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North Country 50 Miler

24-Aug-2019 3500 Udell Hills Road, Manistee, Michigan, USA

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Trail Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 90 Runners

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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qloro4m

03:13 14-09-15

I ran the North Country 50 mile trail ultra in 2014 & 2015. I have also registered for 2016. The trail is largely single track, with soft dirt and some sand. The course is comprised of 2 25-mile loops. The front half of each loop has some gentle hills but is largely even. The back half of each loop has a series of aggressive climbs. The total elevation tends to fall between 4,000-5,000 feet. The scenery is beautiful (Manistee National Forest) and the trails are well-maintained...one of the best trails I've ran on. The aid stations are approximately 3-5 miles apart and usually well-stocked. Weather is variable...as late August is unpredictable, but typically it is 80F-90F. They offer several other distances here, so it's a good opportunity for non-ultrarunners to enjoy a great course and race experience. The RD and volunteers really go above and beyond to provide a great experience at this race, and the medals are the largest for any US ultra. There is also a fantastic little campground (Hobby Joggas) 1 mile east of the course hosted by a family where many of the ultrarunners camp and gather. They even offer a pre-race dinner and rides to/from the course! All in all, this ranks in my top 3 of favorite ultras.

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skidoorn2000

10:41 27-08-15

I ran the North Country 50 mile trail ultra in 2014. This was my very first trail ultra. The trail is an aggressive single track, packed dirt some sand, and very technical with rolling hills. The aid stations are approximately 3.5-4 miles apart and I felt like they were appropriately spaced. The aid stations were packed with first aid kits, cold buckets of water to cool off, every food and fruit a runner may need, Gatorade, cold water, pickle juice, warm ramen noodles with broth, potatoes etc... At approximately mile 30 I started to get dehydrated, the temps were in the 90's and I was fading fast. With the quick thinking of the volunteers and help of that aid station I hydrated and was able to manage and gut out the remainder of the 20 miles. The volunteers at each aid station are phenomenal and the medic crew on top of their game. I was indeed the very last runner but I didn't care! I made it to mile 42 aid station and it started to get dark and I was asked if I needed a pacer to take me in, I had never been so happy to hear those words! My pacer met me out on the trail because I was burning precious time up and trying to make the cut off,. At mile 48 aid station I was told the RD sent the trail sweepers up as well to help me into the finish.
This by far was the best race ever! The RD is spectacular, real and puts everything into making this the best race! The medals are WORTH the pain as they are literally as big as a small plate! I make North Country my goal race every year! I have finished all three trail distances, 13.1, 26.2 and the 50. Each year they add new challenges here and I will keep going back!

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