The 2021 Ice Age Trail races are sold out. Runners who registered for the 2020 Ice Age Trail races have been automatically entered in the September race.
In non-pandemic years, Ice Age is held on the second Saturday in May. Registration for the May races usually opens the second weekend in December. Early registration is offered to runners who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Ice Age 50 volunteers
- Nine-time finishers of the Ice Age Trail races (in a single event or any combination of events)
- Overall top 10 finishers from the previous year (50M, 50K, Half)
- Runners placing in the top three of their age division the previous year (men & women)
- Race Directors of ultramarathons
The 2020 50-mile race sold out in about two hours. The 50k and Half Marathons reached capacity in several minutes.
TIP: If you’re closed out from the 50k or Half Marathon, sign up for the 50-mile and drop down. It costs more, but you are guaranteed a bib on race day.
We do, but only for the 50-mile race. To be added to the list, contact the RD at email@example.com. In the past, EVERY wait-listed runner has been given the opportunity to run on race day, although requests are processed in the order they are received.
We cannot, unfortunately, offer wait lists for the 50k or Half Marathon events, due to the growing number of drop-downs from the 50-mile race.
Yes – volunteer! Ice Age Trail 50 volunteers are part of a small class of runners who can participate in an early registration event before general registration opens.
Lotteries are exciting and engaging, but frankly no one here is interested in managing the process or defending the logic. And as much as we’d like to learn more about algorithms, the scramble format gives everyone who wants to run an equal chance to participate. The only requirement is that runners have access to a smart phone or a computer.
Refunds and bib transfers are not allowed under any circumstances.
Yes! As a service to our runners, we allow a full deferral option to runners who email race headquarters by Sunday, March 14. Please do not ask us to defer your entry after that time.
Two training runs are scheduled for Saturday, August 21 (35 miles) and Saturday, August 28 (19 miles). Run both and you’ll see the entire 50-mile course. You don’t have to run the entire distance and everyone is welcome to participate, whether or not they are registered for the race. The courses will be flagged and one minimalist aid station will be set up on both days. The runs are free, but you’ll need a state park sticker to park in the Nordic lot. Annual passes are $28 for Wisconsin residents and $38 for out of state vehicles. Daily passes are $8/$11. More information about the training runs will be emailed to runners in July/August.
Sure can. But you must email the race director no later than August 31.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources does not allow any type of camping in the area of the Nordic trail head.
Volunteers will be handing out passes at the Nordic entrance on race morning.
Sure can. Just email the RD at firstname.lastname@example.org
Partial day shifts are available, and we are often looking for volunteers the Friday before race day.
Yes! The best way to order extra meals is during the registration process, but if you don’t have a count by then, just contact the RD at email@example.com any time before August 15.
Yes. There are veggie wraps and vegetarian salads.
Pacers are not allowed in any of the three Ice Age races.
Please don’t. The race courses are crowded on Saturday and the ultra events include miles of narrow, single-track trails.
Physicians and other medical personnel from Mercy South Hospital (Janesville) will be available to help Ice Age runners in the Start/Finish area.
Please do. We are trying to reduce our footprint and eliminate waste. Souvenir Ice Age pint glasses will also be available for sale at the merchandise table next to the beer stand.
Race day tracking is not available at this time.
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CREW & SPECTATORS
If you plan on spending any time in the start/finish area, yes. Annual and daily parking passes can be purchased at the park entrance.
50-mile: 50-mile runners return to the start/finish location at Mile 9. After that point, drive to either the Duffin Road AS (mile 14) or Hwy 12 AS (miles 18 & 26). You can also visit the Rice Lake AS (mile 22), but it somewhat difficult to find if you are unfamiliar with the area. After the return trip through Hwy 12, you can drive to Duffin Road (mile 30 on the return), Young Road (mile 32) or Emma Carlin (mile 40). Parking is limited at Duffin and Young and usually plentiful at Emma. After Emma, return to the finish area.
50k: If you stay in the start/finish area, you will see your runner four times during the race: at the start, at 13 miles, at 22 miles and at the finish. Spectators and crew are also welcome at the Bluff Road Aid Station, but since that location is only 1.5 miles from the start/finish, it is difficult to see your runner at both points, given the possibility that parking may not be readily available.
Half Marathon: Remain in the start/finish area. You will see your runner three times during the race – at the start, at the halfway point and at the finish. You can also drive to the Bluff Road Aid Station, but parking at that location is limited and since it is only 1.5 miles from the start area, it is possible you will miss your runner as they pass through the start/finish.
Sure! Remember, though, that the finish area at Ice Age is extremely crowded and hectic on race day. Dogs must be kept on leashes and off the race course at all times. And there will be other dogs. Owners are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their pets and to ensure that they do not interfere with race participants and staff.