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Contact Information

We'll give you some phone numbers at the race start for emergencies. If you have questions before then, feel free to contact us in any number of ways:

Check in/packet pick-up:

Pre-race packet pickup will be at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND [TBD 2017]. Plenty of parking on the east side of the church. Enter through the main, glass doors on the east side. This is especially crucial for the 100k runners, as there will be a lot to get ready prior to their 8am start.

There will be waiver sheets available, but it would be helpful for each participant to print their own sheet from the website and bring it signed to check-in.

100K: Please make every attempt to make this Friday night check in, as things will move very fast in the morning. We will not be taking drop bags at the Friday night check in! Please bring them to the race start. Water will be available at the start.

100M: We will probably do checkin at race start. (updated 2016-12-29)

Start times

  Start Time Cutoff Time
100M 11 PM Friday Midnight Saturday (25 hours)
100K 8 AM (start from finish line) Midnight (16 hours)
50K 11 AM (bus leaves from finish at 10) 7 PM (8 hours)
25K 1 PM (start from finish line) 5 PM (4 hours)

Location and Course Description

Sheyenne National Grasslands, approx. 45 minutes SW of Fargo, ND.  The race base (start and finish) will be at the expanded parking lot adjacent to the Jorgen’s Hollow Campgrounds on Richland County Road 23 (6147 154th Ave SE, McLeod, ND 58057). One of the bathrooms (primitive but private) will be open for our use.  The drive from Fargo takes between 45 minutes and an hour, so allow time.

During the inaugural year (mid March) runners faced over a foot of brand new snow on the trail.  You should be prepared for an 'all conditions race.' Yeah, it is possible that the trail will be dry and in awesome conditions, but it isn't exactly likely.  While we expect some sections of dry and fast runnig, we also expect challenging sections of the race including plenty of miles of 'spring conditions'.  

The NE half of the course (which all races will include) is characterized by small but frequent rolling hills and is more wooded. The SW half (out and back is the middle 50K of the 100K) is flatter, more open, and faster. It also has a fun ‘swamp’ near the far SW trailhead depending on how much snow melted. Enjoy!

Click here for a Google map


Click map above for PDF version. Thanks to Corey Enger for the work he put into building it!

[embed better elevation profile for each race, including mile markers, and two versions of 50K]

The 100M, 100K and 25K will begin and end at Jorgen’s Hollow Campground. The 50k will be a point-to-point, ending at the Campground. We’ll be using the newly developed Oak Leaf Trail Loop for all of the distances. This loop is located to the east of the Campgrounds. There will be NO road running this year. Everything will be on the North Country Trail.  Also, be aware that due to melting and areas where the water table is high, wet spots will occur. These can be by-passed if you desire, but know that your shoes and feet will probably get damp. The 100M, 100K and 50K participants will have sections of boardwalk or puncheons that will take them over areas that are usually wet and muddy

100M will be an out-and-back comprising the 100K course and some Forest Service and township roads. Details on aid stations and drop bags forthcoming (updated 2017-02-21).

100k will be an out-and-back. There will be an aid station at Country Road 53 (half-way point), water only (self serve- 6 miles from west trail head/turn around) as the Trail crosses State Highway 27, and at the 25k turn around point (only on their return).

50k participants will load vans at 10am at Jorgen’s Hollow Campground to be transported to the west trail head to begin the race. This is a point-to-point run. They can get water at the State Hwy 27 crossing, if needed. Aid will be at Cty Rd 53 crossing (about half way). This will be staffed. There will also be an aid station at the 25k turn around which will be about 9 miles from their finish.

25k will be an out and back from the Campground making use of the Oak Leaf Loop to begin the run. There will be an aid station at the clearly marked turn around point. Participants will get a great variety of what the Grasslands have to offer. Oak savannahs, open prairie, sand hills, cattle gates, and awesome beauty will make the miles glide by.

 

Markings

The Trail is easily followed due its usage, signage, and the gravel/ stone layer that is evident on the trail. Other cattle trails and vehicle trails intersect the North County Trail, but these will be readily marked to insure you remain on the Trail.

We expect the trail to be relatively snow free which is good, barring a mid-March blizzard. The SW section of the trail now has trail markers. In addition to our markings, the NE section will, however, have various style North County Trail markers as well as mile markers (see photo). Note, the mile markers count up from the SW to the NE and are approximate at best but can be used to determine your pace!

Lodging

Some accommodation is available in Lisbon ND, which is about 25 minutes from race start.  Fargo, ND is the nearest major city with ample accommodation options and is about 45 minutes to 1 hour from the race start. 

Event Waiver

[Waiver link coming (updated 2016-12-29)].  Please print one and fill it out and bring it to pre-registration/registration.  We will have extras in the event you forget.  You will not be allowed to race without a signed waiver.

Gear List

Although there will be several aid stations, racers should be prepared to be self-sufficient and will be required to carry a minimum amount of gear.  This gear list may be modified prior to race day depending on weather forecasts and/or actual race day conditions.

Emergency contact numbers will be provided upon check in. It is your responsibility to program these into your cell phone to be used in case of an emergency that requires assistance from staff organizers. It is recommended that you keep your cell phone off until you need it. If your battery is dead because you are taking selfies at every mile marker and posting them to Facebook we will not feel sorry for you when you get lost and get severe frostbite because you are unable to call for help.

Bold items are required.  Non-bold items are recommended.

25K

  • 1 liter water capacity
  • cell phone**

  • whistle

  • extra socks

  • wind/rain jacket (weather dependent)

  • waterproof shoes

50K

  • 1 liter water capacity

  • cell phone**

  • whistle

  • extra socks

  • wind/rain jacket (weather dependent)

  • waterproof shoes

100K/100M

  • 1.5 liter hydration capacity--the race will start with 16 miles without aid stations

  • Headlamp/flashlight* with extra batteries

  • cell phone**

  • whistle

  • extra socks

  • wind/rain jacket

  • extra mid layer

  • waterproof shoes

  • food

  • 100K racers will be allowed 1 small drop bag to be carried by race organizers to the 50K mark of the race.  The headlamp/flashlight can be part of this drop bag.  The bag must be clearly labelled with your name and sealed to prevent articles from coming out.  You may leave anything you want in the sealed bag when you start the second half of the course and it will be brought back to the finish line for you.  Articles not put in your sealed bag will be thrown in the trash.

Emergencies

As mentioned above, a phone number list will be provided to participants at check in.  This is your lifeline.  Although cell service is spotty, due to the flat nature of North Dakota most of the course does get it.  We will have several vehicles dedicated to ‘extraction’ but if at all possible, please try to drop at an aid station. If you simply can’t make it to an aid station, we will ask you to describe your location in terms of last aid station passed, time on the trail from the aid station, last mile marker passed, etc. to determine the best route to access you on the trail.  Be prepared to wait it out, help may take some time to arrive!

More Information

Following the races there will be an array of food and refreshments at the parking area. Brats and nonmeat burgers will be available on the grill. Chocolate milk, electrolyte drink, and juices will be available, as well. Bagels and cream cheeses will supply carbohydrate replenishment, too.   

Live coverage

We welcome those of you with time and multimedia capabilities to participate with updates, thoughts from the trail, selfies, tweets, instagrams, etc.  We will provide more details on how to do this prior to the race, but if you’d like to get a head start, please use hashtag #ENDSURE, stop by the ENDracing Facebook page or heckle us at @ENDracing on Twitter and @endracing_gf on Instagram. After the race, we'd love to add your race reports to our website, please send them to us in any format you want.

RUN HARD, HAVE FUN.