Great Lakes Endurance, the organizer of ecologically mindful trail running and snowshoeing events in the Upper Midwest, is adding three new events and two new distances to existing events for 2011.
The new events include the Tahquamenon Snowshoe Race on February 20, the Keyes Peak Snowshoe Race on March 5, and the Iola Trail Run on April 17. Both snowshoe races take place at existing venues for Great Lakes Endurance summer trail running events. The Tahquamenon snowshoe event will feature a 20K in addition to a 10K & 5K. “We have been receiving abundant feedback about the need for longer distance snowshoe races and also for races that can be easily reached by northern Michigan endurance athletes. In addition, Tahquamenon Falls is exceptionally beautiful in the winter,” noted GLE race director Jeff Crumbaugh. The Keyes Peak Snowshoe race features the standard race distances of 5K & 10K and will be based out of the Keyes Peak Ski Lodge near Florence, WI. “The timing and location for Keyes Peak will make it an ideal tune up race for the USSA Nationals in Cable, WIs on March 12,” said Crumbaugh.
The Iola Trail run will be GLE’s season opener for trail running. The event will feature a 15K and 5K on the much loved Iola Winter Sports Park cross country ski trails near Iola, WI. In June of 2010 many midwest endurance athletes enjoyed the new trail marathon at Keyes Peak, especially its river crossing at mile 18. The event will return this year (June 25) but with a 50K distance added to the menu. “We received many emails from runners wanting a 50K at Keyes Peak, so we found a beautiful five mile loop extending off the southern portion of the marathon course. The 50K will still cross the river. It is a beautiful course,” said Crumbaugh.
GLE’s Grand Island Trail Marathon was recognized by Runners World in October as one of the best events in the U.S. for first time trail runners. It has always featured a sister event, the 10K, that featured a 2 mile long downhill finish. However, again participant feedback indicated the desire for a half marathon, so this year the 10K will be replaced by a half marathon. The course will use the old La Demi Grand 13.1 mile route from 2008, which will feature views of Murray Bay, Trout Bay, Echo Lake, and include a four mile section on the remarkable West Rim Trail overlooking Lake Superior.
GLE’s final two events of the season will again include the Tahqua Trail Run ( 25K & 10K) in Paradise, MI and the Hartman Creek Trail Run (25K & 10K) in Waupaca, WI.
Additional information and online registration for all GLE events can be found at www.greatlakesendurance.com.
Great Lakes Endurance
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