Hello adventure seekers! I wanted to send a quick note to share about this race.
Midwest States 100 is a project that has been on my mind for at least 8 years. In 2019 I dove in deep to try and make this event happen. The Midwest deserves the recognition & the trail running community here is strong. Many of my close friends & family have helped bring this project to life. My personal inspiration for this race was to create an event that is challenging, adventurous and on less travelled trails. I felt it was important to use part of the Ice Age trail since it is iconic to Wisconsin.
Tasha Hartwig filming the Midwest States 100 race course. Click on image to enlarge. Photo by Michele Hartwig.
When I visit this part of the Chequamegon National forest I am excited to see the landscape change as I travel through each section of the forest. I rarely run into other people. When I do, you can tell they are feeling a deep appreciation of the peaceful & wild nature around them. The forest bed is lush & the sounds of the forest are music that engulf your soul.
This may sound small, but I love when you come off the trail onto the dirt forest roads and cross to enter another part of the trail. It makes me feel so happy that there are long trails like this to travel on. I would much rather travel all the single track.
Part of the adventure will be camping leading up to the race. Our team is working on planning some “get to know each other” events for the Thursday before the race. We thought it would be fun to have a shake out run and pot luck meal together. We are all so excited for this small and cozy trail running weekend.
We hope to see you the weekend of August 27th and 28th for this amazing trail race in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Midwest States 100
August 27th & 28th, 2022
About the Midwest States 100 Race
The Midwest States 100 course is in a lightly travelled section of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The majority of the course is on Wisconsin’s iconic Ice Age Trail. The terrain in this area is difficult. Wild animals include bears. The course aid stations are spaced from 6 to 7 miles apart. This race is for the runner looking for a challenging wilderness adventure. The course will be well marked. We use reflective flags/tape. The race is a 34 hour cutoff because it will be needed to finish this race.