Race Summary: 2013 race is over, and it was a doozy! Registration for next years event will open in the fall.
The Sheyenne National Grasslands, just outside of Fargo, ND, is home to an almost exactly 50 km section of the North Country trail, that winds across grasslands, rolling prairie, and the surprisingly rugged 'sand-hills'. After running it last spring, Grant Mehring and I decided it would be a good addition to the END series of events. Of course we had to make it a little tougher, so we set the date as the last weekend of winter!
A winter Ultra! Awesome! New Update - 2 person relay category is now available!
Details: Racer Updates via our Facebook event page.
Date: Last weekend of March, 2014. Details TBD.
Cateogories: Double (100K), Full (50 K), 2 person relay team (approx 25 K each).
Event Cap: 100 total participants
Registration Fee: 100K: $75 (before Jan 1), $85 (before Mar 1), $95 (before Mar 27th, online), $105 (March 28th, at pre-registration).50K: $50 (before Jan 1), $60 (before Mar 1), $70 (before Mar 27th, online), $80 (March 28th, at pre-registration). Relay: $40/$50/$60/$70, respectively. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!
Location: Sheyenne National Grasslands, approx. 45 minutes SW of Fargo, ND. Here's a Map. Keep in mind that this race will go on in any conditions. During the inaugural year (mid March) runners faced over a foot of brand new snow on the trail. We've moved the date a bit later in the spring but you should still be prepared for an 'all conditions race.' Yeah, it is possible that the trail will be dry and in awesome conditions, but it itsn'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'.
Relay details: Participants in the relay category will transfer bib numbers at approximatley the half way point through the course. Maps to this location will be provided. Runners doing the second leg should provide transportation at the switch off location so that the first leg runner has a way to get to the finish line - we will not provide transportation to or from the half relay switch location.
Entry includes: Shuttle service if applicable (50K and relay), a brutal race, ENDracing swag (probably SwiftWick socks), post race refreshments/meal, and aid stations, finisher buckles for 100K, prizes for top finishers in 50K and 100K events.
Refund Policy: Sorry, there are no refunds of your registration fee if the race happens. and the race will happen under all weather conditions, unless the interstates are closed. In event of such severe weather, a modified course may be offered on the same day or an alternate date chosen. Registered racers unable to make the new date would be offered credit towards another ENDracing event in an amount equal to 75% of the registration cost. If the event is cancelled entirely due to weather, flood, or natural disaster, all registered racers will receive the 75% credit. In the extremely unlikely event that the event is cancelled for other reasons (lack of participant numbers, for example), full refunds will be provided, of course.
Event Waiver: Click here to see the event waiver. 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.
Other details: 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 (gear list TBA). This gear list may be modified prior to race day depending on weather forecasts and/or actual race day conditions. See FAQs for more information.
All profits from this event - and all ENDracing events - will help support Ground UP adventures, a local North Dakota non-profit dedicated to bringing adventure to the region's youth and larger communities.