground to Wannagan Campground giving you 20 miles. Then you set out and run to the intersection of the Buffalo Gap Trail and follow the trail to W. River Road and back giving you a total of 40.8 miles. Then you set out and run to the intersection of the Buffalo Gap Trail and back giving you a total of 47.6 miles. The last leg you have to run is UP the trail 1.2 miles and back, completing your 50 miles.
Those running the 26.2, 50k and 50 mile race, solo or TEAM, please remember that you start at Elkhorn Campground. There will be no food or water provided at this campground. You are expected to come prepared to run a minimum of 15 miles without assistance.
Rules for the 2 or 4 Person Team 50k and 50 Mile Race:
Teams of 2 or 4 must travel forward together; under their own collective power (tethering ok)
Teams shall stay within 50ft of one another at all times.
Teams can share nutrition and water between members of their team
Team finish time shall count as the second or last person crosses the finish line.
All other event rules apply
Weather and Terrain
Medora, North Dakota, the month of August is characterized by daytime temperatures 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. The Maah Daah Hey Trail includes hard packed clay, soft clay, rocky ground and slopes. If there is a risk of inclement weather conditions for either event; the organizers reserve the right to modify the route and length of the route in order to ensure the safety of the participants.
Leave No Trace:
The Badlands Trail Race takes place in a beautiful area. Littering will not be tolerated along the Maah Daah Hey Trail or at the Start/Finish area. 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 25 feet from the trail. Watch where you squat. Cactus is present along the route as are snakes. Neither will appreciate you squatting over them.
Items to consider having based on the possibility of cold weather:
Light weight rain jacket or shell with pants
Rules and Regulations
Eagle Endurance, LLC Rules and Regulations:
Local time: 3:46 AM
• Please bring a water bottle and a smaller cup to use at the Aid Stations along the route.
• Official Finish Time for The Badlands is 6:00PM for ALL events.
• Arguing with the Race Director OR a volunteer is not tolerated at all.
• Participant bib numbers: Please wear the number on the front of your shirt.
• No wheeled or mechanized support
• Participants must stay on marked course
• Must only receive aid at designated aid stations
• Absolutely no littering
• Must conduct themselves in a civil and sportsperson-like manner
• Must only use the speed of travel to prevent being passed by other competitors
• Headlamps MUST be worn if you start prior to sunrise and prior to dusk.
• Timing is kept using either an iPad or Android tablet These events are not chip timed.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Under no circumstance will refunds be issued, registrations be transferred to another person or transferred to a later date. If for any reason the event has to be shut down due to extreme weather and or disaster, you will be pulled from the course or held at an aid station until you can be removed from the course. Please, no arguing if this should happen. It is for your own safety.
Information concerning Civil Rights and affiliation with the Little Missouri National Grassland:
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) The Badlands Trail Run is operating under a special use permit.
There is no event shirt for this event. Eagle Endurance, LLC has partnered with Patagonia to provide you with a high quality shirt, for purchase. Event prices have been lowered on ALL Eagle Endurance, LLC events to reflect this change.