Trying The Trail

“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” — Fabrienne Fredrickson

If you’ve ever wanted to try trail running, the Sandhills Ultra Run Experience on Saturday would be a good one to try.

Don’t be thrown by the name if you’re not an ultra runner. There is a shorter option available.

The event offers 100K (62 miles), 50K (31 miles), and 25K (15.6 miles) distances. Trail running offers an excellent opportunity to see new terrain, appreciate the outdoors from a new perspective, and experiment with your running.

Several area runners have talked about signing up and doing so by Thursday will save $10 over the packet pickup price on Friday. To make it easy for 25K runners, there will also be a shuttle service from the campground parking area to the race start.

And if there’s ever been a year to run in the Sheyenne National Grasslands in March, this would be the year since the weather shouldn’t prove to be a challenge. There is a short gear list required for runners, so be sure to arrive prepared on race day. There are some required items (a container with 1-liter water capacity, cell phone and whistle) and recommended items (extra socks, wind/rain jacket and waterproof shoes). The 100K runners have a few other items they need to bring.

The event will be on the North Country Trail through the Sheyenne National Grasslands, about 45 miles southwest of Fargo.

Race director Tim Bauer, an experienced ultrarunner who has run the race in the past, posted numerous photos and a written report in his blog Trails and Travails.