The North Face Endurance Challenge Series takes care of the runners. With its easy online registration and dual packet pickup sites in Milwaukee and Chicago, the race easily draws runners from all over. Many runners use this event to qualify for the Western States 100 Endurance Run.
Before the event, runners were invited to a meet and greet with professional athletes Dean Karnazes and Diane Van Deren at Laacke & Joys in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Runners also received their virtual goodie bags in their email the week of the event. In the bag were discounts for running gear, and a free one year subscription to various health magazines.
Runners received the real goodie bag when they picked up their race packet at The North Face stores in Chicago or Brookfield, or on race day.
Logistics of the race were smooth and timely. The endurance events were held at Kettle Moraine State Park in Eagle, WI. Saturday's race was run in sunny and warm weather; Sunday's races were cool and rainy.
All races travel through the trails in Kettle Moraine State Park - the race is woodsy and green! You could wear trail shoes for this event, but you could get away with wearing street shoes if you don't want to buy a trail shoe just for this.
There are aid stations and trail markers throughout the race. They make it easy for runners to stay fueled, hydrated, and on course during the event. Top three male and female winners of each event were given their medals by the pro ultra runner, Dean Karnazes. You can click here to see photos of the race.
I recommend this race to anyone who enjoys trail running or wants to try it out. There tight knit registration and race systems make this a smooth event, and fun experience overall.