Race Start Time
The 100K race will start promptly at 0600AM.
The 50K race will start at 0700AM.
The 25K race will start at 0800AM.
GLER 2023 Race Notes
Team GLER is looking forward to executing our best race ever this coming August. We've added a couple of things to improve our overall race and racing experience. We've given each race it's own starting time (see below), and we've added a new age group: Ambassadors- 70 and older.
In the interest of maintaining better Team GLER focus on the upcoming race, we're adding these two ADMIN initiatives this season:
RACE REGISTRATION REFUNDS. We won't be accepting or entertaining any requests for registration refunds after 11:59PM on August 1, 2023.
RACER'S AWARDS. All 2023 race awards and finisher's schwag will be handed out on race day. Racer's, or their designated representative, must be on hand to receive your awards or finisher's items by the time the race is packed up closing out race day. Nothing will be mailed afterwards.
The course has a widely varied trail surface that includes well maintained single and double track trail, grassy single track, dirt roads and a bit of asphalt too, on a course that is extremely "runnable" as trail courses go. Each lap or loop is 7.75 miles long. Two ascents and one long descent traverse the upland forest. These steep shaded trails have some roots, ruts, and stones. The trails in the upper meadows are mostly dirt, grass, rolling, and unshaded. The meadows are referred to as the Serengeti. Each lap's 5 km of running in the Serengeti can make for a challenging summer ultra if Mother Nature offers a warm sunny day. The lake trails are shaded, have a few roots and are generally flat. Overall, the course lends itself to quick running without technical hikes. The 100K race is 8 total course laps and the 50K race is 4 course loops. The 25K race is 2 course loops.
All registered entrants will receive a t-shirt to their registration requested size, if you have registered at least 14 days prior to the race. Then we'll fill t-shirt sizes with extras that we ordered that we have on hand. We do not offer a "small" size race shirt, in either female nor male genders. Simply put, "small" race shirts are way too small for almost anyone to wear. If you normally order a "small," a "medium" will fit you.
Race finishers will receive a finishers medal, either a GLER coffee cup or pint glass, and a bumper sticker decal for your finished race distance.
Podium Finishers. We'll recognize the top three finishers of each race distance and the top three female finishers of each race.
Age group winners. We will recognize the 1st place female and male age group winner for each racing distance in our four age group Divisions: Open + 39 and under; Masters = 40-49; Grand Masters = 50-59; Super Grand Masters = 60-69; Ambassadors = 70 and older.
This is a strongly supported race with 2 stocked aid stations and 1 unmanned water drop; racers are always within 3.75 miles of the next aid on the course.
The course is marked to the best of the race team's ability prior to the start of the race, including marked turns as well as "confidence" markers every 100 to 200 meters.
Participants and crew can position their own bags, coolers, chairs & canopies (10'x10' max) beside the McHenry-Main Aid Station and along the paved footpath that brings the participants to the Main Aid Station. Some cool finisher awards and gear. McGovern-Midway Aid Station will once again be located at the 3.75 mile mark on the far side of the Serengeti.
Course Time Limit
The Race clock will be a full 15 hours with the 100K starting at 0600AM. the 50K race starting at 0700AM and the 25K race starting at 0800AM. All racers will have until 9:00PM to complete their race. All racers must start their final course loop by 7:00PM. Any racer starting their final course loop after 6:45PM must have their light.
Local time: 1:17 PM
A race may have a "running buddy" for their final loop when starting at 6:45PM or later. Running buddies may not "mule" food nor beverages for the racer they are running with.