Ironbull invites all trail runners to gather in Rib Mountain State Park for 3-course options. Participants can select to compete in 15K, 25K, or 50K. All courses start and finish on the race track at State Park Speedway. Strambecco rates the event as one of the best trail-running events in the Midwest.
25K and 50K – This course starts and ends the same. Those racers participating in 25K complete the loop once, and those in the longest distance of 50K run the loop twice. The long winding trails with various rugged terrain also include the difficult descent and climb through Granite Peak Ski Area. 50K-ers need to prepare to attack the steepest hill in Midwest twice. 50k Racers will be challenged with plenty of climbing – so be sure to prepare for the ups and downs, with the full distance (actually about 34 miles / 55 k) encompassing 7200 feet of elevation gain. The 25k Racers will also be challenged with plenty of climbing with the loop, including a couple of bonus miles (approximately 17 mile / 27 k loop) and encompassing 3600 feet of elevation gain. Aid stations are between 2.5 miles and 4.0 miles apart.
15K – This adventure leads runners through the beauty of Rib Mountain, allowing all participants to experience local single-track trails, guided bushwhacking, and a steep challenge of 1600 feet. Although this course does not include a ski mountain climb, the hill is challenging. Several aid stations available provide the opportunity to refuel, mingle with other runners, and take selfies of the gorgeous view at the top of Rib Mountain before continuing on Red Rail to Quarry Trail to the finish line.
Registration includes finisher medal, swag choice of branded t-shirt or socks, race photo digital downloads, and drink ticket to enjoy a well-deserved locally brewed craft beer at a post-race party with a meal and live music to celebrate with all event runners, supporters, and volunteers. Race day opens early at 5:00 am, and the 50K and 25K races start at 7:00 am. The 15K race begins at 1:00 pm. All courses close at 6:30 PM.