Race Info

Race Information

Wild Duluth 100K and 50K Race Information:

WHEN:  Saturday October 20, 2018

100K start time:  6:00 a.m.
50K start time:  8:00 a.m.
Harder’n He!! Half Marathon start time:  9:30 a.m.


100K race begins and ends at Bayfront Festival Park in downtown Duluth, MN
Directions to Bayfront Park:

From I-35 take exit 256B for Lake Ave/5th Ave W.  Turn RIGHT at S 5th Ave W (signs for Harbor Drive).  Slight RIGHT onto ramp to W Railroad St.  Turn LEFT into large dirt parking lot in front of Bayfront Park.  You will see Bayfront Park from the Interstate.

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50K race begins at Oldenburg Point in Jay Cooke State Park and ends at Bayfront Park in downtown Duluth.

We will have bus transportation for 50K runners to the starting line at Oldenburg Point.  Transportation to the starting line at Oldenburg Point will leave promptly from the Bayfront Park parking lot at 7:00 a.m.

Directions to Oldenburg Point:
From the South:
Take I-35 to MN-210 E at exit 235.  Turn right onto MN-210.  Follow MN-210 E/E Hwy 210 to your destination.  Turn right into Oldenburg Point picnic area.

From the North:
Take I-35 South to Esko exit 242.  Take Left onto Thompson road and follow Thompson road into Thompson, MN.  Take Left on Hwy-210 and follow Hwy-210 to your destination.  Turn right into Oldenburg Point picnic area.

Harder’n He!! Half Marathon starts at the Superior Hiking Trail Spirit Mountain trailhead and ends at Bayfront Park in downtown Duluth.  We will have bus transportation to the starting line at Spirit Mountain for the Harder 'n He!! Half this year as well.  The bus will leave the Bayfront Park parking lot promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Directions to Spirit Mountain trailhead:
From I-35, take Boundary Ave Exit #249. Go south on Boundary Ave past gas station, McDonald’s, to T-stop. Turn left on Skyline Parkway (follow Spirit Mountain signs). Take left turn to Spirit Mountain Chalet, go 2 blocks to trailhead parking lot on left by Duluth Alpine Club building.

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100K – $95.00 by September 21, 2018 – $120.00 September 22 to October 19
50K – $65.00 by September 21, 2018 – $90.00 September 22 to October 19
Half Marathon – $50.00 by September 21, 2018  – $75.00 September 22 to October 19 (150 RUNNER LIMIT)

No race day registration.

Race registration fees are not refundable.  Please consider this prior to registering.

CUTOFFS: Runners will have until 12:00 a.m. midnight on Sunday October 21 to finish races.
18 hours for the 100K.

There will be a 9 hour cutoff at the 31 mile turn-around at Oldenburg Point for the 100K.  100K runners will have to arrive at Oldenburg Point by 3:00 p.m. in order to continue.

Intermediate cutoff's are:
Runners must arrive at Magney Snively Aid Station at mile 46.3 by 7:45 p.m. in order to continue.
Runners must arrive at Highland/Getchell Aid Station at mile 53.2 by 9:45 p.m. in order to continue.

In the 100K, Pacers may be picked up at the Munger Trail TH Aid Station at mile 42.

AID STATIONS/DROP BAGS: Full Aid Stations will be between 2.0 and 6.9 miles apart.  Spirit Mountain is an unmanned water only aid station.  Standard ultra food and beverages will be available at all aid stations.  Crew members may only provide aid to runners at designated aid stations.  Limited parking will be available at aid stations.

100K Aid Stations Cumulative dist. Dist. Between Cutoff Drop Bag
Bayfront Park Start 0 0
N. 24th Ave. W TH 3.1 3.1

Highland/Getchell Rd. 8.8 5.7
Spirit Mountain
13.7 4.9 WATER ONLY
Magney-Snively TH 15.7 2.0
Munger Trail TH 20.0 4.3

Grand Portage TH 25.8 5.8

Oldenburg Point Picnic Area
31 5.2 3:00 p.m. Y
Grand Portage TH 36.2 5.2

Munger Trail TH 42.0 5.8
Magney-Snively TH 46.3 4.3 7:45 p.m. Y
Spirit Mountain
48.3 2.0 WATER ONLY
Highland/Getchell Rd. 53.2 4.9 9:45 p.m. Y
N. 24th Ave. W TH 58.9 5.7

Bayfront Park Finish 62 3.1 12:00 a.m. Y
50K Aid Stations Cumulative Dist. Dist. Between
Grand Portage TH 5.2 5.2
Munger Trail TH 11 5.8
Magney-Snively TH 15.3 4.3
Spirit Mountain 17.3 2.0 (WATER ONLY)
Highland/Getchell Rd. 22.2 4.9
N. 24th Ave. W TH 27.9 5.7
Bayfront Park Finish 31 3.1

½ Marathon Aid Station
Cumulative Distance
Distance Between
Highland/Getchell Rd.
N. 24th Ave. W TH
Bayfront Park Finish

Parking is very limited at N. 24th St. W, Highland/Getchell Rd, and Munger Trail.  Crews should consider avoiding these aid stations.  Spirit Mountain aid station is WATER ONLY.  However, since it is an aid station, crews may meet their runner if they choose at the base of Spirit Mountain near the water stop.  Runners can receive aid from their crews at Spirit Mountain.  GRAND PORTAGE AID STATION will be open to crew access this year.  However, parking is limited so please avoid this aid station if possible.


COURSE MARKING: The course will be marked well at all intersections.  There are several intersections and road crossings on this course.  The trail will be marked with pink flagging and we will have flagging with reflective tape for the night sections.  Trail markers will be CLIPS pinned to trees, bushes, posts, etc.  Flagging will be PINK this year as well.  We may have some pin flags out there in spots as well.

Starting at Oldenburg Point, all but the short spur trail from the picnic area to the Superior Hiking Trail will be on the SHT.  From Oldenburg Point STAY ON the SHT.  Unlike the popular Voyageur 50 route, Wild Duluth stays on the SHT/Greeley Trail where it goes into the woods and parallels the paved Willard Munger Trail.  DO NOT RUN ENTIRELY ON THE PAVED MUNGER TRAIL HERE.  Follow the markers and blazes of the SHT.

The Superior Hiking Trail is very well marked with blue blazes and trail signs (do not follow white blazes, these are for spur trails).  The only time the 50K/100K route deviates from the main Superior Hiking Trail is the short spur up to the Magney-Snively aid station.  There are arrows at many intersections as well.  If you’re paying attention when you’re on the Superior Hiking Trail it will be VERY difficult to get lost.  Pay attention to the blue blazes on trees and the Superior Hiking Trail markers.  While we do flag the trail, you really shouldn't need the pink flagging as the blue blazes and markers will show you the way more than adequately.  When in doubt between a pink flag and Superior Hiking Trail marker, follow the Superior Hiking Trail marker.

It’s also critical that you pay attention and are very careful at all road intersectionsVehicles have the right of way at all times.  We will try to have run officials at the busiest road intersections.

CHECK IN: Packet pickup for ALL races will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday October 19. BAYFRONT FESTIVAL PARK downtown Duluth, MN.  If you cannot make the packet pick up on Friday night, you can pick up your packet on Saturday morning before your race.

Late registrants will have no guarantee of finishers award or shirt the day of the race

Race course briefing will occur 15 minutes before each race.  Arrive at the start line early for the briefing.   Races will start on time.

AWARDS: Overall awards to the mens and womens champions in the 100k, 50k and Half Marathon.

Age group awards to the mens and womens division winners for the 50k and 100k in the following divisions:
29 and under
30-39 Open
40-49 Masters
50-59 Super Masters
60-69 Grand Masters
70+ Grand Old Masters

All finishers in the 100k will receive a custom designed hooded sweatshirt.
50k finishers will receive a custom designed long sleeve t-shirt or technical shirt.
Half Marathon finishers will receive a short sleeve tech shirt.

GRANDMA'S RESTAURANT POST RACE SOUP FEED: We will have a post race meal at Bayfront Park consisting of Grandma's Restaurants famous chicken wild rice soup and vegetarian minestrone soup with additional fixin’s.

WEATHER: Weather in the middle of October can be very uncertain.  We could have a blizzard in October or it could be in the 60′s.  Come prepared for inclement weather and have warm clothes available.  Last year we had a lot of rain on race day.  The average high for October 20 is 52 and the average low is 38.  Record high temperature for the date is 77 and record low is 22.  Last year we had a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 50′s and perfect running weather.    October 20 for the last three years has seen high temperatures of 51, 52 and 50 with low temperatures of 38, 47 and 39.

Regardless of the weather, we should have beautiful fall colors on October 20.  The hills above Duluth will be all shades of green, yellow, orange and red.  The trail will be covered in leaves, so watch your footing!

Sunrise on October 20 is 7:30 a.m. with sunset at 6:17 p.m.  Runners in the 100k should be prepared to run in the dark at the start and finish for most runners.

DROP BAGS: Drop bags may be left at the Highland/Getchell Rd. and Magney-Snively aid stations as well as the turnaround at Oldenburg Point.  For 100K runners, drop bags may be accessed at miles 8.7, 16.5, 31.0, 45.5, and 53.3.  Drop bags can be left at the check in on Friday night before the race and on the morning of the race.  If leaving your drop bag the morning of the race please have it prepared and left at the check-in table by 5:30 a.m.  Drop bags must be clearly marked and secure.  Bags must include your name, race number and location where you want them to go.  Race management is not responsible for any lost items from your drop bag.  All drop bags will be brought back to the finish line at Bayfront Park as soon as the aid station closes.

The Wild Duluth 50K and 100K race rules and procedures are designed for the safety and well-being of everyone involved in the race including runners, crews, volunteers and spectators.  Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of the runner.

1.  Runner responsibilities – The runner is responsible for knowing all the rules
2.  No unauthorized aid caches or drops – No one is allowed to cache, drop or store supplies on the race course before or during the run.  Runners are not allowed aid between checkpoints.  Crews are forbidden to leave aid along the trail during the run.
3.  No course cutting - Runners must follow the marked course at all times.  If the runner departs from the marked course, the runner must return to the point of departure on foot before continuing.  Cutting the course is grounds for immediate disqualification.  Please do not cut switchbacks on the course.  Switchbacks are designed to ensure the sustainability of the trail.  Doing nothing to risk the sustainability of the trail we are using will ensure that we will be able to use it for future races.
4.  Checking in/Checking out – It is the runner’s responsibility to properly check-in and check-out of each checkpoint.  Race numbers must be clearly visible.
5.  Cutoff times – Cutoff times will be enforced at the turnaround and miles 46 and 53 by the aid station captain.  Their decisions are final, no exceptions.
6.  Road crossings – The main concern is the safe movement of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  There are lots of road crossings on the course.  Do not be complacent and forget to look both ways before crossing.  Vehicles have the right-of-way at all times.  The runner is a pedestrian and must obey all directions of the race official and all laws pertaining to road pedestrian crossings.
7.  If you decide to drop out of the race – If any runner is unable to complete the run, the runner must notify the aid station captain and surrender their race number.  Upon surrendering their race number, the runner is officially out of the race.  If a runner leaves the race and does not show up at the next checkpoint within a reasonable time, run officials will assume the runner is lost and notify authorities.  This situation will cost the race time, money, hardship and credibility.  It may also threaten the race’s ability to acquire necessary permits for future races.  Please be sure to notify race officials if you plan to drop out of the race.  Leaving a race without informing the aid station captain is grounds for disqaulification and restriction of entry in future races.
8.  If you get lost or injured – If you get lost or injured, stay on the trail and wait.  Inform another runner that you are injured and ask that they notify race officials at the next checkpoint.
9.  Do not litter – Either carry your trash or leave it at the aid stations.  We are operating under permits from the City of Duluth, State of Minnesota and the Superior Hiking Trail and litter could threaten the acquisition of permits in the future.  Littering along the trail will be cause for disqualification.
10.  Trail Etiquette and passing other runners and trail users – All runners will meet other runners coming toward them on the trail.  50K runners will meet the 100K runners going the other direction and 100K runners will meet each other on their way back to the finish.  Please be considerate of runners coming your way on the narrow trail.  Runners going uphill please step off the trail for runners coming downhill.  In most cases the runners going downhill will be going faster and concentrating on their footing.  It’s easier for the uphill runner to step off the trail.
Also, there will be other people using the trail on race day.  Please be VERY respectful of other trail users and give them the right-of-way.  Remember we are guests on the trail and there will be quite a few of us out there on race day.  Never cut switchbacks, stay on the trail and run through any puddles to avoid trail widening.
11.  Relieving yourself -  O.k., this is gross, but it should be mentioned.  Solid human waste should be buried (find a stout stick and dig a quick hole with it) well off the trail and away from water.  Liquid waste should not be deposited on the trail itself or near water.  You should be at least 100 feet from any water source when relieving yourself.  A non-entrant in the race should not see you relieve yourself.
12. Have Fun!


Contact the race directors by e-mail at: adventurerunning@gmail.com
and by phone at:  218-340-6170 or 218-349-8386