How about a trail running race in the great state of North Dakota?
Yes, North Dakota, one of the 50 states of the United States. Some may call it Dakota (wrong), that place up north, or huh.
Where would you possibly want to run an ultramarathon in that country of North Dakota?
One word – Badlands! More specifically the Maah Daah Hey trail.
The trail traverses an area of highly dissected badlands surrounded by large expanses of gently rolling prairie.
The trail rollers between 2000 and 2700 feet for the entire ~100 miles. The largest climbs are between 400-500 feet. If starting from the north end of the trail and running 100 miles into Medora there would be about four climbs in this range.
Here is a cool video of a running tour company (Adventure Running Co.) that ran the entire trail over 5 days. This looks epic!
(If you can’t see the video, click here.)
What do you think?
Lodging / Race Headquarters
Lodging and race headquarters would be at the southern end of the trail in the small family friendly touristy town of Medora.
The largest international airport in the area would probably be Minneapolis, MN. From there, another ~8 hour drive to Medora. It would be all interstate driving. A real easy drive.
Other smaller airports in the area:
- Bismarck, ND (~2 more hours by car)
- Rapid City, SD (~4 more hours by car)
- Billings, MT (~4 more hours by car)
- 100 mile: Point-to-point by busing runners up to the northern point and then finish back at Medora.
- 100 mile: 50 mile out-and-back starting in Medora.
- 50 mile or 50 km: Out-and-back starting in Medora.
I have no idea on all the logistics but it looks like it could be a pretty amazing experience.
Would you be interested in an trail running race here?
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David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 31 Aug 2009
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