Worth making the trip because... (about: 2004)|
E.J. Rosenberg from Black River Falls, WI (3/28/04)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Trailbreaker Marathon
The course is accurately described by others. I would only add for someone thinking it may be beyond their talents... it isn't. The difficulty isn't too great and you'll have fun. Just don't expect a PR here. You won't find plentiful, accurate mile-markers, so if you're anal about paces and finishing time projections you might as well stay home. There aren't any fancy trinkets for finishing, either. Why you should come participate can be summed-up in one word... CAMARADERIE! Most people don't come here to get too serious about racing.
It is a good early season conditioning barometer. Many of the Ice Age Trail 50 ultramarathoners use this as a training run and a chance to drink some beers with old friends. Many races try to pretend they're something they're not. This race is very comfortable and successful with its identity. It raises funds and awareness for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and through the many enthusiastic volunteers puts on a great event. This was my first year, but I will definitely be back. I'm not real fast, so save some beer for me at the finish!