Saturday, Sep 23, 2023

Bad Axe Trail Runs

29984 Journey Trail

Park Rapids, MN 50k, 25k, 5K

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 23, 2023

Race Description

Trail running meets that Northwoods summer camp feel! Thank you to the Boy Scouts of America for hosting us again for the 2nd Annual Bad Axe Trail Run on their stunning, 2,400 acre property located on the shores of Bad Axe Lake. We have distances to accommodate runners of all abilities from the 5k which gives you a tour of Camp Wilderness, to the out and back 25k which takes you off the grounds, to the 50k which links up with the North Country National Scenic Trail and circumnavigates Waboose Lake.

You're welcome to join after the race for food, refreshments, live music, games, and more! Pre-race and post race meals are available at checkout!

If you'd like to spend the night, you can rent a campsite (bring your own tent) or stay in one of our rustic cabins. There will be some snacks (and coffee) available for breakfast for the morning of the race, but we recommend you plan ahead for that meal.

Course Maps

5k Course Map

(410 feet elevation gain, 441 feet elevation loss)
*Not your typical 5k run/walk! Rugged and hilly :)
25k Course Map

(1,700 feet elevation gain,1,700 feet elevation loss)

50k Course Map (2,700 feet elevation gain, 2,700 feet elevation loss)

Quick Details:

Packet Pickup on Friday, Sept 22nd: Camp Wilderness from 5-7pm

On-site registration on Saturday, Sept 23rd:
7:00 am to 7:45 am

Race Start Times:

8:00 am - 50k
8:00 am - 25k
9:00 am - 5k

Awards: Time TBD based on finishers

Lunch starting at 11am

Race entry includes a t-shirt plus, a Trail GangstAZ sticker, and all finishers will receive a custom Boy Scout patch!

Lodging & Meals

Runners can choose from the following options:

Standard Cabin Rental (Sleeps 9) $150 per night
-Tent Site (Tents Not Provided) $30 per person (not per tent) per night includes the campsite and access to restrooms and showers

*Cabins do not have showers/bathrooms but there are shared showers, toilets, sinks on the Camp Wilderness grounds.

-Meals provided:
Friday Night Spaghetti Dinner -$12 (vegan and vegetarian options)
Saturday Breakfast - coffee and snacks only (complimentary)
Saturday Post-Race Lunch- $12 (vegan and vegetarian options)

Aid Stations

5k - One water stop at the halfway point, plan accordingly

* For those running the 25k or 50k, remember that this is a cup-less race. Carry a reusable cup, water, hydration vest - or all three!

Food available: Chips, gummy bears, cookies, pickles,
Beverages: Water, Coca-Cola, electrolyte drink TBD

25k - 1 aid station that you will pass twice on the out and back course
50k - 3 aid stations, you will pass two twice for a total of 5 stops
Drop Bags: Will be sent to the second aid station at mile 15


All participants will receive a finisher Boy Scout patch, but awards will be presented to the top 3 overall male and females in each race distance. This includes a custom award and the top finisher, a gift card to a local establishment.

Each runner is automatically entered into our raffle and must be present to claim their prize.


Interested in volunteering? Volunteers

We cannot put on an event like this without the help of an amazing volunteer team. You can even help and run on race day. If you would like to join our volunteer team, we are looking for help with event setup, aid station captains, aid station helpers, timing, and event breakdown. Email the Race Director Ruairi Moynihan at

Event's current local time: 7:13 AM CT


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