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June 23-25, 2017 – Harmon Lake Recreation Area, Mandan, ND

ABOUT THE HARMON LAKE TRAIL FESTIVAL

The Harmon Lake Trail Festival is a summer trail running festival at Harmon Lake Recreation Area on Otter Creek just eight miles north of Mandan, North Dakota. We’ve created the event to offer runners throughout North Dakota and surrounding areas a fun and challenging destination event on trails. We look forward to seeing you all test your grit. Who are we? CLICK HERE.


The Festival includes:

Saturday, June 24: 5k, 15k, Half & Full Marathon

Sunday, June 25: 5k, 8-mile

The 5k course is a different course on Sunday and the 8-mile course utilizes a trail route not used on Saturday. We’ve created this to offer several different route options!

REGISTRATION

SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017

RUN IS LIMITED TO 200 RUNNERS TOTAL

 

5K Fees (Limited to 75 of 5k runners):

  • If you are:
    • One of the first 10 entries – ONLY $5,
    • The 11th-15th person entered – $10
    • The 16th-45th person entered – $20
    • 46th -75th person entered is $25
    • $30 day of
  • Kids ages 10-16 are FREE

15K Fees (Limited to 75 of 15k runners):

  • If you are:
    • One of the first 10 entries – ONLY $8,
    • The 11th-15th person entered – $20
    • The 16th-45th person entered – $30
    • 46th-75th person entered is $35
    • $45 day of

Half Marathon Fees (Limited to 75 of Half Marathon runners):

  • If you are:
    • One of the first 10 entries – ONLY $10
    • The 11th-20th person entered – $35
    • The 21st-75th person entered – $45
    • $55 day of

Marathon Fees (Limited to 75 of Full Marathon runners):

  • If you are:
    • One of the first 20 entries – ONLY $10
    • The 21st-45th person entered – $50
    • The 46th-75th person entered – $60
    • $75 day of

Categories for each distance:

  • Men & Women
    • Age 10-16 (5k only)
    • Age 17 – 39
    • Age 40 & Over
    • Age 50 & Over

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017

RUN IS LIMITED TO 150 RUNNERS TOTAL

 

5K Fees (Limited to 75 of 5k runners):

  • If you are:
    • One of the first 10 entries – ONLY $5,
    • The 11th-20th person entered – $15
    • The 21st-45th person entered – $20
    • 46th -75th person entered is $25
    • $30 day of
  • Kids ages 10-16 are FREE

8-Mile Fees (Limited to 75 of 8-mile runners):

  • If you are:
    • One of the first 10 entries – ONLY $8,
    • The 11th-20th person entered – $20
    • The 21st-45th person entered – $25
    • 46th -75th person entered is $30
    • $40 day of

Categories for each distance:

  • Men & Women
    • Age 10-16 (5k only)
    • Age 17 – 39
    • Age 40 & Over
    • Age 50 & Over

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refunds, Transfers & Switches:

Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance, however may be partially credited to another one of our events. Please contact us about transfers.

WHAT DO YOU GET?

ENTRY GETS YOU

We strive to provide you with a fun and challenging event that gives you a valuable experience. As part of that experience, you will get the following with your entry:

  • Grit Events drawstring backpack (See below)
  • Harmon Lake Trail Festival Commemorative pint glass
  • Custom finisher award
  • Well-marked course and stocked aid stations
  • Snacks and food post race
  • All runners will be timed
  • Awards:
    • 1st/2nd/3rd – Overall Male and Female
    • 1st/2nd/3rd – (Age 39 & Under) Male and Female
    • 1st/2nd/3rd – (Age 40 & Over) Male and Female
    • 1st/2nd/3rd – (Age 50 & Over) Male and Female

 

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, June 23rd (Harmon Lake Parking Lot)

4:00-8:00pm: Racer check-in/packet pickup


 

Saturday, June 24th (Harmon Lake Parking Lot)

6:00am-8:00am: Packet Pickup

7:45am: Marathon start

8:15am: Half Marathon start

8:15am: 15k start

8:30am: 5k start

9:15am: 5k awards

10:15am: 15k awards

11:00am: Half Marathon awards

12:45pm: Marathon awards

3:30pm: Course closes. Services will be provided for runners who are able to finish the marathon in 7 3/4 hours or less.


 

Sunday, June 25th (Harmon Lake Parking Lot)

7:15-9:00am: Check in/Packet Pickup (If you checked in and got your racer bag on Friday night at Epic Sports or on Saturday, you do not need to check in Sunday morning.)

9:15am: 8-Mile start

9:30am: 5k start

10:15am: 5k Awards

11:00am: 8-Mile Awards

12:30pm: Course closes. Services will be provided for runners who are able to finish by then.

Times are subject to change

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

5K Course:

The 5k course utilizes the north part of the trail system. It goes through a large open grass section (will be runnable, don’t worry) for about 1 mile before joining up with the existing singletrack. It is 100% offroad.

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Aid Stations: There will be 1 aid station on the 5k course at approximately mile 1-1.5. The exact location is subject to change, but will be near that distance. The following will be available: water, soft drinks, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, potato chips, pretzels, cookies, candy, fruit, and other miscellaneous hot and cold food and coffee. Tailwind Nutrition will be available. Please note that we can’t guarantee that we will have all the items at each aid station at all times. If you have special dietary requirements, please carry your supplies.
  • Drop Bags: No drop bags for 5k runners.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL 5K DETAILS


 

15K Course:

The 15k utilizes the shorter loop of the Harmon Lake singletrack.

COURSE DETAILS:

  • Aid Stations: Due to the half & full marathons, there will be 3 aid stations on course at approximately miles 3, 6, and 7 (this is a later mile marker for the marathons). The exact locations are subject to change, but will be near those distances. The following items will be available at each aid station: water, soft drinks, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, potato chips, pretzels, cookies, candy, fruit, and other miscellaneous hot and cold food and coffee. Tailwind Nutrition will be available. Please note that we can’t guarantee that we will have all the items at each aid station at all times. If you have special dietary requirements, please carry your supplies.
  • Drop Bags: No drop bags for 15k runners.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL 15K DETAILS


 

Half & Full Marathon Course:

The half and full marathons follow the same singletrack course. The half marathon does 1 lap and the marathon does 2 laps. The map below shows most of the course. It notes 12.53 miles on the map below, but please note that the run will be 13.1 miles per lap. It is nearly all trail except for a little around the parking area. We want to ensure that those who want to complete a full 26.2 miles get that.

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LOOKING TO DO BECOME PART OF THE 50 STATES MARATHON CLUB? CLICK HERE FOR THE RULES
50 States Rule #1 -“1. A marathon must be the full distance of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195K) and an ultra is defined as any distance greater than the marathon distance.  For a non-certified course to count, the race organization must make a good faith effort to ensure that the course is at least the marathon distance.  The event must be announced as a marathon or ultra.   The participant must traverse the entire race course as defined by the organizers.”

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COURSE DETAILS:

  • Aid Stations: There will be 3 aid stations on course at approximately miles 3, 6, and 9. (Note: for marathon runners there will actually be 4 stations – mile 3, 6, 9, and the start/finish area at the halfway mark.) The exact locations are subject to change, but will be near those distances. The following items will be available at each aid station: water, soft drinks, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, potato chips, pretzels, cookies, candy, fruit, and other miscellaneous hot and cold food and coffee. Tailwind Nutrition will be available. Please note that we can’t guarantee that we will have all the items at each aid station at all times. If you have special dietary requirements, please carry your supplies.
  • Drop Bags: No drop bags for half marathon runners. Marathon runners will be allowed one 2-gallon ziplock bag that will be available at the 6-mile aid station. Those drop bags must be dropped at check in the night before. You must supply your own 2 gallon ziplock.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL HALF & FULL MARATHON DETAILS

[Courses are subject to minor changes ]

VENUE

LOCATION

Google Maps Link to Venue (3244 Harmon Lake Rd, Mandan, ND 58554)

Harmon Lake Recreation Area is approximately 10 miles north of Mandan, North Dakota. There are 23 camper pads with electricity and primitive camping, dump station, and potable water.  There is also a campground host, public boat ramp with boat dock, hiking/running/mountain bike trails with footbridge, two public sandy beach areas with public swimming areas,  children’s playground, three picnic shelters, vault toilets, two earthen fishing piers, and one floating fishing pier. If you’re into fishing, rainbow trout, northern pike, largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are available.

Camping details can be found at the Morton County Parks Website.

Other Harmon Lake information can be found on the Harmon Lake Facebook Page.

Distance to Harmon Lake from:

  • Mandan, ND – 10 miles
  • Bismarck, ND – 15 miles
  • Dickinson, ND – 95 miles
  • Minot, ND – 100 miles
  • Jamestown, ND – 115 miles
  • Fargo, ND – 210 miles
  • Grand Forks, ND – 275 miles
  • Rapid City, SD – 320 miles
  • Regina, SK – 340 miles
  • Winnipeg, MB – 375 miles
  • Billings, MT – 410 miles
  • Minneapolis, MN – 440 miles
  • Sioux Falls, SD – 445 miles

WEATHER

The average high for the area on June 24th is 78 degrees and the average low is 54. It is very open, so you can likely expect some wind later in the morning.

In the case of extreme weather, we will do what we can in the case of rain, storms, and other circumstances. However, please note that we have to abide by basic trail etiquette and the rules of the park. The last resort is to cancel the event. We will alter courses if necessary and try to do everything we can to hold the event in the case of inclement weather. In the case of cancellation, we will offer runners a discount for future events.

 

HARMON LAKE PICTURES

Course Preview

Course Preview

RESULTS

2017 RESULTS

Saturday, June 24: 5k | 15k | Half Marathon | Full Marathon

Sunday, June 25: 5k | 8 Mile

2016 RESULTS

If you have any questions about the results, send an email to info@gritevents.com

Each finisher of every distance will receive a finisher award. Awards will be given for the following:

  • 1st/2nd/3rd – (Age 39 & Under) Male and Female
  • 1st/2nd/3rd – (Age 40 & Over) Male and Female
  • 1st/2nd/3rd – (Age 50 & Over) Male and Female

PICTURES/MEDIA

2017 Pictures

2016 Pictures

RULES

It’s important that you use common sense, follow the rules, and be nice to ensure everyone’s enjoyment, safety, and overall experience. If you break the rules or do any other shenanigans, we have the final decision in dq’ing you. If you see someone being “one of those people,” you can find someone involved with the race and we will handle. Thanks for being nice.

  • BE NICE
  • NO LITTERING. This applies to on course, in the parking lot, and everywhere. Please pick up any garbage you see, no matter how small it is.
  • Runners must race under their own name/registration. Runners who bandit the race by running under someone else’s name and registration will not only be disqualified, but you will also never be allowed to race any of our races ever again. We’re serious.
  • If you drop out of the race, you must notify a race official and/or timing.
  • Racers cannot stash support including nutrition, equipment, or any other gear or items on course prior to the race. We are providing an aid station and marathoners get to have a drop bag.
  • Headphones are allowed but we discourage the use of them. We won’t tell you not to wear them, but your full awareness of your surroundings and your ability to communicate with everyone is important for everyone’s safety.
  • Strollers, dogs, bikes, and other non-running items are not allowed.
  • Racers cannot receive outside support on course during the race, except in the pit area (parking lot) for marathoners.
  • Racers must let faster runners pass when it’s safe for them to do so.
  • All runners (5k, 15k, Half & Full Marathon) must be done and off the course by 2:45pm. The course will be swept at 2:45pm and anyone left on course will be ushered off.
  • Pacers are not allowed.
  • Racers must stay on course. Cutting the course is not permitted and really lame.
  • Be nice.

EXTRA INFORMATION/FAQs

EMERGENCY

For emergencies: DIAL 911

Bismarck:

Sanford Medical Center – Emergency: Phone: (701) 323-6150, 300 N. Seventh Street, Bismarck, ND 58501

St. Alexius Medical Center: Phone: (701) 530-7000, 900 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501

AIRPORTS

Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS) – 17 miles from venue, 2301 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58502

Fargo – Hector International Airport (FAR) – 210 miles from venue, 2801 32nd Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102

Minot International Airport (MOT) – 100 miles from venue, 25 Airport Rd, Minot, ND 58703

 

LODGING/CAMPING

Hotels:

Baymont Inn & Suites: 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan, ND 58554, ph 701-663-7401

Colonial Motel & Campgrounds: 4630 Memorial Highway, Mandan, ND 58554, ph 701-663-9824

Comfort Inn & Suites: 1516 27th St NW, Mandan, ND 58554, ph 701-751-7484

Hampton Inn & Suites Bismarck Northwest:  2020 Schafer Street, Bismarck, ND 58501, ph 701-751-5656

North Country Inn & Suites: 1200 E Main, Mandan, ND 58554, ph 701-663-6497

Ridge Motel: 2630 Old Red Trail, Mandan, ND 58554, ph 701-663-8686

Serendipity House: 4415 Old Red Trail, Mandan, ND 58554, ph 701-391-0964

T P Motel: 1008 W Main St. Mandan, ND 58554, ph 701-663-6426

Camping:

Harmon Lake (at venue) – See above in “Venue” section for information

Sibley Park – Ph. 701-222-6455, 5001 South Washington Street, Bismarck, ND 58503

Eagles Park – Ph. 701-222-6455, 10900 NW Highway 1804, Bismarck, ND 58503

Bismarck KOA – Ph. 701-222-2662, 3720 Centennial Road, Bismarck, ND 58503

OTHER RESOURCES

Bismarck Mandan Running

Bismarck Mandan Running Facebook Page

Bis-Man Runners Facebook Group

LOST & FOUND

Any lost items found after the race will be donated. Please check before you leave the venue.

IF YOU DNF

If you need to stop the race for any reason, you need to notify timing. If you quit and leave the course without notifying the race, we will not let you attend again. We take the safety of everyone very seriously and don’t want to leave anyone out on course in bad shape.

NEXT YEAR’S RACE DATE

The 2017 date will be determined after the race.