The Ice Age Trail 50 has been happening on the same weekend in May for the last 38 years. The race is widely regarded as a “rite of Spring” for area runners and the unofficial launch of the the Wisconsin ultrarunning season.
Unfortunately, that must change this year.
This week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced that all state park offices and facilities will be closed for duration of the current public health emergency.
The emerging consensus of the CDC, WHO and other health organizations and officials is that staging a public event at this time — certainly one that involves almost 1,000 people — could endanger public health and lives. One of those organizations with a specific interest in endurance running, Ultra Endurance Sports Science & Medicine, has recommended that all running events scheduled before June 15 be cancelled or postponed. We take this recommendation seriously and will respond accordingly.
Given the choice between cancellation and postponement, we chose the latter. The 2020 Ice Age Trail Races will be rescheduled for late summer/early fall. The exact date will be announced early next week.
For planning purposes, we’re assuming that all runners currently registered for the May event will be participating later this year. Understanding, of course, that this date may not work out for everyone, we are offering no-cost deferrals to the 2021 race for runners who notify race headquarters by April 15. To defer, email Jeff at email@example.com.
If you have already requested a deferral for 2020, we are happy to reinstate your entry for the new race date, but you will have to contact us. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll move ahead with the assumption you are NOT running with us this year.
Finally, depending on the number of deferral requests we receive, we may reopen registration for one or more of the three Ice Age races. In this event, the new registration date will be announced on the IAT 50 website and Facebook page.
As you can imagine, this decision was very difficult for us, but was made based on the facts available to us, as well as our steadfast commitment to protect the health and safety of all our runners.
We hope to see you later this year!