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Prepare for Take Off

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

So you signed up for Run the Hawk Trail Runs?! Congratulations! We look forward to sharing the trails and making good memories with you! Below you will find all the information you should need. If not, feel free to reach out to us beforehand through our socials or email!


For those who participated last year, we have moved the start/finish/checkpoint area to the bottom of the west hill by the biathlon range. Due to the increase in participation and limited parking at the venue, this will allow for a much better flow, more tent spaces and increased parking capacity.


Packet Pickup:

Friday, August 25, 5:00pm -7:00pm

Blackhawk Ski Club, West Chalet

10222 Blackhawk Rd

Middleton, WI 53562


Saturday, August 26, 6:00am - 7:45am

Blackhawk Ski Club, Biathlon Range

10222 Blackhawk Rd

Middleton, WI 53562


Start Times:

3/6/12 Hour: 8:00 am

Trail Mix Fun Run: 8:10 am


Parking:

The main parking will be in the West Chalet lot. If the main lot is full, volunteers will direct you over to the overflow parking at the east end entrance.


If you have crew or team tent equipment you need to drop, please use the east entrance and go to the bottom of the hill (left at the split). A volunteer will direct you were to drop equipment and park from there.


Course:

3/6/12 Hour Challenge

Trail Mix

Both routes will follow orange pin flags, marking tape and signs. If its not orange its not for you. There is one course split at the bottom of the hill on the north east side. We will have plenty of signage and a volunteer to help guide you. To keep it simple, the challenge climbs the hill and the fun run stays straight.


All singletrack trails are open to bikes so please use caution and make yourself known if you encounter a rider.


Site map to help with your race day planning.



Aid Station

There will be one aid station on course located in the checkpoint area. The aid station will be stocked with the following items.

  • Hydration

    • Gatorade, Skratch Labs, Some high quality H2O, Soda, Coffee

  • Nutrition

    • GU Gels, Scratch Labs Chews, Honey Stinger and Gu Waffles, Salt Tabs

  • Food

    • Gummies, Cookies, Granola bars, Chips, Pretzels, Pickles, Twizzlers, PB&J, Fruit


Checkpoint

The checkpoint will be at the start/finish line. Volunteers will be logging your laps. Please check in with the volunteer as you cross the checkpoint line to ensure they have your lap counted. If you decide to drop before the time limit, please let the checkpoint volunteers know.


Team/Crew/Drop Bag Tents

All teams automatically receive a space for a tent at registration. Due to limited space, individual 3/6/12 hr challenge participants must select to reserve a tent space at registration (free). If you are unsure if you selected a space or not, check your registration under manage add-ons. You can retroactively reserve a space if they are not sold out.


Tent spaces will be 10'x10' and marked out with pink flags. All spaces are first come first served. There will be a drop zone by the start line where you can drop your equipment then go park. Please use the East End entrance and make your way to the base of the hill.


There will be a 10'x20' drop bag tent next to the aid station. Please don't bring more than a bag or small cooler to allow space for other participants. We will have a table and seating at the tent. If you need more space we recommend reserving a tent space.


Medical

Blackhawk Ski Patrol will once again be serving as medical support for the event. We will also have basic first aid kits and supplies available at the aid tent.


Weather:

We will be monitoring the forecast and will send out any weather-related updates or concerns as needed. In case of inclement weather, the west chalet, east chalet, biathlon shed, and mechanical shed will all be available for shelter. We will also have plenty of cooling solutions in the checkpoint area should the August heat linger past Thursday.


Sauna

We have partnered with KINDLED Community Sauna to provide an authentic, wood-fired sauna experience for our participants post run! Jaclyn is a nurse by background, and her values align well with ours to build community and promote wellness. Sauna after exercise has several benefits, including muscle recovery, decreases inflammation and pain, provides mental relaxation and enhances cognitive function. We encourage you to try it out after your run, and she'll have a donation/tip jar available as well!

For other questions, please refer to our website and the registration page. You can also follow us for updates on Facebook and Instagram @rundriftless or feel free to email us anytime.


We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!


-Rickey (Roots), Kelly (Tree) & Sprout

Driftless Endurance Team

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