Chippewa Trail Races
Chippewa 50k trail race started in 2008 with Wynn Davis as the race director and help from Matt Patten and Larry Peterson. The first year was ran in 12 inches of snow from a surprise spring snowstorm then made the run memorable and extremely difficult. However the beauty of the course and the excellent leadership had people come back the next year.
After two years of putting the race on Wynn found that he had to focus on "work" and bringing his running to the next level which brought him to seek a new race director. Jeff Allen reached out to Wynn to see if Frontrunner could carry the race and for the next 8 years Randy Fulton of Frontrunner and Jeff Allen kept the race going. A 10k trail race was added in 2010 to encourage others who might not be ready for an ultra but want to experience trail running.
2017 found Randy stepping down to focus on some fishing and other hobbies that have eluded him over the years. (directing over 300 races in your lifetime will do that to you).
Jeff Allen along with his wife Patrice step up as primary race directors the following year.
Both races are held along the Ice Age Trail which is a single track track system and start/finish at the Chippewa Moraine Center. The center is found at the top hill providing a stunning view of the area and the abilty to see the runners from a mile out. This hill does make for a nice start going down however there has been many nicknames given to the hill because the runners face the incline at the very end of the race.
Since the races are held in the spring time there is little to no foliage on the trees and undergrowth. This openess provides many views of kettle lakes and glacial features along the course that you would not noramlly see during the summer time.
There will be post race food available after the 10k including cookies, bananas, and chips. Starting around 12:30 pm there will soup and sandwiches.
Registration will open on November 22nd for both events. Last year both events did sell out.
50k entry fees -
Nov 22th till Nov 26th $45.00, Nov 27th till March 31st $60, April 1st till April 20th$70.00. Race day sign up is $80.00
10k entry fees - Nov 22th till Nov 26th $26.25, Nov 27th till March 31st $35, April 1st till April 20th, $45.00. Race day sign up is $55.00
On line entry registration with Ultra Signup closes on April 20th. After that only Race day sign up if races haven't sold out.
Race Day sign up will take place during packet pick up at the Chippewa Moraine center Friday from 3pm to 7pm and morning of race.
Sorry no refunds
Race start is 8am. The course is an out and back with two aid stations on the way out (mile 3 and mile 9, then repeat on way back) and turn around which will have your drop bags and portable outhouse along with an aid station.
Race limit is 300 entries.
10k race starts at 9am. For easy description the course is a loop with mile markers, one aid station at mile 3. Distance is actually 6.9 miles but who likes to run a 11k race?
Race limit is 175 entries.
1. No pacing a fellow runner along the course. You can however run to and from aid stations within reason.
2. No external music playing along course from runners. (except aid stations) I am sure your music choice is an excellent one however with respect the people around you and the serenity that trail running gives, no music
3. Please no littering. this goes with out saying
4. Sorry no early starts for either races.
5. We love dogs however please no dogs on the course.
Top Three overall male and female plus the top three masters male and female will receive a framed watercolor rendition of the years logo. Will do an award presentation around 1:30 pm
Top three in each age group will receive medals starting at 19 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 and over. The medal awards will be done on a honor base by locating your name on the age graded results as you finish and then taking the appropriate medal for your place. Due to the length of the event it is difficult to do an actual award ceremony.
Top three in each age group will receive medals starting at 19 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 and over
Awards will be given out once 75% of the field has finished.
There is abundance of small hills along both courses. Only one major uphill which is at the finish both races. I would say that there isn't much technical running with lots of rocks and roots however this isn't road running either.
You will interesting landmarks to see along the course. Run next to many lakes such as South Shattuck Lake, Dans Lake and Plummer Lake. 20 other ones to see. Run up rattlesnake hill before heading thru a field, balance your way across Three Sisters boardwalk, Kim's Crossing which is a bridge done in memory of Kim by her Dad after Kim was killed by a drunk driver, and over a 3 foot high by 100 foot long no hand bridge thru tall pines in a swamp.
Please look at Facebook/Chippewa for pictures of the course
Each aid stations will have PJ sandwiches, cookies, salted nut rolls, bananas, Gatorade, water, pretzels gummie worms and more. Pop will be available, Diet coke, coke and sprite.
In 2012 Christine Crawford a WI standout ultra runner ran her only Chippewa to date and set a curse record after she twisted her ankle at mile 3! Her ankle was a black and blue mess after finishing. Just have to wonder how much faster she would have been on two good feet.
In 2017 Chase Coffey from Altra Shoes ran with Adam Doe to the turnaround. Adam had hopes of a course record after running very strong previous year. However he took a stumble and twisted his knee arund mile 13 and eventually was not able to finish. Chase hit the turnaround averaging 7:30's and then was left to himself to bring it in. And bring it in he did! Dropped the hammer the second with negative splits of 6;30 on the way back.
Overall Chase Coffey 3:37 -2017
20 and younger Eric Nordgren 3:56:49 – 2012
30 and over Rasmus Hoeg 3:51:27 – 2012
40 and over Brent Roeger 3:56:44 2016
50 and over Jeff Miller 4:14:04 - 2015
60 and over Michael Vavra 5:20:37 – 2012
70 and over Sylan Addink 6:11:32 – 2011
Overall Christine Crawford 4:35:48 – 2012
20 and younger Christi Nowak 4:45:53 – 2011
30 and over Helen Lavine 4:41:00 - 2015
40 and over Christine Crawford 4:35:48 – 2012
50 and over Shelly Groenke 5:09:56 -2012
60 and over Kathy Weix 6:52:38 – 2011
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I Beat .......... Shirts
The first year that Frontrunner took over the event I came up with the idea of a shirt that read I beat Matt Long on it which was given to people who finished in front of him. The shirt was not mentioned to anyone before the race until 5 mins before the start. The shirt introduction was "since I can not run today due to directing the race, I will not be able to beat my good friend Matt Long, I will then have to live vicariously thru you guys.So who ever finishes in front of Matt will receive on of this shirts." I had my fingers crossed that this would be meet with humor. It was. Matt was a fantastic sport that day. Since then I revile a new shirt with a new name on it every year 5 minutes before the race. 2018 I beat ????
2017- Joe Boler
2016-Maria (Marie) Burton
2015- Doug Barton 2014
br />2013-Chris Scotch />2012- Dan Laplante
2010- Shelly Thompson
2009 - Matt Long
If you would like to volunteer we can always use the help. Some areas are:
Middle Aid station of the 50k, course marking day before, race set up day before, sweeping, filling aid stations, and help at the end with clean up.
Please contact Jeff at 651-332-9988
Go Chippewa Falls
For the past 8 years Go Chippewa Falls has handled the first/last aid station of the 50k and the first/only aid station of the 10k with a high energy team. They keep coming back because of the of you. They enjoy seeing the same faces now and know who to look for. Please check out their website for lodging and things to do in area.
As of Brook Wheeler Jon Blanchard are the only two that have completed 10 50k races.
Local time: 3:46 AM