Saturday, August 27, 2016

Helping Hands: DRIFTLESS 50 Volunteers

Our Volunteers

Well...we just can't do it without you! Our Driftless 50 Volunteers take great responsibility in supporting our race year after year. Thank you to everyone who has helped out over the years. It means a great deal to our family. We are offering our volunteers a Pre-Race Dinner on Friday night, extra raffle tickets to win great swag from our sponsors and free registration for the race in 2017. Please click the link below to help out at Driftless 50 Trail Races 2016!


The Driftless Trail Races is put on by the Haydam Family of Hillsboro, WI. Long time visitors and now residents of the 130 acres that sets the stage for the Driftless 50 Trail Races, the mission of our family is to bring new visitors to the Driftlesss Area and support local businesses and communities.

Trail Running Community

Our trail running friends have joined us from many parts of the Midwest. The Coyotes of Rockford Illinois have joined us over the past couple years to participate and help out as volunteers. Chris Rozoff and friends from the Madison Trail Runner Club have help out and participated over the past few years as great volunteers. Susan Warner and her husband were an incredible help at the Rockton Aid Station in 2016, and many other Driftless Runners have stepped in to help mark trail and sentry the course. Thank you to all! 

Local Communities

We are asking the help of local communities this year to make sure our runners reach their finish line safely. First and foremost, we look forward to supporting the local businesses and organizations that help . The Kickapoo Valley Reserve, the Town of La Farge, Wisconsin, Ontario, Wisconsin and Hillsboro, Wisconsin all help contribute to make this event a successful part of the Driftless Area.


Presenting Sponsor 2016
Our sponsors have always been a great help in supporting our race financially and by standing in to help out as volunteers. We look forward to welcoming our friends at Organic Valley to help us out this year as support Driftless 50 Trail Races as Presenting Sponsors. Thank you for your support in 2016! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

DRIFTLESS 50 Trail Race Records: The Ones to Beat!

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2014 DRIFTLESS Trail Race Runners
Congratulations to our all time course record holders for all current races! Listed below are the best of the best since 2012. Overall winners for ALL past DRIFTLESS Trail Races are included below the course record holders. We are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning DRIFTLESS 50 Runners this year on September 24th, 2016!

DRIFTLESS 50k Current Record
Nathan Mata  5:19:55 
Current Course Record Holder

DRIFTLESS Marathon Current Record
Brian Jubeck  4:44:34 
Current Course Record Holder

DRIFTLESS  Half Marathon Current Record
David Bresnahan 1:35:16
Current Course Record Holder
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50k Course Record Holder- Nathan Mata

DRIFTLESS 10k Race Current Record
Tanya Eggert    1:04:13
Current Course Record Holder


50k Time:  5:19:55
Nathan Mata
Marathon Time:  4:55:36
Simon Phillips
Half Marathon Time: 1:35:16
David Bresnahan
Driftless Trail Race Presenting Sponsor GORE-TEX
Presenting Sponsor: GORE-TEX
10k Time:  1:06:46
Michael Etteldorf


Marathon Time:  4:44:34 
Brian Jubeck
Half Marathon Time: 1:41:51
Laura Burnham
10k  Time:  1:04:13
Tanya Eggert


Half Marathon Time: 1:41:54 
Gardiner Rynne
10k  Time: 1:09:33  
Jon Bake
5k Time: 0:36:33
Phil Mahoney


10k  Time:  1:40:29 - Robert Jeske
5k Time: 0:27:55 - Chad Juel

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Boston 2016: In Remembrance

The other day, I was going through my files on my computer when I came upon this piece that I wrote after the Boston Marathon attacks in 2013. Three years later, we are still running #BostonStrong and the running community continues to move forward, even when those who threaten our safety and security are 'out there'. Run Safe. Run Strong. Good luck to all Boston Marathon runners this weekend and runners everywhere in 2016.

Running to Stand Still

Although this was not the initial idea that I had to start my inaugural blog post, with the circumstances that developed last month in Boston, I felt there was no other topic as important to my fellow runners at this point in time. My first thought when I read the news of the Boston Marathon bombing  was, “they got them crossing the finish line”, but then I realized that though runners were involved, the tally of injured included spectators as well.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and friends of the injured in Boston today and always.

My sequential thoughts were, “what did they hope to accomplish?  Were they making a statement? Denied entry into the race? Rebelling against the anti-gun laws post-Newtown?  Why?”  It is always “why”.  And there is always an answer...that we do or do not want to hear, and the inevitable CHANGE that will attempt to prevent it from happening again.

Running races will change, that much is for certain, but I truly hope that runners will not turn away from attaining to run in the Boston Marathon (or any major running event) out of fear. We could have not prevented this SENSELESS tragedy any more than the parents who sent their innocent children to school on that fateful day in December. If we let fear decide for us, do they win?

Run safely, run strong and most importantly, run for those who can run no more.

Gretchen M. Haydam
Co-Founder/RRCA Certified Race Director
DRIFTLESS 50 Trail Race
Kickapoo River Valley Marathon
" Snow, rain, sun...I run."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Early Registration Open for DRIFTLESS 50 Trail Races 2016

Everybody get out your race calendars...Early Bird Registration is OPEN! Hope to see you guys and gals on the trails in 2016. We are keeping course routes the same, with just a little trimming of the fat on the Cheyenne Creek Trails. Race registration prices go up January 1, 2016 and camping reservations fill up quick! Hope to see you all Friday-Saturday September 23-24, 2016.

Sept - Dec 2015 Jan - June 2016 July - Sept 2016

50k $65 $90 $100 $120 50
Marathon $55 $70 $85 $90 100
Half Marathon $45 $60 $70 $80 200
10k $35 $40 $45 $50 150