MIDWEST GRAND SLAM OF ULTRARUNNING
The inaugural running of the MIDWEST GRAND SLAM OF ULTRARUNNING in 2012 was a tremendous success with 24 runners from 13 different states in the U.S. beginning the quest to complete four of the Midwest's showcase 100 mile trail races over the course of about three months:
• Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run
• Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run
• Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run
• Hallucination 100 Mile Run
12 runners finished this tremendous undertaking, with Bill Thompson of Pennsylvania establishing the record for the Midwest Grand Slam in 90 hours and 48 minutes!
2013 promises to be another great year of adventure for those who step up to this unique challenge. If you are an ultrarunner, endurance athlete, adventure racer, marathoner, or just plain crazy individual who is looking to push yourself to new heights of achievement, then the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning is for you.
Patterned after the historic and long running Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (comprised of the Western States 100, Vermont 100, Leadville Trail 100, and Wasatch Front 100), the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning is an undertaking that requires tremendous dedication, effort, sacrifice, perseverance, and athleticism to complete.
Athletes who successfully complete each of the four races in the same calendar year will each receive a handsome natural stone trophy presented at the final event in the series, the Hallucination 100 Mile Run.
Unlike entry into the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, which is dependent upon winning an increasingly difficult lottery entry into the Western States Endurance Run, entry into the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning is accessible to all wishing to participate, and the race entry fees of the individual events are much more affordable. In addition, the relatively close geographic location of the Kettle Moraine, Mohican Trail, Burning River, and Hallucination 100 Mile runs will enable many to participate in these events with minimal travel expenses and time commitments (not insignificant in “selling” your adventure to your significant other). Camping is offered at Kettle Moraine, Mohican, and Hallucination to further enhance race experiences for those desiring convenient start and finish line access and/or low cost overnight accommodations.
If you have read this far, you must be seriously contemplating a run at the 2013 Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning! Complete the registration form and get set for the challenge of a lifetime! (or at a minimum, the challenge of the year!)
New for 2013 will be the option to add a fifth 100 mile race to the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning events, the Indiana Trail 100. The Indiana Trail 100 will become Indiana's first 100 mile trail race when it is run for the first time on April 20-21, 2013. Runners who complete the Indiana Trail 100 in addition to the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning events will be designated "Super Slammers." Become one of the first Super Slammers by signing up now!
The Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning registration form must be received by May 31, 2013 (by April 19, 2013 for Super Slammers). Please be aware that due to race entrant registration limits at the individual events, one or more of the races could reach their registration limits prior to this deadline, so 2013 Midwest Grand Slammers are encouraged to register early for the events to ensure that registration is available.
As an added bonus for 2013, all Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Finishers will receive a complimentary entry to the 2013 Stone Steps 50K Trail Race near Cincinnati, OH (stonesteps50k.com). This is a $45 value, and the opportunity to run a very tough and beautiful 50K trail race as a nice warm down to your 2013 Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning experience!