Blue Mound Details

Details for 2021 - Updated with Race Week Info


Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin—about 20 miles west of Madison.  Registration is at the Friends Shelter.  State park vehicle admission sticker required—may be purchased on entry.

Events - 2 Days, 2 Distances,

              plus self-timed option

Race week update - We've added some details below.  Although the State Park Covid rules have been relaxed some since our run plan was approved in May, we are mostly sticking with the approved plan for the event.  The individual event caps are increased to 125, but currently looks like we'll be just under 100 for each.  Good news--the pool and Friends Shelter will both be open!



  • Saturday, June 5

  • Two start time options: Start 1 - 7:30, Start 2 - 10:00

  • Maximum 125 runners per Start


  • Sunday, June 6

  • One start time: 8:30

  • Maximum 125 runners

Self-Timed 10K or 18K

Run the course anytime from Wednesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 6. If you run Saturday or Sunday morning, just avoid starting at the same time as the in-person event starts.

In-Person Event Info

  • Chip timed. 10K times from both events will be combined to determine overall winners and age-group winners.

  • Each race will have an interval start to spread runners out for the early K.  Line up for the start in two lines, six feet apart, six feet between you and the person in front of you, faster runners generally in the front, and maintain that spacing as you cross the timing mat and start.

  • Runners are encouraged to carry their own water/drink, but we will have self-serve aid stations where you can grab a paper cup of Water or Gatorade (cups pre-filled, but you grab your own).  For the 18K, we will have a self-serve setup to refill your water bottles at the Brigham aid station (halfway point).

  • No after-party or awards ceremony, but we will have stainless steel vacuum water bottles for you, as well as cookies, door prizes for the lucky, and 100K/250K hats for the dedicated runners who have racked up that many K in our events.  Stop at the tent after the run to pick up your swag!

  • 10K #1 runners, we do need your help to make parking room for the 10K #2 runners after you’re done, but if you want to keep enjoying the park, head up to the top of the mound and cheer on the next group.

  • Masks required to be worn before and after running; not required on course.

  • Maintain social distance on course as much as possible; pass when you need to pass.

  • Do your Covid-19 self check in the morning before you come.  If any signs or symptoms, please stay home.

  • Results will be posted on the trail run website.

Self-Timed Event Info

  • The course is real, the crowd of other runners is virtual

  • Run anytime from Wednesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 6

  • Maps and GPX files available on the website

  • Course will be marked by Friday night at the latest.  We hope to get it marked Thursday night and will post an update if we do.

  • If you do your self-timed run Friday or on the weekend, you can pick up your swag at the Park Entrance Visitor Station before or after you run.  We’ll have a bag for each self-timed runner with your water bottle, cookies, and maybe a door prize. (If you run Wednesday or Thursday, we won’t have the bags there yet, so we’ll get it to you after the event.)

  • After you run, submit your result here.  You can also get to the result submittal from the Results page.  If you don't want to post a time (or forgot to start/stop your watch), you don't have to, but put your name in as a finisher to get your K counted for the 100K Club. 

  • Share a photo or two here.  You can also get to the photo upload from the Photos page

5/31/2021: Slight change to 18K course--longer loop in the field at Brigham to make up for distance lost in single track reroute at BMSP.


Saturday, June 5

10K - Start #1

6:30-7:15 AM   Check-in,    7:30 AM race start 

10K - Start #2

9:00-9:45 AM   Check-in,    10:00 AM race start

Sunday, June 6


7:30-8:15 AM   Check-in,    8:30 AM race start


Proceeds benefit the Friends of Blue Mound State Park. The Friends support many projects in the   park including trail building and maintenance , landscaping, new playground equipment, educational programs and invasive plant control.


Overall and Age Groups

Both races: Overall m/f top three

18K:  Age group m/f top three <20, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

10K: Age group m/f top three <15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79, 80+


Course Description

Both the 10K and 18K courses will start at the Friends Shelter. The challenging 10K course will loop around Blue Mound State Park, to the bottom of Pleasure Valley, up the scenic Weeping Rocks trail, and on to the Top o' the Mound and finish The 18K course has all that, plus a trip to the East Mound (Brigham County Park) and back on the beautiful Overlode Trail. Both courses provide plenty of challenges and scenery, including ski trails, single-track, possibly some mud (we hope), and a climb to the top of Blue Mound.