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Titletown Ultra Series

29-Jun-2019 University of Wisconsin Green Bay Campus, Wisconsin, USA

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DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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aschanhofer

12:25 13-07-16

Let's start with the course...as an alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay I adore getting back to my old stomping grounds. Even better the campus is now 10 minutes from my house! UWGB is a unique campus that sits on several acres of natural preserve land that has been groomed for running and hiking. There are several routes in the arboretum to travel on that will give you a different experience. The 4.75 mile loop that was selected for this race provided for a variety of views and plenty of shade (which was a lifesaver with the high heat and humidity). For ease in and out the start/finish line was the same and began at the Shorewood Golf Course clubhouse. There was a ton of parking and place to spread out your gear. Packet pick up the day before was also located at the start. Last year this was a nice way for me to scope out where I would set up the next day. I like to get my bearings before a race and having the pick up at the same location gave me piece of mind. I was able to grab my packet, chat with the volunteers, and be back come within 20 minutes. That was a win-win in my book. To help runners who were coming in from out of town there was also packet pick up the morning of the event and individuals could also stay on campus in the dorms. UWGB is not like other universities...their dorms are bananas crazy nice and big!


Photo Credit: Ann Scholl
Let's move on to the actual event...runners arrived early to set up their camps. As usual I was running late so I dropped my stuff just as announcements were being made and runners were asked to line up. I was a little nervous to start when I looked around and did not see Mason. We ran together last year and planned to cover a few laps again together this year. Just as we were about to go he appeared in the nick of time. All participants began at promptly 5:08am. With a simple "go" we were off. The 1st quarter mile was on a paved path that lead us down to Nicolet Drive. We were on our own to cross the road, but there were safety cones set up and being that it was early not many cars were on the road. I did have to wait later in the day as many cars did not stop for us (not cool folks). Once across the road we headed into a gravel parking lot that connects with the trail. For approximately 1 mile we were on a very well groomed trail with a ton of tree cover and beautiful scenery. The arboretum has many ponds scattered throughout this portion of the course and the wildlife flocks to it. We do connect with a paved section that took us under a bridge that then brought us to the 1st aid station. Past the aid station we again were on a groomed trail, sprinkled throughout this section we did have to deal with new wood chips. The chips were a leg killer, they were soft and spongy...you could not push off and sunk into them, kind of like mud. There were a few flat wooden bridges to cross before arriving to the "daunting" portion of the trail. I struggled in this section last year and was mentally prepared for it this year. The tree cover disappears and the heat sets in. This part felt like it lasted forever! I had to play mind games to pass the time and take my mind of the baking experience. To help keep spirits high one of the race director had placed 2 skeletons at the observation deck about 2.5 miles in. I looked forward in subsequent loops to see how the skeletons were positioned. Runners kept moving them and boy did they get creative! Aid station 2 signified the end of the suffering zone on the trail. This was the uber stocked station with everything you could possibly want including a bucket of ice water to dip a towel in to cool off. It was a welcomed sight later in the day to see this station. Rounding the corner after leaving aid station 2 was the "hill". It was not a technical hill but the slow assent did allow for runners to run or walk at a good clip. Arriving at the top of the hill we progressed through the most challenging portion, but was a cool section with lots of shade and soft ground. Coming off the trail at approximately mile 3.5 we hit a gravel path that snaked us around the back of campus near the dorms. The tree cover was minimal but we were not on this portion for long before arriving on a paved road that took us back to the golf course. We worked our way around a few the back holes on the course and headed to the famed bridge (which is the event logo). The bridge became the beacon of hope for us as we got into the later parts of the day. Crossing the bridge we were almost back to the start line and base camp. Volunteers at the start asked for your number to keep track of your laps.

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