Black Hawk Ridge 2019 Details

These are the 2019 details.


The Black Hawk Unit is located 18 miles northwest of Madison in Dane County.  Take State Highway 12 north to County Highway Y, west to State Highway 78, south 1 mile to Wachter Road on left.  Parking is at the top of Wachter Road.


Car pool as best you can, parking is limited.

Water and Gatorade on course, yummy hot lunch with soup, bread, cheese, homemade cookies and more afterward. Vegetarian  and omnivore soups.  You have the option to buy an extra soup lunch for family or friends who come along but won't be running.

Many door prizes provided by our generous sponsors. This year we are continuing our tradition of a surprise non-clothing giveaway item instead of a t-shirt.

Bring a lawn chair for post race socializing.

Trail Description

Both races will begin together. They begin with a scenic prairie loop to the north. Then runners will divide and the 8K course runs South along the ridge top with dips down a few side valleys, taking you through restored prairie, hardwood forest, and pine plantation with some spectacular views of the Wisconsin River valley and beyond.  The 16K heads to the  bottom of the ridge to tour the Wisconsin Heights battlegrounds.  You'll climb back up to the top of the ridge, then head out on the 8K course for the last 6K of your event.

For the 16K, we will have a cutoff time of 1 hour, 30 minutes to complete the first 10K, so that all runners and volunteers can be off the course in time for soup.



Race start is a civilized 10 A.M.
Check-in 8:30 - 9:30 A.M.

Proceeds benefit Groundswell Conservancy (formerly Natural Heritage Land Trust) and the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Fund. Groundswell works to protect special places, forever, in the Dane County area.  The Riverway Fund supports the the DNR wildlife habitat restoration and management activities along the Lower Wisconsin River.


Both races  Overall m/f top three

10 year age groups beginning at <20  for the 8K and 16K (to 70+ for the 16K and 80+ for the 8K). Awards for top 3 in each group.



Early: $40 through 9/29
After 9/29 $45
High School Runners: $15 discount
Registration closes October 18 or when we reach our 250 limit.
The event usually fills up by early October.  No day-of registration.



Wisconsin Trail Runs is an all volunteer organization that puts on two trail runs in beautiful south central Wisconsin, one in June at Blue Mound State Park and one in the fall at Black Hawk Ridge.  Proceeds go to the Friends of Blue Mound State Park, the Lower Wisconsin Riverway and Groundswell (formerly The Natural Heritage Land Trust.)






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