Ice Age will be hosting two informal training runs on Saturday, April 19 (35 miles) and Saturday, April 26 (19 miles) on the Ice Age course. Both runs will start at the Nordic trailhead at 7:30 a.m. More details will be posted on the homepage of Ice Age Trail 50.
Based on last year's information, there are 3 segments in total 50 miles race , first segment is a 9 miles loop on Nordic Ski trail, second and third segments are out and back on two different sections of Ice Age Trail. Everybody who will be running the IAT 50 [ all distances, starting from half marathon to 50 miler] on May 10, specially those who haven't run on these sections in the past are strongly recommended to do at least one of the training runs, and get acquainted with the course and elevation change. Those who will are planning to do the 50 miles at IAT race, will get a chance to run the entire course if they participate in both the training runs and complete the entire distances. Those who are running any other distances other than 50 miles, should try to participate on at least one of those two training runs.The first 9 miles on training run 1 will be a loop on the Nordic Ski trail, then you come to the start/finish location at Nordic Trailhead, then we go on the Ice Age trail, 13 miles out and 13 miles back, hence a total o0f 35 miles. On training run 2 [ on Apr 26th], we will go 9.5 bmiles aout and 9.5 miles back on another section of Ice Age trail. So, depending on your goal you can always choose how many miles you want to run on these training runs. One doesn't have to cover the entire distance, you can always run whatever miles you want and turn back.