We continue to make adjustments with the current situation and recommendations regarding COVID-19 and how to safely go about hosting an event. We have made one FINAL change to the series schedule and will not make any more changes to series schedule. Our Scuppernong race has been moved to October 25th and our Nordic race is now being run on August 30th. This makes the start of our series on August 15th at McMiller Trail Head. Please note: We will not be hosting any of these runs as a virtual run, but rather, if needed will host each event as a social distance race (details to come if that is the option we need to choose). We will 100% host all these event in person, running on a marked course with aid stations, race photos, official chip times, music, beer and all the swag and goodies we look forward to with a trail race. Thank you so much for your continued support of this series during this tough time. Please remember to support all your local small race companies by participating in virtual races as well as your local running specialty stores. We will get through this together and we look forward to a strong and thriving running industry in the near future!
* If you are unable to make the new race dates because of previous commitments, please let us know and we will be happy to switch you to the virtual event option so you can still participate and receive your gear / medal to complete your map of the southern kettle by connecting the four medals :)
Get out in the trails and get your running in - stay safe and keep your social distancing / face mask game strong :)
We produce a stress free, extremely organized and fun yet challenging event for every runner, regardless of experience level. This is a 4 race trail running series with three distance options at each event (short, mid and long).
Never tried trail running? Come give it a shot, we're here to help with gear, technique and any other questions you might have. Go for it!
Any runners (male or female) looking to compete for the overall victory in the event must start in this wave, no exceptions. Runners who do not start in this wave, but complete the course with the fastest time of the day will be recognized in the results in the respective place, but will not receive an overall award.
"WHY DID I DO THIS" WAVE: optional | starts at 9:00am
Trail running can be intimidating, and we get that. So, because we've all been lost in the woods, scared we might get hurt and be alone out there or have a fear of trying new things, we created the "why did I do this wave", for those of you who want to try this out but are a bit unsure :). So, join meetup next to the official merchandise area by 8:30am and one of our crew members will answer your questions, give you some pre race confidence and even run alongside y'all as you tackle your first trail race! You'll start your race around 9:00am. You got this.
welcome to the
GOLDEN KETTLE VILLAGE
Where it's all happening | The GK Village is the main hub of activity at the event. It's where you pickup your packet, check in your gear, buy merchandise, sit around a fire, listen to music, check out local vendors, play yard games, enjoy tasty food, laugh with friends and have fun. Our shuttles will drop you off right at the entrance of the GK Village - from that point on, it's time to have fun and go run!
Please check back closer to the event date to see who's performing and what vendors will be hanging out.
some of whatcha get
1. Built in discount into all four series races.
2. Official 2020 Golden Kettle Trail Series decal.
3. Exclusive series runner coupons from sponsors.
4. $5 credit to use on series merchandise. 5. 4 incredibly organized trail races.
6. FREE professional runner photos at all events. 7. Accurate chip timed race results.
8. 4 awesome connecting finisher medals. - put them together for a map of the southern unit!
9. Pot luck style post race spread.
10. Well marked trails & stocked aid stations.
11. Live music in the Golden Kettle Village.
12. Free locally brewed craft beer.
13. Free park entry for all 4 races.
1. One incredibly organized trail race.
2. FREE professional runner photos.
3. Accurate chip timed race results.
4. Awesome finisher medal. 5. Pot luck style post race spread.
No Cups / No Plastic Water Bottles | At all our events, we're eliminating the use of cups at aid stations as well as plastic water bottles at the finish. We will have water fill up stations in the GK Village. PLEASE make sure you run with a handheld or pack to fill up with water or electrolytes while out on course.
Fallen trees = finisher medals | All our finisher medals are made from wood that has been harvested from trees in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forrest. We use hemp as a ribbon and have every intention to continue this awesome process to lower our footprint and have a unique award for finishers.
Clothing | The average American throws away 80lbs of clothing a year. If you're like me, you have SO many race shirts that just stack up and rarely get worn. We're changing that - no race shirt means a lower registration price and less waste from our event. Don't worry, we do have awesome merchandise and gear for sale during registration and at the event. If you like the designs / want to rep the series, you can!
Garbage Bins Everywhere | You'll notice we have A LOT of garbage and recycle bins throughout the village. Use them, and please help us keep the area clean. The goal is always to pack up and leave the space just like it was when we arrived - as if we were never there :). If we see you throwing trash on the ground around the village or on the trail, we will pull your bib and DQ you from the race.
it's about more than running...
LET'S GET REAL
The Golden Kettle Trail Series is excited to be working directly with the Southern Kettle Moraine Department of Natural Recourses to help maintain and improve the trails in the Southern Kettle Moraine Unit.
Every time you race a Golden Kettle Trail Series event, feel good knowing you're a part of something bigger than yourself. By racing, you're enable us to support the DNR and their efforts in both maintaining and improving the trails we all love so much.